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Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis…

Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal

Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0…

Phil Kessel scored twice, Sidney Crosby set up more goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Braden Holtby on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 2 that gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in their second-round series

Nashville's Kevin Fiala Leaves on Stretcher with…

Nashville forward Kevin Fiala has left Game 1 of the Predators' second-round series against St. Louis with a left leg injury.

Capitals replace Holtby in goal for 3rd period of…

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was pulled before the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their second-round series

Pageau gets fourth goal in 2OT to lift Sens over…

Jean-Gabriel Pageau got his fourth goal of the game in the second overtime after scoring twice late in regulation, lifting the Ottawa Senators over the New York Rangers 6-5 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Back home, Preds eager to rebound off 1st…

Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five

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Devils buck odds to win NHL draft lottery; Vegas to pick 6th

The New Jersey Devils won the NHL draft lottery, vaulting four teams including the last-place Colorado Avalanche and expansion Vegas Golden Knights for the right to the first pick in the draft

Cam Talbot carries Oilers past Ducks 2-1, to 2-0…

Cam Talbot made 39 saves, Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and the Edmonton Oilers moved halfway to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their second-round series

Tarasenko scores 2, Blues beat Predators 3-2 to…

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Friday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series

Road warriors: Home ice can be a disadvantage in playoffs

Life on the road: Home is not all it's cracked up to be in Stanley Cup playoffs

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1

Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking…

Nashville general manager David Poile says Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left femur and is recovering from surgery to repair his leg

GM McPhee weighs hopes of Vegas hitting NHL…

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is keeping his fingers crossed for the NHL lottery

Larsson leads Oilers past Ducks 5-3 in wild series opener

Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the third period with 4:40 to play, and the Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead in a wild third period before holding off the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 Wednesday night in their second-round playoff series opener

Zuccarello leads Rangers in East semifinals…

Mats Zuccarello has worked hard to become a consistent scoring leader for the New York Rangers

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Caps, Pens arrive at showdown with key…

The Capitals and Penguins are almost unchanged from their playoff meeting a year ago

Bruins will bring back Bruce Cassidy as head coach

The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back as coach, dropping interim tag.

After inconsistent season, Lundqvist shining in postseason

After struggling through a subpar season by his standards, Henrik Lundqvist was at his best when the Rangers needed him in the first round

McDavid faces off with Kesler when Oilers visit…

Connor McDavid is about to get to know Ryan Kesler very well

Ovechkin, Capitals must go through Penguins for shot at Cup

Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals must go through Sidney Crosby and the defending-champion Penguins in their last best chance to win the Stanley Cup

Working overtime: Extra hockey may take its toll on players

A record 18 overtime games in the first round could take its toll on players and teams as the playoffs continue

Blues get faceoff leader back with Paul Stastny

While many of his teammates enjoyed a well-deserved break, St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny was on the ice for the team's optional skate

Rookie Guentzel making a splash for rested, ready Penguins

The NHL's leading goal scorer in the playoffs heading into the second round isn't stars Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin or Connor McDavid

John Stevens believes small changes will be big…

The Los Angeles Kings have introduced John Stevens as the 27th head coach in team history

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No Shattenkirk is no problem for bigger, better Blues

Not having Kevin Shattenkirk is no problem for the bigger, better Blues

Sharks C Thornton undergoes ACL surgery before…

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is undergoing surgery on a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee

Penguins-Capitals rivalry highlights playoffs…

A renewal of the rivalry between the Penguins and Capitals highlights the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs