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Bruins rally by Jackets in OT in Game 1

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BOSTON (AP) Charlie Coyle wasn't thinking about his first goal, which tied things up at the end of regulation.

Or his second, which won it in overtime.

What was weighing on him was the time he coughed up the puck and handed Columbus a goal, even though he redeemed himself by leading Boston to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

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Tarasenko scores 2, Blues hold off Stars

ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko added to his growing playoff resume.

Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night in first game of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series.

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Pavelski unlikely for Sharks-Avs opener

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is unlikely to play Game 1 in the second round of the playoffs against Colorado after being knocked out and bloodied in the first-round clincher.

Coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday that Pavelski is officially day to day but is not expected to be cleared for Game 1 against the Avalanche on Friday night.

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Vegas owner: NHL admitted refs blew call

LAS VEGAS (AP) The owner of the Vegas Golden Knights said Thursday a senior NHL executive phoned him to apologize for a penalty called during Game 7 of his team's loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Owner Bill Foley said the call came the morning after Vegas lost 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night to end the first-round series. Foley said at a news conference the call came from an executive who is "about as senior as you can get," but he did not want to identify him.

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Rested Isles set to host upstart 'Canes

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders are rested and ready to go. The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had a chance to relax after outlasting the defending champions in a marathon seven-game series.

More than a week after finishing off a sweep in the first round, Mathew Barzal and the defense-first Islanders get set to open the Eastern Conference semifinals at home against the upstart Hurricanes.

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Vegas ready to look toward next season

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights' second postseason didn't last nearly as long as their first but general manager George McPhee said "there will be no pity parties" after the way it ended, and the team is already looking forward to next year.

"We're going to take the rearview mirror out and move forward and put a real good team on the ice next year and go compete again," McPhee said Thursday during his season-ending news conference. "This is a good team; it's built for the long run."

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Leafs' Hyman has knee tear, out 6 months

TORONTO (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has a torn knee ligament and is expected to miss a minimum of six months.

The team said Thursday he injured his anterior cruciate ligament during a playoff loss to Boston and will have surgery Monday.

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Predators disappointed after early exit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators had every piece in place for another long playoff run chasing the Stanley Cup.

So they thought.

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Avs no-name blue liners raise their game

DENVER (AP) In between homework assignments this season at Massachusetts, Cale Makar brushed up on the Colorado Avalanche blue line.

The rookie defenseman studied as much film as he could of his soon-to-be teammates in order to lessen his learning curve.

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Canada's Cup drought reaches 26 years

TORONTO (AP) Many current NHL players were either not yet born or too young to remember the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. The drought now stands at 26 years after all three Canadian teams were eliminated in the opening round of the 2018-19 playoffs.

The Boston Bruins defeated Toronto 5-1 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Tuesday night, sending the Maple Leafs into the offseason alongside the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets. The other four Canadian teams did not reach the postseason this year.

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