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NHL’s broken playoff system still passing off mediocrity as parity

Once again, and by design rather than mere happenstance, one of the NHL’s top teams is guaranteed to be knocked out during the first round of the playoffs, while a lesser club is ensured of advancing. What kind of a league is it that perpetuates this manifest injustice? Well, it’s the one that does whatever it can whenever it can ...

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NHL roundup: Blue Jackets win seventh straight

Boone Jenner and Markus Nutivaara each scored a goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to seven games. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves to help Columbus earn its seventh consecutive home victory. Columbus holds the ...

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NHL scores: Kucherov scores 2 to lift Lightning to 3-1 win over Oilers

TAMPA, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov scored twice to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Louis Domingue stopped 28 shots to help the Lightning end a two-game slide and move back to four points ahead of Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Victor Hedman also scored and ...

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Alberta defeats St.Francis Xavier to claim U Sports men's hockey crown

​Wil Tomchuk scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Alberta Golden Bears came back to defeat the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 4-2 Sunday in the U Sports men’s hockey final. After falling behind 2-0 to the St. FX X-Men, the Alberta Golden Bears scored four-unanswered goals to capture the 2018 U SPORTS men’s hockey national championship with ...

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Flames slip in playoff race as Mike Smith's struggles continue

In a game that included William Karlsson’s natural hat trick and Marc-Andre Fleury getting his 48th career shutout and 401st win, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant credited a hit by forward Ryan Reaves as the biggest play. Barely two minutes into the second period, Reaves — acquired from Pittsburgh on Feb. 23 — flattened TJ Brodie with a blast that sidelined ...

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Hats off for William Karlsson

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Las Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson recorded a natural hat trick against the Calgary Flames, raising his goal total to 39. … CBC | NHL News

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Lightning's Nikita Kucherov strikes twice to down Oilers

Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly bounce back from a rare shutout loss. Kucherov scored twice to lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Tampa Bay extended its lead to four points over Boston for the top overall spot in the Eastern Conference less than 24 hours after a shutout loss at ...

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Laine moves into tie for scoring lead as Jets topple Stars

Patrik Laine promised he’ll do better in the next Winnipeg Jets game. The vow came after the sophomore sniper scored twice Sunday in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The performance tied him at 43 goals with Alex Ovechkin as the top NHL goal scorer, but he said he hopes to vault his boyhood idol when the Jets host ...

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NHL roundup: Sharks' Kane dazzles with four-goal night

Evander Kane scored a career-high four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a crazy 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in NHL action Friday night in Calgary. Kane, acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, hadn’t posted a hat trick in the first eight-plus seasons of his career, but did it and added one for good ...

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