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Flyers eliminated from NHL playoffs by Penguins despite Sean Couturier's heroics

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' roller-coaster ride of a season, which featured both encouraging and maddening stages, came to a screeching halt Sunday.

Blame a porous defense and the team's failure to win on home ice.

Blame an offense that, with the Flyers trailing by just a goal, had no shots in the first 11-plus minutes of the third period.

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Doughty's dough is No. 1 priority for Kings

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LOS ANGELES--Yet another long summer awaits the Los Angeles Kings, with issues that can't be resolved quickly, like in a television show. For the moment, No. 8 is enough.

Although the aftermath of their first-round playoff elimination centers on their measly three goals in a four-game sweep, the pressing question Friday was whether veteran ...Read more

Jets bounce Wild from playoffs with 5-0 rout

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A relentless resilience is a trademark of the 2017-18 Wild.

It's the reason why the team reached the playoffs for a sixth straight year after injuries, inconsistency and inexperience threatened a much earlier demise.

But that perseverance wasn't the last impression made by the group.

The Wild were crushed by the Jets, 5-...Read more

Sean Couturier's late goal gives Flyers win over Penguins, keeps series alive

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PITTSBURGH -- Claude Giroux said the Flyers would win Friday night in Pittsburgh and return to the Wells Fargo for Game 6 on Sunday.

The Flyers' captain backed up his words.

Giroux settled down his team with the game's first goal, and Sean Couturier -- who gallantly returned to the lineup after an injury forced him to miss the previous game --...Read more

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters resigns

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are now in the market for a new general manager and head coach.

Bill Peters announced Friday that he was resigning as coach after four seasons, opting out of the final year on a contract that was to pay him $1.6 million. Peters has been mentioned as a leading candidate for the Calgary Flames' head-...Read more

Broom service! Led by Martin Jones, Sharks sweep Ducks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It might have been the poorest game the San Jose Sharks had played in its opening-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. Gone was the discipline, some of their attention to detail, most of their odd-man rushes.

The one constant was the play of goalie Martin Jones, who almost single-handedly helped the Sharks finish ...Read more

Flyers lose to Penguins, on brink of playoff elimination

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PHILADELPHIA -- With apologies to Harold Hill from "The Music Man" fame, the Flyers are in trouble, trouble, trouble ... TROUBLE.

That starts with T, that rhymes with P, that stands for Penguins.

Make that the relentless Penguins.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions put the Flyers on the brink of elimination Wednesday night as they ...Read more

Wild's Devan Dubnyk is ready, not rattled, when puck fires his way in playoffs

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When the Wild turned to a younger and more inexperienced blue line for the playoffs after losing Ryan Suter to a right ankle fracture, the margin of error didn't just shrink for the new-look defense.

Goalie play became even more critical, too, and although the Wild trails its first-round, best-of-seven series with the Jets 3-1, Devan Dubnyk ...Read more

Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck puts bad games behind him

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Before they can gobble up pucks between the pipes, goaltenders sometimes need to clear out the space between their ears. Connor Hellebuyck started that task immediately following his Game 3 loss to the Wild, when the Winnipeg netminder was pulled after giving up six goals in 40 minutes.

Hellebuyck knows the best way to forget a dismal game is ...Read more

Good Knight: Vegas cashes in with series sweep over Kings

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LOS ANGELES--They took those last steps over the bench, weary with disbelief. Drew Doughty skated by himself back to the Los Angeles Kings end, his teammates slowly behind him in tow.

A post-playoff series handshake line is not what the Kings planned at this stage of the season. Neither did scoring three goals in four games, against a team that...Read more

Wild can't overcome early goal in 2-0 loss, trails Jets 3-1 in series

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- More adversity didn't come as a surprise.

After all, this is the 2017-18 version of the Wild -- a team beleaguered by bouts of injury, inconsistency and inexperience.

But after losing winger Zach Parise to a fractured sternum, it got worse for the Wild on Tuesday.

The team is on the brink of elimination after the Jets ...Read more

Zach Parise sidelined for Wild because of fractured sternum

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The Wild took a major hit Tuesday even before taking the ice for Game 4 when it was revealed winger Zach Parise will be sidelined week-to-week after suffering a fractured sternum in Game 3 against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

The injury appeared to happen when Parise played a puck with his hand near his own blue line with about four minutes ...Read more

Sharks rout Ducks, move to within one win of advancing

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks showed poise and more than a little bit of resiliency in bringing back to SAP Center a 2-0 lead in their opening round NHL playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Game 3 showed one thing above everything else, though. That the Sharks are simply too much right now for their Southern California rivals.

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Backs to wall, Kings set to go into pest mode

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LOS ANGELES -- They can't avoid it now that it's that time again. The Los Angeles Kings have to talk about the cockroaches in the room.

Alec Martinez memorably described the 2013-14 Kings as "cockroaches" because they wouldn't die. They became the fourth team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven playoff series from 0-3 down, eventually posting...Read more

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol considering changes to boost production for Game 4

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If you exclude an empty-net score in Game 2, the Flyers have just five goals in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, an average of 1.67 goals per game.

Coach Dave Hakstol said Monday he hasn't made a decision on whether he will alter the lines or add a player to the lineup to try to get more production ...Read more

How the Wild fixed a key weakness to beat Jets

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Wild winger Charlie Coyle had relief and frustration in his voice at the same time.

Coyle said the Wild was frustrated in its attempt to gain control in the offensive zone during the first two games of its playoff series against the Jets.

But in its 6-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday, Coyle said the Wild made the needed adjustments -- adjustments...Read more

Vegas' Fleury, and flurry, push Kings to the brink

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LOS ANGELES -- From electric, positive vibes to serious doubt.

The pendulum swing could not have been greater inside Staples Center on Sunday night, when a game that offered so much promise at the start ended in an alarmingly familiar place in history for the Los Angeles Kings.

They allowed three third-period goals, including two in a span of ...Read more

Wild spring to life with goal outburst in Game 3 win over Jets

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Jets were the best team in the NHL during the regular season on home ice, a prowess they had no problem flexing during their sweep of the Wild in the first two games in Winnipeg.

Two clubs tied for the second-most points at home.

One of them was the Wild.

And that efficiency was on display in the team's return to St. ...Read more

Despite 2-0 deficit, Ducks are confident

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have been here before.

They stared down the barrel of a 2-0 series deficit after consecutive defeats to the Edmonton Oilers last season. Those second-round losses also came at home, and they set out on the road with a formidable task ahead. Slowly but surely, the victories came, and the Ducks returned to ...Read more

Sidney Crosby leads way as Penguins crush Flyers, 5-1, and take series lead

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Battle of Pennsylvania has turned into a series of redemption.

The Flyers overcame a lopsided loss and won Game 2, and it was the Penguins' turn Sunday to bounce back from a one-sided defeat.

Penguins 5, Flyers 1.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to spark the Penguins, who turned a 2-0 second-period lead to 4-0 ...Read more