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In Friday’s NHL games, 3 home teams try to avoid 2-0 hole

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), from Slovakia, and center Ryan Strome celebrate after a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals in the opening game of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

It’s not impossible, of course, for an NHL team to erase a two-game series deficit.

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Corey Perry blasts Ducks past Jets 4-2 in playoff opener

Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, right, checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry scored two goals in the third period of a four-point performance, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from another late deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night in their first-round series opener.

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Wild open playoff series with 4-2 victory over Blues

Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker, top right, scores as St. Louis Blues' Zbynek Michalek, of the Czech Republic, goalie Jake Allen, left, and Jay Bouwmeester, bottom, watch during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just like the regular season, the Minnesota Wild appeared right at home in someone else’s rink.

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Mrazek passes big test, Red Wings beat Lightning in Game 1

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, makes a save on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Detroit’s Petr Mrazek rejected shot after shot, making the decision to give him his first NHL playoff start look like a wise one.

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Rangers get early goals, jump on Penguins 2-1 in opener

New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, left, celebrates with teammate Keith Yandle, center, and Mats Zuccarello, right, during the first period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, April 16, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers wanted to jump right on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series opener.

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