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Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008.

Game 3 is Monday in Dallas.

Getzlaf was hit in the face by Tyler Seguin's shot in the final minute of Game 1, leaving him with bruises and a ragged cut on the left side of his face. His wife then gave birth to their third child early Friday morning, a daughter named Willa.

None of it could stop Anaheim's captain from getting back in the lineup and making enormous plays to keep the Ducks on track. He wore a clear facemask around his jaw and mouth in a prudent concession by a player who doesn't like even wearing a visor.

After a raucous pregame ovation from an Orange County crowd that recognized his toughness, Getzlaf then scored a first-period goal and set up Cogliano's short-handed tally in the third period.

Perry hadn't scored a playoff goal in 10 games since April 2011, getting blanked during the Ducks' seven-game loss to Detroit in the first round last spring. But the Canadian Olympic gold medalist knows how to fill a net: He was the NHL's second-leading goal-scorer this season, trailing only Alex Ovechkin.

Half of Dallas' skaters made playoff debuts in the series opener, but the Stars came out for Game 2 with more confidence and poise from the opening faceoff, and Chiasson put Dallas ahead early on a power play, one-timing a pass from captain Jamie Benn for his first career playoff goal.

Both teams had an added physical edge in the rematch. Trevor Daley jumped on top of Perry and pummeled him with both hands in the Stars' crease during the first period in response to a perceived slight.

Anaheim struggled to match the Stars' pace early, but after another fruitless Ducks power play, Getzlaf evened it by himself. He took the puck away from Erik Cole and skated in on Lehtonen, scoring high for his second goal of the series.

Perry put the Ducks ahead late in the first period after intercepting a pass between Seguin and Benn before rocketing a slap shot past Lehtonen from close range.

Anaheim killed a penalty to end the third period and then extended its lead during another kill early in the third. Cogliano, the Ducks' dominant forechecker and penalty-killer, got away with breaking Sergei Gonchar's stick in the Dallas end before Getzlaf controlled the puck and fed Cogliano for the score.

Garbutt kept the Stars close with a goal in front of Andersen on a setup from Shawn Horcoff midway through the third. Dallas tilted the ice decidedly in its favor in the final minutes, but Anaheim killed a penalty on Getzlaf with 3 minutes to play before surviving a last-minute scramble. Nick Bonino blocked the Stars' final shot.

NOTES: Dallas D Brenden Dillon missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury, and the Stars scratched veteran D Aaron Rome in favor of rookie Kevin Connauton, who made his playoff debut. ... The Ducks played without top-line forward Matt Beleskey, who aggravated a persistent lower-body injury late in Game 1. Devante Smith-Pelly replaced Beleskey in the Anaheim lineup, making his NHL playoff debut.

Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension.

Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.

Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6

DETROIT (AP) Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1) after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases.

Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to give the Angels an 11-1 lead.

Jered Weaver (1-2) allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.

The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.

Kendrick and Ian Stewart both had three hits for the Angels, with Stewart falling a homer shy of the cycle. Mike Trout doubled twice.

Smyly allowed four runs and six hits in his first start since 2012. The Angels scored two runs each in the second and third, then broke the game open with four off Putkonen in the fourth.

After excelling in the bullpen in 2013, Smyly is going to start for the Tigers this season, but his first two appearances of the year came in relief because Detroit didn't need a fifth starter yet.

His first chance to start went badly. Smyly needed 82 pitches to get through three innings.

With the Angels already ahead 2-0, Pujols led off the third with a double and Kendrick followed with his first homer of the night. Putkonen came on the following inning and couldn't quiet the Los Angeles bats.

After a two-run double by Trout made it 6-1, Kendrick hit a two-out drive to right-center that was ruled a homer after a review. The ball appeared to glance off a rail above the wall.

Pujols hit his fifth homer of the year to move one swing closer to the 500-homer club. After a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013, the Los Angeles first baseman may be rediscovering his slugging form.

If the Tigers had been able to keep their deficit manageable, their five-run rally in the seventh would have put a lot more pressure on the Angels. Josh Wall, called up from the minors before the game, relieved Weaver in the seventh and allowed five runs on four hits and a walk - without retiring a batter.

Ian Kinsler's two-run single highlighted that rally, but second baseman John McDonald made a spectacular play to retire Victor Martinez, ranging to his left to make a sprawling stop, then rolling and throwing to first from his back. Alex Avila grounded out with runners on second and third to end the inning with the Angels still up by five.

With runners at first and second for Detroit and one out in the ninth, McDonald ended the game with a heads-up play. Don Kelly hit a soft flare toward the second baseman, and with the runners having to freeze, McDonald let the ball drop, tagged second for a force and then ran over and tagged Martinez between second and third for an unassisted double play.

