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Burnside: Capitals have what it takes

After years and years of being not quite good enough, this edition of the Capitals has got the best shot at going deep into the playoffs.

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Bettman: No expansion yet; $500M fee reasonable

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reports nothing definitive on potential expansion, though he does have a specific ownership fee of roughly $500 million in mind.

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1dCraig Custance

Custance: Explaining Forsberg's Calder snub

Why did Filip Forsberg get left off the list of Calder Trophy finalists? Craig Custance analyzes the snub, and answers mailbag questions.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Analysis

Breaking down the Senators' Game 5 win (1:07)

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1dFrom the NHL

Calder Trophy finalists: Ekblad, Gaudreau, Stone

Florida's Aaron Ekblad, Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau and Ottawa's Mark Stone are the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top rookie.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Analysis

Breaking down the Capitals' Game 5 (0:30)


Stanley Cup Playoffs Highlights

Canucks stay alive with Game 5 win (0:57)


Stanley Cup Playoffs Analysis

Ducks close out Jets (1:08)

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Grantland Features: 'Knuckles vs. Numbers'

Hockey's advanced-analytics movement has called for the extinction of the enforcer. We take a look at the fate of the NHL's brawlers, and their fight to remain a part of the league.


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



Capitals at Islanders, 3 ET (Caps lead 3-2)

Will this be the final game at the Nassau Coliseum? The Capitals are just 2-6 in their last 8 games with a chance to eliminate an opponent. Follow live

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Warmups underway here at Nassau Coliseum. Isles try to extend series as Caps try to punch their ticket for second round in Gm 6

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Capitals and Islanders meet at 3 ET in Game 6 of their series with the Capitals up 3-2. Capitals are 0-3 in Game 6 when up 3-2 since 2006.

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Yeo on Blues: “We know what we’re up against here still. They didn’t win their division by accident. That team is a very proud group."

Caps have newfound edge

The Capitals have given up the first goal in 4 of 5 games, including all 3 games played at Verizon Center. Would previous incarnations of this team have rallied to get to this point? Longtime broadcast analyst Alan May: "Never. All of these guys are just so much more determined." Burnside: Caps are team D.C. wanted

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Therrien says there's no more pressure on one team or the other. Says same pressure to win in the playoffs on both teams.

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Therrien says Anderson picked the wrong guy to poke in the ribs with his stick in Prust. Therrien's way of responding to Cameron on Prust

Islanders down another defenseman

Calvin de Haan won't play in tonight's Game 6, coach Jack Capuano announced today. The Isles, down 3-2 in the series to the Capitals, are already without Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky.