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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....

Life of a goalie in Eastern playoff series is complicated

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the difference between winning and losing is a puck shot from behind the goal line that goes in off his helmet, all Henrik Lundqvist can do is shake his head....

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....

Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL's top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic....

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....

GM McPhee weighs hopes of Vegas hitting NHL lottery jackpot

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As jackpots go in Las Vegas, George McPhee wouldn't mind little lady luck being on the side of his Golden Knights expansion franchise when the NHL holds its draft lottery on Saturday....

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....

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