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Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason....

Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Sidney Crosby continuing his brilliance for the Penguins and Braden Holtby not having the same response in net for the Capitals, the second-round series between the NHL's top teams has tilted in Pittsburgh's favor....

Devils buck odds to win NHL draft lottery; Vegas to pick 6th
The New Jersey Devils won the NHL draft lottery, vaulting four teams including the last-place Colorado Avalanche and expansion Vegas Golden Knights for the right to the first pick in the draft....

Pageau gets fourth goal in 2OT to lift Sens over Rangers 6-5
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his fourth goal of the game in the second overtime after scoring twice late in regulation, lifting the Ottawa Senators over the New York Rangers 6-5 Saturday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals....

Back home, Preds eager to rebound off 1st postseason loss
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five....

Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3-2 to even series
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win....

Road warriors: Home ice can be a disadvantage in playoffs
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A chorus of boos greeted the announcement of Sidney Crosby's first goal in Game 1 at the Washington Capitals. During the announcement of his second, the red-rocking Washington Capitals crowd was silent....

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night....

Larsson leads Oilers past Ducks 5-3 in wild series opener
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- For the first 45 minutes of their second-round series opener, the Edmonton Oilers showed they can match the Anaheim Ducks in a tight-checking, low-scoring grind of a playoff hockey game....

Bruins will bring back Bruce Cassidy as head coach
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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons....

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