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Dysfunctional Oilers get another No. 1 pick

The draft lottery rewards the Oilers for years of ineptitude with the incredible prize of Connor McDavid.

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Blues needed their best to step up (1:21)

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W2W4: Jets at Ducks, Game 2

Expect another hard-hitting, physical affair as the Jets try to steal a game in Anaheim before the series moves to Winnipeg.

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Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Wild 1

The Blues got an offensive jolt from Vladimir Tarasenko's thee-goal performance to beat the Wild 4-1 and even their playoff series.

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How do Capitals carry over Game 2 success? (0:54)

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Capitals rise to challenge to even series

Staring into a giant playoff pit in Game 2 against the Islanders, the Capitals did not flinch, and instead grew stronger and more steadfast.

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Megagraphic: Stanley Cup, by the numbers

So, you thought you knew the Stanley Cup, did you? Well, our crack research department dug up some fun factoids and spiffy stats that might surprise you about the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup.


Levy and Melrose: Stanley Cup playoffs are the best (2:21)



Rangers 1, Penguins 0 after 1

Derek Stepan's score is the lone goal of the first but the teams have only taken eight shots combined. Follow live

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Keith Yandle back on ice for Rangers PP. Had not played since 7:01 of the period. Appeared a bit shaken after hit on last shift

Rangers get first goal

J.T. Miller finds a wide open Derek Stepan, who went top shelf to beat Marc-Andre Fleury. Rangers lead the series 1-0. Follow live

How good is Connor McDavid?
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Very. One longtime executive told ESPN's Scott Burnside, "[He] will make an immediate impact if he has someone to play with. Best I’ve seen since Ovi [Alex Ovechkin] and [Sidney] Crosby."

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Edmonton wins NHL draft lottery

The Oilers -- who finished with the third-worst record this season -- will pick first, and presumably will pick Connor McDavid. It'll be the 4th time in 6 seasons Edmonton has had the top pick.

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Blues needed Tarasenko to go big

St. Louis needed Vladimir Tarasenko to have a strong showing today and he did. ESPN's Barry Melrose described the star as "all world" and "fantastic," but sees this series going the full seven games.


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So close and yet so far away. We can't wait to see these bad boys waving tonight. #LetsGoDucks #OurHouseOurTeam #PaintItOrange

Final: Blues 4, Wild 1

Vladimir Tarasenko had a hat trick that fired up the home crowd and Minnesota couldn't catch up. Series is tied 1-1. Box score


St. Louis takes 3-1 lead

Patrik Berglund scores his fifth career playoff goal to give the Blues a two-goal lead with less than two minutes left. Follow live

Final: Lightning 5, Red Wings 1

Ben Bishop gets 24 saves and his first postseason win largely thanks to his team peppering Detroit's net with five goals. The Red Wings and Lightning are now tied 1-1 in the series. Box score


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NHL announces $50,000 fine for Flames coach Bob Hartley for incident in Friday's game. Deryk Engelland's game misconduct has been rescinded

Tampa getting goals

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek was pulled after giving up four goals but it didn't get much better with Jimmy Howard in net. Valtteri Filppula put the Lightning's fifth goal in the net. Detroit's enjoying the last moments of its 1-0 series lead. Follow live