Kinsler had three hits for the Tigers.

NOTES: Detroit RHP Justin Miller, called up before the game, pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut. ... The Tigers haven't beaten the Angels since Aug. 26, 2012. ... Detroit RHP Max Scherzer (0-1) faces LHP C.J. Wilson (2-1) on Saturday.

Stanton's slam sends Marlins past Mariners 8-4

MIAMI (AP) Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam with none out in the ninth inning, and the Miami Marlins took advantage of an overturned call on a replay review to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 Friday night.

Reed Johnson was called out on a force play following a bunt, but the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. The Mariners then deployed five infielders, and Stanton cleared them all with a towering homer to the left of the home-run sculpture.

Stanton had five RBIs to increase his total to 26, most in the majors.

The Mariners lost their fourth game in a row, while the Marlins won for only the second time in the past 11 games.

Johnson singled to start the ninth against Yoervis Medina (0-1), and Christian Yelich beat out a sacrifice bunt for his third hit. Marcell Ozuna's bunt loaded the bases following the replay review, and Stanton hit his sixth homer on a 1-2 count.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his second homer for the Marlins, who won despite two errors that led to three unearned runs.

The Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and allowed three runs, one earned. He lowered his ERA in seven interleague starts to 1.70.

Steve Cishek (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.

The Mariners, beginning their first series in Miami since 2005 and their second ever, squandered repeated scoring chances. They went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Abraham Almonte had a double and a triple and scored twice, but slumping Robinson Cano went 1 for 5 and is 4 for 22 on the Mariners' trip.

The Mariners' patchwork rotation again failed to go deep into a game. Chris Young lasted only three innings while giving up seven hits and four runs.

A miscue by Marlins right fielder Stanton led to two unearned runs. The Marlins have allowed 14 unearned runs this season, and they came into the game tied for the most in the majors.

The Marlins also overcame some bad baserunning, a problem since the season started. Yelich was an easy out trying to score from second on a two-out infield hit, and Saltalamacchia was picked off first.

Miami scored twice in the first on run-scoring singles by Stanton and Casey McGehee. Stanton went 3 for 3 and was intentionally walked twice.

The Marlins went ahead 3-2 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Ozuna.

The Mariners twice erased two-run deficits, and they tied the game in the seventh with an unearned run. Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich's fourth error of the season extended the inning, and Corey Hart took advantage with a two-out RBI single.

Seattle took advantage of sloppy defense by Miami in the second inning. With Michael Saunders on first, Dustin Ackley singled to right. Stanton charged the ball and it hopped over his glove and rolled to the warning track, and both Saunders and Ackley scored.

Almonte led off the fifth with his first triple and scored on Brad Miller's groundout.

NOTES: Seattle OF James Jones made his big-league debut when he came off the bench in the seventh inning, and he singled in the eighth. ... Yelich extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... McGehee is 8 for 15 (.533) with runners in scoring position. ... Eovaldi needed 13 pitches to retire Hart in the first inning. ... Marlins manager Mike Redmond, a Seattle native, grew up a Mariners fan and said he probably attended their home opener 15 years in a row. ... LHP Roenis Elias (1-1, 2.16), who earned his first major league win in his most recent outing, is scheduled to start Saturday for Seattle against Henderson Alvarez (0-2, 4.30). Alvarez turned 24 Friday.

Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.

As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.

Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle - the decision had already been made that he was done.

Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.

The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit off the 35-year-old right-hander was actually on a check-swing tapper by Travis d'Arnaud in the second inning.

Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

BOSTON (AP) Pavel Datsyuk scored at 16:59 of the third period, moments after Jimmy Howard's best save of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the top-seeded Boston Bruins 1-0 in the opener of their Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night.

The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities.

The winning goal came when Datsyuk carried the puck from the right side to the left in Boston's zone and put a 30-footer from near the left circle past goalie Tuukka Rask's left glove.

Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.

A second road victory in three nights sends the Canadiens home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Sunday.

Bourque and Desharnais scored in the second period after defensive breakdowns left Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback in tough situations. Gallagher made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the third period.

Manning, Gase visits to Bama, Saban raise NFL's ire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial.

It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance.

The league doesn't allow players and their coaches to meet before the start of offseason workouts, which for the Broncos begin Monday. On-field instruction won't start until mid-May.

The Associated Press left messages with the team and the NFL on Friday seeking comment.

Gase, one of the rising young stars in the NFL coaching ranks, and Saban go way back. Gase worked under Saban at Michigan State in the late 1990s and followed him to LSU as a graduate assistant in 2000.

