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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....

Ovechkin, Capitals must go through Penguins for shot at Cup
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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin's way again. Of course....

Working overtime: Extra hockey may take its toll on players
After the Washington Capitals lost a double-overtime heartbreaker in the first round, Brooks Orpik just wanted to eat some food and go home to sleep....

Blues get faceoff leader back with Paul Stastny
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- While many of his teammates enjoyed a well-deserved break, St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny was on the ice for the team's optional skate....

John Stevens believes small changes will be big for LA Kings
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Stevens spent the past seven seasons as Darryl Sutter's assistant coach while the Los Angeles Kings rose to two Stanley Cup titles and then slipped to three straight disappointing seasons....

Sharks C Joe Thornton needs ACL surgery before free agency
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee before becoming a potential free agent this summer....

Penguins-Capitals rivalry highlights playoffs' second round
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It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL's divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round....

Johansson's OT goal gives Capitals series win at Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 on Sunday night....

Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed....

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