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11hScott Burnside

Transformed Penguins keeping cool around Capitals

These aren't your daddy's pliable Penguins. No, what we're seeing as they tied up the second-round series against the Capitals is a gritty team that makes you work extra hard for your money.

Brooks Orpik delivers a controversial hit (0:25)
Fehr tips in game winner against old team (0:20)
Drouin goes backhand five-hole for Tampa Bay (0:32)
Faksa follows rebound to net game winner (0:33)
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Sharks surge past Predators in series opener

San Jose came alive in the third period, scoring all five of its goals, to take Game 1 from Nashville. Joel Ward keyed the Sharks' rally with a go-ahead goal and one assist.

Black cat roams the ice pregame (0:13)
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2dCraig 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.

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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1dPierre 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.

Capitals win without being the best team (0:47)
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2dJoe 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)
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3dJohn 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)


Melrose: Orpik should be suspended

Barry Melrose says Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik's hit to the head on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was "over the line."


Brooks Orpik delivers controversial hit

Pittsburgh's Ollie Maatta had to be helped off the ice after getting hit in the head by Washington's Brooks Orpik in Game 2.


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Matt Murray (PIT): stops 23 of 24 shots - improves to 4-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .939 save pct in 5 starts this postseason. It's his net.

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Predators: 2-28 on power play (7.1 percent) - worst among remaining playoff teams (were 10th in NHL during regular season