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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 able to pair postseason success with ...

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 ...

Shaw strikes late to lift Chicago

Apr 16, 2016

Shaw strikes late to lift Chicago

A coach’s challenge in the nick of time resulted in third-period momentum for the Chicago Blackhawks. The defending Stanley Cup champions made sure it stayed that way. Andrew Shaw stuffed home a rebound on a power play with 4:19 remaining, minutes after Joel Quenneville ...

Caps lean on familiar formula to top Flyers in Game 1

Apr 15, 2016

Caps lean on familiar formula to top Flyers in Game 1

Going into the locker room at the first intermission, the Washington Capitals had no goals but all the momentum. Three successful penalty kills kept the Philadelphia Flyers off the scoreboard, and the Capitals knew they’d get their chance. When that happened, John Carlson scored ...

Flyers founder Snider dies at 83

Apr 12, 2016

Flyers founder Snider dies at 83

Ed Snider was weakened by cancer, the disease that kept him from his beloved Philadelphia Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall went to Snider’s home in California in December before a scouting trip, watching what would be their last Flyers game together on TV. The ...

Surging Penguins ready for playoffs

Apr 12, 2016

Surging Penguins ready for playoffs

Matt Cullen can’t quite find the right words to describe it. Maybe because the seemingly ageless Pittsburgh Penguins center has never experienced a season quite like this in a career that spans eight cities and nearly two decades. Lifeless and listless in December, the ...

Ovechkin reaches 50-goal mark in Capitals victory

Apr 10, 2016

Ovechkin reaches 50-goal mark in Capitals victory

It was a milestone evening for the Washington Capitals. And a forgettable finale for the St. Louis Blues. Alex Ovechkin had three goals to reach 50 for the seventh time, Braden Holtby won his 48th game to tie the NHL single-season record and the ...

Penguins edge Capitals

Apr 8, 2016

Penguins edge Capitals

After the Penguins blew a three-goal lead, Sidney Crosby scored to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals Thursday night that clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Penguins are 33-15-5 since Mike Sullivan replaced Mike ...