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Which tortured fan base deserves a Stanley Cup?

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

Oshie's OT game winner completes hat trick (0:26)
Capitals win without being the best team (0:47)
Game 1 promises amazing Capitals-Penguins series (2:37)
Beagle gets too close with Penguins' sticks (0:28)
Melrose: Predators need Rinne for any chance vs. Sharks (0:52)
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18hJohn 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)

Second round, Boychuk, Stamkos, Pritchard

The ESPN.com NHL team share their thoughts on second-round playoff matchups, and what could become of the Ducks after another early exit. Plus, we hear from Islanders D Johnny Boychuk, Lightning C Steven Stamkos and "Keeper of the Cup" Phil Pritchard.

Rinne the reason for Predators advancing (1:00)
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Celebrities who really love hockey

Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of watching the NHL playoffs? Same for these famous fans, who go to great lengths to follow their favorite teams -- all while doing their day jobs.

Conn Smythe Trophy prediction (1:10)
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2dCraig Custance

Nine biggest surprises of the first round

The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs saw many surprising star turns (and vice versa). Craig Custance identifies the biggest as Round 2 begins.

Playoff preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars (1:53)
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Annoying lies and sharp truths of the first round

Stable goaltending is a must-have and the coaches' challenge is a good thing, right? Wrong, and those are just two of the harsh playoff realities we're repeating and expounding on as the opening round winds down.

Twitter pledge backfires on Rangers fan (1:51)
What the Blackhawks need to do to return as contenders (1:35)
Inside the NHL: Juggernauts collide, playoff preview (10:13)


Craig Custance @CraigCustance

More from Steve Ott: "We didn’t get physically played that hard by Chicago, they’re not a big hitting club. Guys are fresh in here."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says both captains in this series - David Backes and Jamie Benn - are underappreciated.


Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

My guess is GM Bob Murray will take his time hiring coach. Look at all options, both internal/external. Huge hire. Ducks in win-now mode.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

I know everybody is saying Senators for Boudreau but if I'm the Wild, I'm jumping at the chance to bring in Boudreau.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Stars coach Lindy Ruff explains how he plans to use Jamie Benn to keep his offensive production going against the Blues.


Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Condra is not on the ice for practice. Cooper said yesterday it would be a few days before Condra is back on the ice.