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Lightning's Drouin ready to be called on

Jonathan Drouin has done plenty of waiting this season, but the idea of playing in a playoff game has the rookie too excited to sleep.

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Blake Comeau adding grit, depth to Penguins

Blake Comeau's sandpaper style of play is well-suited for this time of year, and the Penguins will need it to have a chance to beat the Rangers.

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W2W4: Penguins at Rangers, Game 2

The Rangers took Game 1 against the Penguins, but superstar Sidney Crosby & Co. aim to even things up when the puck drops on Saturday night.

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How do Capitals carry over Game 2 success? (0:54)

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Capitals rise to challenge to even series

Staring into a giant playoff pit in Game 2 against the Islanders, the Capitals did not flinch, and instead grew stronger and more steadfast.

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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.


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



Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks

Coach Desjardins speaking to media pre-flight. "There was some dislike between the teams from last year. This series has re-fueled that."

Blues take 1-0 lead

Alexander Steen to Vladimir Tarasenko for the tip-in gave St. Louis its first lead of the series. Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Follow live

Lightning take lead after scrum

An early scrap seems to have fired up Tampa Bay, as Tyler Johnson scored a goal to give the Lightning a lead. Detroit leads the series 1-0. Follow live

Holtby ready to return in Game 3

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's no longer sick and will be ready to face the Islanders in Game 3. Coach Barry Trotz didn't make a commitment on who'd start, Holtby or Philipp Grubauer. The series is tied 1-1.

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Craig Custance @CraigCustance

A few boos here when Robert Bortuzzo announced as a scratch for Blues. Lots of boos when Chris Stewart named as a starter for Wild.