Wild, Parise top Blues, advance to play Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise is becoming Mr. Game 6.

One year after scoring a career-high four points in Game 6 of the first round to force a Game 7 in Colorado, the Wild's engine scored two goals Sunday afternoon to help the Wild avoid another Game 7 in St. Louis and advance to the conference semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In ...Read more

Ducks-Flames matchup in NHL playoffs could leave third-degree burns

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LOS ANGELES -- Third-period comeback clones.

Anaheim Ducks ... meet the Calgary Flames.

That's exactly what will be happening in the second round of the playoffs as the teams will open a Western Conference semifinal series later this week in Anaheim.

The Ducks staged third-period comebacks in the first three games of their opening-round ...Read more

Blackhawks advance with 4-3 victory over Predators

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CHICAGO -- The Predators came out firing on all cylinders, but the Blackhawks answered every challenge.

After Scott Darling allowed three early goals to the Predators, Corey Crawford came on in relief and didn't allow a goal as his teammates came back for a 4-3 series-clinching victory over the Predators in Game 6 at the United Center. The ...Read more

Red Wings blank Lightning, 4-0, take 3-2 series lead

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TAMPA, Fla. -- One game after taking what their coach called a punch to the gut, the Detroit Red Wings struck back.

They left Amalie Arena Saturday celebrating a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, using their best game of the best-of-7 series to earn a 3-2 lead and a shot at clinching Monday back home.

Riley Sheahan contributed his ...Read more

Ducks' Fleischmann steps in for injured teammates

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Tomas Fleischmann knew there were no guarantees he would play a big role after the Anaheim Ducks acquired him from the Florida Panthers on Feb. 28 for Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in this year's entry draft.

The Czech-born winger had one goal and one assist in six games before he was a healthy scratch; he was scratched three more times ...Read more

Wild storm past Blues, 4-1, take 3-2 series lead

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ST. LOUIS -- Ninety minutes before the opening faceoff, a number of Wild fans that made the trek down to St. Louis began Dooooooooo'ing and chanting "Let's Go Dubnyk."

Perhaps they figured at some point in this hard-fought, tight-checking series between the Wild and St. Louis Blues that Devan Dubnyk would have to steal a game.

The Wild ...Read more

Darling to start Game 6 in goal for Blackhawks

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Even after suffering his first loss of the Blackhawks' series against the Predators, Scott Darling will remain in net.

Coach Joel Quenneville announced Friday that Darling will be in net for Game 6 at the United Center after the Blackhawks fell, 5-2, on Thursday in Game 5.

Darling allowed four goals, including three in the third period.

"He's...Read more

Red Wings' Glendening (hand) good to go for Game 5

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Luke Glendening insisted numerous times that his injury was no big deal.

That was good news for the Detroit Red Wings, as losing their fourth-line center would have been a big deal.

General manager Ken Holland backed up Glendening's diagnosis Friday, telling the Free Press that Glendening "will play in Game 5" on Saturday, when the Wings take ...Read more

Preds down Hawks, 5-2, to inch closer in series

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The Chicago Blackhawks knew they would get the Nashville Predators' best shot in Game 5, with the Hawks on the verge of clinching the series.

And the Predators certainly lived up to expectations. They defeated the Hawks 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena. The Hawks still lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 at the United Center on Saturday.

Filip Forsberg ...Read more

Ducks look ahead after sweep

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks looked to the second round Thursday and couldn't miss who might be awaiting.

Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller was in Anaheim's net for 326 games before this season, when he left via free agency.

"So far, Hilly's played great, and we've seen him play great in our organization. When he's on, he's tremendous," ...Read more

Lightning ride late scoring flurry to edge Red Wings in overtime, 3-2

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings saw their lead slip away in a matter of minutes, undone by two strokes of Lightning.

The third strike came when Tyler Johnson scored his second goal of the night, 2:25 into overtime to complete Tampa Bay's rally at 3-2 Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, turning what had been the Wings' night into a nightmare. The ...Read more

Sharks owner Plattner acknowledges disappointment, reaffirms commitment to rebuild

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks owner Hasso Plattner has written a letter to season-ticket holders sharing their disappointment in not making the playoffs, but reaffirming the team's commitment to its rebuild.

In a email sent Thursdy afternoon, he says the management team of general manager Doug Wilson and chief operating officer John Tortora did a ...Read more

Ducks sweep Jets

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- If the first dagger wasn't enough -- and it almost wasn't against the resilient Winnipeg Jets -- the Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler made certain to apply the finishing touch.

Kesler scored twice in the third period, twice giving the Ducks two-goal leads and some bonus breathing room in a tense Game 4 and the Ducks added an ...Read more

Blues blast Wild 6-1 in Game 4

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Order has been restored with the Blues, and in more ways than one.

The Blues' top players finally checked into the Western Conference playoff series and the result was an emphatic 6-1 victory in Game 4 that has tied the series at two games apiece.

David Backes, Paul Stastny, T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo entered Wednesday'...Read more

Scott Darling: From humiliation to hero

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After Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling started his first NHL playoff game on Sunday, he and his family gathered for dinner at a downtown steakhouse that overlooks the Chicago River.

At a nearby table sat puckish teammate Andrew Shaw, who was only too happy to out his teammate to fellow diners as the unlikely hero of the Blackhawks' 4-2 win ...Read more

Seabrook's game winner leads Hawks over Preds in three OTs, 3-2

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CHICAGO--The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators played deep into Tuesday night--and early Wednesday morning--in Game 4.

But before the 2 a.m. bars could chase people out, Brent Seabrook blasted home a shot from the blue line aided by a screen from Bryan Bickell for a 3-2 victory over the Predators in triple overtime. Seabrook's goal ...Read more

Jets fans dislike Ducks duo

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Did he feel the love?

"Yeah, I loved it. I embraced it," Ryan Kesler said Tuesday afternoon.

All that was missing was a sneer. The Ducks center still relished the role of Winnipeg heartbreaker a day after his third-period goal erased a late Jets lead and enabled the Ducks to apply the dagger in a 5-4 overtime victory in ...Read more

Red Wings blank Lightning in Game 3, take series lead

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings came through with a performance reflective of just how good they can be.

From a strong start to good special teams to a feisty finish, the Wings delivered a 3-0 victory Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. According to Elias Sports Bureau, when teams are tied 1-1 in a ...Read more

Overtime victory over Jets puts Ducks in control

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Their third-period magic made the long trip, crossed the border to Winnipeg and carried right over into overtime.

With that, the Anaheim Ducks established an even tighter grip on this playoff series and pushed the Winnipeg Jets to the brink of elimination with a 5-4 win in overtime Monday night at MTS Centre in Game 3.

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Wild stars step up in Game 3 to shutout Blues, 3-0

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Around the 30-minute mark, Monday's Game 3 began to have the same uneasy feel of last year's Game 3 in the Wild's first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

No matter how many pucks the Wild threw on net, no matter how badly the Wild outskated the Avs last April, Semyon Valarmov turned everything aside until Mikael ...Read more