WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin contributed a power-play goal, yet it was a few of his unheralded teammates on the Washington Capitals who made the difference in Game 1 of their showdown against Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tomas Fleischmann scored the tiebreaking goal with 18:14 remaining, rookie goaltender Simeon Varlamov stopped 34 shots, and the Capitals got the jump on their Eastern Conference rivals with a 3-2 victory Saturday.
David Steckel contributed his first goal of the playoffs to help Washington to its first four-game winning streak in the playoffs since 1991. The Capitals advanced to the second-round series by winning the last three games against the New York Rangers.
Game 2 is Monday night in Washington.
Sidney Crosby and Mark Eaton scored for the defending Eastern Conference champion Penguins, who went 0-for-5 on the power play after going 1-for-18 in the final four games of their first-round series against Philadelphia.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Patrick Sharp scored twice to tie it and David Bolland put Chicago ahead with a short-handed breakaway to help Chicago tie its second-round series at a game apiece.
Down 2-0 after power-play goals by Sami Salo and Alexander Edler in the first seven minutes, Chicago took over Game 2 of the best-of-seven series with a strong second period.
Sharp put the Blackhawks on the board midway through, sliding a rebound between the legs of Roberto Luongo, then wiring a one-timer over the goalie's glove during a 5-on-3 power play three minutes later.
Bolland gave Chicago its first lead of the series with 3:10 left, beating Luongo with a strong forehand deke after being left all alone behind the defense.