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Experts' predictions: Second-round playoff picks

This is how it's going to go down: Our experts weigh in with their predictions for the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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2hCraig 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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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)
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3hJoe 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.

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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21hJohn 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.

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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.


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Islanders captain John Tavares talks about the importance of having Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy in the room. Both Boychuk (Bruins) and Leddy (Blackhawks) have won a Stanley Cup.


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Islanders coach Jack Capuano talks about what his team didn't do in the third period in Game 1 and how to improve it for Game 2.


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Murray on Game 7 losses: They weren’t going out to win, they were going out not to lose. You cannot play hockey that way.

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Ducks GM Bob Murray on firing Boudreau: "I did not feel going forward and making the playoffs again it would be a good situation."