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Sharks’ Hertl vows Game 7: ‘We’re a better team’

SAN JOSE — With two goals in Game 5 on Thursday night, Sharks forward Tomas Hertl helped his team avoid elimination. Then he guaranteed the fans that there will be a Game 7 back in San Jose against the Vegas Golden Knights. “I know we have one more game, and come back for Game 7,” […]

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NHL playoffs 2019: Lightning’s Jon Cooper, Ryan McDonagh address shocking Blue Jackets sweep

The Lightning’s playoff run lasted just four games. The Blue Jackets completed a first-round sweep of the top-seeded Lightning on Tuesday with a 7-3 victory at Nationwide Arena. FINAL: @BlueJacketsNHL (7) – @TBLightning (3)@Discover recap: https://t.co/BK4Q0y96XJCBJ wins 4-0 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/P3AMC5wxpx Tampa Bay entered the playoffs as the heavy favorite to take home the Stanley Cup […]

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Lightning swept by Jackets in historic first round

COLUMBUS – The Tampa Bay Lightning will be defined by their failure, swept out of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round by a Columbus Blue Jackets team few felt had a prayer of hanging with the Presidents’ Trophy winners. That’s one way to look at them. Here’s the spin the Lightning had […]

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How we screwed up in picking the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup

The unthinkable has happened. The Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of a league-high 62 games, have fallen in the first round to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that made several all-in trades and finally started to jell late in the season. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay in four games, with the Lightning's only glimmer of hope quickly […]

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Ex-UMass D Makar scores in NHL debut with Avs

Cale Makar became just the fifth rookie in the NHL’s expansion era (1967-68) to score a goal in his NHL debut during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 20-year-old defenseman gave the Colorado Avalanche a 3-0 edge in Game 3 of their series with the Calgary Flames when he slipped a shot through goalie Mike Smith. […]

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Avalanche sign UMass’ Makar for playoff series

The Colorado Avalanche are hoping defenseman Cale Makar can do for them what he did for UMass this season. The Avs signed the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner Sunday, and he will join the team immediately for its series against the Calgary Flames. Colorado tied the series 1-1 Saturday night, while Makar, who is from […]