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Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game to break a third-period tie, and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals
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BOSTON (AP) -- Jake DeBrusk watched the tiebreaking goal go into the net from ice level, sliding into the boards on his backside after he was flattened by Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner....

Criticism of suspensions and non-suspensions for head shots in the playoffs led the NHL's department of player safety to release a video outlining its rationale on four different incidents
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Drew Doughty watched other playoff games this season and couldn't believe that George Parros, the NHL's discipline czar, had suspended him for a head shot....

Penguins hardly taking Capitals lightly as yet another playoff rematch looms
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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- Sidney Crosby has faced the Washington Capitals three times in the playoffs. All three times the Pittsburgh captain has led his team to victory. And all three times the Penguins used the win as the springboard to a raucous mid-June parade with the Stanley Cup in tow....

Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Washington Capitals can now turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins and avenging some playoff disappointments....

Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series
TORONTO (AP) -- Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series....

Lured out of retirement, Predators' Mike Fisher chasing 1st Stanley Cup
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Losing the Stanley Cup last June wasn't what hurt Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg the most. Seeing how painful the loss was for veteran center Mike Fisher proved even more agonizing....

Wild split with longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher after 1st-round playoff exit
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild split with general manager Chuck Fletcher after nine seasons with only two playoff series wins....

Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6
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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how....

Vasileviskiy, Lightning playing solid defense in playoffs
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in the playoffs....

Third-string goalie Andrew Hammond helped the Colorado Avalanche steal a game in Nashville and force a Game 6 back home against the Predators
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DENVER (AP) -- The third-string goalie nicknamed "Hamburglar" stole a game for Colorado in Nashville....

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  • Jordan Spieth suspects he could be on the cusp of a banner year

  • Auto Racing
  • Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year

  • Tennis
  • Novak Djokovic lost again, this time falling to 140th-ranked Martin Klizan 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Barcelona Open

  • Other Sports
  • The IAAF has published rules for female athletes with high natural testosterone levels which could force two-time Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya to stop running middle-distance races




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