The road to success in the NHL playoffs might be, well, taking to the road.
All four visitors were winners Thursday night, highlighted by Anaheim's 2-1 victory at Detroit in triple overtime. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 63 saves, setting an NHL record for stops in a playoff debut.
Minnesota, a third-year franchise in its first postseason, outskated Colorado 4-2. Washington, which finished one point behind Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division crown, beat the Lightning 3-0 behind 28 saves by Olaf Kolzig.
And St. Louis routed the Canucks 6-0 in Vancouver, with Chris Osgood needing only 20 saves.
The previous night, only New Jersey held its home edge against Boston, while Toronto won in Philadelphia, the New York Islanders were victorious in Ottawa, and Edmonton won in Dallas.
So why do teams fight so hard all season for home-ice advantage?
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