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Kevin Hayes scores in OT, Rangers beat Penguins 2-1

Kevin Hayes scores in OT, Rangers beat Penguins 2-1 to take 3-1 series lead
Dan Scifo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers put the Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink of elimination.

Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

"It will be a memorable one, for sure," Hayes said after his first playoff goal.

Seabrook lifts Blackhawks to 3 OT win over Predators

Brent Seabrook scores in 3rd overtime as Blackhawks beat Predators 3-2 in Game 4
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning.

The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games.

Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenceman with a penchant for big post-season goals.

Backstrom seals Capitals' 2-1 overtime win over Isles

Backstrom scores 11:09 into OT in Capitals' 2-1 win over Isles; series tied at 2
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom knew he had an opening once New York Islanders captain John Tavares lost his stick along the boards.

Stopping and turning just inside the blue line, Backstrom snapped a shot that went through a crowd and sneaked inside the left post 11:09 into overtime to seal a 2-1 win on Tuesday and even their first-round playoff series at 2.

Mrazek shuts out Lightning 3-0; Detroit takes series lead

Petr Mrazek shuts out Tampa Bay 3-0, helps Red Wings to 2-1 lead in first-round series
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Petr Mrazek stood in front of his net after the game and waited for a delighted swarm of red jerseys to come greet him.

So far this post-season, the Detroit Red Wings have been as successful as their young goaltender — and twice in three games, he's played well enough to win.

IIHF says won't be easy to get NHL players to 2018 Olympics

IIHF president Fasel says talks on NHL players competing at 2018 Olympics will 'not be easy'
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia - International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel says it will "not be easy" to reach a deal for NHL players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Fasel tells The Associated Press that the IIHF has started the process of consulting players and officials over a deal for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy."

Pominville, Parise give Wild 3-0 win over Blues

Dubnyk makes 17 saves, Parise line propels Wild past Blues 3-0 in Game 3 for series lead
Dave Campbell, The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The St. Louis Blues have been busy trying to agitate the Minnesota Wild into costly mistakes.

With a sarcastic smile here and a timely goal there, the Wild have kept their cool and taken the series lead.

Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves, Jason Pominville and Zach Parise scored in the second period and the Wild cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Blues in Game 3 on Monday.

Rangers shut down Penguins 2-1 to reclaim momentum

Rangers clamp down on Penguins, regain series lead with 2-1 win in Game 3
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - There is nothing poetic or necessarily pretty about the way the New York Rangers play, particularly on the road.

The Rangers grind. They play defence. They block shots.

They make opponents pay for mistakes. It's a formula that led New York to the league's best record, one they returned to while restoring order in their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McLellan out after 7 years as coach of San Jose Sharks

Todd McLellan out after 7 years as coach of the San Jose Sharks
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change.

The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

With the Sharks committed to a youth movement and McLellan having just one year on his contract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

D. Sedin's OT goal lifts Canucks over Blues

Canucks stay atop West after Daniel Sedin's power-play OT goal beats Blues 3-2
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in a matchup for first place in the Western Conference.

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