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Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates, including right wing Cam Atkinson (13), during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 12, 2019 - 9:52 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 first-round series lead. Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) handles the puck as Vegas Golden Knights' Cody Eakin (21) gives chase in the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Dallas. Teenagers Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars and Andrei Svechnikov of the Carolina Hurricanes and early 20-somethings Mitch Marner and William Nylander show playoff experience sometimes is overrated. Plenty of youth is being served early in the NHL postseason. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
April 12, 2019 - 5:53 pm
For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his playoff debut with Dallas, 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov tried to carry Carolina back from a big deficit, early 20-...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reacts after giving up a goal to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 12, 2019 - 9:49 am
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round...
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Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen, right, watches as Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith stops his shot during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 2:48 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The buzz in the crowd started when Mike Smith came up big with some slick saves during the second period. The chants of "Smitty! Smitty! Smitty!" continued throughout the rest of the game — until the veteran goaltender and the Calgary Flames finished off an impressive...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, left of Sweden, celebrates his goal with defenseman John Carlson (74) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 11, 2019 - 11:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin came out firing, the Carolina Hurricanes surged and the Washington Capitals showed why they're the defending Stanley Cup champions when it mattered most. Backstrom and Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots before 19-...
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Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner, right rear, is congratulated by teammates after his penalty-shot goal off Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 11, 2019 - 11:02 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs know they can't count on short-handed penalty shots to help them get past Boston in the playoffs. The hustle that forced the Bruins to make mistakes, though: That's something they are planning to do over and over again. "It's a weird play, but we'll take all...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, left of Sweden, celebrates his goal with defenseman John Carlson (74) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 11, 2019 - 10:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes to win Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2 on Thursday...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reacts after giving up a goal to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 11, 2019 - 8:08 pm
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round...
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47), of Russia, celebrates with defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4), of Finland, after Heiskanen scored his second goal of the night against the Nashville Predators, during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Stars won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 11, 2019 - 11:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series. An official scoring change Thursday morning gave Heiskanen's second goal to Alexander...
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San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) reacts after scoring a goal against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right, during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. At left is Golden Knights defenseman Nick Holden. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 11, 2019 - 2:28 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski lost a couple of teeth, had stitches in his lip and his mouth was still bloody long after taking Brent Burns' point shot right off his chin . Pavelski was also able to smile since his pain led to a goal and a playoff victory. Pavelski's first-period goal and...
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