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Oilers advance with Game 6 win against Sharks

Cam Talbot makes 27 saves, Edmonton moves on to face Ducks in second round

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Edmonton Oilers hung on for a series-ending 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Saturday.

Edmonton won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev each scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal early in the second period, Connor McDavid scored into an empty net with less than a second left, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves for the Oilers, who won a postseason series for the first time since advancing to the 2006 Cup Final.

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Rangers eliminate Canadiens with Game 6 win

Mats Zuccarello scores twice to put New York into second round

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Mats Zuccarello scored two goals for the New York Rangers in a series-ending 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

New York won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play either the Ottawa Senators or Boston Bruins in the second round.

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Blues eliminate Wild with Game 5 OT win

Magnus Paajarvi scores at 9:42 to put St. Louis into second round against Predators

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi scored 9:42 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a series-ending 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

"Really happy to finish it tonight," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "[Minnesota's] a group that definitely ... I know it's tough they didn't get the win, but they gave us more than anything we could handle, and obviously Bruce [Boudreau (coach)] has done a great job, Chuck [Fletcher (general manager)] has done a great job and their team did a great job. They showed a lot of character."

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Round 2

Blues will play Predators in Western Conference Second Round

St. Louis eliminated Wild in five games; Nashville swept Blackhawks to advance @NHL

The St. Louis Blues will play the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Second Round after St. Louis eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 4-3 overtime win Saturday.

The Blues will have home-ice advantage in the best-of-7 series as the third-place team from the Central Division. The Predators, also from the Central, entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card in the West.

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Mats Zuccarello raises game against Canadiens

Rangers forward scores twice in Game 6, led New York with three goals in series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The way Mats Zuccarello plays the game, with the fearlessness and ferocity befitting a man who is a foot taller than his 5-foot-7 frame, can make you forget that two years ago his career was nearly over, a result of a shot off his head, a brain contusion that left him incapable of speaking for four days and still makes him stumble over certain words today.

It was easy to forget that Saturday, when Zuccarello shined on the big stage with two goals, enough to help the New York Rangers advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers won the series 4-2. Zuccarello led them with three goals.

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Vezina Trophy

Vezina Trophy finalists unveiled

Sergei Bobrovsky of Blue Jackets, Braden Holtby of Capitals, Carey Price of Canadiens in running for award given to NHL's best goalie @NHL

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is a finalist to win the Vezina Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens were the other finalists announced Saturday, for the trophy awarded to the goalie adjudged to be the best at this position.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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Wild admit early playoff ouster 'tough to handle'

Minnesota lasts five games against Blues after record-setting regular season

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild expected to be playing in June, or at least past the Western Conference First Round in April.

But the St. Louis Blues ended those plans with a 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, eliminating the Wild from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's tough to handle, really," Wild forward Zach Parise said. "None of us expected this. It's going to be a long offseason for sure. We tried to get our way back into the series, but when you're down 3-0 in the series, you're really asking a lot, not that we quit, we never quit, we tried, we played hard all the way till the end but, like I said, right now it's just a [disappointed] group of players."

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Eric Staal of Wild leaves Game 5 in second period

Forward out of hospital after falling headfirst into boards against Blues

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

Staal leaves after hitting boards

STL@MIN, Gm5: Staal leaves game after scary collision

R1, Gm5: Eric Staal clips Jake Allen's skate and slides hard into the boards, forcing him to leave the game in the 2nd period

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal was released from the hospital after being helped from the ice in the second period of Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Staal was heading toward the net to attempt a shot when he made contact with the right leg of St. Louis goalie Jake Allen and then slid headfirst into the boards.

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Round 1

Mike Yeo gets no extra satisfaction eliminating Wild

Blues coach, fired by Minnesota in 2016, just happy to advance to second round

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo insisted before the start of the Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild that it wasn't about him.

After knocking his former team out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5, Yeo maintained the same stance.

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Joel Quenneville to remain Blackhawks coach, GM says

Stan Bowman promises other changes after Chicago was swept in first round of playoffs

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville will remain coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, after they were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season, general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday.

