Blues blast Stars, 6-1, take lead in series

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ST. LOUIS--Finally, some breathing room.

The St. Louis Blues had played nine games this postseason heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against Dallas, and eight of them had been decided by one goal.

But not on this night, as two goals each from Alexander Steen and David Backes gave them a 6-1 blowout win over the Stars in ...Read more

Predators get first win of series, defeat Sharks, 4-1

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Sharks' string of success on the road came to an abrupt halt Tuesday night.

The Sharks went 0-for-4 with the man advantage and allowed two power-play goals as the Nashville Predators earned a 4-1 win at Bridgestone Arena in an often testy Game 3 to cut San Jose's Western Conference second round series lead to 2-1.

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Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov has surgery on right wrist

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Center Artem Anisimov appeared to have been playing through an injury during the final games of the Blackhawks season.

Anisimov had surgery Tuesday to repair an injury on his right wrist, team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. He can resume full hockey activities in six-to-eight weeks, according to Terry.

In his first season ...Read more

Penguins goalie Fleury plans to 'stay ready' in backup role

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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was finally cleared to play Monday after an agonizing month on the shelf dealing with symptoms related to a concussion.

Instead of returning to the crease for Game 3 of the Penguins' second-round series against the Washington Capitals, Fleury stayed on the bench in a baseball cap, backing up wunderkind Matt ...Read more

Penguins' Letang suspended one game for hit on Capitals' Johansson

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The NHL suspended Penguins defenseman Kris Letang for one game Tuesday because of a head-high hit Monday night to Washington's Marcus Johansson in Game 3.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety said Letang delivered a "high, forceful hit that makes significant head contact."

The ruling absolved Letang of charging. In a video that explains the ...Read more

Murray stops 47 shots as Penguins upend Capitals, 3-2, take a 2-1 lead in series

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PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury made it back into the Penguins' lineup Monday night.

But if rookie Matt Murray continues to play the way he did during the Penguins' 3-2 victory against Washington in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series at Consol Energy Center, it might be a while before Fleury, who hadn't dressed for a game since late ...Read more

Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin named finalist for Calder Trophy

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Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin was named one of three finalists for the NHL's Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the league's best rookie.

Panarin's competition for the award includes Oilers center Connor McDavid and Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Panarin, 24, who previously played in the KHL, led all rookies in points with 77 (30 ...Read more

Blues hope to solve riddle of sitting on lead

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The Blues are back in St. Louis preparing for Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against Dallas on Tuesday night.

The club had a meeting Monday morning, in which the coaches and players reviewed Sunday's third period and talked about ways to avoid taking their foot off the gas. They led by two goals, but put just two shots on net in ...Read more

Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall 'getting opinions' on bad knee

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Niklas Kronwall is hoping that a summer of hard work can help him rebound.

But his knees might not cooperate.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman is exploring ways to improve the left knee he had scoped in January. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Monday that Kronwall "is getting opinions."

Kronwall appeared hampered by the ...Read more

Capitals' Orpik says three-game suspension 'fair' for hit on Penguins' Maatta

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Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik said his three-game suspension by the NHL was a fair punishment, in a brief but emotional interview after morning skate at Consol Energy Center on Monday.

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Orpik after a late, high hit to the head of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 that resulted in an ...Read more

Sharks defeat Predators, 3-2, take 2-0 series lead

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:40 to go in the third period and Martin Jones finished with 37 saves as the Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday at SAP Center to take a two-games-to-none lead in the second round playoff series.

Pavelski also assisted on Logan Couture's power-play goal late in the ...Read more

Jaromir Jagr finalist for NHL award, which honors commitment to game

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Jaromir Jagr already planned on being in Las Vegas and now he has a reason to check out the Hard Rock casino.

On Sunday, Jagr was named one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which honors the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

The winner -- Mats Zuccarello...Read more

Capitals' Orpik suspended three games for hit on Penguins' Maatta

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Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended for three games for his head-high hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta on Saturday night.

In a video announcing the suspension, the NHL's Department of Player Safety labeled Orpik's hit at 4:13 of the first period in the Penguins' 2-1 victory at Verizon Center as "forceful, unacceptably ...Read more

Backes' overtime winner evens the series for Blues, defeat Stars, 4-3

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DALLAS -- Two shots in the first period led to two goals. Two shots in the third period nearly led to Dallas being up 2-0 in the series.

But the Blues, on their second power play of overtime, got the game-winner from David Backes with 9 minutes, 2 seconds left in overtime to redeem themselves with a 4-3 win over the Stars.

The victory, which ...Read more

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan 'not optimistic' Maatta will play in Game 3

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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had no update on defenseman Olli Maatta's status Sunday but said he was "probably not optimistic" Maatta would be able to play in Game 3 of the team's second-round series against the Capitals on Monday night.

Maatta was injured on a hit from Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, who was scheduled to have a hearing with ...Read more

Penguins win Game 2 against Capitals, 2-1, to even series at 1-1

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WASHINGTON -- The Penguins came here a few days ago, with the intention on returning home with nothing less than a split of the first two games of their second-round playoff series against Washington.

They got it.

But it wasn't easy. Or cheap.

They beat the Capitals, 2-1, in Game 2 at Verizon Center Saturday to even the series, 1-1.

Game 3 ...Read more

Blackhawks say inconsistency of forwards, not defense, was biggest problem

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A common refrain among NHL pundits is that the Blackhawks aren't playing anymore because they did not find a replacement for Johnny Oduya, the defenseman who left in the offseason for the Stars.

But to hear coach Joel Quenneville diagnose the team's shortcomings, the defense was fine and another problem loomed large.

"The one thing, all year ...Read more

Sharks rip Preds, 5-2, in series opener

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--The San Jose Sharks signed Joel Ward as a free agent last offseason for a handful of reasons. The biggest was because they knew he could deliver the type of game he played Friday night.

Ward played his best game of this season's playoffs, assisting on a tying goal by Tomas Hertl and scoring go-ahead goal with 8:11 left in the ...Read more

Stars win Game 1 against sluggish Blues, 2-1

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DALLAS -- After their seven-game series against Chicago, the Blues claimed to be fresh entering their Western Conference semifinal matchup with the Dallas Stars Friday. They claimed as the heavier team they had a physical edge over the Stars.

In Game 1 at American Airlines Center, however, they showed neither. The heavy favorites had the heavy ...Read more

Blackhawks, prospect Luke Johnson agree to three-year deal

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The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Luke Johnson agreed to terms on a three-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Johnson, 21, was a fifth-round pick of the Hawks in the 2013 entry draft and played college hockey at North Dakota, where he contributed to North Dakota's national title this season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 43 games.

Johnson ...Read more