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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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Game Preview: Pens-Flyers (Game 6)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens are back in the City of Brotherly Love for their First Round matchup with Philadelphia.

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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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Kucherov a difference-maker in Lightning series win against Devils

Forward set Tampa Bay record with 10 points, had deciding goal in Game 5 clincher

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

TAMPA -- Any notion that Nikita Kucherov was wearing down at a point in the season when the Tampa Bay Lightning needed him most is a distant memory after his performance against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Kucherov, who had two goals, three assists and a minus-3 rating in his last eight regular-season games, was a player on a mission once the Stanley Cup Playoffs began.

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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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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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3 Things: Hornqvist close, Malkin update and more

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are the 3 biggest takeaways from Saturday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex…

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5 Keys: Blue Jackets at Capitals, Game 5

Columbus eyes third straight road win; Washington looking to take series lead for first time

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS at CAPITALS

3 p.m. ET; NBC, NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Best-of-7 series tied 2-2

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Capitals even series against Blue Jackets in Game 4

Ovechkin has goal, assist to boost Washington to second straight road win

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Thursday to even the best-of-7 series.

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Kessel breaks through at perfect time

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Carl Hagelin is good friends with Phil Kessel. They've obviously had success playing together, they sit next to each other in the locker room and overall, the two of them get along great both on and off the ice.

Hagelin definitely knows him pretty well, and he had a feeling that Kessel was going to score his first goal of the series in Game 4 of the Penguins' First Round matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. So he let him know.

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