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Watch out, playoffs: The Blues are in killer mode

The Blues learned from easing up on the gas pedal earlier in the second round and stomped their way to a commanding win over the Stars to take a 2-1 series lead.

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Preds power past Sharks for Game 3 victory

After Patrick Marleau's opening tally for the Sharks, the Predators responded with four straight goals to earn a much-needed Game 3 win.

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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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Trotz covers, Sharks, Daley, Sharp, Greiss

The ESPN.com crew covers gamesmanship from Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Brooks Orpik's hit on Olli Maatta, and why this Sharks team is different from years past. Plus, Trevor Daley, Patrick Sharp and Thomas Greiss stop by.

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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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23hCraig Custance

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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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Islanders coach Jack Capuano was then asked if he thought the hit by Hickey on Jonathan Drouin was clean. "Well, when Jonathan Drouin cut to the middle, [Hickey] hit him right in the chest. That's an open-ice hit and we've seen plenty of those and it's directly right in his chest. Where on the hit on Thomas, you can see his head snap back and you can see the shoulder lead the elbow up into the head areas, so totally two different hits and on the angles that I have, it's not even close."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Islanders coach Jack Capuano stands by his Game 3 postgame comments, regarding the hit by the Lightning's Brian Boyle on New York's Thomas Hickey. Here is Capuano's answer from Wednesday's conference call: "Your emotions are high after a game, but I watched it. Very seldom do I have time to watch video right after a game during the season when I come see [the media]. But I had a chance to watch it and I just feel like the hit was high. To me, it's a position where it's an odd-man rush going the other way too. It's one of those calls that [ref] has a spilt-decision to make, so I'm going to stand by what I said and I thought the hit was high. It led to a really good scoring chance for them. "Like I said last night, these guys that are getting suspended for a game, or three, or whatever it is, it's a fast game. They're not playing dirty. They're trying to finish their checks and do the right things and when things happen so fast, shoulders, elbows, sticks get up and get up high. To me, just seeing Thomas after the game, bleeding out of his mouth and his teeth, he got hit in the head. I'm not going to change anything. I'm not going to change my opinion on that."

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Capuano described his team's Game 3 loss as demoralizing in a way, but the Islanders played their best game of the season. Ready for Game 4

Boyle scores winner for Lightning in OT

Brian Boyle was in the perfect spot to tap home a loose puck and lift Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the Islanders in Game 3.

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Lightning's Drouin gets laid out by Hickey

Thomas Hickey's massive body check forced Jonathan Drouin to the locker room.

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Weber's rocket goes top shelf

Nashville's Shea Weber unleashed a slap shot into the top right corner that served as the winner in the Predators' 4-1 win over the Sharks.

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