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San Jose Sharks celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 22, 2019 - 12:23 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. One day later, he clarified it wasn't necessarily a guarantee, but rather...
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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 21, 2019 - 7:15 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Facing elimination, Boston didn't panic when it fell behind halfway through the first period. The Bruins kept their focus, quickly tied it and took the lead, and then held off the Toronto Maple Leafs to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Brad Marchand had two goals...
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Nikita Zaitsev (22) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 21, 2019 - 1:55 am
BOSTON (AP) — Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin has extra motivation to beat Boston on Sunday and eliminate the Bruins in six games: It would mean some extra time to spend with his brand-new baby daughter. Muzzin's wife, Courtney, gave birth to a daughter, Luna, on Thursday, the off day between...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, left, during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 20, 2019 - 11:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much went right for the Washington Capitals that the chants from the crowd changed by the shift. Fans chanted for Nicklas Backstrom's four points, Braden Holtby's 30-save shutout, Devante Smith-Pelly's return to the NHL and T.J. Oshie's absence that is arguably the biggest...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 20, 2019 - 11:10 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks know they are often considered a one-man team. Saturday night, they took some major steps toward changing that perception. On a night where Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited by foul trouble, the Bucks had seven players score in double figures and beat the Detroit...
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St. Louis Blues' Robby Fabbri, left, and goaltender Jordan Binnington celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 20, 2019 - 10:30 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz knew there would be a silver lining during his struggles in the regular season. The St. Louis forward found it the last two games of the first round of the playoffs. Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the Blues beat the...
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47), of Russia, is congratulated after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 20, 2019 - 5:01 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored two goals in the second period and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday to push the Western Conference's No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination. The Stars came into the postseason as the West's first wild card and are up 3-2...
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour watches as Hurricanes' Jordan Martinook (48) takes the ice against the Washington Capitals during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 20, 2019 - 2:21 am
Rod Brind'Amour does not think what he is doing is anything special. Brind'Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at two games...
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Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 2:08 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After getting shut out in the series opener, the Colorado Avalanche clamped down defensively to shut down the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames. Now, the Avalanche are on to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Colin Wilson and Mikko...
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson (18) celebrates a goal by Kasperi Kapanen on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, bottom, during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 19, 2019 - 10:17 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have grown accustomed to playoff disappointment in recent years. However, after putting together possibly their best defensive effort of the season, their latest victory has them on the brink of getting out of the first round for the first time since 2004...
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