Hockey

'Stupid' NHL divisional playoff format is drawing…

The NHL's divisional playoff format is drawing criticism because two of the top three teams in the league could meet in the first round

Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott's streak…

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals beat the surging Calgary Flames 4-2

Alberta Clipper: Train ride saves Flames, Oilers on a roll

With a train ride turning the Flames' season around and the Oilers on a roll, hockey is hot in Alberta again with the playoffs on the horizon

Crosby loses teeth, Penguins clinch playoff berth…

Sidney Crosby scored a highlight-reel goal and lost a pair of front teeth in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres

Blackhawks strike fast in third, rally past Avs 6…

Jonathan Toews scored twice and Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each had one in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase Colorado's two-goal lead and rally the Chicago Blackhawks past the Avalanche 6-3 for their fifth straight win

Turris scores 2, Senators beat Bruins 3-2 to end 4-game skid

Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak

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Hanzal, Coyle score 15 seconds apart as Wild beat Sharks 3-2

Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks

Blandisi overtime goal gives Devils win over Rangers

Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2

Blues break tie in 3rd period, beat Avalanche 4-2

Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to send the St. Louis Blues past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2

Skinner nets 2nd with 3:55 left, Hurricanes top Panthers 4-3

Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3

Daniel Sedin scores in OT to lift Canucks over Blackhawks

Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to end a six-game skid

Jets' win streak at 3 after 3-2 win over Flyers

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists and the Winnipeg Jets earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers

Coyotes damage Lightning's playoff hopes with 5-3 win

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist during Arizona's three-goal third period, Louis Domingue stopped 36 shots and the Coyotes damaged Tampa Bay's playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning

Red Wings clip Canadiens 2-1 in OT

Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens

Talbot turns in 2nd straight shutout, Oilers blank Kings 2-0

Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers ended an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings

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Lehtonen's 36th shutout gives Stars 1-0 win over Sharks

Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th career shutout and second this season as the Dallas Stars edged the San Jose Sharks 1-0

Ellis scores twice to lead Predators past Coyotes 3-1

Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1

Eichel-led Sabres beat Red Wings 2-1 on power-play goals

Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods, and the Buffalo Sabres held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 2-1 victory

Leafs pull away for 4-2 win over Bruins

Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins

Sid and the Kids: Crosby thriving with Sheary, Guentzel

Sid and the Kids: Developing chemistry with the best player in the world can be an inexact science

Gaudreau, Monahan lift Flames over Kings 5-2

Linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had a goal and two assists each to lead the Calgary Flames over the Los Angeles Kings 5-2

Schenn's OT goal lifts Flyers over Hurricanes

Travis Konecny tied it with 42.9 seconds left in the third period and Brayden Schenn scored 38 seconds into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3

Price makes 30 saves as Canadiens top Senators 4-1

Carey Price made 30 saves for his 33rd win of the season and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 to sweep the home-and-home series

Wild rally from 4 down but lose again, 5-4 to Jets

Josh Morrissey one-timed in a goal with 7:17 left to end Minnesota's rally from four goals down and give the Winnipeg Jets a chaotic 5-4 victory over the Wild on Sunday

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