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The Penguins beat the Predators to stay alive in the East wild-card race

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and the Penguins stayed alive Monday by beating the Nashville Predators, 4-2, at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby had two points in the must-win.

With the win, the Penguins jumped back ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. But they still remain one point back of the Washington Capitals and ...Read more

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Capitals blank Bruins, 2-0

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With just one game to go in the regular season, there’s one thing that’s becoming clear for the Bruins. The Washington Capitals would not be a fun playoff opponent for them.

The B’s had a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division title on Monday at Capital One Arena, but for the second time this season the Caps blanked the B’s, this time 2...Read more

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News Analysis: As Kings shift focus to another challenging playoff series, Ducks search for answers

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The Kings and Ducks headed in opposite directions when they skated off the ice Saturday at Crypto.com Arena.

The Kings are going to the playoffs for a third consecutive season, the team’s longest run of postseason appearances in a decade. The Ducks, meanwhile, will be heading to the golf course again after Thursday’s regular-season finale, ...Read more

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Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

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LAS VEGAS —

The Golden Knights, for 40 minutes, looked like they were the ones playing for the second straight day.

The Colorado Avalanche took the T-Mobile Arena ice with energy Sunday despite completing the second night of a back-to-back. But the Knights clicked into gear the final 20 minutes of regulation and first 1:23 of overtime to ...Read more

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Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

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LAS VEGAS — Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

Tomas Hertl scored 1:23 into overtime and the Golden Knights rallied from three goals down to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The Knights scored three goals in the third period. Two came from center William Karlsson, including the game-tying ...Read more

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3 goals in 3rd period lift Blues past Kraken 4-1 in home finale

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ST. LOUIS — It was a sleepy Sunday in St. Louis — at least inside Enterprise Center.

In their first game since being eliminated from postseason contention on Friday night, the Blues beat the Kraken 4-1 in this season's home finale.

Jordan Kyrou scored the game-winning goal just 59 seconds into the third period for St. Louis to cap a ...Read more

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After loss, San Jose Sharks will finish as NHL's last place team

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks played their final home game of the season on Saturday — and the result was a familiar one for anybody who has followed the team the last two seasons.

The Sharks allowed two goals to Kirill Kaprizov in just 47 seconds late in the second period, turning what had been a close game into just another home ...Read more

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Panthers clinch home-ice advantage in first round of playoffs with victory against Sabres

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SUNRISE, Fla. — After they went from No. 8 seed to the 2023 Stanley Cup Final last year, the Florida Panthers know home-ice advantage and a high seed only mean so much in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re still happy to have the former locked up — and they’re embracing the chance to keep playing for the latter in the final week of ...Read more

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Bruins deal blow to Penguins' playoff hopes with 6-4 victory

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The Bruins got another taste of what the playoffs will be like and they passed another test. Barely.

Facing a desperate Penguins team in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, the B’s jumped out to a three-goal lead in the second, survived a furious comeback attempt and prevailed, 6-4.

The B’s win allowed them to maintain the one-point lead over ...Read more

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Dylan Larkin scores in OT as Red Wings stay in playoff chase with 5-4 victory vs. Maple Leafs

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TORONTO — The Red Wings continue to live, ever resiliently, in this playoff race.

They could have been eliminated from the playoff race with a loss in regulation Saturday, but captain Dylan Larkin scored 41 seconds into overtime to lift the Wings to a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs.

The Wings, with 87 points, tied Washington and ...Read more

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Flyers edge Devils, stay alive in race for NHL Eastern Conference wild-card spot

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PHILADELPHIA — It was ugly.

But ugly wins count just as much as pretty ones. Because, when you need wins and points when postseason aspirations are still on the line, the only question that is asked is how, not how many.

On Saturday night, the Flyers didn’t get many but all they needed was one as they beat the New Jersey Devils, 1-0. The ...Read more

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How Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev has battled back from serious injury

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mikhail Sergachev still can’t watch the video of the play that ended his regular season two months ago at Madison Square Garden.

It’s still too soon, and it brings up too many bad memories. The surgery scars on his left leg, above his knee, along the upper side of his inner calf and across the front of his ankle, already ...Read more

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Blues fall to Hurricanes 5-2, on brink of playoff elimination

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ST. LOUIS — For the last two months, the Blues have found themselves in games like Friday’s against Carolina.

Clinging onto playoff hopes. Scoreboard-watching the Golden Knights. Hoping to stave off elimination by poaching another victory.

By losing 5-2 to the Hurricanes, it’s going to be tougher for the final two games to hold the same ...Read more

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Knights strike early, often against Fleury, clinch playoff spot

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights will defend their Stanley Cup title.

The Knights clinched a playoff spot for the sixth time in their seven-year history after a 7-2 win over Marc-Andre Fleury and the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Right wing Jonathan Marchessault scored his 42nd goal of the season, and center Chandler ...Read more

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Cooley customer: Los Gatos native sets record as Sharks beat Seattle Kraken

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It’s fair to say San Jose Sharks goalie Devin Cooley is looking more comfortable in his NHL surroundings with each passing game.

Perhaps more than that, the Los Gatos native looks like he belongs at this level.

Cooley set a new personal record as a professional with a remarkable 49 saves Thursday — including 19 in a busy first period — ...Read more

Erik Karlsson's OT winner puts Penguins back into playoff position with win over Red Wings

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins were in complete control Thursday — of both this game and their playoff standing — when they took a 5-3 lead on Jeff Carter’s short-handed goal.

PPG Paints Arena was rocking and the Detroit Red Wings reeling. It looked like the Penguins were well on their way to a huge win. But then they did it again.

The Red ...Read more

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Flyers halt losing streak at eight games with 4-1 victory at Rangers

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NEW YORK — No quit in New York.

It may be the rallying cry for the New York Rangers, but on Thursday night, the visitors showed they’re not done yet.

The Flyers entered the night in a downward spiral. They were losers of eight straight, getting embarrassed and outplayed by teams at the bottom of the NHL standings. Facing a Rangers team ...Read more

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Phil Thompson: If this is Joel Quenneville's first attempt at contrition for the 2010 Blackhawks scandal -- try again

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CHICAGO — Former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has sat down for at least two interviews this year, and the first subject he tackled in each wasn’t Kyle Beach, but instead pickleball.

“Playing a lot of pickleball down in Florida, pickleball heaven right around Naples,” he told The Leafs Nation in February.

Earlier this week,...Read more

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Kate Shefte: Hockey's unwritten rules: Here's why you don't touch the trophy or step on the logo

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SEATTLE — Watch your step. Don't touch that trophy. That one's OK, as long as the captain says it's OK.

Hockey is riddled with strange superstitions and one of the NHL's biggest taboos, and one of its unwritten rules, is fairly well known. Someone who harbors dreams of winning the Stanley Cup one day absolutely, positively does not lift it ...Read more

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Golden Knights mowed down by Oilers; playoff spot on hold

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The Golden Knights failed to clinch a playoff spot after losing, 5-1, to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar scored, and goaltender Adin Hill made 21 saves in his return to the lineup. Hill hadn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury March 23.

The Knights (42-28-8) ended the road portion ...Read more