Saban also has known Manning for a long time and is friends with his father, Archie.

Saban said after Thursday's practice that Manning and Gase were "making some visits" and stopped by Tuscaloosa, Ala., a couple of weeks ago.

"To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player," Saban said of the five-time MVP who led the Broncos to the Super Bowl, where they were soundly beaten by Seattle.

With Gase calling the shots, Manning set NFL records by throwing for 55 touchdowns and 5,447 yards in 2013 as the Broncos became the first team in league history to score more than 600 points in a season.

Saban picked their brains about the no-huddle, something Alabama has had trouble with, and Manning picked up pointers from one of the brightest minds in coaching.

"Since they're a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that gives them problems," Saban said. "That was kind of a mutual, hopefully beneficial - I know it was a benefit to us. I hope it was a benefit to them, as well."

The Broncos gather Monday for what's called Phase One of the voluntary offseason workout program. During the first two weeks of the offseason program, activities are limited to strength and conditioning and rehabilitation before any on-field work and instruction are allowed.

Before giving the keynote address at the Boy Scouts of America Sports Breakfast in Denver on Wednesday, Manning said he's going to use Denver's 43-8 loss to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl as motivation for the upcoming season: "We have to try to find a way to build off that, and try to take it a step farther, try to finish," he suggested.

TNT's Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

ATLANTA (AP) TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager's sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports on Friday.

Sager describes the postseason as "my favorite time of year - city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights." He says that "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."

Sager jokes about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."

Warriors and Clippers take dislike to playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.

There's an All-Star point guard on each side, they're both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for most of their years in the NBA.

The dislike between the teams goes beyond the Southern California vs. Northern California sense of superiority. They've tangled while splitting their four games this season, most famously on Christmas, when Blake Griffin was elbowed by Warriors forward Draymond Green.

In March, Griffin and Warriors backup center Jermaine O'Neal squabbled in a Clippers victory and it carried over after the game.

"I don't have Jermaine's number so I don't really talk to him," Griffin said Friday. "I don't know if there's a lingering issue or not."

With both teams having been down so long and now competing for a title, Clippers forward Matt Barnes said there's going to be "some hostility and animosity and hatred."

"It'll be an entertaining series just because how the regular season went," Warriors star Stephen Curry said. "You've got to be prepared for anything."

Some of the Clippers, including Griffin and Barnes, got into a playoff mindset by watching "Bad Boys," an ESPN documentary about the Detroit Pistons teams of the 1980s and `90s that premiered on Thursday.

Barnes said he wishes today's players could be as physical as the Pistons. He joked that if he fouled as hard as Isiah Thomas did back in the day, he'd be tossed out of the NBA and need to find a new job.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson added some heat to the fire this week when he said Griffin flopped a lot in games. Griffin is averaging 24.1 points and shooting 53 percent.

"If he's flopping, keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me, so flop on," first-year Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Blake's kicking a lot of people's butt and they need something to say about him."

Here are five things to watch for as the best-of-seven series opens Saturday at Staples Center:

CURRY VS. PAUL: Curry is the best pure shooter in the NBA. Chris Paul is a wily veteran who can do it all, whether it's scoring or getting the ball inside to the Clippers' big men. Curry's dead-aim will test Paul's defense. "I'm looking forward to the challenge," Curry said.

NO BOGUT: Warriors center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a broken rib, leaving O'Neal to start in his place. The 35-year-old veteran averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds when healthy this season. "I've been through a lot of battles in the playoff field and I know how intense it is and I have great experience in that," O'Neal said. Defensively, they'll need all five starters to block shots, take charges and grab rebounds. "We'll be able to do some different things, be a little quicker and switch a lot more, but we'll definitely miss him," Curry said.

DEFENSE: Both teams' gaudy offensive numbers make it easy to overlook defense. The Warriors and the Clippers each held opponents to about 44 percent shooting, among the top in the league.

TRASH TALK: Can Griffin keep his cool when he gets fouled hard? He racked up the maximum 16 technical fouls during the regular season. Paul drew his share of techs, too. "There's a line that you don't want to cross," Rivers said. "For the most part we've been on the right side of it. You try to regulate it and figure out how far you can go with it. The key is allowing both teams to play."

3-POINT SHOOTING: Both teams love to shoot the 3. Led by Curry and Thompson, the Warriors average 38 percent from long-range; the Clippers 35 percent. Los Angeles knows it has to limit Golden State's offensive rebounds or else the Warriors will kick the ball out for a 3. "That's one of the things they really kill teams with," Griffin said. Clippers starting guard J.J. Redick is a threat from long-range, but he's been bothered by a back injury and it's uncertain how many minutes he can play effectively. Jamal Crawford, the Clippers' 3-point shooter off the bench, is working to regain his rhythm after missing several games with a tendon injury.

