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Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Avalanche 3-2 in Game 4

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DENVER (AP) -- Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Nashville Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series....

Kucherov leads way as Lightning take 3-1 lead over Devils

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Angry after losing a playoff game, Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning took out their ire on the New Jersey Devils....

Crosby leads Penguins past Flyers for 3-1 lead in playoffs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh's record book and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination....

Blue Jackets, Caps say there is still plenty in the tank

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Three straight overtime finishes to start the postseason? No problem....

Scheifele, Hellebuyck lead Jets past Wild 2-0, for 3-1 lead

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting....

Wild lose Parise for multiple weeks to broken sternum

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild were hit with a major setback in their first-round playoff matchup with Winnipeg, a broken sternum for left wing Zach Parise suffered in the last game that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the series and likely longer if they advance....

Sharks use 2nd period barrage to beat Ducks 8-1 for 3-0 lead

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For three games, the San Jose Sharks have had more speed, discipline and depth than the Anaheim Ducks....

Matthews, Marleau lead Maple Leafs past Bruins 4-2 in Game 3
TORONTO (AP) -- Auston Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau had two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series....

Calvert scores in OT, Blue Jackets up 2-0 on Caps in series

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series....

Couture, Jones lead Sharks past Ducks again on road, 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks showed their embarrassment from their playoff-opening shutout loss with every bone-crunching hit they landed on the San Jose Sharks throughout Game 2....

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