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Custance: Abdelkader's return toughens Wings

Back from a hand injury, Justin Abdelkader will be counted on to create much-needed space for his linemates.

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22hJoe McDonald

Bettman pleased with Vegas ticket-drive progress

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's update on the Las Vegas expansion ticket drive included a report of strong commitment and a plan to discuss further action at the league's board meeting in June.

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Are Islanders fans crossing the line?

Katie Strang discusses the atmosphere inside Nassau Coliseum and the reported vandalism after Sunday's game between the Islanders and Capitals, and how arena staffers will ensure no further incidents take place.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Analysis

Breaking down Wild's Game 3 win (0:47)

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7hSean McIndoe

The roar of Jets fans as playoffs return

Hockey fans like to tell a few lies about their favorite things, but those claiming Winnipeg has the loudest building in the league were proven right by Monday's release of pent-up emotion.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Highlights

Ducks prevail in OT to take 3-0 series lead (1:39)

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By the numbers: Hawks-Preds series

Here’s a look at some notable statistics through three games in the Chicago Blackhawks-Nashville Predators’ first-round series:1. Neither team is dominating in possession when the game is within a goal during the first two periods or tied in the third period (which is otherwise known as Corsi close).

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Megagraphic: Stanley Cup, by the numbers

So, you thought you knew the Stanley Cup, did you? Well, our crack research department dug up some fun factoids and spiffy stats that might surprise you about the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup.

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

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Capitals look to pull level in Game 4
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Alex Ovechkin, who has just one goal this postseason and one goal in his last 12 road playoff games, looks to get back in the scoring column as the Capitals attempt to even the series with the Islanders. Washington has won 2 of the past 3 series in which it has trailed 2-1. Follow live

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Detroit opens the scoring at home

Tomas Tatar’s shot deflects off the leg of Pavel Datsyuk and past Ben Bishop as the Red Wings go on top of the Lightning 8:46 into the first period.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Datsyuk had a goal from earlier in the series taken away. Gets it right back in the first here in Detroit. 1-0 Red Wings.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Babcock didn't like the matchup he was getting vs. Stamkos line in TB. Consistently getting Datsyuk out against Stamkos in DET so far.

Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

So, according to Caps line rushes, both Burakovsky and Latta draw into lineup, with Glencross scratched. Fehr also out

Are Islanders' fans crossing the line?
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The intensity on the ice in the Caps-Isles series has transferred to the fans, forcing arena staffers to take extra precautions to prevent future incidents like the reported vandalism from Sunday's Game 4.

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Lightning visit Red Wings for Game 3

After controlling much of the first two games of the series but only coming away with one win, the Lightning take their talents to Hockeytown. Tampa Bay secured just 43 points away from home this season, the fewest among all playoff teams. Follow live

Stanley Cup playoff games tonight (ET)
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  • Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (tied 1-1)
  • Capitals at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (Isles lead 2-1)
  • Preds at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (Hawks lead 2-1)
  • Canucks at Flames, 10 p.m. (Flames lead 2-1)

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Boston Bruins @nhlbruins

Don't miss #NHLBruins fist bump fan Liam Fitzgerald on E:60 tonight at 8PM on ESPN2 #BumpOutCancer.