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  • NHL Roundup: Predators beat Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of second-round series Pred. v Blues g1ANAHEIM, 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. When things got wild and frantic in the final minutes, the upstart Oilers showed they can hang with the best in the ...
  • NHL playoffs 2017: Round 2’s pivotal head-to-head matchups Ducks-sw37-kesler-0426(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Every NHL playoff series has its own character. No two series are ever alike. Unanticipated story lines often unfold. Individual confrontations always play out inside the bigger picture. In the 1950s, Detroit fans looked forward to watching Marty Pavelich check Maurice “Rocket” Richard in the playoffs. In the 1960s, Bryan ...
  • NHL Playoffs 2017: Six first-round NHL playoff surprises Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker celebrates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)(Phatzradio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —   The NHL first round often reads like Tales of the Unexpected. Upsets are an NHL tradition as much as overtime and hiding injuries. But this year’s first round seemed to have more twists than usual. Here’s a look at some first-round surprises: 1. Blackhawks looking stale: Has this group ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Senators survive another OT to advance in NHL playoffs Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur (16) celebrates his goal with teammate Bobby Ryan (9) as Boston Bruins' Riley Nash (20) looks on during overtime in game six of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Boston. The Senators won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 on Sunday night. Johansson pulled Washington even at 1-1 with less than eight minutes to go in the third period ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Oilers eliminate Sharks with 3-1 win in Game 6 San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. The Oilers won 3-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Derek Stepan also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots to help New York get past the first round for the ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Capitals top Maple Leafs in overtime of pivotal Game 5 to snag series lead NHL-STANLEY-CUP-PLAYOFFS-TORONTO-MAPLE-LEAFS-90397488OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Sean Kuraly’s second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 on Friday night, avoiding elimination in the first-round series. David Pastrnak also scored and Tuukka Rask finished with 41 saves to help the Bruins rally ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Predators finish Blackhawks in style -preds-blackhawks-game4-065 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference’s top seed. Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise’s first playoff sweep. Led ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Anaheim Ducks sweep Calgary Flames with 3-1 win Ducks-USATSI-10020893 CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Wednesday night for a sweep of their first-round playoff series. Anaheim became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals. It was the Ducks’ first four-game sweep since they eliminated Winnipeg in the ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Sharks’ offense explodes in series-leveling rout of Oilers NHL-STANLEY-CUP-PLAYOFFS-EDMONTON-OILERS-AT-S-90333325 NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. New York’s win also ended a six-game losing streak at home in the playoffs going back to the ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT to take 3-0 series lead Pens v Blue Jackets COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and give them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins Senator v Bruins G2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into the second overtime, Frederik Andersen made 47 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 Saturday night in Game 2 to even the first-round series. Kapanen also scored in regulation for Toronto along with James van Riemsdyk and Morgan ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Schwartz’s late goal gives Blues 2-1 win, 2-0 lead on Wild St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz (17) is swarmed by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 14, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) MONTREAL (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored at 18:34 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in Game 2 of the first-round series. Radulov jammed the puck in from the edge of the crease after a feed from Max Pacioretty to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1. ...
  • NHL Playoffs Roundup: Marchand breaks late tie, Bruins top Senators 2-1 in Game 1 Boston Bruins' Matt Beleskey (39) dives for the puck at the feet of Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson during the first period of game one NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime, Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their first-round series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko was quiet for most of the night ...
  • NHL playoff power rankings: Who are the Stanley Cup favorites? Claude Julien, Mike Babcock, Randy Carlyle, Bruce Boudreau, New York, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, NHL Pacific Division, NHL Western Conference, Hockey, Men's hockey, NHL hockey, Professional hockey, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Central Division, Toronto, National Hockey League, NHL Atlantic Division, NHL Eastern Conference, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Stanley Cup Finals, John Tortorella, Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby, Montreal, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, John Carlson, Ottawa, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Sullivan, Mike Yeo, Guy Boucher, Glen Gulutzan, NHL Metropolitan Division, Frederik Andersen, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Brandon Carlo, Bruce Cassidy(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   Here is our power rankings of the NHL’s 16 playoff teams: 1. Washington Capitals (55-19-8): The Capitals led the NHL in points because they are dominant in all aspects of the game. They rank first in goals-against average, third in goals per game and fourth on the power play. Goaltender ...