Flyers could have G Steve Mason back for Game 2

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.

Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.

Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

"I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good.

"I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well."

Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday and couldn't be blamed for the loss. The game was tied 1-1 in the third period but changed when the Rangers scored twice during a double-minor, high-sticking penalty against young forward Jason Akeson.

Emery had little chance to stop either scoring shot. His backup's strong performance took some of the sting away from Mason.

But he still hopes to get the call Sunday.

"This is the time that you've worked all season to get to, and to see the team go out there in a playoff atmosphere at Madison Square Garden where the stakes are so high ... it's something that you don't want to be sitting out and watching," Mason said.

"It was difficult, especially since the result. I think everybody expects a much better game on Sunday. I don't think anybody was happy with the way the team played."

Mason expects to practice with his teammates Saturday. The rest of the Flyers had Friday off.

Of bigger concern than their goaltending, the Flyers will have to show more discipline in Game 2 and figure out a way to get their top forwards going offensively.

Along with the game-changing penalty by Akeson, Philadelphia was whistled for three other infractions that didn't lead to New York goals but prevented the Flyers from mounting a serious comeback. They were outshot 13-1 in the final frame.

Philadelphia was outshot 36-15 overall.

"They did a good job of getting those two goals on the power play, and then after the two goals we tried too hard to get some offense going and got out of position," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said of the Rangers, who held him to no shots. "We didn't get a lot of shots, but we did a lot of good things.

"There is a reason why there are seven games. We need to see what we did wrong, and we will be ready for Game 2."

So will the Rangers, who now own a nine-game home winning streak over the Flyers.

"We are not going to overthink it here," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "We did a lot of good things, and we are going to continue building on that. It's one game, and we start over again on Sunday. You have to earn it every night."

The emergence of Brad Richards also gave the Rangers another shot of energy and optimism. Richards scored the go-ahead goal Thursday and then assisted on insurance tallies by Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin in the third period.

Richards, a potential candidate to have his contract bought out over the summer, is proving his worth after a disappointing end to last year's postseason when he was benched for the final two games by former coach John Tortorella.

"We controlled play," Richards said. "In a series, sometimes having the puck and wearing them out can benefit you later in the game. That was our main goal. We would like to get more pucks to the net, and we will try to do that."

Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

NEW YORK (AP) Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.

So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" is one of his priorities.

Freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke are expected to be top-five picks in June, but Silver believes teams are taking those players young because of the system in place, not because it's their preference.

"The fact that our teams would draft these players if they were coming out of high school as they used to, or one year out of college, I think doesn't mean change isn't necessary," Silver said Friday.

The age limit requiring American players to be 19 and a year out of high school was implemented in 2005, creating a system where players would simply go to college for a year and then declare for the draft. Silver and predecessor David Stern have long spoken about the desire to increase the limit to 20. But no change, which would have to be discussed with the union, was made during the last round of collective bargaining in 2011.

The sides haven't been able to have much serious discussion since then. The union has been without an executive director since ousting Billy Hunter 14 months ago, but Silver's desire for change remains.

"We're ready to go," Silver said. "We've been thinking about this issue for a long time."

Silver said a change was unlikely for next season, and a transition period would be necessary whenever one was made. In the meantime, he wants the NCAA part of the discussion, so Emmert addressed owners during the two-day meetings.

"One thing that we also agree on is that historically what you've heard is that the age issue is one that needs to be negotiated almost in isolation between the NBA and its union. What Dr. Emmert and I agree on is that the NCAA needs to have a seat at the table, as well, for those discussions," Silver said, "that if we are going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel of those negotiations go to the treatment of those players on college campuses, that closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their other incidental expenses, having a longer discussion about eligibility periods so they can make the best decisions for them and their families if they do decide to come out early."

Overseeing his first board meeting since replacing Stern in February, Silver seems open to considering anything to improve the league. Owners heard a discussion on ways to change the lottery system, which could be a way to erase the desire to "tank" - seeking a poor record to have the best chances at the No. 1 pick. Silver said there was also discussion about redesigning the playoff structure to qualify the top 16 teams, rather than the top eight in each conference. Phoenix, which finished ninth in the West with 48 wins, would've tied for third in the East.

But Silver said those items should be discussed first at length by the competition committee.

"For me, the league is doing so well right now, I just want to be very deliberate and cautious about any major changes like that," Silver said. "It doesn't mean that we shouldn't make changes."

