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Schwartz has hat trick, Blues top Jets to win series in Game 6

Hold Winnipeg to 20 shots, advance to second round

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Schwartz notches hat trick

WPG@STL, Gm6: Schwartz lifts Blues with hat trick

R1, Gm6: Jaden Schwartz finds the back of the net in all three periods to record his first career playoff hat trick in Game 5 against the Jets

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ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick, and the St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Second Round with a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of the first round at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

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Capitals score six against Hurricanes in Game 5, take series lead

Backstrom has two goals, two assists, Holtby makes 30 saves for shutout

by Harvey Valentine / NHL.com Correspondent

Backstrom's PPG opens scoring

CAR@WSH, Gm5: Backstrom cleans up own rebound for PPG

R1, Gm5: Nicklas Backstrom follows up his own shot and puts the puck past Petr Mrazek for a power-play goal in the 1st

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WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Backstrom had four points, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 6-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

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Stars top Predators in Game 5, take series lead

Radulov scores twice, Benn has three assists to push Nashville to brink

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

Radulov buries Seguin's feed

DAL@NSH, Gm5: Radulov converts Seguin's perfect pass

R1, Gm5: Tyler Seguin slings a cross-ice pass to Alexander Radulov, who one-times it in off the post to give the Stars a 2-1 lead

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NASHVILLE -- Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson each scored two goals for the Dallas Stars when they defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

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First Round

Maple Leafs face Bruins in Game 6 on verge of first series win since 2004

Go for clincher at home not focusing on playoff drought

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to win their first Stanley Cup Playoff series in 15 years when they play the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS, SN). 

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fantasy

Fantasy rankings for 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Most valuable forwards, defensemen, goalies for basic postseason pools

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com has updated fantasy player rankings for basic Stanley Cup Playoff pools counting points (goals, assists) for skaters and wins and shutouts for goalies. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

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playoffs

Schwartz finds playoff success with Blues after struggling during season

Forward scores four straight goals over final two games to help eliminate Jets

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- No matter how few goals Jaden Schwartz scored during the regular season, it never diminished his work ethic.

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playoffs

Capitals rediscover playoff identity in Game 5 win against Hurricanes

Ovechkin, Backstrom lead way with physical presence, power-play success

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- On a night when the Washington Capitals reminded everyone, including themselves and the Carolina Hurricanes, of the team that won the Stanley Cup last season, it was no surprise it all began with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

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First Round

Stars' top line has its way in Game 5 win against Predators

Benn, Seguin, Radulov combine for seven points to help Dallas take lead in Western series

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NASHVILLE -- The Dallas Stars' top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov were on a roll in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. So much so, they wanted to get on the ice as often as possible.

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Jets must deal with 'painful' end of season following Game 6 loss

Facing tough free agent decisions after being eliminated by Blues

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Winnipeg Jets found only disappointment in a season that started with high expectations and ended in the Western Conference First Round.

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Blues advance; Capitals, Stars take leads

Binnington, Schwartz help St. Louis eliminate Jets

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2019 NHL postseason. There were two Game 5s and a Game 6 on Saturday, with a fourth team advancing to the second round:

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Second Round

Duchene savors trip to second round of playoffs with Blue Jackets

Upset of Lightning ends years of frustration for center

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COLUMBUS -- Matt Duchene is closer to the Stanley Cup than he has ever been in his NHL career. 

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game preview

5 Keys: Bruins at Maple Leafs, Game 6

Boston needs power-play boost; Toronto aiming to advance

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BRUINS at MAPLE LEAFS

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

Maple Leafs lead best-of-7 series 3-2

The Toronto Maple Leafs can win their first Stanley Cup Playoff series since 2004 by defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.

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First Round

Cassidy, with history of comebacks, looks to keep Bruins alive in Game 6

Coach has grit to rally Boston against Maple Leafs

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Bruce Cassidy's road to becoming coach of the Boston Bruins is littered with almost four decades of adversity.

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First Round

Karlsson aims to do more for Sharks in Game 6 against Golden Knights

Defenseman having up-and-down series, dealing with groin injuries

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

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights have combined for 36 goals in the Western Conference First Round.

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Vezina Trophy

Vezina Trophy finalists unveiled

Bishop, Lehner, Vasilevskiy in running for award given to NHL's best goalie

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars, Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday. The award is given annually to the goalie voted the best at his position.

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fantasy

Stanley Cup Playoffs fantasy picks

Jones has strong save percentage for Sharks when facing elimination; more DFS targets for Sunday

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com identifies daily fantasy hockey picks throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Follow this page before and after games for news, lineup trends and injury implications for FanDuel DFS contests. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

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game preview

5 Keys: Sharks at Golden Knights, Game 6

San Jose tries to avoid elimination again; Vegas looks to clinch at home for first time

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

SHARKS at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, NBCSCA

Vegas leads best-of-7 series 3-2

 

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to eliminate the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

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Blues will play Predators or Stars in Western Second Round

Eliminate Jets in six games to advance

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the Nashville Predators or Dallas Stars.

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Press Release

Start times for Stanley Cup Playoff games Monday

Schedule update for April 22

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the following updates to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule:

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Short Shifts

Capitals fans chant for Oshie, who fires up crowd on Twitter before game

Injured forward also gets homage from Redskins linebacker Kerrigan

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Washington Capitals fans wanted a win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

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fantasy

NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast for Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blues' stunning comeback, Sharks staying alive, emerging players from Stars, Avalanche, weekend preview in new episode

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

With the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs underway, the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast has you covered with all the reaction from around the League.

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playoffs

Top two NHL teams out in first round of playoffs for first time

Flames eliminated by Avalanche after Lightning swept by Blue Jackets

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

The top two teams entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been eliminated in the first round for the first time since the NHL expansion of 1967-68.

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NHL Insider

Lehner focused on Cup with Islanders, not individual awards

Goalie, finalist for Masterton, Vezina had resurgent season after detailing struggles

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Robin Lehner said he had eight or nine teams interested in him when he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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First Round

Svechnikov out for Hurricanes, hopes to play in Game 6

Forward participates in morning skate, misses second straight against Capitals

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Andrei Svechnikov was scratched from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Saturday because of a concussion, but the rookie forward said he hopes to return for Game 6 on Monday.

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Short Shifts

Cardinals Wainwright, Molina among Blues supporters

Ballplayers showed up to cheer for fellow Gateway City athletes

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues got some Major League support from their fellow Gateway City athletes when a bunch of St. Louis Cardinals showed up to Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round. 

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Short Shifts

Zadorov trolls anyone who picked against Avalanche in bracket challenge

Good news, everyone: You can pick a new bracket once wild Round 1 is over

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

If your bracket is busted as badly as Nikita Zadorov thinks it is, you may want to take another crack at it.

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Short Shifts

Fleury tapes all of Marchessault's sticks together in silly prank

Goalie strikes again leaving teammate without lumber at practice

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

It's tough to participate in a hockey practice without any sticks. Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault found that out on Saturday.

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First Round

Golden Knights confident they'll win series against Sharks in Game 6

Reaves says Vegas will be motivated to 'close it out' at home after Hertl's comments

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights are not deterred by San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl saying he believes San Jose will win Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile