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Caps-Pens is taking a sour turn

Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead over the Caps in a series that has a constant undercurrent of hate. And while we all love tough, emotional, physical hockey, this needs to be reined in.

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Inside the NHL: Playoff pontifications (10:30)
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Murray showing up in big moments (1:16)
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Hockey eyes Hispanic fans for growth

In the not-so-distant future, a hockey stick and a puck might be as common a sight in a Hispanic kid's room as a soccer ball or baseball bat.

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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.

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How the Stars' D is changing perceptions

The Dallas defense might be better than anyone is giving it credit for right now, especially down the stretch, Craig Custance writes.

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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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3dPierre 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.

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4dJoe 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.

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Islanders coach Jack Capuano doesn't want his team to get overly excited for Game 3 on home ice.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Islanders' Josh Bailey could return to the lineup for Game 3 Tuesday night at Barclays Center. He's also looking forward to the home crowd.

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Why it took this long after reg season ended is what people are wondering. Flames had very thorough review and obviously felt this was best