Silver also said owners weren't ready to vote on the potential sale of the Milwaukee Bucks yet, though that could happen soon once owners could review all the financial documents. Owner Herb Kohl reached agreement to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

ST. LOUIS (AP) In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.

Miller allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period, then shut the door on the Chicago Blackhawks to pave the way for Alexander Steen's deciding goal in an epic 4-3, triple-overtime Game 1 victory on Thursday night.

"It's not all about one period," Miller said. "I tried not to change my approach and it's nice to come out on the right side."

Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history, beating Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to end the marathon.

"I didn't know how open he was, obviously," Ott said. "He obviously buried it and the game's over. We stuck with it and we found a way to win it."

The Blues got most of their injured front-line players back for Game 1, then put a six-game losing streak to end the regular season behind them.

"Win, lose or draw, what happened in the third period was we finally saw our team," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said.

The next challenge is finding a way to recover on short rest, with Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo logged 44 minutes, 8 seconds of ice time and two Blackhawks, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson, played more than 40 minutes.

Miller made 39 saves for the Blues and Crawford had 48 for Chicago.

"I think the big thing for us is we have to realize it's only one game and we've got a quick turnaround coming back," Chicago's Patrick Kane said. "That's the best part about it, we get right back at it."

Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period. Jaden Schwartz stole the puck to set up his tying goal with 1:45 to go in regulation.

The Blues' previous longest overtime game was a 4-3 loss at Detroit in 1984 that extended 37 minutes, 7 seconds. The home record for a playoff overtime game was 33:49 of extra time in a 5-4 win over Chicago on April 20, 1989.

St. Louis had to kill off delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck into the stands in the first two overtimes and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville argued vehemently for a second delay of game that would have given Chicago a 5-on-3 advantage in the first OT. The Blackhawks killed off a holding penalty in the second overtime.

Jonathan Toews, like Kane back from a lengthy injury absence, had two assists for Chicago.

Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Adam Cracknell all scored their first playoff goal for the Blues.

The Blackhawks kept the Blues pinned in their own zone for 2:10 during the first overtime, and Maxim Lapierre made the save of the session by getting in front of a drive by Kris Versteeg with less than two minutes remaining.

"Guys like me take pride in blocking shots and doing little details," Lapierre said.

Tarasenko was among the best players coming off a 15-game absence because of a broken thumb, tying for the team lead with seven shots.

Cracknell tapped in a rebound early in the first to end a scoring drought of 148 minutes, 39 seconds for a team that got shut out the last two games of the regular season.

Kane scored his 30th career playoff goal after catching the defense napping at the end of a St. Louis power play, beating Miller off a long lead pass from Toews for a 3-2 lead at 18:24 of the first.

Miller allowed three goals on just seven shots in the first with defensemen Johnny Oduya and Brent Seabrook also scoring for Chicago.

"They had a couple of nice shots in the first, but I had to come out and battle," Miller said. "Luckily I got ahold of a few of them."

St. Louis' top line of David Backes, Steen and Ott was a combined minus-5 in the first. Ott was a bit of surprise, considering he was minus-7 during the Blues' six-game losing streak to end the regular season, but was solid the rest of the way.

"He played the way we thought he could play," Hitchcock said. "With that type of energy, that type of focus, he's a good player."

Crawford faced just three shots in the second, but needed big saves to thwart Tarasenko and Ott. He made glove saves on drives by Steen and Tarasenko not long before Schwartz got the equalizer.

NOTES: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who has the longest consecutive game streak in major sports at 717 games, left in the first overtime and did not return. Hitchcock said Bouwmeester was dehydrated but was fine after the game. ... Oduya and Seabrook combined for 10 goals in the regular season. Oduya's goal was first credited to Versteeg on a deflection. ... The Blues scratched a pair of top forwards, T.J. Oshie (head) and Patrik Burglund (shoulder). ... Kane had two goals and four assists against St. Louis in the regular season and Toews had a goal and three assists.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

DENVER (AP) Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year playoff drought.

That decision by executive vice president Joe Sakic to keep him in the Mile High City paid huge dividends Thursday night when Stastny sparked Colorado's 5-4 win in overtime against the Minnesota Wild in their Western Conference playoff series opener.

"He's obviously a really good player," said Wild defenseman and fellow Olympian Ryan Suter. "He's a really good player. He's good in the faceoff circle, good on the power play. He's just the total package, he plays hard on both ends of the ice."

Stastny tied it with 13.4 seconds left in regulation, then beat Ilya Bryzgalov with another close-in wrist shot 7:27 into overtime, capping Colorado's comeback from a two-goal deficit after two periods.

Those were the only two shots on goal that Stastny, who made $6.6 million this season, took all night.

