Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Overtime Excitement Highlights Thursday's Action

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued Thursday, and overtime action defined the night.

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NHL Scores, 2012 Playoffs: Overtime Rules Second Day Of Postseason

The first night of the 2012 NHL playoffs had one overtime game, between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The second had three, including a double overtime clash that produced another Western Conference upset.

San Jose Sharks 3, St. Louis Blues 2 (2OT)
Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals - Sharks lead, 1-0

The Sharks upset the No. 2-seeded Blues with a double-overtime goal from Martin Havlat. Havlat, who also scored the first goal of the game, took a Ryane Clowe pass and buried a shot past Jaroslav Halak to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.

The Blues got two goals in a seven-minute stretch of the third period from Patrik Berglund, but Andrew Desjardins' equalizer late in the period set the stage for nearly a half-hour of scoreless hockey to follow. See our StoryStream for full coverage of this series, and get fan reaction at Sharks blog Fear The Fin and Blues blog St. Louis Game Time.

Boston Bruins 1, Washington Capitals 0 (OT)
Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Bruins lead, 1-0

Tim Thomas and a bruising Boston defense kept the Bruins in their first game of a hotly anticipated Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the potent Caps; Thomas only faced 17 shots, but he saved all of them. And that gave Chris Kelly the opportunity to net the game-winner in overtime.

Washington's own goalie acquitted himself nicely, too: 22-year-old Braden Holtby had 26 saves. See our StoryStream for full coverage of the series, and get fan reaction at Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

Phoenix Coyotes 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)
Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals - Coyotes lead, 1-0

The Blackhawks rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period, ultimately getting a game-tying goal from Brent Seabrook with just 15 seconds to go in regulation. But the Coyotes roared back and got the game-winner from Martin Hanzal in overtime, taking an early lead on the talented Chicago outfit.

Mike Smith's 43 saves made him one of the game's unsung heroes. See our StoryStream for full coverage of the series, and get fan reaction at Coyotes blog Five For Howling and Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey.

New York Rangers 4, Ottawa Senators 2
Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Rangers lead, 1-0

The Eastern Conference's top seed used a two-goal second period to down the Senators 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik each scored goals for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves in the victory.

Ottawa got both of its goals in the third period. See our StoryStream for full coverage of the series, and get fan reaction at Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Senators blog Silver Seven.

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Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Martin Hanzal Wins It In Overtime

The Phoenix Coyotes did not have a good third period. It resulted in a game-tying goal late by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the final minute, but the home team quickly responded once overtime began.

The Coyotes controlled the extra frame, possessing the puck in the Blackhawks zone for a large portion of OT, and 9:29 in, Martin Hanzal made it all pay off.

It was a strong keep at the blue line off the faceoff by Adrian Aucoin. Hanzal won the faceoff and made a dash for the net, and when Aucoin sent the puck towards Corey Crawford's crease, it was a simple deflection by Hanzal that gave Phoenix the 1-0 series lead.

Stick with SBNation.com for full series coverage. For more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling and SB Nation Arizona. For more on the Blackhawks, check in with Second City Hockey and SB Nation Chicago.

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