2016 Stanley Cup Second Round Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Scott Maxwell
April 28 2016 01:39PM

Sidney Crosby. Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin. Nicklas Backstrom. Phil Kessel. Evgeny Kuznetsov. It's a star-studded series in the East, as the long waited return of the Crosby vs. Ovechkin series commences tonight between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals are looking to conquer their demons, and get past the second round for the first time since 1998, when they went to the Cup Finals and were swept by the Detroit Red Wings, while the Penguins also look to get over the hump and advance to the Conference Finals for only the second time since their 2009 Cup win (and make sure that first round pick in Toronto is as bad as possible). Without further ado, let's take an in-depth of this Conference Fin...I mean, Semifinals series.

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders

Cam Lewis
April 27 2016 11:12AM

I'll be honest, it would have been pretty cool to see a Battle of Florida series between the Panthers and Lightning for the first time ever, but I'm not going to complain about this one. The Islanders knocked off the Panthers in six games in a very, very tight series in which all of the games were decided by one goal (save for one with an empty netter) and three of them went to overtime. It was their first playoff series win since 1993, so this is some pretty unfamiliar territory for the Islanders. On the other hand, the Lightning hammered the Red Wings for the second year in a row, tossing them and their 25-year playoff streak aside in five games. 

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Preds push it to 7, Blues win in Game 7

Adam Laskaris
April 26 2016 07:25AM

The night of Monday, April 25, 2016 will go down in NHL history for a number of reasons.

One, it was the night the Nashville Predators forced their first ever Game 7. Such a proud moment for a young franchise.

Two, it was the last night of NHL hockey until... Wednesday. 

And three, it was the night that the St. Louis Blues overcame their playoff demons and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks.

With that being said, let's take a quick look back at the night that was in the NHL.

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Goodbye To The Panthers, Flyers, and Wild!

Cam Lewis
April 25 2016 07:00AM

Three more down! It felt like it took a hell of a lot longer than it should have, but both the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild were eliminated on Sunday after holding off elimination until game six of their respective series. But while it felt like the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars took forever getting the job done on these vastly weaker teams, nothing feels longer than the playoff series victory drought that John Tavares damn near singlehandedly snapped last night in double overtime against the Florida Panthers. 

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: A Brick Wall in Washington, Double Overtime, and Exorcizing Demons

Scott Maxwell
April 23 2016 09:04AM

The Washington Capitals, after failing to advance in Game 4, looked to finish off the Philadelphia Flyers...and stumbled face first into a brick wall by the name of Michal Neuvirth. The New York Islanders looked to take the lead in a 2-2 series against the Florida Panthers, and it took double overtime and a goal from a rookie defenseman to get the job done. The San Jose Sharks put an end to their choking ways after exiling the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs. Also, the Minnesota Wild decide to stick around for another game after an overtime win against the Dallas Stars.

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