Red Wings, Lightning ready for Game 7

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The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play the Atlantic Division champion Montreal Canadiens. Detroit will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was suspended one game Tuesday by the NHL for charging against Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov late in the second period of Game 6. The Lightning avoided elimination ...

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NHL playoffs: Capitals advance to play Rangers in 2nd Rd.

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The Washington Capitals, who were 3-9 in Game 7 entering Monday, beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Verizon Center. The Capitals have advanced to face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The start of that series is to be determined. Evgeny Kuznetsov broke a tie with 7:18 ...

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NHL playoffs: Wild, Blackhawks set for second-round rematch

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The Minnesota Wild advanced to the Western Conference Second Round by eliminating the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with a 4-1 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series. Minnesota will face the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of their 2014 second-round series, which Chicago won 4-2. The Blackhawks advanced to the second round by eliminating the Nashville Predators with a 4-3, Game 6 victory at United Center ...

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NHL playoffs: Canadiens advance, will face Lightning or Red Wings

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The Montreal Canadiens have advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round after eliminating the Ottawa Senators with a 2-0 victory in Game 6 on Sunday. The Canadiens will face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who they defeated in four games in the 2014 Eastern Conference First Round, or the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Detroit leads Tampa Bay 3-2 heading into ...

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NHL playoffs: Flames eliminate Canucks, advance to play Ducks


The Calgary Flames pulled off another third-period comeback to escape the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Flames erased a three-goal deficit and defeated the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Calgary  advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since ...

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Blackhawks advance, will play either Blues or Wild in 2nd round


The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators from the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday with a 4-3 comeback victory in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series. Corey Crawford made 13 saves after relieving Scott Darling in the first period. Defenseman Duncan Keith scored the deciding goal with 3:48 left in the third period. Forwards Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist. Chicago has ...

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Rangers to play either Capitals or Islanders in 2nd round


The New York Rangers will open the second round at Madison Square Garden against either the New York Islanders or Washington Capitals. Because they won the Presidents’ Trophy with 113 points, the Rangers are guaranteed to start every playoff series at home. The Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 2-1 in overtime at home on Friday. The Rangers could learn their next opponent ...

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Oilers hire Peter Chiarelli as president of hockey operations, GM

Peter Chiarelli

The Edmonton Oilers announced Friday that Peter Chiarelli has been appointed president of hockey operations and general manager. Chiarelli was fired as the general manager of the Boston Bruins less than two weeks ago.  He served in that role for the past eight seasons, guiding the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals twice during his tenure in Boston, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. ...

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NHL playoffs: Rangers, Canadiens can advance Friday

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The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will enter Game 5 of their best-of-7 series Friday night with a chance to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Rangers hold a 3-1 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins after their Game 4, 2-1 overtime victory Wednesday. The Rangers can close out their Eastern Conference First Round series ...

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Ducks sweep Jets; Emerson Etem scores sensational goal

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The Anaheim Ducks completed a sweep of the Winnipeg Jets with a 5-2 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at MTS Centre on Wednesday. Anaheim will play the winner between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks; Calgary leads the series 3-1. “We knew it was going to be a real battle,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I never expected it to be 4-0, quite ...

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