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San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19), celebrates after scoring goal against Colorado Avalanche in the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 27, 2019 - 12:46 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After enduring a grueling seven-game series in the first round, the San Jose Sharks predictably needed some time to find their legs again at the start of round two. One key penalty kill proved to be just the kick start they needed. Joe Thornton sparked a three-goal outburst...
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Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, top right, reacts after scoring an overtime goal on New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. The Hurricanes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 26, 2019 - 11:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Staal got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a winning start in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the series opener. Nino Niederreiter sent a shot that caromed off...
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Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) pressures the net as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) attempts to clear an airborne puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Thursday, April 25, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 26, 2019 - 12:23 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko added to his growing playoff resume. Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night in first game of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series. Robby Fabbri also scored and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the...
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Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) beats Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) for the game-winning goal during overtime of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Boston. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 25, 2019 - 10:39 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle wasn't thinking about his first goal, which tied things up at the end of regulation. Or his second, which won it in overtime. What was weighing on him was the time he coughed up the puck and handed Columbus a goal, even though he redeemed himself by leading Boston to a 3...
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Boston Bruins left wing Marcus Johansson, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after his goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 24, 2019 - 10:03 am
BOSTON (AP) — Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another victory for the Bruins. Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern...
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San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow, center, celebrates with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring the winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 24, 2019 - 5:57 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In San Jose, the game will always be remembered as the Pavelski Payback for the four goals scored on one power play after the Sharks' captain was knocked out cold, turning around a wild Game 7 that finally ended in overtime. In Las Vegas, the Golden Knights will always...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, right, holds up the Stanley Cup during a victory rally for the Washington Capitals in celebration of winning the Stanley Cup, in Washington. In previous playoffs, a Game 7 at home would've been a "Here we go again" moment of worry for the Washington Capitals. But after exorcising some demons and winning the Stanley Cup last year, the Capitals hope things really are different this time when they host the pesky Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday night, April 24, 2019.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 23, 2019 - 5:38 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Justin Williams doesn't lose in Game 7. Except that one time. The player who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker for going 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in winner-take-all situations lost in a Game 7 for the first time with the Washington Capitals in 2017. Now he's back...
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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) and center Noel Acciari (55) after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 23, 2019 - 2:12 am
BOSTON (AP) — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy doesn't want to change too much heading into Game 7 of Boston's first-round series against Toronto, explaining that his players "are a bit like dogs." "They love routines, especially on game days," he said after the team's practice on Monday. "So I think you...
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Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin (91), Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Calle Jarnkrok (19), P.K. Subban (76), the Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) and Jamie Benn (14) watch as the puck falls out of the back of the net on a John Klingberg score in overtime of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. The Stars won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 23, 2019 - 12:31 am
DALLAS (AP) — With a chance to clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in 11 years, the Dallas Stars needed overtime again. They didn't need quite as many this time, and won't have to go back to Music City. John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime after a cross-ice...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, reacts following a goal against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. Capitals' Andre Burakovsky (65), of Austria, and John Carlson (74) look on with Capitals' Jonas Siegenthaler (34), of the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 22, 2019 - 9:04 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the Capitals...
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