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  • Wild, Canadiens hope to prevent sweeps in 2nd round

    If there’s a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven’t found it. The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They…

  • Burakovsky lifts Caps past Rangers 2-1 for 3-1 series lead

    The Capitals can close out the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers in the best-of-seven series and advance to the conference finals for the first time in Alex Ovechkin’s career by taking Game 5 in New York on Friday night.

  • Wild seeking secret to beating Blackhawks

    If there’s a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven’t found it. The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They…

  • Late goal gives Lightning victory, 3-0 lead on Canadiens

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Time was running out and the sellout crowd of 19,204 grew impatient, urging the Lightning to take one more crack at Carey Price. Good idea. Tyler Johnson’s only shot of the…

  • Rangers-Capitals Sums

    N.Y. Rangers 0 1 0—1 Washington 0 1 1—2 First Period_None. Penalties_Alzner, Was (tripping), 1:36; Sheppard, NYR (roughing), 12:42; Brouwer, Was (roughing), 12:42. Second Period_1, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 5 (St. Louis, Nash), 6:12. 2, Washington,…

  • Rangers-Capitals Sum

    N.Y. Rangers 0 1 0—1 Washington 0 1 1—2 First Period_None. Second Period_1, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 5 (St. Louis, Nash), 6:12. 2, Washington, Burakovsky 1 (Beagle, Gleason), 16:29. Third Period_3, Washington, Burakovsky 2, :24. Missed…

  • Canadiens-Lightning Sums

    Montreal 0 0 1—1 Tampa Bay 1 0 1—2 First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 3 (Stamkos), 12:00. Penalties_Plekanec, Mon (tripping), 7:24; Emelin, Mon (interference), 15:50; Filppula, TB (holding), 18:56. Second Period_None. Penalties_None. Third Period_2, Montreal,…

  • Canadiens-Lightning Sum

    Montreal 0 0 1—1 Tampa Bay 1 0 1—2 First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 3 (Stamkos), 12:00. Second Period_None. Third Period_2, Montreal, Gallagher 2 (Gilbert, Pateryn), 10:03. 3, Tampa Bay, Johnson 8 (Hedman, Palat), 19:58.…

  • Predators sign goalie Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract. Mazanec’s contract will be worth $575,000 when he’s in the NHL and $100,000 when he’s in the American…

  • Kane, Crawford settle back into form for surging Blackhawks

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The original prognosis for Patrick Kane’s surgically repaired collarbone dictated his return for some point during the Western Conference finals, if the Chicago Blackhawks were to advance that far. The…

  • Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting…

  • NHL Calendar

    May 1-17 — IIHF World Championship, Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. June 17 — Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals. June 26-27 — NHL draft, Sunrise, Fla. July 1 — Free agency begins.

  • Less ‘panic’ helps Capitals in 1-goal games against Rangers

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green thinks his team is better equipped now to handle tight, low-scoring games than it used to be. Which is a good thing, because their opponent in…

  • Backlund’s OT goal lifts Flames over Ducks 4-3

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund didn’t need to see the biggest goal of his NHL career go in. The crowd and the rest of the Calgary Flames told him he’d scored the winner. Backlund…

  • Ducks-Flames Sum

    Anaheim 2 1 0 0—3 Calgary 1 1 1 1—4 First Period_1, Calgary, Bollig 2 (Raymond, Granlund), 2:07. 2, Anaheim, Maroon 3 (Getzlaf, Vatanen), 6:57. 3, Anaheim, Perry 6 (Despres, Getzlaf), 14:10. Second Period_4, Calgary,…