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2dCraig Custance

Custance: Updates on O'Connor, Seattle, more

Top college free agent Matt O'Connor has narrowed down his choices, according to Craig Custance. Plus, updates on the NHL in Seattle and the mailbag.

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53mPierre LeBrun

Rapid Reaction: Lightning 6, Canadiens 2

A lack of discipline by the Habs and a charged-up offense resulted in a big win for the Lightning in Game 2 against the Canadiens.

Stanley Cup Analysis

Montreal awful on power play (0:28)


Barry's Best

Best chance for upset in NHL's second round (0:41)

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3dCraig Custance

Explaining my second-round playoff picks

Craig Custance makes a case for his Stanley Cup playoffs final four of the Capitals, Lightning, Blackhawks and Ducks.

Farewell to Nassau Coliseum (2:56)
Levy and Melrose: Intensity in the playoffs (1:52)


Levy and Melrose: Stanley Cup playoffs are the best (2:21)



Blackhawks strike first

Marian Hossa sets up Jonathan Toews on the breakaway for a shorthanded goal as the Blackhawks go up on the Wild. The puck deflected off the butt of Minnesota G Devan Dubnyk's stick and into the net. Follow live

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Bad turnover by the Wild and Blackhawks' Toews scores a shorthanded goal to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Canadiens' costly penalties

A major story in Game 2 was Montreal’s lack of discipline and composure. The Canadiens took six penalties in the opening 40 minutes when the game was still on the line, some of them completely needless, writes Pierre LeBrun. Rapid reaction

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Final: Lightning 6, Canadiens 2

Steven Stamkos snapped his postseason scoreless skid with a second-period goal, Nikita Kucherov netted two goals, and the Lightning rolled past the Canadiens to steal both games in Montreal. Box score


Blackhawks try to protect home ice

Chicago looks to put the Wild in a 2-0 hole as the Blackhawks seek their eighth straight home playoff win over Minnesota. Lifted by Teuvo Teravainen in Game 1, Chicago has won 23 of its last 27 postseason contests at the United Center. Follow live


Kucherov, Lightning in control in 3rd

Nikita Kucherov scored his second power-play goal of game and Tampa Bay's fourth score with a man-advantage on the day. The Canadiens pulled one back a few minutes later, but the Lightning have some breathing room with a 5-2 lead. Follow live


Lightning catch second wind

Tampa Bay scored three goals and held the Habs off the board in the second, quieting the normally rowdy Bell Centre crowd. All three Lightning goals have come on the power play. Follow live