  • NHL Playoffs 2017: First-round predictions Claude Julien, Mike Babcock, Randy Carlyle, Bruce Boudreau, New York, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, NHL Pacific Division, NHL Western Conference, Hockey, Men's hockey, NHL hockey, Professional hockey, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Central Division, Toronto, National Hockey League, NHL Atlantic Division, NHL Eastern Conference, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Stanley Cup Finals, John Tortorella, Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby, Montreal, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, John Carlson, Ottawa, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Sullivan, Mike Yeo, Guy Boucher, Glen Gulutzan, NHL Metropolitan Division, Frederik Andersen, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Brandon Carlo, Bruce Cassidy(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —–    The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday, the beginning of a two-month battle  for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Every team enters with big aspirations, but each has blemishes that could prevent it from being the last team standing. USA TODAY Sports takes a look at an issue each team faces entering the ...
  • NHL playoffs open Wednesday with five series starting The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate around Patrick Kane after Kane scored the winning goal past Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson (31) in the overtime period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   A look at the NHL playoffs that begin Wednesday: ___ WHO’S PLAYING EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue Jackets on the Metropolitan Division side. On the Atlantic side, the division champion Montreal Canadiens ...
  • NHL Roundup: Capitals lose finale to Panthers, turn focus to Maple Leafs Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell (51) defends Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) as goalie Corey Crawford, left, blocks a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 10, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. During a stoppage in the first period, fans and players from both teams gave Bickell a standing ovation and stick ...
  • NHL Roundup: Maple Leafs beat Penguins to clinch final playoff spot Toronto Maple Leafs salute fans following the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Toronto on Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds after the Bruins tied it in the second period, and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals sent Boston to a season-ending 3-1 loss on Saturday that set up a potential first-round playoff matchup between the teams. Backup Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for the Capitals. Marcus Johansson ...
  • NHL Roundup: Gourde, Kucherov help Lightning beat Canadiens 4-2 Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save off Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde during first-period NHL hockey action in Montreal,Friday, April 7, 2017. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — Tampa Bay rookie Yanni Gourde pointed to the two points in the standings — not his own two goals. “It’s pretty amazing feeling scoring two goals against Montreal in this building, but what we really wanted was two points tonight and that was my main concern,” said Gourde, from St. Narcisse, Quebec. “It’s ...
  • NHL Roundup: Ducks close in on Pacific with 4-0 win over resting ‘Hawks Anaheim Ducks' Rickard Rakell, center, celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) BOSTON (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout Thursday night to help the Ottawa Senators clinch a playoff spot by beating Boston 2-1, snapping the Bruins’ six-game winning streak and pulling ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings. Kyle Turris scored the only goal in ...
  • NHL Roundup: Capitals beat Rangers to clinch Presidents’ Trophy again Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, shoots the puck for a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, as left wing J.T. Miller (10) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning the Presidents’ Trophy is becoming old hat for the Washington Capitals, though this time it could be more important than ever. The Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday night to wrap up their second consecutive regular-season points title, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division title. ...
  • NHL Roundup: Bruins clinch playoff berth with 4-0 win over Lightning Bruins v Lightning BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored twice, Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots and the Boston Bruins clinched their first playoff berth since 2014 with a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Drew Stafford and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins, who extended their season-high winning streak to six games. More importantly, ...
  • NHL Roundup: Maple Leafs beat Sabres 4-2 / NHL ices Olympics Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) gets a shot off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen scored twice in the third period and had an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens clinch the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov also scored for the Canadiens, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 31 shots in his second ...
  • NHL Roundup: Perreault lifts Jets to fourth straight win, 4-2 over Sens Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29), Mathieu Perreault (85), Bryan Little (18) and Josh Morrissey (44) celebrate Perreault's winning goal on Ottawa Senators during third-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 1, 2017. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Stolarz stopped 26 shots after replacing Michael Neuvirth early in the first period and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday night. Neuvirth left the game after collapsing in his crease 7 1/2 minutes into the game. He was carted off the ice on a stretch and later taken ...
  • NHL Roundup: Crosby leads Penguins to 4-3 win over Rangers in shootout Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) from scoring during the shootout of an NHL hockey game, Friday, March 31, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Penguins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)CHICAGO (AP) — Artemi Panarin had two goals, Corey Crawford made 32 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night to reach the cusp of clinching the Central Division. Panarin scored in the opening minute, then added an empty-netter with 44 seconds left for his 28th goal of the season. ...

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