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Amid bevy of head shots, NHL attempts to explain rationale

Criticism of suspensions and non-suspensions for head shots in the playoffs led the NHL's department of player safety to release a video outlining its rationale on four different incidents

You again? Penguins face familiar foe in Capitals

Penguins hardly taking Capitals lightly as yet another playoff rematch looms

Maple Leafs hope for new ending in Game 7 against…

The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in another Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, and this time they're hoping for a different ending

Caps roll over Blue Jackets, look to nemesis…

After rolling over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Washington Capitals can look toward avenging some playoff disappointments

Andersen helps Maple Leafs beat Bruins 3-1 to…

Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series

Wild split with GM Chuck Fletcher after playoff…

Wild split with longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher after 1st-round playoff exit

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Lured out of retirement, Preds' Mike Fisher…

Lured out of retirement, Predators' Mike Fisher chasing 1st Stanley Cup

Crosby, Penguins keep 3rd straight championship…

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine straight playoff series, which tied a franchise record and are the most in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings also won nine from 1997 to 1999

Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win…

Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6

Guentzel scores 4 goals to lead Penguins to Game…

Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals for a postseason hat trick to send the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the next round with an 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6.

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High-scoring Lightning showing they play defense…

Vasileviskiy, Lightning playing solid defense in playoffs

Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-3, avoid elimination in…

Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 night and avoid playoff elimination

Goalie dubbed 'Hamburglar' guides Avs to Game 6…

Third-string goalie Andrew Hammond helped the Colorado Avalanche steal a game in Nashville and force a Game 6 back home against the Predators

Backstrom scores in OT, Caps take 3-2 series lead…

Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series

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Sharks 4th liners help team advance to 2nd round

Eric Fehr and Marcus Sorensen spent most of the season toiling in the AHL, just waiting for their chance

Jets beat Wild 5-0 in Game 5 to advance to second…

Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history

Big saves, more saves: Top goalies starring in…

The Bruins' Tuukka Rask, Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy and Capitals' Braden Holtby are making big saves when it matters to help their teams in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Caps' Burakovsky to have surgery, out rest of…

Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to repair an upper-body injury and miss the rest of the first-round series against Columbus

Column: Vegas provides a new template for expansion teams

Column: The Vegas Golden Knights have shown that expansion teams need not take years to be highly successful, and that's the approach all leagues should take when adding new teams

Carolina coach Bill Peters resigns after 4…

Bill Peters has resigned as the Carolina Hurricanes' coach after four seasons and no playoff berths

Players claimed off NHL waivers making most of 2nd chances

The playoffs are filled with players that were put on waivers only to find a revamped role with a new team

Once long shot, expansion Vegas now best bet in NHL playoffs

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights were long shots at the start of the year to make the playoffs

Bruins beat Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 4

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series

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Caps top Blue Jackets 4-1 to even series at 2…

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists assist to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to even their playoff series at two games apiece