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NHL playoffs: Mike Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7

Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Bobby Ryan also scored a rare power-play goal for Ottawa and Craig Anderson stopped...

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  • Ducks defeat Kings, 4-3, in overtime to clinch Pacific Division title

    Ducks defeat Kings, 4-3, in overtime to clinch Pacific Division title

    A sense of relief, mixed with exhaustion, came from the Ducks’ dressing room after it finally ended. The Ducks have talked strictly about getting to the playoffs, so their fifth straight Pacific Division title earned with a 4-3 win against the Kings on a drama-filled Sunday finale was gravy. ...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings' 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames

    Three takeaways from the Kings' 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames

    The Kings made the playoffs six times in the last seven years, advancing to the Western Conference quarterfinals five times and winning two Stanley Cups. So this spring’s early exit has taken a little getting used to, as Thursday’s flat, 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames showed. Here are three examples...

  • Disappointed in early elimination and Olympic news, Kings still storm past Oilers

    Disappointed in early elimination and Olympic news, Kings still storm past Oilers

    On Sunday the Kings were knocked out of the playoff race. On Monday, the players learned they might not be going to the Olympics either. So on Tuesday they found themselves trying to pick up the pieces of both their earliest postseason elimination since 2009 and what could be the first Winter Olympics...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Coyotes

    What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Coyotes

    At least the end didn’t lack drama. The Kings were given every opportunity to extend their slim playoff chances. Four power plays in the third period. A goal that was gifted to them on a freakish bounce. They outshot the Arizona Coyotes, 23-5, over the final two periods but the inevitable became...

  • Kings will miss the playoffs again after losing to the Coyotes, 2-1

    Kings will miss the playoffs again after losing to the Coyotes, 2-1

    The left leg of goalie Jonathan Quick could have been symbolic of the Kings extending their season, at least for another 48 hours. Their margin of error for making the playoffs was about as much room as Quick had when he raised his leg in midair to make an incredible save on Arizona Coyotes’ Peter...

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  • Penguins grab 3-2 series lead over Senators with a 7-0 rout that began early

    Penguins grab 3-2 series lead over Senators with a 7-0 rout that began early

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The defending champions pounced on the Ottawa Senators early in a 7-0 demolition in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday to take a 3-2 series lead. Sidney Crosby scored for a third consecutive game...

  • Ducks lose their edge and face elimination after 3-1 loss to Predators

    Ducks lose their edge and face elimination after 3-1 loss to Predators

    One by one, bodies dropped like flies until the Ducks lost the one that swats most everything away from their net. Twenty minutes into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Ducks goalie John Gibson left with a lower-body injury. The good news for the Ducks is that Gibson appears to be fine....

  • Ducks back themselves right into a corner

    Ducks back themselves right into a corner

    The resilience that has been the Ducks’ trademark during their push into the Western Conference finals deserted them Saturday. They ran out of energy and skidded into the grateful hands of the Nashville Predators, who aren’t just acting like they belong here — they do belong here. And maybe in...

  • NHL fines Ryan Getzlaf, who says inappropriate remark during Game 4 was not directed at referee

    NHL fines Ryan Getzlaf, who says inappropriate remark during Game 4 was not directed at referee

    Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 by the NHL “for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant” in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators, the league said Saturday. That’s the maximum fine allowed under the collective bargaining...

  • Pittsburgh Penguins even series with 3-2 win over Ottawa Senators

    Pittsburgh Penguins even series with 3-2 win over Ottawa Senators

    Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby had only one point as the defending...

  • Predators' top scorer, Ryan Johansen, out for remainder of playoffs

    Predators' top scorer, Ryan Johansen, out for remainder of playoffs

    A Western Conference finals defined by dramatic swings took a profound, unexpected turn Friday. Just a few hours after the Ducks finished talking about the growth of their young players, the Nashville Predators announced devastating news about one of theirs. Ryan Johansen, Nashville’s leading scorer,...

  • Ducks remain unruffled and tie series by ending Predators' home winning streak

    Ducks remain unruffled and tie series by ending Predators' home winning streak

    The improbable has become routine for the Ducks, who have yet to find a playoff hurdle they can’t overcome — even when they sometimes put that hurdle in their own path. The course of the Western Conference finals appeared to change Thursday when the Nashville Predators scored twice in the third...

  • Ducks even series by beating the Predators 3-2 in overtime of Game 4

    Ducks even series by beating the Predators 3-2 in overtime of Game 4

    Before each game, Corey Perry said the Ducks go over a list of things they have to do well and things they have to overcome to be successful. On Thursday, in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, they crossed off a lot of items on that list, racing out to a two-goal lead, giving it up in the...

  • At playoff time, Ducks and Predators place friendships on hold

    At playoff time, Ducks and Predators place friendships on hold

    Sweden is well-represented in the NHL Western Conference finals, with Nashville playing five Swedes and the Ducks three. But Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg said there will be no fraternizing with his compatriots until after the series. “We kind of told each other just leave the friendship on hold,”...

  • Defense provides offense for Predators and Ducks in the playoffs

    Defense provides offense for Predators and Ducks in the playoffs

    Greetings from Nashville, where the Predators will take a 2-1 series lead over the Ducks into Game 4 of their Western Conference final series Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. Also on the line is the Predators’ six-game home winning streak in this season’s playoffs and a 10-game postseason home...

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