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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

Evander Kane scores his first two career playoff goals in Sharks' win over Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks hung their heads in dejection as boos greeted the players skating off to end the second period.

It was an ugly one.

Sloppy passing and a stupefying lack of discipline led to a roughshod second period the Ducks never recovered from.

San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane scored twice, and reigning Norris Trophy ...Read more

Eddie Olczyk on NHL playoff results: 'Whatever would come up, I wouldn't be surprised'

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The NHL postseason on NBC Sports and cable outlets such as NBCSN offers a chance to check in on Chicago's Eddie Olczyk, who has started in a studio role but is supposed to segue back to doing games.

Olczyk sees the title chase as wide open.

"You can roll an octagon on either side of the conference, putting each team's name on there, and ...Read more

Brian Elliott likely to start Flyers-Penguins Game 2 despite 7-0 loss

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PITTSBURGH -- Dave Hakstol appears to be defying the numbers and the eye test.

The third-year Flyers coach seems to be leaning toward using goaltender Brian Elliott in Game 2 on Friday in Pittsburgh, site of the Penguins' 7-0 cakewalk on Wednesday.

After the game, Hakstol said his gut instinct was to come back with Elliott on Friday.

He stood...Read more

Kings lose playoff opener against NHL newcomer Golden Knights

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LAS VEGAS -- The music kept blaring, the fans kept dancing and the white towels kept waving.

This was a party every step of the way for the Vegas Golden Knights, who kept coming at the Los Angeles Kings, flank after flank, at highly charged T-Mobile Arena for Game 1 of a historic opening-round playoff series Wednesday.

And even then, they got ...Read more

Lifting the Stanley Cup again is quite the motivation for Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf on eve of playoffs

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf knows what it feels like to have his sweaty fingers slide along the nickel and alloy.

He knows what it feels like to hoist all 34 1/2 pounds of the Stanley Cup. It's been a long time since he reached the pinnacle of the sport, and so much has changed.

When the Anaheim Ducks won it all in 2007, Getzlaf was in his...Read more

Penguins chase Brian Elliott, rout Flyers in playoff opener, 7-0

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PITTSBURGH -- For the Flyers, the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs looked strikingly similar to their regular-season matchups with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

In other words, another loss. And another game in which their defense was embarrassed.

Building a 3-0 first-period lead against a shaky Brian Elliott, the two-time defending Stanley ...Read more

Wild drop Game 1 to Jets in Winnipeg, 3-2

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Jets stuck with what worked.

They pummeled the net with shots, battered the opponent with hits and regularly cleaned up the leaks around their net.

And, like it did in the regular season, this combination yielded success, as the Jets secured their first playoff win in franchise history with a 3-2 triumph over the Wild...Read more

It's Evander Kane's chance to prove he's a playoff player

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Monday marked a rather historic time for Evander Kane in his NHL career.

On a day that for the last eight years was usually reserved cleaning out his locker and saying goodbye to some teammates for the summer, Kane was instead turning his attention to Thursday and Game 1 of the Sharks' first round playoff series against the ...Read more

New guys must help out playoff veterans of Kings

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LAS VEGAS -- The last time Tobias Rieder played in a playoff game, at any level, was for the Kitchener Rangers. Five years ago.

"My last year in junior (hockey)," Rieder said. "So it's been a while."

Adrian Kempe has played in minor league playoff games but, like Rieder and a handful of other Los Angeles Kings, never has experienced what's ...Read more

Flyers embrace underdog role against two-time defending Stanley Cup champions

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PITTSBURGH -- Few prognosticators give the Flyers a chance in their first-round playoff series against the two-time defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers understand.

And they like it that way.

"I think everybody in the media says we're the underdogs, but no one in our room really thinks that," Nolan Patrick, the ...Read more

Roberto Luongo, 39, to return for 19th NHL season: 'I'm not going anywhere'

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Roberto Luongo left no doubt. He's coming back next season.

"Oh yeah, for sure," he said Tuesday morning after the Florida Panthers cleaned out their lockers. "I'm not going anywhere."

The 39-year-old goaltender will play his 19th NHL season when October rolls around, after a season in which he missed significant time due to ...Read more