CHICAGO (AP) -Martin Havlat scored 12 seconds into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks won their first playoff game in seven years, beating the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Thursday night in the West Conference quarterfinals.
After tying it late in regulation, Havlat drove a wrist shot past Miikka Kiprusoff from between the circles to match the third-fastest overtime goal in playoff history, and send the towel-waving crowd at the United Center into a frenzy.
Mike Cammalleri gave Calgary a 2-1 lead about 4 minutes into the final period when he scored on a 2-on-1 break, taking a nice pass from Daymond Langkow.
But Chicago got even with 5:33 left when Havlat scored on his own rebound after Kiprusoff stopped his initial shot from the right circle.
David Moss opened the scoring for the Flames in the first period, and Chicago's Cam Barker tied it in the second.
Havlat was 3 seconds off the NHL record of 9 seconds set by Brian Skrudland for Montreal in 3-2 victory over Calgary on May 18, 1986, in the Stanley Cup finals. J.P. Parise of the Islanders scored in 11 seconds of OT against the Rangers in 1975, and Chicago's Pit Martin also scored at 12 seconds in 1972 against Pittsburgh.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Chicago.
BOSTON (AP) - Phil Kessel had two goals and an assist, and Zdeno Chara scored with 8:45 left to break a third-period tie for Boston.
Tim Thomas stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who are the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference but haven't gotten out of the first round in a decade.
Carey Price made 35 saves for the Canadiens.
Kessel and David Krejci gave Boston a 2-0 lead before Montreal tied it on goals by Chris Higgins and Alex Kovalev. Kessel made it 4-2 with 13.4 seconds left on an empty-netter on a pass from Milan Lucic, a goal that prompted a round of fisticuffs that continued after the final whistle.
Montreal and Boston have met an NHL-record 32 times in the playoffs, with the Canadiens winning 24 times, including last year when they had the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference but needed seven games to get out of the first round.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston.
DETROIT (AP) - Jonathan Ericsson was credited with the go-ahead goal for Detroit with 6:39 left in the second period on a shot that Manny Malhotra redirected into his own net trying to stop the puck with his glove
Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen also scored for Stanley Cup champion Detroit, and Chris Osgood made 20 saves, allowing only R.J. Umberger's goal.
Columbus Rookie Steve Mason stopped the first 21 shots he faced before giving up three goals in a five-shot stretch. He finished with 30 saves.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Detroit.