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22hScott Burnside

Crosby, Ovechkin keeping each other in check

The big-hype matchup between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin has so far been a bit of a dud on the scoresheet -- but that doesn't mean the two superstar captains aren't getting it done.

Backes' birthday present to himself: OT goal vs. Stars (0:26)
NHL: Top 3 plays of the week (1:34)
21hMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

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.

Pavelski lights the lamp for Sharks (0:24)
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3dCraig 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.

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Matthew Coller

Radulov's fit with seven potential suitors

Alexander Radulov could bring a substantial offensive boost to any NHL team that signs him. Matthew Coller examines seven suitors to see where the Russian winger is the best fit.

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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2dPierre 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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3dJoe 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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4dJohn 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.


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Some good pushback from the Capitals who are out-shooting Pittsburgh 12-6 but still trail 2-0 with 4:36 left in the first.

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Odd man rush and Matt Cullen pass deflects up and then in off Tom Khunhackl. All of a sudden 2-0 Pens. Caps on the ropes.

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Pens take 1-0 lead on a deflection by Patric Hornqvist but play starts with terrific pass out of defensive zone by Kris Letang.

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Absence of Bryan Rust who left the ice after blocking an early shot has forced Mike Sullivan to juggle his offensive units.

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For the third straight game the Crosby line will start off against the Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin trio.

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No surprise but Dmitry Orlov draws back in for Caps in place of Brooks Orpik and Derrick Pouliot in for Olli Maatta.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Shayne Gostisbehere, Connor McDavid and Artemi Panarin named finalists for the Calder Trophy, NHL's rookie of the year. Panarin topped my ballot. Only way he doesn't win is if voters hold age and KHL time against him.