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Short Shifts

Empire State Building puts on light show to Rangers goal song

New York City landmark celebrates series win with colorful display @NHL

New York knows how to party.

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Round 1

Alex Ovechkin will play for Capitals against Maple Leafs in Game 6

Washington forward expected to be ready Sunday despite possible leg injury

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin will be in the lineup when the Washington Capitals try to clinch their Eastern Conference First Round series in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC).

Ovechkin had trouble getting up late in the first period of Game 5 after a hit to his left leg by Toronto forward Nazem Kadri. Ovechkin left the game but returned for the second period and played 19:29 in Washington's 2-1 overtime victory that gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Round 1

NHL LiveWire: Maple Leafs at Capitals, Game 5

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk, Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov mic'd up in Eastern Conference First Round series @NHL

NHL LiveWire: TOR vs. WSH, Gm5

Maple Leafs, Capitals mic'd up for critical Game 5

Listen in as the Maple Leafs and Capitals face off in a crucial Game 5 battle in Washington

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Each night through the second round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside one Stanley Cup Playoff game.

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Senators have no fear playing Game 6 on road

Ottawa, unbeaten at Bruins in playoffs, can advance with win on Sunday

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Home-ice advantage hasn't counted for much in the Eastern Conference First Round between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.

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NHL Insider

Blue Jackets say making playoffs not good enough

Eliminated in first round, Columbus shooting for greatness next season

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Coach John Tortorella had a message Saturday for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

"Good is the enemy of great," he said at Nationwide Arena.

Good is setting Blue Jackets record for wins (50) and points (108) in a season, something they did in 2016-17 while reaching the playoffs for the third time. 

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Marc-Andre Fleury likely to start in goal for Penguins in second round

Playing in place of Matt Murray, who hasn't skated since sustaining lower-body injury before Game 1 of playoffs

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Marc-Andre Fleury will likely be the starting goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they begin their Eastern Conference Second Round series next week.

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NHL Insider

Jonathan Toews of Blackhawks aims to improve speed, skill

Chicago center will change offseason routine after scoring NHL career-low 21 goals this season

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews said Saturday he will change his offseason routine to emphasize speed and skill after scoring an NHL career-low 21 regular-season goals and one in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Toews finished with 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 72 games. It was his second straight season with fewer than 60 points. He's scored one goal in each of the past two playoff series, a seven-game loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference First Round in 2016 and a four-game sweep by the Nashville Predators this year.

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5 Keys: Senators at Bruins, Game 6

Ottawa looks to move past double-overtime loss, advance; Boston forward David Krejci's status unknown

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent


3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 

Ottawa leads best-of-7 series 3-2

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Round 1

David Krejci questionable for Bruins in Game 6 vs. Senators

Boston center has lower-body injury, status unknown for Sunday

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci is day to day with a lower-body injury and his availability is in question for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

The Bruins defeated the Senators 3-2 in the second overtime in Game 5 on Friday but trail the best-of-7 series 3-2.

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Capitals aiming to push Maple Leafs 'off cliff' in Game 6

Coach Barry Trotz, Washington hoping to eliminate Toronto, advance to second round

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

From the moment the Washington Capitals were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round last season, they have wanted another shot at them, a shot at redemption.

They can get that shot if they defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC).

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Maple Leafs know Capitals out to finish series

Toronto facing elimination in Game 6 on Sunday

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said he understands why Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants to push his team "off a cliff" in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday at Air Canada Centre (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC). He would feel the same way.

"The way I say it, when you have someone down and you have a chance to step on them, you step on them or they might get up and kill you," Babcock said Saturday with the Maple Leafs trailing the best-of-7 series 3-2. "I agree with him 100 percent. But we're in the same thing here: If we don't win we go home, there should be no more desperate team than us. We're all aware and understand that fully."

