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

Sharks stop Ducks again

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks were destined for success in the playoffs, Cam Fowler was sure of it.

His club first had to qualify for the postseason, no easy task considering how tightly contested the spots were.

Of course, the Ducks accomplished that goal, but Fowler was injured before they even clinched a playoff berth. He missed the ...Read more

Lightning use four-goal second period to beat Devils, 5-3, take 2-0 series lead

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper spent a lot of time during the final weeks of the season talking about the importance of home ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. His take: It's what you do with it that matters.

Here is what the Lightning did with home ice during the first two games of their quarterfinal series against the Devils: win...Read more

Kings are in a hole after Knights win on Haula's goal

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LAS VEGAS -- It took one the longest playoff game in Los Angeles Kings history to end one of the gutsiest playoff games in recent memory.

The Kings were depleted and gassed after nearly two overtimes of hockey late Friday night and still had a faint chance at pulling out a win before Erik Haula sent the crowd of 18,588 fans into delirium at T-...Read more

Flyers rebound from drubbing, stun Penguins, 5-1, to even series

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PITTSBURGH -- The Flyers have shown remarkable resilience throughout their up-and-down season, and they demonstrated that trait -- better than most ever expected -- before a stunned sellout crowd Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Two nights after their most lopsided Game 1 playoff loss in franchise history, the Flyers did the unthinkable: They ...Read more

Jets go up 2-0 on Wild in series after 4-1 victory

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The most vulnerable segment of the Wild's lineup at the outset of the playoffs was without question its blue line.

Stalwart Ryan Suter was out of the picture, sidelined for the rest of the season with a right ankle fracture, and that meant not one but two rookies would be on the ice -- a difficult challenge against the ...Read more