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5 must-see stories: Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs kept hockey fans tuned in for a few extra periods and tied up some loose ends from opening night in our five need-to-know stories from Thursday night.
Phoenix Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal, top middle, celebrates alongside Mikkel Boedker (89) after scoring the game winning goal in overtime past goaltender Corey Crawford (50) of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quater-finals. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Day 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs kept hockey fans lingering in front of their TV sets for a few extra periods, and also tied up some loose ends from opening night.

Here are five "need-to-know" stories from Thursday.

1. Those in attendance at TD Garden, Scottrade Center, and Jobing.com Arena got more bang for their buck as the Capitals-BruinsSharks-Blues and Blackhawks-Coyotes games were decided in an extra frame. It marked the first time since April 18, 2001, that three NHL playoff contests went into overtime in the same night.

2. Unfortunately for Senators fans, Ottawa was the only squad who couldn't force overtime Thursday, losing 4-2 to the New York Rangers. Blueshirts and Sens enthusiasts gave their take on the series opener on Twitter.

3. The Vancouver Canucks won't have forward Byron Bitz in their lineup for Game 2 and 3 against Los Angeles. The NHL handed him a two-game suspension for a boarding incident with Kings forward Kyle Clifford in their first game Wednesday.

4. Many say Shea Weber also deserved a suspension for this hit on Henrik Zetterberg at the end of Nashville's 3-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday. Instead, the NHL slapped the Predators defenceman with a $2,500 US fine.

5. @LAKings: "To everyone in Canada outside of BC (sic), you're welcome." That tweet from the Los Angeles Kings official Twitter feed prompted us to ask: Are the Canucks the NHL's most disliked team? But head coach Alain Vigneault and his Canucks took the Twitter jab in stride.