NHL

Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-3, avoid elimination in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs opened another 4-1 lead in Boston, and this time they held on. Just barely. Five years after blowing a three-goal lead in a playoff elimination game against the Bruins, Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 and three more penalties to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night and force the series to ...

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High-scoring Lightning showing they play defense, too

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in the playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning know ultimately that will be the key to the chances for a deep run for the third time in four years. The top seed in the Eastern Conference won its opening round series 4-1 ...

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Sharks 4th liners help team advance to 2nd round

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Eric Fehr and Marcus Sorensen spent most of the season toiling in the AHL, just waiting for their chance. That opportunity has arrived in the playoffs for San Jose and those two fourth-line forwards are a major reason why the Sharks swept Anaheim to advance to a second-round series against Vegas. Fehr scored one goal while ...

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New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5 preview

TV: NBC TIME: 3 p.m. TAMPA, Fla. — Jon Cooper isn’t looking ahead by any means, but the Tampa Bay coach fully recognizes the opportunity to rest his team if the Lightning can close out their opening-round series with the New Jersey Devils by winning Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. “If you have a chance to win ...

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron likely to return for Game 5

BOSTON (AP) Center Patrice Bergeron is ”optimistic” he can play Saturday when the Boston Bruins face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their first-round series. Bergeron missed the Bruins’ 3-1 Game 4 victory on Thursday with an undisclosed injury. The Bruins lead the series 3-1 lead and can advance with a victory. If Toronto wins, Game 6 is ...

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Courtier scores late, Flyers edge Penguins to force Game 6

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sean Couturier did what he could to deal with the pain in his left leg, then hopped over the boards and let the adrenaline that comes with playoff hockey take care of the rest. The Philadelphia Flyers are still alive as a result. Barely 72 hours removed from a frightening collision with a teammate in practice threatened to ...

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Jets beat Wild 5-0 in Game 5 to advance to second round

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal got right to the point. ”It couldn’t have gone any worse at the start for us, and it couldn’t have gone any better for them,” Staal said. ”They got the momentum and ran with it, especially early.” Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to ...

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Flyers beat Penguins 3-2 to force Game 6

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sean Couturier’s long shot from the point got past Matt Murray with 1:17 left and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Friday night to force a sixth game in the first-round series. The Flyers cut the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2 going into Game 6 on Sunday in Philadelphia. After missing Game 4 with a ...

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Avalanche stay alive, beat Predators 2-1 to force Game 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Injuries left the Avalanche playing their backup to the backup goaltender while needing a victory to stave off elimination. The goalie nicknamed the ”Hamburglar” came through. Andrew Hammond made a career-high 44 saves for his first postseason victory, and Colorado rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night and sent the first-round series back to ...

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