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Tampa Bay plays Columbus with 1-0 series lead

Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, sixth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) Toronto; Thursday, 3 p.m.

Vegas faces Chicago to start playoff series

Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, seventh in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8, first in the Pacific Division during the regular season) Edmonton, Alberta; Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Lindholm and the Flames take on Dallas with 1-0 series lead

Calgary Flames (36-27-7, fourth in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. Dallas Stars (37-24-8, third in the Central Division during the regular season) Edmonton, Alberta; Thursday, 10:30 p.m.

Boston takes on Carolina to kick off playoff series

Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5, fourth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. Boston Bruins (44-14-12, first in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) Toronto; Wednesday, 11 a.m.
First-round back-to-backs favour NHL teams with 2 top goalies

First-round back-to-backs favour NHL teams with 2 top goalies

After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins.
Lehner, Golden Knights shut down Blackhawks 4-1 in opener

Lehner, Golden Knights shut down Blackhawks 4-1 in opener

EDMONTON — Robin Lehner had more trouble with one of his skates than he did with his former team. Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore and the Vegas Golden Knights took good care of their goaltender Tuesday night.

Point scores in 5th OT as Lightning beat Blue Jackets 3-2

TORONTO — Brayden Point scored 10:27 into the fifth overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday in the fourth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history.
Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

TORONTO — By the time he launched the last shot, Brayden Point was just trying to do anything he could to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history.
NHL pushes game back a day after 4 overtimes in playoff opener

NHL pushes game back a day after 4 overtimes in playoff opener

As the Boston Bruins watched from their locker room at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, waiting for the previous game to end so they could take the ice, the players began rooting for someone — anyone — to score.

After waiting hours for ice, Bruins, Hurricanes postponed

As the Boston Bruins watched from their locker room at the Scotiabank Arena, waiting for the previous game to end so they could take the ice, the players began rooting for someone — anyone — to score.