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Backes strikes in OT to lift Blues

May 2, 2016

Backes strikes in OT to lift Blues

David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday. There was a serenade of “Happy Birthday” for Backes from his teammates after the St. Louis captain scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game ...

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

May 1, 2016

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington’s Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in. So the ...

Faksa makes presence felt for Stars in Game 1

Apr 30, 2016

Faksa makes presence felt for Stars in Game 1

The kid is all right for the Dallas Stars. Radek Faksa, the rookie center who split his season between the AHL and the NHL, scored the winning goal off a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the Stars’ other goal ...

Ducks fire Boudreau after early playoff exit

Apr 30, 2016

Ducks fire Boudreau after early playoff exit

The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday, two days after the four-time Pacific Division champions’ first-round exit from the playoffs. While announcing the move, Ducks general manager Bob Murray expressed much more anger at his players than at Boudreau, who hasn’t been ...

Predators edge Ducks in Game 7

Apr 28, 2016

Predators edge Ducks in Game 7

Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators clung to a small lead for two full periods, scrambling and dodging and stopping everything the Anaheim Ducks could throw at them. They hung on until the final horn, emerging triumphant from their first Game 7 and opening ...

Blues oust champion Blackhawks

Apr 26, 2016

Blues oust champion Blackhawks

The St. Louis Blues acquired Troy Brouwer for moments like this, dealing fan favorite T.J. Oshie to Washington for some badly needed veteran presence. The 30-year-old forward showed plenty of poise when his first shot clanked off the post midway through the third period. ...

Penguins beat Rangers, win series

Apr 24, 2016

Penguins beat Rangers, win series

The end of two springs’ worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another. And perhaps it’s fitting that Pittsburgh’s relentless five-game demolition of the New York Rangers — completed ...

Sharks hold nerve to eliminate Kings

Apr 23, 2016

Sharks hold nerve to eliminate Kings

The Sharks had just blown a three-goal lead in a potential series-clinching playoff game. Staples Center rocked with the combined power of the Kings’ rally and the looming specters of San Jose’s postseason failures. Joonas Donskoi wasn’t around for any of that tawdry teal ...

Commanding Blues take down Blackhawks

Apr 20, 2016

Commanding Blues take down Blackhawks

The lessons were difficult and painful. Three straight years of regular-season success for St. Louis, followed by playoff failure. The Blues learned. They persevered, and they are roaring right now. Vladimir Tarasenko scored on two dazzling wrist shots, Brian Elliott made 39 saves and ...

Capitals move within win of sweep

Apr 19, 2016

Capitals move within win of sweep

Wayne Simmonds raised his hand toward the crowd and pleaded with fans to stop hurling colorful bracelets on the ice. Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan urged fans to “show some class” during the first wave of band tossing. The Philadelphia fans refused to ...

Mason error gives Caps Game 2 win

Apr 17, 2016

Mason error gives Caps Game 2 win

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason craned his neck toward the ceiling in utter dismay. The puck that came sliding down the ice from beyond the red line somehow went between his legs and nestled in the net behind him. Many of the Washington Capitals ...