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Senators score five, coast to Game 3 win against Penguins

Get four goals in first to take series lead; Marc-Andre Fleury pulled by Pittsburgh

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators scored four first-period goals in a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

The Senators lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 here Friday.

Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in the first, and Kyle Turris also had a goal for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 25 saves.

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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn't commit to Game 4 goalie

Will 'sleep on' decision after replacing Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray in Game 3 loss to Senators

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wasn't ready to commit to a starting goalie for Game 4 after pulling Marc-Andre Fleury in a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday.

Matt Murray relieved Fleury 12:52 into the first period after Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots.

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Conference Final

Matt Murray makes 2017 playoff debut for Penguins in Game 3 of East Final

Goalie takes over for Marc-Andre Fleury, who is pulled in first period of loss to Senators @NHLdotcom

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray made his 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

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Conference Final

Coach's analysis: Ducks need to be better on faceoffs against Predators

Former Blues coach Davis Payne says Anaheim didn't do 'little competitive elements' in circle in Game 3

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators, has enlisted the help of Davis Payne to break down the action. Payne will be checking in throughout the series.

Payne, 46, was coach of the St. Louis Blues from 2010-2011. The Blues were 67-55-15 under Payne.

He joined the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant on the staff of Darryl Sutter in the summer of 2012 and was with the Kings until this past April. He was on their coaching staff during their Stanley Cup championship run in 2014.

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Predators playing with 'dog-on-a-bone mentality' against Ducks

Nashville thriving in Western Conference Final by pushing pace, attacking in all three zones

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

NASHVILLE -- His name is Stanley. He's a blue bulldog on the wall of the Nashville Predators locker room and the sleeves of their sweatshirts, clenching a bone in his teeth with the words "SPEED" and "ATTITUDE." He's more than a mascot.

Coach Peter Laviolette called him "an image of what you'd want your team to look like and how you would want them to play."

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Ducks determined to match energy level of Predators in Game 4

Anaheim believes it can execute better, win at Bridgestone Arena to even Western Conference Final

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- The Anaheim Ducks know the Nashville Predators present an unusual challenge in the Western Conference Final.

Not only do the Predators lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 in Nashville on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), they have won 10 straight playoff games at Bridgestone Arena, where they seem to play with extra energy.

Nashville is 6-0 at home in the 2017 postseason, outscoring opponents 17-7, including allowing one goal in each of its past five home games.

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Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson powering Predators

Nashville first line rising to occasion in playoffs, against Ducks in conference final

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators have been searching for a top line that can carry them through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they seem to have found it.

Forwards Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson are leading the way offensively in the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, which the Predators lead 2-1 with Game 4 of the best-of-7 series here Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Conference Final

Coach's analysis: Predators dominated Ducks, deserved Game 3 victory

Former NHL assistant Perry Pearn says Nashville outplayed Anaheim, took advantage of late penalty to win

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

For additional insight into the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, has enlisted the help of Perry Pearn to break down the action from the Predators' perspective. Pearn will be checking in throughout the series.

Pearn, 65, has worked 22 seasons as an NHL assistant with the Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. He began his NHL career as an assistant in Winnipeg in 1995-96.

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Short Shifts

Predators selling $15 tickets for Game 4 against Ducks

100 discounted seats will be available for purchase via NHL app Thursday @NHLdotcom

The Nashville Predators will make some hockey fans very happy Thursday by selling 100 tickets to Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks for $15.

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Memorial Cup Preview

Windsor, Saint John, Seattle, Erie vie for Canadian Hockey League championship

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

The 2017 Memorial Cup tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League will take place at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, beginning Friday and concluding with the championship game May 28.

The four-team, round-robin tournament includes the host team, Windsor, along with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John, Western Hockey League champion Seattle, and Ontario Hockey League champion Erie.

Since the round-robin format was introduced in 1972, the OHL has won 16 times, including last season when the London Knights won 3-2 in overtime against QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda in the championship. Erie eliminated London with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 7 of the 2017 OHL Western Conference Semifinal.

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NHL Insider

Mike Fisher making impact beyond numbers for Predators in playoffs

Captain keeping Nashville motivated, focused despite no points during postseason run

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

The statistics do not come close to projecting the value Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher supplies.

Sure, he would like to have a goal or a few points after a dozen games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But that has not happened yet.

