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Schwartz, Blues edge Jets to win series

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaden Schwartz knew there would be a silver lining during his struggles in the regular season.

The St. Louis forward found it the last two games of the first round of the playoffs.

Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 of their series Saturday night to advance to the second round.

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Caps thump 'Canes for 3-2 series lead

WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round.

Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced to lead Washington to a 6-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 on Saturday night.

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Stars win in Nashville, lead series 3-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The young Dallas Stars have blossomed this postseason, and now their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov are showing just how much damage they can do together.

The combination has put the West's first wild card a win away from reaching the second round.

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'Canes' Svechnikov may return in Game 6

WASHINGTON (AP) Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday after suffering a concussion in a fight with Alex Ovechkin a week earlier.

Svechnikov took part in his first full team practice on Saturday during the Hurricanes' morning skate before Game 5 of their first-round series. The 19-year-old Russian winger wore a yellow non-contact jersey and would need to clear the NHL's concussion protocol before he returns to game action.

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Avs' MacKinnon: We're here to win Cup

DENVER (AP) The brief message on social media from Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was rhetorical in nature: "How is your bracket ?"

Because obviously, it's pretty messy.

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Leafs hope to end misery vs. Bruins

The demons facing the Toronto Maple Leafs are right there for the exorcising.

With a chance Sunday afternoon in Toronto to eliminate the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series, the Maple Leafs have a golden opportunity to wash away a long time's worth of misery.

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Vegas gets second chance to oust Sharks

The Vegas Golden Knights get a second chance at clinching their Western Conference quarterfinal with the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. And if they needed any extra motivation, all they have to do is watch the video of Tomas Hertl's post-game conversation following San Jose's 5-2 home victory on Thursday night.

An excited Hertl, who had two goals in the win, was selected to do an interview following the three stars that was broadcast on NBC Sports California and also over the public address system for the fans in the SAP Center.

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Red Wings to name ex-captain Yzerman GM

DETROIT (AP) Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory.

The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in Detroit.

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Flyers cover singer's status amid claims

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers are covering a statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."

Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith's "God Bless America" recording from their library. They say several other songs performed by Smith "contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization."

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Lightning GM not overreacting to sweep

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper.

After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender became the first team in the expansion era to be swept in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points. Three of the four games against Columbus were decided by at least two goals.

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