ST. LOUIS - For the second straight time, the St. Louis Blues stunned the goalie that stoned everyone last spring.
Barret Jackman said his eyes were closed when his first career playoff goal sailed past Jonathan Quick and into the net with 50.6 seconds to go in a 2-1 victory Thursday night. It gave the Blues a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
"He probably didn't think I was going to shoot, the way my hands are," Jackman said. "The building erupted and it's a pretty good feeling."
Quick knows he's to blame for the Kings' predicament. He was often spectacular in Game 1, but spoiled it with a stickhandling gaffe that led to Alex Steen's short-handed overtime goal. Quick thought he'd glove the puck on Jackman's innocent-appearing wrist shot.
"I've got to stop that. I've got to stop that," said Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. "It's my fault. Two games in a row. I've got to be better."
Jackman, a rugged, stay-at-home type who totaled three goals and 12 points in the regular season, joined a rush and scored off a pass from Chris Stewart.
"A great little floater he sent to the net," said teammate Patrik Berglund, who tied it earlier in the third period. "A great screen so he couldn't see it."
Berglund's deflection tied it early in the third period for St. Louis, which was swept by the Kings in the second round last season while getting outscored 15-6.
"We stole one there," said forward David Perron, who assisted on the first goal. "The biggest thing is to come back as soon as we can to Earth and get ready for Game 3."
Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who'll try to rebound in Game 3 Saturday night.
• Red Wings 5, Ducks 4, OT: In Anaheim, Calif., Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal at 1:21 of overtime after the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead in the third period gave Detroit a win over the Ducks to even their playoff series.
Johan Franzen scored two goals and Damien Brunner had his first Stanley Cup playoff goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who survived a third-period collapse with a timely goal from Nyquist.
Game 3 is Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
• Capitals 3, Rangers 1: In Washington, Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington won in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals this season, crashed the net to score on a power play about seven minutes into the second period to tie the game.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Washington.
• Senators 4, Canadiens 2: In Montreal, Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance in Game 1. Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period to lift the Senators into the lead.
Game 2 set for Friday night at the Bell Centre.