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Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

Apr 24, 2015

Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

The Tampa Bay Lightning spent all season showing they could score goals in bunches, and with a first-round playoff series seemingly slipping away, Tyler Johnson led their most important flurry yet. Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory ...

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

Apr 23, 2015

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

The Anaheim Ducks wiped out the Winnipeg Jets in front of another raucous whiteout crowd. Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period and Anaheim beat Winnipeg 5-2 on Wednesday night to sweep the Western Conference first-round series. “Obviously it’s a building that I ...

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

Apr 22, 2015

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning. The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games. Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenseman ...

McLellan done after seven seasons with Sharks

Apr 21, 2015

McLellan done after seven seasons with Sharks

After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change. The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after ...

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

Apr 20, 2015

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

John Tavares can be excused if the Islanders captain doesn’t recall the previous time New York won a playoff game in overtime. “I was only 3 years old then,” Tavares said, when informed it’s been 22 years since that happened. He’ll certainly remember this ...

Crosby helps Penguins even series

Apr 19, 2015

Crosby helps Penguins even series

Sidney Crosby woke up, and so did the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby scored twice and the Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night. The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping ...

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

Apr 18, 2015

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

So what if the Washington Capitals’ goalie was a last-minute rookie replacement, making his second NHL appearance all season? So what if Alex Ovechkin’s club had played nearly 5½ periods without ever holding a lead, and was facing a two-goal hole that was getting ...

Rangers triumph in Game 1

Apr 17, 2015

Rangers triumph in Game 1

The New York Rangers wanted to jump right on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series opener. How about a goal at 28 seconds? Derick Brassard provided that, then Ryan McDonagh scored later in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up ...

Blackhawks top Predators in 2OT

Apr 16, 2015

Blackhawks top Predators in 2OT

Duncan Keith scored at 7:49 of double overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a three-goal deficit after the first period to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Wednesday night. Chicago finished only two points back of Nashville in the Central Division, and it ...

Canada eyes elusive prize

Apr 15, 2015

Canada eyes elusive prize

Following the Ottawa Senators’ sizzling run to secure a last-minute playoff berth, Canadian teams enter the Stanley Cup tournament in their greatest numbers since 2004, raising hopes of ending the country’s 22-year Cup drought. Five of the seven Canadian NHL franchises will compete in ...

Shanahan says more changes ahead for Leafs

Apr 14, 2015

Shanahan says more changes ahead for Leafs

In a little more than a year as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan has fired the team’s general manager, two different head coaches and several assistants and scouts. “(Players) understand yesterday was just the beginning, that there will be some changes,” ...

'Hamburglar' guides Senators into playoffs

Apr 12, 2015

'Hamburglar' guides Senators into playoffs

Ottawa used its super-sized record down the stretch and a “Hamburglar” to order up a playoff berth. Needing just one point for the playoffs in the season finale, the Senators wrapped up their sizzling second-half rally with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers ...