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5 Keys: Penguins at Flyers, Game 6

Pittsburgh can advance to second round with win; Provorov questionable for Philadelphia

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

PENGUINS at FLYERS

3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS

Pittsburgh leads best-of-7 series 3-2

 

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a second chance to close the Eastern Conference First Round with a win in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

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5 Keys: Predators at Avalanche, Game 6

Nashville would advance to second round with win, must solve Colorado goalie Hammond

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

PREDATORS at AVALANCHE

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ALT, FS-TN

Nashville leads best-of-7 series 3-2

 

DENVER -- The Nashville Predators will try to close out the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche with a win at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Penguins, Predators look to advance

Maple Leafs stay alive, Lightning move on, Capitals work OT again

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2018 NHL postseason. There were three games Saturday, with one team moving to the second round.  

Here are the scores from Saturday:

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Hischier eager to build on successful rookie season with Devils

19-year-old center impressed with two-way play, desire for improvement

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Nico Hischier didn't want the most exhilarating hockey experience of his first season as a member of the New Jersey Devils to come an end.

He found it tough expressing exactly what his rookie season truly meant when he sat at his locker stall long after the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Devils with a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

He wanted more.

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Devils hurt by playoff inexperience in first-round loss to Lightning

Special-teams struggles, inability to finish too much for New Jersey to overcome

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The New Jersey Devils beat the odds by qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after finishing last in the Eastern Conference.

Despite losing the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round to the Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning in five games, it appears the rebuild that began three seasons ago under the watch of general manager Ray Shero is ahead of schedule.

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Lightning led by Kucherov, defense in first round against Devils

Forward's play, strong penalty kill help Tampa Bay advance in playoffs

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

The Lightning, who scored 18 goals in their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils, advanced with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

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Andersen gets Maple Leafs back on track, makes 42 saves to defeat Bruins

Helps Toronto fans ease pain of losing similar game to Boston in 2013 playoffs

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen needed a towel.

Some oxygen wouldn't have hurt, either.

Twenty minutes after the final horn sounded on Toronto's 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday, there were still beads of sweat dripping from the forehead and brow of an obviously fatigued Andersen.

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Capitals aim to put away Blue Jackets in Game 6

Seek fourth straight win to advance to second round in East

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- With three consecutive wins in the Eastern Conference First Round, the Washington Capitals have gone from being in an 0-2 hole to one victory away from eliminating the Columbus Blue Jackets and moving on to the next round.

Now that they have the Blue Jackets down for the first time in the series, they want to finish them off in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA) and not risk having to play a Game 7 in Washington on Wednesday.

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Round 1

Neuvirth getting another chance to be playoff savior for Flyers

Goaltender keeping Philadelphia's season alive with play against Penguins

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Maybe this time, Michal Neuvirth will get enough help to truly be the Philadelphia Flyers savior.

Neuvirth, playing in his first full game since Feb. 16 because of a pair of lower-body injuries, gave the Flyers a chance to come back in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins by making 30 saves in a 4-2 win in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.

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Penguins need faster start in Game 6 against Flyers

Must match Philadelphia's sense of urgency from puck drop in possible series clincher

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are saying all the right things entering Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS).

After practice Saturday, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and several of his teammates stressed the importance of urgency with Pittsburgh leading 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. They said the fourth win in a series is always the hardest to get and they know they'll have to match the Flyers' desperation.

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Avalanche looking ahead to Game 6 after comeback against Predators

Have 'nothing to lose' as they try to extend Western series at home

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DENVER -- Shortly after the Colorado Avalanche rallied to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round on Friday, their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, was already looking ahead.

"No doubt this one feels good," Landeskog said. "But we've got a lot of work to do."

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Penguins hope Malkin, Hornqvist ready for Game 6 against Flyers

Forwards would provide power-play boost in potential series clincher

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist will be game-time decisions for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS).

When asked about the availability of the two forwards, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, "All players are game-time decisions." When asked about Malkin a second time, Sullivan reiterated that all players would be game-time decisions.

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Maple Leafs extend series with Game 5 win against Bruins

Bozak, van Riemsdyk each has two points, Andersen makes 42 saves for Toronto

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Frederik Andersen made 42 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs avoid elimination with a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is at Toronto on Monday.

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Fantasy projected lineups, starting goalies

Updates from NHL.com correspondents, teams, reports

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

Projected lineups are based on reporting of NHL.com staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

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Tortorella guarantees Blue Jackets will force Game 7 against Capitals

Columbus coach predicts win at home Monday after third straight loss

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella guaranteed they will force a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round after a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5 on Saturday.

Nicklas Backstrom's goal at 11:53 of overtime gave the Capitals their third straight win and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 6 is at Columbus on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA). Game 7 would be at Washington on Wednesday.

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Backstrom's OT goal helps Capitals top Blue Jackets in Game 5

Forward scores at 11:53 to give Washington lead in Eastern series

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Backstrom scored at 11:53 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Saturday. 

Backstrom had two goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie scored and Braden Holtby made 39 saves for Washington, which has won three games in a row to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 6 is at Columbus on Monday.

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Lightning defeat Devils, advance to second round

Kucherov scores fifth goal of series; Tampa Bay will face Bruins or Maple Leafs next

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the first round at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Tampa Bay will play the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs next. The Bruins lead the series 3-2.

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