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Dumba's development deepens Wild's D corps

Confidence has come back with a vengence for key player in Minnesota's late-season surge.

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Custance: Future of Babcock, Dubnyk, more

Craig Custance writes that despite interest from fans and NHL GMs, Gary Bettman is uninterested in chaning the points system. Plus, mailbag!

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Blake Comeau adding grit, depth to Penguins

Blake Comeau's sandpaper style of play is well-suited for this time of year, and the Penguins will need it to have a chance to beat the Rangers.

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W2W4: Penguins at Rangers, Game 2

The Rangers took Game 1 against the Penguins, but superstar Sidney Crosby & Co. aim to even things up when the puck drops on Saturday night.

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Capitals rise to challenge to even series

Staring into a giant playoff pit in Game 2 against the Islanders, the Capitals did not flinch, and instead grew stronger and more steadfast.

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Megagraphic: Stanley Cup, by the numbers

So, you thought you knew the Stanley Cup, did you? Well, our crack research department dug up some fun factoids and spiffy stats that might surprise you about the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup.

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Levy and Melrose: Stanley Cup playoffs are the best (2:21)

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Johnson scores again, Lightning up 4-0
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Tyler Johnson notches his second goal of the day to make a rough second period for Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek even worse. Detroit has a 1-0 series lead. Follow live

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Lightning takes 3-0 lead

Andrej Sustr got into the scoring fun and gave Tampa a 3-0 lead late in the second. It's his first goal of his playoff career. Follow live

Lightning strikes for second time

Alex Killorn slipped the puck past Petr Mrazek's skate to give Tampa a 2-0 lead in Game 2. The Red Wings lead the series 1-0. Follow live

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Tampa trainer Mike Poirier checking Stamkos on the bench after he's shaken up in the corner. Appears to be fine.

Vladimir Tarasenko takes two

Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game and his sixth in the last eight playoff games he's played in. The Blues have a 2-0 lead in the game but the Wild have the 1-0 series lead. Follow live

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Coach Desjardins speaking to media pre-flight. "There was some dislike between the teams from last year. This series has re-fueled that."

Blues take 1-0 lead

Alexander Steen to Vladimir Tarasenko for the tip-in gave St. Louis its first lead of the series. Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Follow live

Lightning take lead after scrum

An early scrap seems to have fired up Tampa Bay, as Tyler Johnson scored a goal to give the Lightning a lead. Detroit leads the series 1-0. Follow live

Holtby ready to return in Game 3
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Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's no longer sick and will be ready to face the Islanders in Game 3. Coach Barry Trotz didn't make a commitment on who'd start, Holtby or Philipp Grubauer. The series is tied 1-1.

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