Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/1/13
If not for Jonathan Quicks outstanding goaltending performance Tuesday night in St. Louis, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would have found themselves down by more than just a goal after the first period. Quick was outstanding stopping 13 shots in the opening frame and 40 in the game, before his miscue behind the net in overtime led to the game-winning shorthanded goal by the Blues Alex Steen. It was the first game-winning shorthanded goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2006. "When the puck went down behind the Kings net, I figured I'd try and put some pressure on Quick and I got fortunate it hit my stick," Steen told Hockey Night in Canada. Quick is no stranger to poor play with the puck in the playoffs. In Game 5 of last years Stanley Cup Finals, his giveaway led directly to goal by the Devils, Zach Parise. The Blues' victory snaps an eight-game losing streak to the Kings and spoiled what was almost a magical comeback by the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Kings were held scoreless for 59 minutes and 28 seconds before Justin Williams beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott with a shot high on the glove side sending the game to overtime. Down in Anaheim, it was the Ducks' ageless wonder Teemu Selanne with the game winning goal in 3-1 Ducks victory over Detroit. For the 42-year-old Selanne, it was his 42nd career playoff goal. Every time you can score in the playoffs its a great feeling. When you have a passion to score goals it doesnt matter how old you are. Maybe the celebrations go down a little, but inside its a great feeling. If you cant get up and excited for the playoffs you are in the wrong place, Selanne said. While its just one game, it was an important victory for the Ducks, which many of the NHL experts picked to be upset in the first round by the Red Wings. A loss in Game 1 would have added fuel to the fire that the Ducks were not as good as their regular season record indicated. We said it a million times this year. Weve been a team that has quietly flown under the radar this year and they (Red Wings) were playing playoff hockey down the stretch. Flying under the radar is just fine with us, Ryan said. Obviously we finished second in our conference for a reason and we were expecting to win this game. We have a lot of respect for that team in the other locker room. They have 22 consecutive playoff appearances for a reason, Selanne said. Both the Ducks and the Kings will resume action on Thursday with the Kings trying to square the series at one and Anaheim looking to keep home-ice advantage with a victory and a 2-0 series lead.
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