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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 09:50 AM

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The ageless Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal in Anaheim’s 3-1 win over Detroit. (Harry How/Getty Images) The ageless Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal in Anaheim’s 3-1 win over Detroit. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo shares her thoughts about the action on, and off, the ice on the opening night of the NHL playoffs.
Hockey Night in Canada's Andi Petrillo shares her thoughts about the action on, and off, the ice on the opening night of the NHL playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks win 2-1 in OT over Minnesota Wild

On the ice: Someone forgot to tell Minnesota that Chicago was supposed to walk all over them and win the series handily. How dare they force overtime!  It was a night of "firsts" for Cal Clutterbuck. He played in his first NHL playoff game, took the Wild's first shot, and scored his first NHL playoff goal. Unless you're a Blackhawks fan, if you weren't rooting for Wild backup goalie Josh Harding, who was pressed into action after an injury to Niklas Backstrom in warm-ups, you have a heart of stone.  And hey, Ryan Suter, 41:08 of ice time? Stop hogging all the fun!

Off the ice: During the second intermission, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick took part in the "Shoot the Puck" contest and scored on her first attempt. She wore a Blackhawks jersey with the number 10. Her car number is 10, the name on her jersey was Patrick, and Chicago's Patrick Sharp wears number 10. This is just too crazy!

St. Louis Blues win 2-1 in OT over Los Angeles Kings

On the ice: I'm pretty sure if you handed over your first born to the St. Louis Blues, they would've tossed it at Jonathan Quick. The Blues' shots on net, missed shots, and shots that were blocked totalled 83 to the Kings' 61. There are various versions of the adage "You do 99 things right, but the one thing you do wrong is what people remember." Somewhere I can hear Quick, whose puck-handling gaffe led to the OT winner, screaming, "But I made 40 saves!"

Off the ice: Scary moment when Robyn Regehr got kicked in the face by David Backes.  Backes's heel hit Regehr right on the nose and there was instant blood. Regehr came back and it appeared he wasn't cut, but his nose is now crooked. Oh yeah, and Jay Bouwmeester played in his first ever playoff game!

Anaheim Ducks win 3-1 over Detroit Red Wings

On the ice: Anaheim, which had the fourth-best power play in the regular season, went 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Justin Abdelkader just sounds like "Justin Terminator." He led the Wings with four shots and six hits but it wasn't enough.

Off the ice: Teemu Selanne scored the game winner. He's awesome. He's not allowed to ever retire.

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