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Sharks will play Golden Knights in Western Conference Second Round

San Jose advances after sweeping Ducks; Vegas swept Kings

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Preds Bounce Back to Beat Avalanche, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Nashville Scores Game's First Three Goals, Fend Off Late Push in Colorado

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 3, COL 2

Predators hold off Avs' late rally to take Game 4

Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who built a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win against the Avalanche in Game 4

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The Nashville Predators said they would be better in Game 4. Promise fulfilled.

A dominant start, followed by a final stand led the Preds to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, to take a 3-1 series lead with a chance to finish things off in Game 5 back in Nashville.

After allowing three goals in the first period of Game 3, the Predators knew they needed an improved effort from the first moments of Game 4. An early 8-0 advantage in shots eventually brought about another jaw-dropping tally from Filip Forsberg, and although the Avalanche pushed back in the third period, the Preds have sent Colorado to the brink.

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Three Thoughts: Preds Dominate Early in Game 4 Victory

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Forsberg Nets Another Highlight-Reel as Preds Take 3-1 Series Lead

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators built a 3-0 lead over the Avalanche on their way to taking Game 4 by a 3-2 final score and bringing a 3-1 series lead in Round One back to Nashville.

Fil-thy Forsberg:

Dominance. That's what the Predators exhibited to start Game 4.

But after a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity wasn't converted and Avs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made a desperation save on Mike Fisher, the possibility that the Predators were going to end the first period without a goal seemed to be rising.

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Predators hold on against Avalanche in Game 4

Rinne makes 31 saves for Nashville, which is one win from advancing

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators held on for a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is at Nashville on Friday.

Pekka Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist, made 31 saves to rebound after allowing four goals and being pulled at 4:25 of the second period in a 5-3 loss in Game 3.

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Round 1

Crosby sets Penguins playoff points record in win against Flyers

Gets goal, assist in Game 4 to reach 173, pass Lemieux

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Sidney Crosby took a record away from his former landlord Wednesday.

Crosby broke Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins record for most points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by scoring a goal and getting an assist in a 5-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Marchessault enjoying playoff success, being wanted by Golden Knights

Forward happy to find home with Vegas as part of first-year team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LOS ANGELES -- Alexandra and Jonathan Marchessault were expecting, but they were not expecting this. Their third child was due April 20. That seemed safe. Jonathan played for an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

"I thought this year we probably wouldn't make the playoffs," he said.

Oops.

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POSTGAME 5: Flyers drop Game 4

Pens take 3-1 series lead with 5-0 win to push Flyers to brink

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / NHL.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers fired 26 shots on goal, but couldn't solve Matt Murray, who anchored Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the Flyers in Game 4 on Wednesday. 

The Flyers pressured Pittsburgh midway though the first period and received a four-minute power play in the second period, but could not convert. Goals came from five different players - Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel in the first, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby in the second, and Riley Sheahan in the third. 

Brian Elliott started and made 14 saves in 28:04 before yielding to Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 11 in 31:56.

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Murray, Penguins shut out Flyers in Game 4, one win from advancing

Makes 26 saves; Crosby has two points to pass Lemieux in Pittsburgh playoff history

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to become the all-time scoring leader for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 5-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

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DeBrusk making fast impact for Bruins entering Game 4 against Maple Leafs

Rookie forward showing speed, confidence with puck

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Jake DeBrusk picked up the puck in the right circle, on a little pass from Boston Bruins teammate David Krejci. He looked up ice. The forward made it around Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Patrick Marleau and Tomas Plekanec as he crossed to the left side of the ice and steamed along the boards. 

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Player Safety

Morrissey suspended one game, out for Jets in Game 5

Defenseman disciplined for cross-checking Wild center Staal

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Josh Morrissey has been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

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