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Passing Fancy: How Lightning's Nikita Kucherov became a star

Passing Fancy: How Lightning's Nikita Kucherov became a star

The lesson Nikita Kucherov learned from childhood coach Gennady Kurdin is on display every time he laces up his skates and steps on to the ice.
Stepan scores twice, Coyotes dump Vegas, 4-1

Stepan scores twice, Coyotes dump Vegas, 4-1

LAS VEGAS — The Arizona Coyotes' injury-plagued season finally came crashing down in the second period of their 81st game of the season.
Johnson scores in OT, Avs beat Jets 3-2 to earn playoff spot

Johnson scores in OT, Avs beat Jets 3-2 to earn playoff spot

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche started the celebration on the bench as the clock ran out in regulation. It secured the point they needed to earn a post-season spot. The party that spilled onto the ice moments later? That was just a pleasant bonus.
Capitals beat Canadiens to take Metropolitan Division

Capitals beat Canadiens to take Metropolitan Division

WASHINGTON — Nic Dowd scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Thursday night to clinch the Metropolitan Division title.
Brent Burns lifts Sharks over Oilers 3-2; Edmonton drops fifth straight

Brent Burns lifts Sharks over Oilers 3-2; Edmonton drops fifth straight

EDMONTON — The San Jose Sharks don't feel they are in playoff form yet, but Thursday night was a step in the right direction.
Blues use early 5-goal blitz to bury Flyers 7-3

Blues use early 5-goal blitz to bury Flyers 7-3

ST. LOUIS — Alex Pietrangelo isn't quite sure how the St. Louis Blues turned their season around.
Predators rally with 2 late goals, beat Canucks 3-2

Predators rally with 2 late goals, beat Canucks 3-2

NASHVILLE — Ryan Johansen can't wait to watch the Nashville Predators' big play again. Not his goal that preserved Nashville's hopes of repeating as Central Division champs.
Halak stops 26 shots as Bruins beat Wild 3-0

Halak stops 26 shots as Bruins beat Wild 3-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Locked into the second spot in the Atlantic Division, the Boston Bruins took the opportunity to rest several players in advance of the playoffs.
Capitals win Metropolitan, beat Canadiens 2-1; Montreal's playoff chances hurt

Capitals win Metropolitan, beat Canadiens 2-1; Montreal's playoff chances hurt

WASHINGTON — The playoff fate of the Montreal Canadiens is out of their hands — for now.
Nelson leads Islanders over Panthers, 2-1 in shootout

Nelson leads Islanders over Panthers, 2-1 in shootout

SUNRISE, Fla. — Brock Nelson made sure the playoff-bound New York Islanders still control their destiny in the final game of the season.