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‘Canes surge into summer with confidence after playoff run

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes enter the offseason confident of one thing: They shouldn’t have to wait another decade to return to the playoffs. They hope their nucleus will make postseason appearances an every-year thing. The Hurricanes made their first playoff berth since 2009 last much longer than most expected, advancing to the Eastern Conference final before they ...

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Canes’ Martinook, de Haan have offseason surgeries

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook and defenseman Calvin de Haan have had offseason surgeries. General manager Don Waddell said Tuesday that Martinook had a procedure on a core muscle while de Haan’s surgery was on his right shoulder. Martinook is expected to recover in 4-6 weeks while de Haan will be out 4-6 months. The 26-year-old ...

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Bruins will scrimmage to stay sharp for Stanley Cup Final

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins think they’ve found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he’ll try to maintain a regular game-day schedule so that the players will get ...

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Bruins’ Chara says he’s on track for Stanley Cup Final

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara returned to practice and worked out with the full squad Monday, his first such workout since sitting out Boston’s Eastern Conference-clinching victory over Carolina with an undisclosed injury. Chara had skated prior to practices over the weekend but didn’t participate in any full sessions. He said he felt good after the Bruins’ 45-minute ...

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Schwartz, Tarasenko have Blues close to Cup Final

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins. The Blues could advance to their ...

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Blues move to brink of Cup final with 5-0 win over Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — From last in the league in early January all the way to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, it has been quite a ride for the St. Louis Blues. A remarkable turnaround continued Sunday with perhaps their most convincing win of a charmed playoff run. Jaden Schwartz started a ...

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Sharks dealing with key injuries heading into Game 6

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks could be headed into their fifth elimination game of the postseason short-handed. The Sharks left town Monday to play Game 6 of the Western Conference final at St. Louis with questions about the status of captain Joe Pavelski, high-scoring forward Tomas Hertl and playmaking defenseman Erik Karlsson. Coach Peter DeBoer gave ...

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