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DETROIT - Signs of a successful spring keep popping up. Like the Red Wings getting a goal from their third line, and then getting one from their fourth line.
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During last season's run to the Stanley Cup, the Kings enjoyed an unusual edge.
Todd McLellan was blunt about the task that lies ahead.
Jimmy Howard was stellar with a 39-save effort on Monday night to help the Detroit Red Wings take a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal series. Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller all scored goals for the Red Wings, who now hold a 2-1 lead in this series thanks to consecutive wins after dropping the series opener. Patrick Kane had the lone goal while Corey Crawford gave up all three goals on 30 shots for the Blackhawks, who were partially undone by an 0-for-4 effort on the power play. Game 4 of this best- of-seven set will take place on Thursday night in Detroit.
Jimmy Howard was stellar with a 39-save effort on Monday night to help the Detroit Red Wings take a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal series.
The young Detroit Red Wings have made the mighty Chicago Blackhawks look vulnerable, beating them two straight times to gain an advantage in their last playoff matchup as Western Conference rivals.
Flawless at home and flawed on the road?
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin has undergone reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee.
Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Los Angeles' Dustin Brown and Chicago's Jonathan Toews have been selected as the 2013 finalists for the Mark Messier Award.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to regain the lead in the Western Conference semifinals when they visit the Detroit Red Wings for Monday's Game 3 battle at Joe Louis Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract extension.
If selected by the Flyers in next month's NHL draft, defenseman Darnell Nurse would not feel an added burden playing in Philadelphia - and living up to the standard set in another sport by his famous uncle, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
The Bruins know a huge deficit can disappear quickly. They overcame one to reach the second round of the playoffs.
Colin Greening scored the game-winner 7:39 into double-overtime, as the Ottawa Senators outlasted the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series from Scotiabank Place.
Colin Greening wore six stitches on his left cheek, and a wide smile, after Ottawa's double overtime playoff victory against Pittsburgh.
When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had his day with the Stanley Cup last summer, he held a party in his hometown of London, Canada, and encouraged guests to pose for photos with the gleaming trophy. Logan Couture, Doughty's childhood pal and now a rival as a center for the San Jose Sharks, stayed behind the camera, deliberately beyond reach of the revered prize.
There is more than just a little bit of Ron Hextall living in the body of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Logan Couture had just gone tumbling into the boards, gotten up gingerly, grabbed his left calf and headed immediately through the tunnel into the locker room without stopping on the bench.
Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored in succession to break open a tie game and stake the Boston Bruins to a commanding lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New York Rangers following Sunday's 5-2 Game 2 victory at TD Garden. Boston took a 1-0 series lead with a hard-earned 3-2 overtime triumph on Thursday, but left little doubt about the outcome of this one after reeling off three unanswered goals to support a stout effort between the pipes from Tuukka Rask. Marchand added an assist in the triumph, with Torey Krug delivering a goal and an assist for Boston and Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each contributing a pair of helpers. Rask turned aside 35 shots to outshine counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, with the reigning Vezina Trophy recipient stopping just 27-of-32 chances as the Rangers fell to 1-5 on the road in these playoffs. New York, which also fell into an 0-2 hole before rallying to top Washington in seven games in the opening round, will attempt to bounce back when the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Tuesday's Game 3. The Rangers did get a goal from Rick Nash, the talented sniper's first of this year's postseason, with Ryan Callahan also lighting the lamp in the loss.
Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored in succession to break open a tie game and stake the Boston Bruins to a commanding lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New York Rangers following Sunday's 5-2 Game 2 victory at TD Garden.
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Claude Julien wanted his Bruins to play more aggressively in the third period. The Boston coach got his wish with the help of some shaky defense by the New York Rangers.
The Americans are not leaving Stockholm empty-handed thanks to 19-year-olds Alex Galchenyuk and John Gibson.
The Ottawa Senators will aim for their first win of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, when they host the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 at Scotiabank Place.
The New York Rangers will try to bounce back from an overtime loss when they visit the Boston Bruins on Sunday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-The San Jose Sharks might have been missing their biggest agitator Saturday, but that didn't stop them from playing what might have been their most physical game of this year's postseason.
At the start of overtime, there was a feeling that the whole playoff series might hinge on what would happen in the next few minutes. The HP Pavilion crowd felt it. So did some of the Sharks, at least the ones willing to admit it.
Logan Couture had to leave the game for most of the second period, heading straight to the locker room after getting tangled up along the boards.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks now have a common enemy: the officials.
The Sharks played half the game on guts Saturday night. But they finished in style. Down several players at various points of the game, they wound up finally finding the right formula on the power play - in the game's first two minutes and then in the very last second, in overtime, on Logan Couture's glorious goal.
Logan Couture put the Sharks right back into their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday night with a power-play goal to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Change is the lone constant in hockey, the only sport that permits personnel changes on the fly. And like the complexities of the game within the game, there are changes within changes as coaches adjust to injuries, slumps or mismatches.
Frustration won a rare faceoff with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
CHICAGO - The Red Wings turned the tables on the Blackhawks in the puck-possession game.
In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.
Once again, the San Jose Sharks used home ice to their benefit to get back into their series with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings are now the team bemoaning a late penalty while the San Jose Sharks celebrate a dramatic win.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The NHL has fined the Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson's statement that criticized the series-long suspension of forward Raffi Torres for a hit that injured Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1.
CHICAGO - There were times during their first-round series against the Wild when the Blackhawks weren't at their best.
A practically perfectly executed game got the Red Wings the split they came into Chicago hoping to achieve.
CHICAGO - The goat horns were being sized and personalized for Brendan Smith. And the rookie defenseman knew it.
CHICAGO - Damien Brunner figured it out shortly after Henrik Zetterberg arrived in Switzerland: This guy is something special.
CHICAGO - Jumping into a game after a one-month layoff is a challenge, but it's the playoffs and Drew Miller was happy to make the leap.
A practically perfectly executed game got the Detroit Red Wings the split they came into Chicago hoping to achieve.
The National Hockey League on Saturday issued a $100,000 fine to the San Jose Sharks organization for comments made by general manager Doug Wilson regarding the suspension levied to Raffi Torres earlier in the week.
The NHL fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 on Saturday for general manager Doug Wilson's comments criticizing the league for forward Raffi Torres' suspension for the rest of the second round of the playoffs.
This lockout-shortened season has been an easy ride for the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the corner of the Boston Bruins' locker room, hanging from the hooks in Andrew Ference's stall, is a yellow running singlet with the team's "Spoked B" logo on the front.
Jason Spezza doesn't have much time to return to form if the Ottawa Senators want to extend their season.