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Tarasenko's two goals lead Blues over Stars

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ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko, scored two goals, one on a power play to break a tie in the second period and the other on a charge to the net in the third period around a defender before a top shelf shot, as the St. Louis Blues beat Dallas 3-2 on Thursday at Enterprise Center in Game 1 of their conference semifinal.

Jordan Binnington made 27 ...Read more

Hurricanes win double-overtime thriller on McGinn goal to top Caps, move on

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WASHINGTON -- For six playoff games, the Carolina Hurricanes were the team that wouldn't go away, that the Washington Capitals couldn't put away.

It took Game 7 to decide their playoff series. It took two overtimes at Capital One Arena. But the Caps couldn't finish them off.

The Canes, the inspired team known as "bunch of jerks," won 4-3 on ...Read more

Goodrow scores OT goal, sends Sharks to second round

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An unforgettable game to decide an extraordinary playoff series came down to one moment Tuesday night.

Barclay Goodrow scored with 1:41 left in the first overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a wild 5-4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in the decisive Game 7 of their opening round series at SAP Center.

Erik Karlsson ...Read more

Knights coach Gallant blasts Sharks coach DeBoer: 'For that clown to say that … it's not right'

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant blasted Pete DeBoer on Tuesday hours before Game 7 of the feisty first-round series for comments the Sharks coach made about Gallant talking to San Jose's players during games.

"For that clown to say that in the paper yesterday, it's not right," said Gallant, who denied engaging in ...Read more

Hurricanes fight back against Capitals, force Game 7 with a 5-2 win

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes still have hockey to play.

There will be a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Canes, facing elimination in the Eastern Conference playoff series, refused to lose Monday, to bow out on home ice. Despite twice falling behind, they turned back the Caps, 5-2, in...Read more

Sharks coach DeBoer calls Golden Knights coach Gallant chirping his players 'ridiculous'

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The chirping between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights' benches may have subsided a bit in Game 6. That doesn't mean all of the talk coming from the Golden Knights bench quieted down, though.

In fact, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Monday that it's Vegas coach Gerard Gallant doing most of the talking right now.

Asked if ...Read more

'Knee-jerk reaction' put Flyers in a corner, triggering removal of Kate Smith statue, former club VP says

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PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers officials declined to elaborate Monday on the statement they made Sunday about removing Kate Smith's bronze statue from outside Xfinity Live!, but a former club executive said the team had painted itself into a corner once it covered the statue with a black tarp.

"I'm very sad and disappointed. I think the whole thing ...Read more

Double OT drama: Sharks force Game 7 against Knights with Jones' 58 stops, Hertl's heroics

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LAS VEGAS -- Sharks goalie Martin Jones had the playoff performance of his life but Tomas Hertl made sure the Sharks' season didn't end Sunday.

Hertl scored with 8:43 left in the second overtime to give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.

With the Sharks killing a slashing penalty ...Read more

Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue

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PHILADELPHIA -- First she was covered up. Now, apparently she is gone.

The bronze statue of the late singer Kate Smith has been removed from outside Philadelphia's Xfinity Live! as the Flyers looked into racist lyrics she sang.

"While Kate Smith's performance of "God Bless America" cannot be erased from its place in Flyers history, that ...Read more

Capitals crush Hurricanes for 3-2 series lead

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WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin appeared to be all but hyperventilating on the Washington Capitals bench before the game, when the national anthem was being played, twitching with nervous energy.

During pregame warmups, the Caps' Tom Wilson had been down on one knee, casting a baleful stare toward the Carolina Hurricanes end of the ice, as if ...Read more

Schwartz nets hat trick as Blues take series with 3-2 win over Jets

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ST. LOUIS -- In a series where not much has separated the teams in the first five games, the Blues, with Jaden Schwartz leading the way, made a definitive statement in a 3-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night that gave the Blues a 4-2 series win over the Jets.

The Blues will play the winner of the series between Nashville and Dallas. Dallas ...Read more

Red Wings welcome back Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as new general manager

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings made as big an offseason splash as possible for a team not in the playoffs: Steve Yzerman is the new general manager.

The change became official Friday afternoon, when the Red Wings held a news conference attended by Yzerman, Red Wings owner Chris Ilitch, and Ken Holland, who segues from GM to an advisory role. ...Read more

Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, dump 'God Bless America' over racist songs

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers are scrubbing connections with famed singer Kate Smith, whose music has become linked to the NHL team's success for many fans, as the club looks into racist lyrics in several of her songs. That includes covering a bronze statue of Smith that stands outside Xfinity Live! and removing her iconic recording of "God Bless ...Read more

Martin Jones comes up big to save Sharks' season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An ideal start, improved goaltending, greater attention to detail and a little more discipline.

The San Jose Sharks knew all along what the formula was for beating the Vegas Golden Knights in their first-round playoff series. The hard part was actually executing the plan.

It came together Thursday, as the Sharks jumped out ...Read more

Blues score 3 goals in third period to stun Jets, take 3-2 series lead

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In a stunning comeback in a pivotal Game 5, Jaden Schwartz redirected in a pass from Tyler Bozak with 15 seconds to play to give the Blues a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and take a 3-2 lead in their series.

The Blues will have a chance to clinch the series in Game 6 on Saturday at Enterprise Center.

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Hurricanes gut out 2-1 win over Capitals to even series, 2-2

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It started grandly for the Carolina Hurricanes, Warren Foegele scoring 17 seconds into the game.

The second period ended perfectly for the Hurricanes, Teuvo Teravainen a blur down the slot in scoring with 28 seconds left.

But playoff games take a full 60 minutes to decide -- and at times, longer. The games are tight, the play ...Read more

Sharks' woes continue in Game 4 loss to Golden Knights

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LAS VEGAS -- The San Jose Sharks played the kind of game they wanted to for two periods Tuesday night but couldn't make the saves they needed as the Vegas Golden Knights moved to within one win of advancing to the second round.

Goalies Martin Jones and Aaron Dell combined to make just 11 saves on 14 shots through two periods as the Sharks lost ...Read more

Blues fall in overtime to Jets 2-1

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues came back from Winnipeg with a 2-0 lead in their first-round series and they'll go back to Winnipeg even at 2-2 after Kyle Connor scored in overtime to give the Jets a 2-1 win on Tuesday night at Enterprise Center.

The Blues went up 1-0 35 seconds into the third period on a power-play goal by Vladimir Tarasenko....Read more

Kings hire Todd McLellan as their new head coach

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LOS ANGELES -- Todd McLellan is the new coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

The announcement Tuesday reunites the former San Jose Sharks coach with general manager Rob Blake, who played for McLellan in San Jose, and gives the Kings the experienced coach they sought.

The Kings targeted McLellan, 51, after they dismissed interim coach Willie ...Read more

Hurricanes' Svechnikov sidelined with concussion after Ovechkin fight

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and his availability uncertain for the playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Canes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Tuesday.

Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick of the 2018 NHL draft, was injured in the first period of Game 3 on Monday after a brief ...Read more