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8hScott Burnside

Transformed Penguins keeping cool around Capitals

These aren't your daddy's pliable Penguins. No, what we're seeing as they tied up the second-round series against the Capitals is a gritty team that makes you work extra hard for your money.

Fehr tips in game winner against old team (0:20)
Brooks Orpik delivers a controversial hit (0:25)
Drouin goes backhand five-hole for Tampa Bay (0:32)
Faksa follows rebound to net game winner (0:33)
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Sharks surge past Predators in series opener

San Jose came alive in the third period, scoring all five of its goals, to take Game 1 from Nashville. Joel Ward keyed the Sharks' rally with a go-ahead goal and one assist.

Black cat roams the ice pregame (0:13)
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2dCraig Custance

What's next for Boudreau, Ducks?

Following the Anaheim Ducks' firing of Bruce Boudreau, Craig Custance explores who the Ducks will hire, and where Boudreau will land.

Melrose on Ducks firing Boudreau: 'It's ridiculous' (1:13)
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Which tortured fan base deserves a Stanley Cup?

For some fan bases, it has been decades since their team raised the Stanley Cup. Others are still waiting for their first Cup kiss. So who deserves a Stanley Cup victory the most?

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23hPierre LeBrun

NHL, NHLPA agree on expansion draft rules

In what could be a significant step toward adding a team, the league and its players union concluded 'extensive discussions' on expansion issues.

Capitals win without being the best team (0:47)
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2dJoe McDonald

Lightning defenseman Stralman 'not near ready'

Injury-riddled Tampa Bay won't get Anton Stralman or Steven Stamkos back anytime soon. But Matt Carle, J.T. Brown and Mike Blunden are day-to-day.

Game 1 promises amazing Capitals-Penguins series (2:37)
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3dJohn Buccigross

Tune in, fans: Playoffs and music go together

John Buccigross combines his favorite art forms, hockey and music, into an appreciation of each playoff team. The Red Wings are in Emo mode, while the beat goes on for contenders like the Caps.

Sharp: Looking forward to playing St. Louis (1:50)


Brooks Orpik delivers controversial hit

Pittsburgh's Ollie Maatta had to be helped off the ice after getting hit in the head by Washington's Brooks Orpik in Game 2.


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Penguins tie it up! Pittsburgh scores late in the 3rd period to swipe home-ice advantage from Washington.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Going on TSN 1050 in Toronto right now. Talking tax policy, best driving practices, and my fav vacation spots.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Former Cap Eric Fehr gives the Pens a lead redirecting Malkin pass past Holtby. Brooks Orpik, the former Pen, defending on the play.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Terrific chances at both ends but it's still 1-1 with 6:18 left in regulation. Big block by Ovechkin last shift. Big save by Murray after.