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Lightning's Drouin ready to be called on

Jonathan Drouin has done plenty of waiting this season, but the idea of playing in a playoff game has the rookie too excited to sleep.

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Custance: Future of Babcock, Dubnyk, more

Craig Custance writes that despite interest from fans and NHL GMs, Gary Bettman is uninterested in chaning the points system. Plus, mailbag!

NHL Highlights

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.

Stanley Cup Analysis

Wild look better than Blues (0:41)


Stanley Cup Playoffs

Why a nasty series can be the most fun (0:53)

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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)



Lightning take lead after scrum

An early scrap seems to have fired up Tampa Bay, as Tyler Johnson scored a goal to give the Lightning a lead. Detroit leads the series 1-0. Follow live

Holtby ready to return in Game 3

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's no longer sick and will be ready to face the Islanders in Game 3. Coach Barry Trotz didn't make a commitment on who'd start, Holtby or Philipp Grubauer. The series is tied 1-1.

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A few boos here when Robert Bortuzzo announced as a scratch for Blues. Lots of boos when Chris Stewart named as a starter for Wild.

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More Oshie on playing w/Backes: "When we're playing w/someone else, we usually know it's only a matter of time until we get back together."

Crawford out, Darling in for Game 3

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said today that Scott Darling will start Sunday's game against the Predators. Corey Crawford started the first two games of the series and gave up nine goals, the most he allowed in consecutive games all season. The series is tied 1-1.

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Oshie & Backes together. Oshie after practice on playing with Backes: "There's going to be an instant chemistry there."

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After practice yesterday, Mike Yeo said no lineup changes. Not sure if it's simply illness or some playoff misdirection. Or both.