Stastny is the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score the game-tying goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation and then score the winning goal in OT, the Avs said based on information from the Elias Sports Bureau.

But Stastny, who also had an assist, credited his coach's bold moves and teammate Erik Johnson's hustle after his first career three-point playoff performance.

The frenetic finish included a daring roll of the dice by Patrick Roy is his playoff coaching debut: pulling goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 3:01 remaining for an extra skater.

"It's the team we've got," Stastny said. "We're confident in ourselves. It starts with our coach. Three minutes left and he pulls the goalie, he has the confidence in us scoring and always playing to win. He never sits back. If he thinks it's the best chance, then we believe in it, too."

Pulling Varlamov, who led the NHL with a franchise record 41 wins, one more than Roy had when Colorado won its last Stanley Cup in 2000-01, nearly backfired when Erik Haula slapped a shot across the ice that headed for the empty net as the Pepsi Center crowd grew silent.

Johnson caught up to the skittering puck and slapped it away just before it crossed the goal line with 1:32 left in regulation.

"It's 3 inches from losing the game," Stastny said. "If that doesn't happen, that hustle out of E.J., we're not here in this moment."

Haula was still shaking his head after the game.

"Obviously, that's the game if it goes in and it didn't," Haula said. "And then they tie it up at 13 seconds. Like I said, that's playoff hockey and now we've just got to bounce back."

Game 2 is Saturday night.

Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado, the Central Division champs. Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild, who took a 4-2 lead after a three-goal second period.

The Wild spent the final period trying to play a prevent defense, not allowing the Avalanche to take advantage of their quickness. O'Reilly stole the puck from Brodziak and slid it over to McGinn, who batted it past Bryzgalov to make it a one-goal game at 12:47.

Then Stastny tied it and he won it.

"What a comeback," Johnson said. "That's the kind of stuff you dream about when you're a kid, winning playoff games like that."

The Wild knew they let this one slip away.

"They obviously had some luck with them and then in OT we hit a pipe and I think it was pretty close to going into the empty net, as well," Haula said. "So, give credit to them. They never quit. They played a full game and I think they just got the bounces in the end."

Johnson won't dispute that notion.

"I think any time you come back like that in a playoff game, luck's on your side a little bit," he said. "I thought we played a good game toward the end. We'll take it, but we realize we have a lot more to give and they outplayed us."

NOTES: Parise had two assists. ... The Avs were without F John Mitchell (head) and D Cory Sarich (back). They were already missing leading scorer Matt Duchene (knee). ... Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon had three assists.

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Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.

Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who managed just 10 goals against Quick in losing a seven-game series to Los Angeles in the second round last year. Antti Niemi made 31 saves.

Quick allowed three goals in the first period for the first time in his playoff career, including two in the final minute as the Kings were completely outclassed.

Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose.

Quick was replaced by Martin Jones after allowing five goals on 28 shots in two periods and only watched as the Kings showed life in the third period with goals from Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov and Trevor Lewis.

But Brent Burns sealed it with an empty-net goal as the home team won for the 17th time in the past 18 meetings between these teams.

The Sharks were the healthiest they have been all season with Torres back after missing all but five games in the regular season and Hertl playing for just the third time since Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown injured him with an illegal knee-on-knee hit on Dec. 19 in a play that still riles the Sharks.

They got payback in the best way possible with a dominating victory that showed off their much-improved depth when they are healthy. They got goals from all four lines and their defense to beat the Kings by more than one in their most lopsided win over the Kings since Nov. 7, 2011.

The game had even added meaning for Hertl and Torres. Hertl talked before the series of his dislike for the Kings and said this series would be personal because of the injury.

Torres was suspended for the final six games of last year's series for a hit to the head of Jarret Stoll in a punishment the Sharks and Torres felt was unjust.

The Sharks had nothing to complain about after this game as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for the victory.

The third playoff series in four years between these heated California rivals got off to an odd start as there was a power outage at SAP Center just minutes before the start of pregame warmups. The lights came back on about five minutes later and the players warmed up without the usual blaring music.

But by the time the puck dropped, the towel-waving crowd was at its usual fever pitch chanting "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!" right from the start.

The cheers only got louder during a dominant first period that featured a combined 55 hits from the two teams, three goals from the Sharks and a scrum after Mike Brown pushed Voynov into Quick after the whistle.

Thornton's deflection of Joe Pavelski's shot from the slot on a chance created by Burns' hustle to negate an icing gave San Jose the early lead.

San Jose broke things open with two goals in the final minute off broken plays. James Sheppard miss-hit a one-timer that slid right to Hertl, who tapped it in to make it 2-0 with 51.7 seconds to play.