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NHL Centennial

Lightning made NHL history at Thunderdome

Drew biggest playoff crowd 21 years ago, had baseball stadium 'rocking'

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: NHL attendance record

Memories: Lightning set an NHL attendance record

On April 23, 1996 an arena originally built for baseball, The Thunderdome, set an NHL attendance record with 28,183 fans

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Before the NHL turned football and baseball stadiums into sites for its annual outdoor games, there was the Thunderdome.

When Expo Hall in Tampa proved too small for an NHL team, the second-year Tampa Bay Lightning decided to go big; in 1993, they moved to a domed stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida, that had been built in 1990 for the expected arrival of a Major League Baseball team. The Florida Suncoast Dome, renamed the Thunderdome for hockey, was their home for three seasons while the Lightning's new building (now Amalie Arena) was under construction.

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NHL Centennial

Bob Baun goal for Maple Leafs legendary

On fractured ankle, defenseman scored in OT in Game 6 of 1964 Stanley Cup Final

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / Columnist

The list of injuries grows with each team's elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As players pack up for the offseason, you learn that many were skating with torn muscles, damaged or even separated joints, bodies held together with equal parts medical science and willpower.

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Zdeno Chara carries load, helps Bruins reach Game 6

Defenseman, 40, plays heavy minutes in double-overtime win against Senators

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- By the time it was all over, and Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly had worked his magic with a goal in the second overtime for a 3-2 win in Game 5 against the Ottawa Senators here on Friday, Zdeno Chara had played 36:46.

It was an eye-popping number for anyone, but even more so for a 40-year-old defenseman, even a player known for his training and his preparation in the way the Bruins captain has always been. Still, that was by far the most ice time he had seen this season, and the most he had played in a game in four years.

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Sean Kuraly keeps season alive for Bruins

Rookie forward, scratched the past two games, scores in overtime against Senators

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- As Sean Kuraly threw his gear bag over his shoulder, he wasn't quite sure where the first puck had gone. A Boston Bruins employee had the second one, the one from his goal in double overtime that sealed the 3-2 Game 5 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, but for the moment the whereabouts of the other was unknown.

It was located a short time later, in the possession of equipment manager Keith Robinson, so the puck could be taped and labeled and photographed with a smiling Kuraly, per tradition.

Kuraly, 24, had scored that one, his first of the night and the first of his NHL career, at 17:05 of the second period, tying the game and giving life to the Bruins in their Eastern Conference First Round series just as they were on the brink of a season-ending loss.

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Watch every overtime goal in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Magnus Paajarvi scores to put Blues in second round, eliminate Wild @NHL

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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Forward Magnus Paajarvi scored at 9:42 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

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Norris Trophy

Norris Trophy finalists unveiled

Brent Burns of Sharks, Victor Hedman of Lightning, Erik Karlsson of Senators up for award given to top defenseman @NHL

Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators were named finalists for the Norris Trophy on Friday, awarded annually to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). 

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Fantasy picks: Morgan Rielly sees power-play spike

Maple Leafs defenseman among April 23 DFS targets against Capitals in Game 6

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor

DraftKings Daily Picks: Sunday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Sunday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Sunday night including Auston Matthews and Evgeny Kuznetsov

  • 01:02 •'s fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (until end of conference finals). This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

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NHL Centennial

This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky plays final NHL game April 18, 1999 @NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved one step closer to becoming the NHL's first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings won in 1997 and '98. The Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games to win their Eastern Conference First Round series, becoming the first team from the East to advance to the second round. 

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.


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This Date in NHL History

April 23: Pete Babando scores Stanley Cup-winner for Red Wings

Plus: Scotty Bowman becomes all-time leader in playoff coaching victories; Wayne Gretzky gets ninth postseason hat trick

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1950: In the first Game 7 of the Final to be decided in overtime, Pete Babando scores at 8:31 of the second overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers at Olympia Stadium. 

Detroit's Jim McFadden ties the game with 4:03 remaining in the third period, and each team has plenty of chances before Babando beats Rangers goaltender Chuck Rayner for the Cup-winning goal.

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