Colorado and Tampa Bay start the quarterfinals with victories

Colorado defender Josh Manson (42, 2nd from left) scored the winning goal. (Image: dpa)
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Denver – The Colorado Avalanche and defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning have made a successful start to the quarterfinals of the NHL playoffs.

The Avalanche, with German ice hockey pro Nico Sturm, started their best-of-seven series by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 (0-1, 2-0, 0-1) after overtime.

Josh Manson scored the winning goal eight minutes into overtime. Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington had previously saved 51 shots. Sturm stood on the ice for eight minutes and remained without a goal. The Avalanche, ranked number one in the Western Conference, are the only NHL team undefeated in this year’s playoffs.

The best preliminary round team in the league, the Florida Panthers, lost 4-1 (1-0, 0-1, 0-3) to Tampa Bay at the start of their series in the Eastern Conference.

Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames starting Wednesday night local time. For the first time since 1991, the so-called “Battle of Alberta” will take place in the playoffs between the two teams from the Canadian province. According to coach Jay Woodcroft, Draisaitl should be ready to play despite a leg injury, although he recently had to sit out training. The fourth quarter-final duel is between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers.

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