Marleau then made it 3-0 with 3.2 seconds to play to cap a 2-on-1 with Matt Nieto, who failed to get off a one-timer but instead slid the puck back to Marleau for his 58th career playoff goal.

NOTES: Brown played a night after his wife, Kati, gave birth to their second son, Zane Michael. ... Jones made four saves in his first career playoff game.

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

McNabb, 37, was arrested Dec. 15 in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to court records.

A copy of the citation shows McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway just after 3 a.m. and radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65-mph zone. He also was cited for DUI, but no information about blood-alcohol level was on the citation.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.

Court documents show McNabb was ordered to pay a nearly $1,500 fine and enter an outpatient treatment program in Scottsdale from April 10 to July 8.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released McNabb's mug shot Thursday morning, starting a media frenzy about his arrest, which hadn't been previously reported.

The agency later said in a statement that McNabb was booked into a detention facility on Wednesday by order of the West Mesa Justice Court and released after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge.

McNabb's Phoenix-based attorney Stephen Benedetto didn't immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on the case.

McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.

He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth that ended in a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots in 2005.

McNabb played for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and Minnesota Vikings in 2011 before retiring. He currently co-hosts a sports talk radio show and has a home in the Phoenix area.

Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.

Puig returned to the starting lineup in right field for Thursday's series finale against the Giants amid reports that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life.

"I'm only concentrating on the season and being the best teammate and helping my teammates," Puig said, speaking in Spanish during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday morning at his locker in AT&T Park.

While Puig won't address the details specifically because of a pending legal case, he said he will focus on baseball and on helping the defending NL West champion Dodgers keep winning. He went 1 for 4 with a strikeout in Thursday's 2-1 victory. While he dropped a routine fly to right, he also made two nice catches on the run.

"I have great teammates who are helping support me so much this season and to focus on the season when I get to the stadium so I am comfortable," Puig said. "That way I don't start thinking about anything negative in the stadium. I'm only thinking about working on the things that are going to make me a better ballplayer."

The 23-year-old, scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for his team's home opener April 4, is hitting .250 with one home run and five RBIs in his second major league season.

He said after the game he is committed to baseball "so those things that are happening don't torment me."

"We're at the field right now. We've just got to be thinking about baseball," teammate Hanley Ramirez said. "What I've seen is he's been learning and he's just happy to be here. He's playing today and he told me he's going to do everything it takes to win today's game."

Manager Don Mattingly said he has read articles about Puig's journey and will offer support. He has spoken briefly with the outfielder, but not regarding specifics of his journey to the United States - saying if Puig wants to keep those details private, he will respect that wish.

Mattingly is committed to helping Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract.

Court documents, part of a federal lawsuit in Miami, say smugglers who helped Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig. Boxer Yunior Despaigne says in an affidavit he is afraid of being harmed by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes.

"He hasn't talked about his background. Nobody's told me about his background. Nobody's told me about his story," Mattingly said. "If it's true, it's a wild story."

Other Cuban big leaguers have shared similar experiences. In Oakland, Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes discussed in February 2013 how he worried constantly about his family members the previous season as they made their way to the U.S. He wasn't sure whether they might be targeted because of his legal issues stemming from a former agent who claimed the outfielder owed him money.

"If you care about Yasiel, you worry about some serious stuff there that he has to deal with," Mattingly said. "If you care about him as a person, you worry about what he's going through."

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AP Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.

Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.

The players had refused to practice Wednesday as a show of support for interim coach Aaron Keen, who took over after Hoffner was arrested in 2012 because images of his naked children were found on a university-issued cellphone. A judge later said he had been wrongly accused and the images were an innocent video of his children playing after a bath.

"As a team, we are ready to get back to playing football," junior defensive back Sam Thompson and sophomore wide receiver Kyle Riggott said in a statement after the players and coaching staff held a nearly two-hour closed-door meeting Thursday.

The players had said on Wednesday they felt shut out of the process of Hoffner returning.

"We received the answers we were looking for, feel fit to practice and welcome Coach Hoffner as we head toward the end of spring drills," the players said after the team meeting. They will return to practice Friday.

After his arrest, Hoffner was suspended, reassigned and fired for reasons that the school declined to make public. His supporters said the school overreacted in the wake of the sex abuse scandal at Penn State, noting his high-profile arrest came just months after retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse.

A report from an arbitrator said Hoffner was accused of viewing porn on his work computer and letting his wife use the device, and that neither charge was proven.

