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Blue Jackets good again, just not good enough for next level

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) In a season of broken records and firsts for the Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the most important eluded them again: winning a playoff series. The Blue Jackets’ promising season fizzled out in Game 6 of their opening-round series against the Washington Capitals. They were stunning at times – like in the first two games, both won ...

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Andersen helps Maple Leafs beat Bruins 3-1 to force Game 7

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs won this one for their city. Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series. The victory came hours after 10 people were killed when a van drove onto a sidewalk in Toronto’s ...

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Capitals advance with 6-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Washington Capitals can now turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins and avenging some playoff disappointments. The Capitals won four straight games over the Columbus Blue Jackets after fumbling the first two in overtime at home, capping their opening-round playoff series with a 6-3 victory Monday night in Game 6. Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including his ...

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Anaheim Ducks face long summer after shocking playoff sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks will have plenty of reasons to be proud of their yearlong resilience and late-season determination to make the playoffs after an incredible stretch of early-season injury woes. They’ll also have plenty of time to reflect on those achievements during an extra-long summer for a team that couldn’t put it together in the postseason. The ...

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Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

DENVER (AP) Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how. It was plain to see which won out – this time. Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the ...

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Empty Cup: Flyers’ title drought goes on with Game 6 loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Flyers fans spent the final minutes of another empty season doing what boorish fans do with elimination on deck. They chucked beer cans and threw trash and hats and whatever objects were within reach onto the ice. Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan admonished fans – just as he had two years earlier when giveaway bracelets were hurled ...

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Predators brace for physical series vs Jets in 2nd round

DENVER (AP) The Nashville Predators are done dealing with the speed of Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche. Next, they get the physicality of Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets . There’s no easy test this time of year. Article continues below … ”They’ve got size. They’ve got skill. They’ve got speed,” forward Austin Watson said Sunday night after Nashville ...

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