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Stanley Cup playoffs bring renewed hope to Canada

After getting shut out of playoffs last season, Canada has five teams in the Stanley Cup chase seeking the first title for their country since 1993.

Patrick Eaves' play, and beard, have grown on Ducks since his acquisition from Dallas

The Ducks' late-season acquisition of Patrick Eaves, who had a career year statistically, now seems ingenious as Anaheim prepares to open the playoffs Thursday against Calgary.

Ducks and Flames disagree on the Mark Giordano-Cam Fowler collision situation

There is plenty of animosity to go around between the Ducks and Calgary Flames, who are preparing for Thursday's Stanley Cup playoffs opener

Gaudreau powers Flames past Canadiens for 8th straight win

After a miserable start to the season, Johnny Gaudreau and Brian Elliott are rolling right now for the resurgent Calgary Flames.

Beauchemin’s late goal lifts Avalanche past Devils 3-2

Francois Beauchemin and the Colorado Avalanche added another loss to New Jersey’s misery.

Bernier, Perry lead Ducks past Blackhawks 1-0

Jonathan Bernier was terrific. The rest of the Anaheim Ducks were good enough.

Andersen helps Maple Leafs top Flyers 4-2

Frederik Andersen stepped up for Toronto when Philadelphia put together a big push down the stretch.

Aho scores 2 late goals, Carolina rallies past Rangers, 4-3

Sebastian Aho has put together quite a few highlights during his rookie season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Karlsson’s 2 goals lead Senators past Coyotes

Erik Karlsson is doing his best to keep the Ottawa Senators rolling.

Kings acquire goalie Ben Bishop in trade with Lightning

The Los Angeles Kings have decided to make their postseason push with two dependable veteran goalies sharing the crease.

Senators owner excited about team’s shot at playoffs

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has new priorities following a life-saving liver transplant - and renewed focus on some old ones, too.

Panthers’ Huberdeau scores in OT, Jagr gets 1,900th point

Jonathan Huberdeau needed overtime to extend his scoring streak and help celebrate Jaromir Jagr’s birthday on a night the 45-year-old veteran reached another milestone.

Montreal Canadiens fire Michel Therrien, hire Claude Julien as coach

The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Claude Julien in hopes of getting their season back on track.

Korpisalo leads Blue Jackets over Maple Leafs 5-2

Joonas Korpisalo has been shuttled between Columbus and the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate in Cleveland quite a bit this season. Maybe now, coach John Tortorella will let him stick around.

Julien hopes to ‘create some pride’ in struggling Canadiens

Claude Julien says his first goal as the new Montreal Canadiens coach will be to “create some pride” in the slumping club as he returns behind the bench.

Short-side goals on the rise as shooters adjust to goalies

It’s the kind of goal that makes fans groan because, man, he probably should’ve stopped that.

Jonathan Bernier stops 43 shots to lead Ducks to 1-0 win over Blackhawks

Jonathan Bernier was terrific. The rest of the Anaheim Ducks were good enough.

Little trade suspense in final hours as NHL teams turn to rental players

Pity the poor Canadian broadcasters who had to fill hours and hours of TV time Wednesday discussing deals made in the hours before the NHL ’s noon Pacific time trading deadline. Most of the significant moves took place last week, robbing the final countdown of suspense.

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