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Antti Niemi is Sharks' go-to guy

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds to show that he was on his game.

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter had sneaked past the San Jose defense and was all alone heading straight for the Sharks' goal with the puck on his stick...

Time for Wild to get up off the mat

DENVER -- There is precedent for the Minnesota Wild rallying to win a playoff series after allowing a late tying goal in Game 1, then losing that same game in overtime.

Just ask Matt Cooke.

The Wild veteran was a 23-year-old Vancouver Canucks ...

Blackhawks undaunted after dropping playoff opener

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks relinquished a lead late in regulation, played more than 100 minutes of hockey and all they had to show for their efforts in the waning hours of Thursday was a 1-0 deficit in their opening round playoff series ...

Third-line dance likely to continue for Penguins

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma entered Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against Columbus fully expecting to use more than one left winger on his third line.

He just didn't necessarily anticipate that Beau Bennett would be one of them.