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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour grimaces during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 02, 2019 - 12:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs often. When they do, they stick around for a while. This is just their fourth postseason appearance since 2002, but they reached the Eastern Conference final — at least — in each of their last three appearances and are one...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Bruins 2-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
May 01, 2019 - 11:23 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs. Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in the second round, first second-round game...
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New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner, of Sweden, eyes the puck as teammate defenseman Devon Toews (25) blocks Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 01, 2019 - 6:12 am
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — A sign hangs above the door between the locker room and the ice at the New York Islanders' practice facility that reads, "GET BETTER TODAY." It carries a powerful double meaning for Robin Lehner, who before the season disclosed his struggles with mental illness and is now a...
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FILE - At left, in an April 6, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney keeps his eyes on the puck after making a save during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. At right, in a Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) deflects a shot on goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in New York. The Carolina Hurricanes might face the first goalie dilemma of these playoffs. Which one gives them the best chance to take a 3-0 series lead against the Islanders _ a healthy and rested Curtis McElhinney, or a day-to-day Petr Mrazek ? (AP Photo/File)
April 30, 2019 - 12:27 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rod Brind'Amour considers himself lucky to have two goalies he trusts. It looks like he is turning to the second one. The first legitimate goalie dilemma of the playoffs belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes, now that starter Petr Mrazek is dealing with a lower body injury that...
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Colorado Avalanche's Colin Wilson (22) celebrates his goal with Tyson Barrie (4), right, against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 29, 2019 - 11:12 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has developed a reputation as forward thinking. Easy to understand why: He's constantly thinking as a forward. His father was an NHL forward. As a kid, he was a forward. And now he's chipping in on offense much like a forward. Barrie has a...
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Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) shoots to score a goal against San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 29, 2019 - 3:23 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson took the puck behind his own net and went on the type of end-to-end rush that has made him one of the NHL's most dynamic defensemen. Even though Karlsson's rush didn't lead to a goal and came in San Jose's 4-3 loss in Game 2 to Colorado, it encouraged the...
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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, guards his net against the New York Islanders during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in New York. Mrazek was replaced by Curtis McElhinney in the second period. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 29, 2019 - 11:23 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek is day to day with a lower body injury while defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is out with an upper body injury. Coach Rod Brind'Amour also said Monday forward Saku Maenalanen is expected to miss the rest of the second-round series with the...
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New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner, of Sweden, eyes the puck as teammate defenseman Devon Toews (25) blocks Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 27, 2019 - 1:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders know there are things they must clean up to avoid falling into a big hole. Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Islanders faced a Carolina team that had won a double-overtime Game 7 two nights earlier. New York lost 1-0 when Jordan Staal scored 4:04 into...
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Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle, center, celebrates with teammates after his game-winning goal off Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during overtime of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Boston. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 27, 2019 - 12:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Now that the rust has been knocked off, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to even their second-round series with the Boston Bruins. Columbus had eight days off between sweeping Tampa Bay in the first round and opening the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins on...
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San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow, center, celebrates with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring the winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 26, 2019 - 1:02 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As the San Jose Sharks survived back-to-back overtime games that left captain Joe Pavelski bloodied and dazed, and most of his teammates drained emotionally and physically, the Colorado Avalanche sat back and watched. Whether that will have an impact when the teams meet in...
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