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Short Shifts

Pittsburgh couple names newborn son after Phil Kessel

Penguins forward scored game-winning goal day later @NHLdotcom

Phil Kessel may be the most famous Kessel in Pittsburgh, but he's not the cutest.

That honor goes to Kessel Ryan, a baby boy born on Mother's Day named in honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins forward.

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World Championship

Jordan Greenway, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy eye gold at Worlds

Former Boston University teammates take aim at medal for United States

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

COLOGNE, Germany -- Minnesota Wild forward prospect Jordan Greenway just can't seem to escape Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller and Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

Greenway, 20, McAvoy, 19 and Keller, 18, skated two years ago as teammates with the United States National Team Development Program, alongside one another at Boston University this season, twice on the international stage in the past five months, and are reunited again at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

They've understandably grown pretty close.

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Short Shifts

#TBT: Kyle Turris was a 9-year-old sniper

Senators forward displayed impressive goal-scoring skills at Brick Tournament @NHLdotcom

Kyle Turris has been scoring pretty goals since elementary school.

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Press Release

NHL Network to air World Championships through 2020

Will have exclusive U.S. rights to televise international tournament

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NHL Network today announced that it has secured the exclusive rights to televise the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in the United States from 2018 through 2020. NHL Network will provide complete coverage of the entire tournament, including game telecasts and comprehensive previews, highlights and analysis within its studio programming.

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Panthers owner ready for rivalry to continue at Preakness

Vincent Viola's Derby-winning Always Dreaming will start next to Classic Empire @NHLdotcom

Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola learned Wednesday his Kentucky Derby-winning colt Always Dreaming will start next to his chief rival, Classic Empire, at the 142nd Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Always Dreaming, the 4-5 morning-line favorite, drew post position No. 4, with No. 5 going to Classic Empire, the second choice at 3-1 who finished fourth in the Derby on May 6.

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Stanley Cup Playoff Postcard: Nashville's Nicholas J. Cotsonika follows his wife's advice, expands his culinary comfort zone

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

NASHVILLE -- Whenever I come to Nashville, family and friends tell me their favorite places to go and things to eat. My wife told me I had to try this dish she had while here for a conference: redneck lo mein.

"Thanks, honey!" I said.

Translation: No, thanks!

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Press Release

'All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup' returning to Showtime

Weekly series takes fans inside road to NHL championship @NHLdotcom

Your exclusive access to Playoffs

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup premieres Fri.

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup, your exclusive access to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, premieres this Friday, May 19 on SHOWTIME

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NEW YORK - SHOWTIME Sports will reprise its unprecedented behind-the-scenes documentary series with a second season of ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup®. The series, which provides intimate access to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, will premiere on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME with subsequent weekly episodes premiering Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT throughout the pressure-packed postseason. Plus, SHOWTIME Sports and the NHL® will offer the first episode to consumers who do not subscribe to SHOWTIME for free on multiple platforms including YouTube,, and NHL Network™ as the series premieres.

ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup® chronicles the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final with exclusive access to the four final NHL® teams - Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins - battling for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup®, one of the oldest and most iconic trophies in sports.

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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs proving no lead is safe

Postseason has seen teams come back from down multiple goals to win 14 times @NHLdotcom

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are proving once again that no lead is safe.

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday was their fourth after trailing by two or more goals and the 14th playoff game this season when a team has rallied from down multiple goals to win. That is one short of the playoff record of 15 that was set in 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Here's a look back at the 14 multigoal comeback wins:

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Watch every overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bobby Ryan scores for Senators in Game 1 of conference final against Penguins @NHLdotcom

Playoffs loaded with OT action

Watch the OT winners of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Watch every overtime goal scored in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as 16 teams embark on their quest for The Cup

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Bobby Ryan scored 4:59 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

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This Date in NHL History

May 18: Brian Skrudland scores fastest playoff overtime goal

Plus: Jean Beliveau wins Stanley Cup for 10th time; Jari Kurri has hat trick on birthday

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Skrudland's OT goal

Memories: Skrudland scores fastest OT playoff goal

On May 18, 1986, Brian Skrudland of the Canadiens scored the game-winning goal just nine seconds into overtime, the fastest in playoff history

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1986: Brian Skrudland scores the fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoff history when he beats goaltender Mike Vernon nine seconds into OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Final at the Saddledome.

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