Ducks are denied as Predators hold on to win Game 6, series

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With their season on the brink Monday night, the Ducks brought the best Game 6 they've played in many years. The same empty feeling of one without a Stanley Cup still couldn't be avoided.

This one culminated in the Western Conference finals for the second time in three years. The unheralded Colton Sissons gave Nashville the ...Read more

Penguins' Conor Sheary vows to be a good teammate while improving his game

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Conor Sheary wasn't surprised when Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made him a healthy scratch Sunday for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, but that doesn't mean Sheary was happy about it.

Regardless of the decision, however, Sheary recognizes that the best things he can do right now are support his teammates and prepare for his next ...Read more

Penguins blue line getting the job done without Kris Letang

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- There is no NHL by-law mandating that teams have an elite defenseman if they want to win a Stanley Cup.

It only seems that way.

Fact is, for all the unpredictability of the playoffs, the need for a franchise-caliber defenseman seems to be an almost unwavering truth.

Kris Letang filled that role for the Penguins in 2016. A ...Read more

Game 5 blowout: Penguins trounce Senators, 7-0

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PITTSBURGH -- Hockey's best offensive team had been unable to score goals. It was akin to Aroldis Chapman losing his fastball or Usain Bolt running the 40-yard dash in 5 seconds flat. Scoring is what these Penguins do. Only they hadn't done it for the better part of three weeks.

Until Sunday.

The Penguins offense is apparently alive and well, ...Read more

Ducks pushed to brink as Predators rally to win Game 5

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pontus Aberg had 10 insignificant NHL playoff games before he laced up Saturday for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. His 11th became one to remember.

Aberg broke a tie between the Ducks and Nashville midway through the third period to lift the Predators to an eventual 3-1 victory at Honda Center and move with one ...Read more

NHL fines Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for use of inappropriate remark

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The NHL on Saturday fined Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for the use of what it called an inappropriate remark Thursday night during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville.

The fine is the maximum amount allowable under the terms of the joint collective bargaining agreement between the league and the ...Read more

Penguins even series with 3-2 victory over Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Maybe Matt Murray was the magic elixir the Penguins' offense needed.

Or maybe chalk up the result to Murray's calm demeanor, which was evident from the start of this one.

It could also be a coincidence.

Whatever the reason, Murray's return as the Penguins' starting goaltender coincided with a better offensive performance ...Read more

Replaced by Murray, Fleury won't get the chance to rebound

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a sparkling record this postseason following a loss -- 4-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.

He won't get a chance to improve upon those numbers.

Coach Mike Sullivan announced Friday morning at the team's downtown hotel that Matt Murray will replace Fleury...Read more

Ducks work overtime to win Game 4, even series with Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Potential elimination seems to bring out the best in the Ducks and the Western Conference finals are heading toward a lengthy conclusion with the Nashville Predators.

This competitive series is headed for at least six games. The Ducks made it so Thursday night, somehow recovering after blowing a late lead to earn a 3-2 ...Read more

Senators expect 'big pushback' from Penguins in Game 4

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Ottawa probably didn't anticipate the uninspired effort the Penguins put forth for much of their 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.

And the Senators certainly don't expect a repeat in Game 4 Friday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

"I'm expecting a big pushback from them," Ottawa center Zack Smith...Read more

In season of ups and downs, Ducks will have to find way to bounce back again in Game 4

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Anaheim Ducks have come to view their playoff journey as a roller-coaster ride that's testing their ability to keep emotions in check while they navigate steep climbs and deep dips, sometimes careening from one extreme to the other in dramatic and quick succession.

"I think our season has been a little bit of a roller ...Read more

Penguins blown out, 5-1, in Game 3 loss to Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- It certainly would be convenient to blame Marc-Andre Fleury after the Penguins' 5-1 loss to the Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday at Canadian Tire Centre.

He's literally their last line of defense, an easy target. If the opposing team scores on four of its first nine shots on goal, as the ...Read more

Wild owner Craig Leipold 'not satisfied where we are'

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Almost exactly 20 years after Nashville was awarded an NHL expansion team, the market is buzzing with the Predators two victories from the Stanley Cup Final.

Nine hundred miles away in downtown St. Paul, Minn., the man responsible for bringing hockey to Nashville before selling the franchise nine years ago and purchasing the Wild talked about ...Read more

Ducks dig themselves another hole as Predators rally for 2-1 win in Game 3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first time the Nashville Predators hosted a game in the Western Conference finals became a memorable one. And the Ducks are again dealing with an uphill battle in a series.

Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left in regulation to lift the Predators to a 2-1 win at a raucous Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night, ...Read more

Down three regulars, Penguins rally for Game 2 victory vs. Senators

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PITTSBURGH -- Head athletic trainer Chris Stewart approached Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, covered his mouth with a towel and appeared to deliver some bad news.

The same message that Sullivan has to be tired of hearing by now, that defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Bryan Rust would remain out after suffering injuries in the first period of ...Read more

Nick Ritchie, John Gibson help Ducks beat Nashville and even series

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal in the second period and John Gibson got beyond a shaky start to make 30 saves Sunday as the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators, 5-3, in Game 2 to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.

Ritchie capped a three-goal second period for the Ducks, who used that to erase a 2...Read more

Red Wings' Jimmy Howard helps USA secure quarterfinals spot at World Championship

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The Detroit Red Wings-loaded U.S. has secured a place in the World Championship quarterfinals.

Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as USA routed Slovakia, 6-1, for a fifth straight victory at the tournament. USA's last preliminary round game is Tuesday against Russia, the only team that has yet to be defeated at the tournament. USA, coached by Jeff ...Read more

Senators take Game 1 with 2-1 win over Penguins

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PITTSBURGH -- The box score from Saturday's game will show that Bobby Ryan scored at 4:59 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final at PPG Paints Arena.

Truth be told, however, this loss occurred much earlier.

The Penguins could not score on five power-play chances that covered 10 shots on ...Read more

Ducks take pride in improved penalty kill

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Victory wasn't achieved on the scoreboard for the Ducks in Game 1 but it was when it came to the art of killing penalties.

The penalty kill has been a sore spot since they began the postseason and their proclivity to get whistled for infractions makes for a hurtful combination. Against Nashville, the Ducks gave the Predators ...Read more

Preds top Ducks in OT to take Game 1 of conference finals

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There is no stopping the Nashville Predators when it comes to jumping out to a playoff series lead on the road.

James Neal scored at 9:24 of overtime to lift the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 at Honda Center on Friday night, giving Nashville the jump on the Western Conference finals as it did in the...Read more


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