(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday’s National Hockey League games:
Sharks 3, Oilers 2 (OT)
Melker Karlsson’s wrist-shot goal at 3:22 of overtime gave the San Jose Sharks a win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Cam Talbot made 41 saves for the Oilers, while Sharks goalie Martin Jones stopped 17 shots, most of them in the first period.
Paul Martin and Joel Ward scored in regulation for the Sharks while Oscar Klefbom and Milan Lucic scored for the Oilers.
Blues 2, Wild 1 (OT)
Goalie Jake Allen had a season-high 51 saves and Vladimir Sobotka scored in regulation for the St. Louis Blues, giving them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against Minnesota.
The Blues were less than a minute from winning in regulation, but Wild left winger Zach Parise’s goal with 22.7 seconds left forged a tie after Minnesota’s first 43 shots had been turned aside by Allen.
Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1
Marc-Andre Fleury, a last-minute starter after goaltender Matt Murray got hurt during the pregame warmup, stopped 31 of 32 shots as Pittsburgh beat Columbus in Game 1 of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
The Penguins built a 3-0 lead in the second period with goals from Bryan Rust, Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino. Evgeni Malkin added two assists.
The Blue Jackets spoiled Fleury’s bid for his ninth career playoff shutout when Matt Calvert scored from the slot at 12:41 of the third.
Bruins 2, Senators 1
Brad Marchand scored with 2:33 left in regulation as Boston rallied in the third period for a victory over Ottawa.
Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, while Frank Vatrano also scored for the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in the Boston net while Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots for Ottawa.
NY Rangers 2, Canadiens 0
Tanner Glass’ first-period goal helped New York beat Montreal in the opener of an Eastern Conference playoff series.
Michael Grabner added a late empty-net goal for the Rangers, who got 31 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.
Carey Price stopped 29 shots for the Canadiens.