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Vegas looks to take out reeling Sharks

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Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal and faced with major goaltending issues, things are looking pretty bleak for the San Jose Sharks heading into Thursday night's Game 5 in San Jose.

San Jose has lost three in a row, including 5-0 on Tuesday night, while being outscored 16-6, and starting goaltender Martin Jones hasn't made it to the second period in two of the losses after being pulled following shaky starts. So what gives the Sharks hope they can rebound to win the series?

"We're still playing," said forward Logan Couture. "We've got a chance. It's never over till it's over. We go home to where we've been good all year ... try to win a game, and that's that."

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Hobbled 'Canes try to even Caps at 2-2

The Carolina Hurricanes are hurting going into Game 4 of the series against the Washington Capitals at home in Raleigh, N.C.

How the Hurricanes manage to compensate for those injuries undoubtedly holds the key to Thursday night's game at PNC Arena. The Capitals hold a 2-1 series lead, though they lost 5-0 in Monday night's third game.

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Jets seeking home breakthrough vs. Blues

The Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues fought tooth and nail down the stretch of the regular season for the honor of securing home-ice advantage for at least the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

The Jets were ultimately victorious, but this series has featured four straight wins by the road team.

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Avs rally, top Flames in OT for 3-1 lead

DENVER (AP) In the clear, Mikko Rantanen angled his stick back as he waited for the cross-ice pass to arrive. Once it did, he dropped to his left knee to give a little extra.

His aim was true and his arms shot up before being mobbed by teammates along the boards.

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Bruins hold off Leafs, even series at 2

TORONTO (AP) With the Maple Leafs buzzing and Scotiabank Arena rocking after Toronto tied it early in second period, the Boston Bruins needed a push from their dormant stars.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand delivered.

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Stars chase Rinne in rout to tie series

DALLAS (AP) The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

Dallas also got a power boost to go with Bishop's 34 saves, scoring three power-play goals in the first period on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at two games each.

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Jackets cap sweep of NHL-best Lightning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era, which began in 1967-68, to go winless in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season.

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Isles finish stunning sweep of Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defense. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency.

One by one over the last 10 months, the Islanders have answered them all. The team that couldn't stop anyone a year ago is now the team that stops nearly everyone - Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins included.

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Kings hire McLellan as coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) Todd McLellan was hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, taking over a two-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise that slumped to the NHL's second-worst record this season.

McLellan replaces Willie Desjardins, who wasn't retained after he replaced John Stevens early in the season and did little to halt the Kings' precipitous slide. Although much of the core talent remains from the Kings' championship-winning teams in 2012 and 2014, Los Angeles finished 31-42-9 in its worst season since 2007-08.

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NHL Awards to be held June 19 in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL will hold its annual awards ceremony June 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The league announced the date and venue Tuesday night before Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.

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