Hoffner, 47, accepted the head coaching job at Minot State University in January. But after he was cleared of wrongdoing, Hoffner decided to return to Mankato, saying it would "help heal that injury." The university apologized to Hoffner on Tuesday and welcomed him back.

The reinstated coach said he does not take the players' actions personally.

"It's clear there has been a shift in the culture and I look forward to adapting and integrating many of those positive changes into my leadership of the program and the pursuit of the ultimate goal of winning a national championship," Hoffner said in a statement.

Athletic director Kevin Buisman said it had been a "challenging situation for everyone involved," but the school was committed to making a smooth transition for the coach and players.

Under interim coach Keen, Minnesota State finished 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament. But they were also successful under Hoffner: 34-13 in his four seasons from 2008-12.

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.

Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was "an honor for us to have him in our program." In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker said the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.

"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," Parker wrote. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."

Parker played in high school at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy and was frequently mentioned along with Kansas' Andrew Wiggins as possible No. 1 picks before ever playing a college game.

Parker led the Atlantic Coast Conference with an average of 8.7 rebounds while his 19.1 points were second only to North Carolina State's T.J. Warren, who entered the NBA draft last week.

"Jabari could not have been better," Krzyzewski said. "He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be - outstanding every day on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man.

"He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream."

Parker is listed as the No. 2 draft prospect on Chad Ford's Top 100 on ESPN.com, the No. 2 pick in a mock draft on NBAdraft.net and No. 3 on DraftExpress.com.

It had long been believed that Duke would be a one-year pit stop for Parker on his way to the pros. But even late into the season, he insisted he was undecided, saying he wanted to play at the level that would best help him grow.

When he received the USBWA's Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman this week, he said he planned to meet with Krzyzewski and reach a decision Wednesday.

In his SI.com essay, Parker said he had "gotten pretty attached to life at Duke and I don't want to utter the word goodbye." He also noted that the careers of professional basketball players - his father, Sonny, played six seasons in the NBA - last only so long.

"The lucky ones play until their mid-30s," Parker said. "With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It's ironic, but true."

Parker - the fifth Duke player to enter the draft as a freshman - said he planned to continue working toward a college degree. He is Mormon and said he would put a two-year mission on hold.

From Day 1, he and Rodney Hood - a redshirt sophomore transfer from Mississippi State - were the focal points for a Duke team that spent much of the season in the top 10 and looked like a Final Four contender. But Duke (26-9) ended the season with a loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament final and a shocking loss to Mercer in its NCAA tournament opener.

Hood hasn't announced whether he will enter the draft, though Krzyzewski said "I wish we had him for more than one year" after Duke's ACC tournament win against Clemson last month.

Regardless, Duke is bolstered by the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by top overall recruit Jahlil Okafor along with top-10 prospects Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.

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AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary contributed to this report.

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Aaron Hernandez associate accused of lying to feds

BOSTON (AP) An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested in a gun trafficking investigation related to the murder case against Hernandez.

Oscar Hernandez Jr., 23, of Orlando, Fla. - no relation to Aaron Hernandez - was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. He appeared Thursday in federal court in Orlando, where a magistrate judge ordered him detained pending his transfer to Boston to face the charges.

Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was found dead in an industrial park about a mile from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

The indictment against Oscar Hernandez says a grand jury in Massachusetts began investigating the transporting of guns from Florida to Massachusetts after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - at the request of Massachusetts State Police - traced three guns that had been recovered during the investigation of Lloyd's killing. The ATF determined that all three guns were purchased in Florida in April 2013.

Massachusetts officials have said they have been unable to find the gun used to kill Lloyd, which they've identified as a .45-caliber Glock.

None of the three guns mentioned in Oscar Hernandez's indictment is a .45-caliber Glock.

The indictment says one of the three weapons - a rifle - was found in a gray Toyota Camry with Florida license plates that was parked in the garage of a residence in North Attleborough. The indictment doesn't identify the owner of the home.

The indictment doesn't identify the owner of the home, but Massachusetts state police have said that five days after Lloyd's killing they seized an FEG 7.62 mm rifle from a gym bag on the back seat of a Toyota sedan parked inside Aaron Hernandez's garage, according to court records in his case.

Aaron Hernandez's lawyers have said a man identified as Oscar Hernandez was interviewed by law enforcement on June 27, 2013, 10 days after Lloyd died.

The new indictment accuses Oscar Hernandez of lying to the grand jury when he denied purchasing the Camry and arranging for it to be sent from Florida to the home in North Attleborough.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Todd Doss, who represented Oscar Hernandez in court Thursday, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. It was unclear when he would be brought to Boston to face the charges.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on the witness tampering charge, up to 10 years on obstruction of justice and up to five years on the false testimony charges.

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