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3hJoe McDonald

Hedman's heady play bolsters Lightning

Defenseman Victor Hedman is controlling play at both ends of the ice while keeping Islanders star John Tavares in check -- and is again proving to be a vital part of Tampa Bay's success.

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Inside the NHL: Can the Stars win using two goalies? (4:27)
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Is Letang's one-game suspension fair? (1:58)
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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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Inside the NHL: Are the Sharks the best in the West? (2:55)
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Chimera: We've got to make sure we get the next one (1:29)
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Kuhnhackl scores goal off his back (0:32)
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Murray showing up in big moments (1:16)
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NHL: Top 3 plays of the week (1:34)
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2dMartin 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.

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Backes' birthday present to himself: OT goal vs. Stars (0:26)
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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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Pavelski lights the lamp for Sharks (0:24)
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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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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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3dPierre 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.

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