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LeBrun: Paging Alex Galchenyuk

The Habs are counting on enigmatic young star Alex Galchenyuk to step it up with the team's playoff hopes on the line.

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Custance: Updates on O'Connor, Seattle, more

Top college free agent Matt O'Connor has narrowed down his choices, according to Craig Custance. Plus, updates on the NHL in Seattle and the mailbag.

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W2W4: Wild at Blackhawks, Game 2

The Blackhawks are sticking with the same lineup for Game 2, but the Wild are tweaking because of an injury.

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1hScott Burnside

W2W4: Flames at Ducks, Game 2

The Ducks will be looking to again get out to a quick start against the underdog Flames.

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1dScott Burnside

Flames captain Mark Giordano skates with team

Mark Giordano practiced for the first time since suffering a torn biceps, but he did not say if the timeline for his return has been moved up.

Stanley Cup Analysis

Montreal awful on power play (0:28)


Barry's Best

Best chance for upset in NHL's second round (0:41)

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3dCraig Custance

Explaining my second-round playoff picks

Craig Custance makes a case for his Stanley Cup playoffs final four of the Capitals, Lightning, Blackhawks and Ducks.

Farewell to Nassau Coliseum (2:56)
Levy and Melrose: Intensity in the playoffs (1:52)


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



Lightning catch second wind

Tampa Bay scored three goals and held the Habs off the board in the second, quieting the normally rowdy Bell Centre crowd. All three Lightning goals have come on the power play. Follow live


Lightning extends lead

A 4-on-3 edge and a face-off win with good puck movement led to Nikita Kucherov scoring. Tampa Bay has a 3-1 lead over the Canadiens in the second period. Follow live

Steven Stamkos scores

The second-leading goal scorer in the NHL this season finally lights the lamp after an 11-game playoff drought with a fantastic breakaway. Tampa Bay leads 2-1 in the game and 1-0 in the series. Follow live

Lightning strikes on power play

P.K. Subban was called for crosschecking and Tampa Bay made the most of the man-advantage. Valtteri Filppula beats Carey Price high and it's even at one after one. Follow live

Cubs backing the Blackhawks

Manager Joe Maddon is big on civic pride and off-beat bonding rituals, so today each Cubs player boarded the team flight to St. Louis wearing a Blackhawks jersey with their own name and Cubs uniform number on the back. Blackhawks host the Wild tonight in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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Canadiens score first

Jeff Petry scores his first career playoff goal to put the Habs up 1-0 about midway through the first period. Lightning are leading the series 1-0. Follow live