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2hCraig Custance

For Blues and Stars, Fort McMurray tragedy is personal

Blues winger Scottie Upshall has watched from afar as his hometown burns. For Upshall and others with ties to the Alberta city, the tragedy has brought a bit of perspective amid a tense series.

Hornqvist scores the OT winner for Penguins (0:35)
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4hCorey Pronman

NHL mock draft: Matthews first, then who?

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but some intrigue later.

#LevyAndMelrose: Greatest playoff run of all-time (1:51)
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16hJohn Buccigross

Is Matthews the next Captain Serious?

John Buccigross has a serious message for Maple Leafs fans, who've been waiting 49 years for a Stanley Cup: Likely top-draft pick Auston Matthews could be the second coming of Jonathan Toews.

Backes' wrister adds insult to injury (0:28)
Boyle scores game winner in OT (0:32)
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Preds power past Sharks for Game 3 victory

After Patrick Marleau's opening tally for the Sharks, the Predators responded with four straight goals to earn a much-needed Game 3 win.

Home ice confidence meant a lot for Predators in Game 3 (0:48)
Is Letang's one-game suspension fair? (1:58)
Inside the NHL: Can the Stars win using two goalies? (4:27)
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2dCraig Custance

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.


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.

Inside the NHL: Are the Sharks the best in the West? (2:55)
Why are the Penguins beating the Capitals? (1:05)
NHL: Top 3 plays of the week (1:34)
4dMartin 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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Islanders' Thomas Hickey said after practice he was tested for a concussion after Boyle's hit in Game 3. Hickey is fine and ready for Gm 4.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Stephen Johns on Reaves: "I don’t really care what he has to say. I’m just out there playing my game. I didn’t think it was a dirty hit."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Islanders forward Matt Martin and I discuss the importance of a team's ability to roll four lines, recap Game 3 and how to beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.


Craig Custance @CraigCustance

First time I've seen interviews in a dressing room delayed while players finished singing Shania Twain but here we are.

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Brent Burns (SJ): Leads all NHL defensemen in the postseason with 11 points, including 5 on the power play.

John Buccigross @Buccigross

289 previous instances NHL team leading a best-of-7 series 3-1; that team has gone on to win the series 90.3% of the time (261-28)

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Matt Murray can become the first rookie goaltender to lead a playoff series win against the Presidents' Trophy team since Mike Vernon (86)

John Buccigross @Buccigross

Patric Hornqvist has 5 goals this postseason, equaling the amount he had in entire playoff career entering this year