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Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-2 to force Game 7 in West finals

Keith helps Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-2 to force Game 7 in Western Conference finals
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - It is really hard to wear out Duncan Keith. He just keeps going and going and going.

Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

AP Source: Sabres interview ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

Person familiar with discussions: Sabres interview former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's interview for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy extended into Wednesday night, though a deal had not been reached.

A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that while talks "were heating up," but there was no "definitive" agreement. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning

Lundqvist stops 36 shots as Rangers beat Lightning 7-3 to force Game 7
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Henrik Lundqvist had lots of help in another season-saving performance for the New York Rangers.

The star goalie stopped 36 shots and Derick Brassard had a hat trick for the Presidents' Trophy winners, who forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Beleskey scores in OT, Ducks beat Chicago 5-4 in wild Game 5

Beleskey scores in OT after Toews' late heroics, and Ducks beat Blackhawks 5-4 in wild Game 5
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks stumbled back to their dressing room after regulation in disbelief. Jonathan Toews had just scored two improbable goals in 72 seconds, and Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was headed into an overtime where everything seemed tilted toward Chicago.

These Ducks were stunned, but not staggered. And they needed less than a minute of extra time to get to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals.

Stamkos, Lightning on verge of spot in Stanley Cup finals

Stankos: Lightning must recognize opportunity, finish job against Rangers
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos knows what it's like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL's biggest stage.

It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away.

After a slow start to the playoffs, the high-scoring team captain helped the speedy Lightning push the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination from the Eastern Conference finals.

Stamkos has goal and assist, Lightning beat Rangers 2-0

Lightning push Rangers to brink of elimination, take Game 2-0 behind Stamkos, Bishop
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL's most entertaining teams this season. Playing defence for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history.

Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula's go-ahead goal and scored another and the Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with 2-0 victory Sunday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-4 in Game 4 of Western final

Vermette's goal in 2nd OT lifts Blackhawks to 5-4 win over Ducks in Game 4 of Western final
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Antoine Vermette turned a huge disappointment into a moment of pure joy. That is how it goes for the Chicago Blackhawks when the playoffs go to overtime.

Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second extra session, and the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Saturday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.

"I'm glad he finished it for us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "That was a huge goal for us. Huge, goal, huge."

Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4

Lundqvist rebounds, Nash scores twice to help Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers.

New York's star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov calls for ban on young Russians playing in NHL
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

The aim is to keep "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see."

Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

Andersen makes 27 saves, Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western Conference finals
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.

Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

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