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Sean Keeler: Avalanche center Nazem Kadri got last laugh on St. Louis Blues haters. But if NHL doesn't suspend David Perron, somebody's going to get hurt.

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The NHL is awfully quick to throw the book at Nazem Kadri. But where the heck are they when some idiot throws an elbow at him?

Or a water bottle? Or something worse?

David Perron, Blues forward by day and tactless goon by night, should be suspended. Now. If not for Game 5 of Avs-Blues on Wednesday night at Ball Arena, when Colorado likely ...Read more

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Hurricanes' road woes continue in 4-1 loss to Rangers

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NEW YORK — Try as they might, the Carolina Hurricanes can’t win a road game in the playoffs.

The Canes have tried — five times. All have ended in losses.

Unbeaten at home in the playoffs, the Canes fell again outside of PNC Arena, taking a 4-1 beating from the New York Rangers on Tuesday in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup ...Read more

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John Romano: Little by little, this Lightning team will steal your heart

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TAMPA, Fla. — All these years later, how do they do it?

Not just the winning. That’s explained easily enough with a stat here and an Andrei Vasilevskiy there.

No, after all the records, awards, championships, farewells, arrivals, injuries, slumps, salary caps, grudges and community heroes, how do they pull off the most remarkable feat in ...Read more

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Greg Cote: No excuse or consolation: Panthers swept out of playoffs in 2-0 loss a crushing way to end

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MIAMI — Where do you look for belief when there doesn’t seem to be any? How do you claim confidence when the words feel hollow even as they leave your lips? Where do you find resilience when the world is laughing at your chances?

When you know even your most loyal fans have likely resigned themselves to reality, not allowing hope in, so ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: Are the Blues a deep team? No, they're in too deep.

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Biggest game of the series, biggest game of the year, biggest game since 2019, and this mighty Blues offense disappeared in plain sight.

Nine 20-goal scorers. We got early stages of carpel tunnel by furiously typing praise about these guys. Yet in Game 4 of the Blues-Avalanche series, Jordan Kyrou didn’t get off a shot. Neither did Robert ...Read more

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Nazem Kadri gets hat track in Avs' 6-3 victory over Blues in Game 4

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ST. LOUIS — Nazem Kadri scored a goal on Monday night in Game 4 — the second of four consecutive for the Avalanche and the first of three for him in the game — and the St. Louis Blues couldn’t stand it.

The hosts were being dominated by Colorado at Enterprise Center and Kadri’s first of two goals in a stretch of 3:30 caused two St. ...Read more

St. Louis police called to investigate threats against Avalanche's Nazem Kadri

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ST. LOUIS — Local police were called to investigate threats against the Colorado Avalanche's Nazem Kadri after a contentious Game 3 at the Enterprise Center, an Avalanche spokesman said Sunday.

Kadri drew the ire of St. Louis fans Saturday when he caused a collision that injured Blues goalie Jordan Binnington less than seven minutes into ...Read more

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Hurricanes playoff road woes continue as Rangers power past Carolina in Game 3 at MSG

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NEW YORK — A five-word message was waiting Sunday for the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden: “No Quit in New York.”

It was on white rally towels and T-shirts left in the seats and shown on the massive scoreboard. And displayed on the ice by the New York Rangers.

In another tight, low-scoring game that again featured the two ...Read more

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Back on home ice, Lightning take 3-0 series lead on Panthers

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TAMPA, Fla. — There’s no number on the stat sheet that quantifies killing an opponent’s confidence, but the Lightning put a Panthers team with the best record in the regular season on the brink of elimination Sunday afternoon by taking away their will to win.

Their 5-1 victory over Florida means the Lightning can advance to the Eastern ...Read more

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Ron Cook: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on another heartbreak, physicality perceptions and his job security

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PITTSBURGH — His season began with COVID-19, which forced him to miss five games in November.

"It hit me pretty hard," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was saying last week. "It was a tough few days."

It continued with the NHL's decision to skip the Beijing Olympics in February, denying him the chance to live out his dream of coaching the U.S. ...Read more

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Blues goalie Binnington leaves injured, Avs take series lead with 5-2 win

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ST. LOUIS — You didn’t think the Avalanche would go away quietly, did you? Of course not. Colorado avenged Thursday’s home loss to the Blues, defeating St. Louis, 5-2, Saturday in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.

They are now halfway home to advancing to the Western Conference finals, up two games to one in the best-of-seven ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Why the Flyers' 47-year Stanley Cup drought won't end soon

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PHILADELPHIA — As of Friday, May 27, it will have been 47 years since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup. If you have a fondness for the sadomasochistic, you can continue parsing that number to illustrate just how long that drought has been: 17,168 days, 411,744 hours, and on and on, until you risk crashing the calculator app on your ...Read more

Antti Raanta, Hurricanes shut down Rangers in Game 2, take 2-0 series lead

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It was steamy outside the arena and heated at times inside once the game began Friday as the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers went at it again.

It was Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The Canes won the first game at PNC Arena and the Rangers desperately wanted to win the second to even the ...Read more

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Perron, Blues even things up with 4-1 win over Avs

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DENVER – There is hope for the St. Louis Blues after all. Remember – and how could you forget — they were outshot by about a million to one in Game 1 as Colorado put on a dazzling display of speed and skating.

But in the playoffs, what happens in one game frequently has no bearing on what happens in the next one. And somehow, the Blues ...Read more

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Panthers give up game-winner with 3.8 seconds left and now trail Tampa, 2-0, in Round 2

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The clock showed 0.9 seconds remaining and the Florida Panthers were frozen on the ice. Ross Colton had stumbled to the ice in joy and the Panthers were gobsmacked.

With virtually no time left on the clock, the Lightning stunned Florida for a 2-1 win Thursday in Sunrise.

The Panthers’ season — the best in franchise ...Read more

Lightning beat Panthers in Game 2 with last-second heroics

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Lightning won two straight Stanley Cups playing like there’s no tomorrow.

And after an even-tempered Game 1 of their second-round series against the cross-state rival Panthers, things intensified Thursday night Gat FLA Live Arena.

The Lightning were certainly wounded by hard hits and harder pucks, wearing out the ...Read more

Ron Cook: Penguins stars may add to year of difficult Pittsburgh goodbyes

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PITTSBURGH — Locker-cleanout day always is a brutal day, one of the worst days of the year for all sports teams. It signifies the end of a season and, unless your team won the championship, of failure to one degree or another. Maybe worst of all, you know the same group won't be back to try again next season. Some of your teammates — your ...Read more

Geoff Baker: Win now or build for future? In today's NHL, choice becoming clear.

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SEATTLE — Watching the just-completed opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs underscored yet again how difficult it is to win a championship.

Or, at least, to plan on winning one. There's a difference. And one that Kraken fans should take note of.

We saw five opening-round series go to Game 7, the second-most in NHL history. Among ...Read more

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Hurricanes surge past Rangers in overtime take 1-0 playoff series lead

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes are still unbeaten at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it took overtime.

The Canes fell behind the New York Rangers in the first period, tied the score late in the third and then won, 2-1, on defenseman Ian Cole’s goal at 3:12 of overtime in Game 1 of their second-round series.

The Hurricanes, ...Read more

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Who in the world steps in front of a puck at 100 mph? Yeah, these guys.

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The face, right? You’ve got to protect the face first.

And then it’s easily breakable bones. The forearm, the knees, even the feet.

Really, when it comes to blocking a frozen hockey puck whizzing at you at breakneck speed — and that’s not necessarily a euphemism — it’s best to go into turtle mode and pray it hits ...Read more