Predators Beat Blues; Oilers Defeat Ducks 5-3 in Wild Second Round Series Opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
The Predators lost Kevin Fiala to an ugly leg injury in the second period and blew a 3-1 lead before Fiddler poked a loose puck by Jake Allen in the third. It was the fifth career playoff goal for the 36-year-old Fiddler, who did not play in Nashville's first-round sweep of Chicago.
Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.
Colton Parayko, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka scored for St. Louis. Allen finished with 28 stops.
Game 2 is Friday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the third period with 4:40 to play, and the Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead in a wild third period before beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in their second-round playoff series opener.
Mark Letestu scored two power-play goals and Cam Talbot made 33 saves for the upstart Oilers, who seized home-ice advantage from the Ducks with a four-goal final period.
Jakob Silfverberg scored the tying goal with 9:13 to play in regulation for the Ducks, who lost in regulation for the first time in 19 games since March 10.
Larsson scored just four goals in his first 85 games this season, but the Swedish defenseman improbably got two goals in 7 1/2 minutes.
Game 2 is Friday night in Anaheim.
NHL-JACK ADAMS FINALISTS
Jack Adams Finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto's Mike Babcock, Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association voted at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists. The winner will be announced June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
The award honors the late Jack Adams, the longtime coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
In other NHL news:
—Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin has had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and should be ready for training camp in September. The team says he is expected to make a full recovery in four months.
— The Vancouver Canucks have named Travis Green their new coach. Green spent the last four seasons coaching the Canucks' top farm team, the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. He replaces Willie Desjardins, who was fired after three seasons in Vancouver.
— The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back as coach. Cassidy replaced Claude Julien in February and as interim coach helped the team return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games in the first round of the playoffs.
—The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect defenseman Devante Stephens to a three-year entry-level contract. The Sabres made the signing despite working without a general manager after Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired last week.