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Blackhawks steal home ice advantage with tight Game 1 win 4

Posted: May 17, 2010 3:24 PM ; Updated: May 17, 2010 3:24 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif.(AP) Antti Niemi might finally be putting to rest all those questions about whether he is the Chicago Blackhawks ' weak link.

Niemi made 44 saves, Dustin Byfuglien scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:45 remaining in regulation to help Chicago get off to a fast start for a change this postseason by beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference final.

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Canadiens stun Penguins 5-2, advance to East finals 9

Posted: May 13, 2010 10:46 AM ; Updated: May 13, 2010 10:48 AM

PITTSBURGH(AP) First the Capitals, now the Penguins. The Canadiens, the worst-record team in the playoffs, keep sending home the NHL's best.

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of a series in which he upstaged Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Montreal built a stunning four-goal lead before beating the Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Believe it, Canadiens. Disbelieve it, Penguins.

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Blackhawks rout Canucks, return to West finals 3

Posted: May 12, 2010 1:18 PM ; Updated: May 12, 2010 1:20 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia(AP) After polishing off the Canucks with three wins in Vancouver, the Chicago Blackhawks don't mind opening the Western Conference finals at top-seeded San Jose.

Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg scored 36 seconds apart early in the second period, and the Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver in Game 6 of the second round for the second straight year with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night.

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Canadiens beat Penguins, force Game 7 1

Posted: May 11, 2010 10:28 AM ; Updated: May 11, 2010 10:28 AM

MONTREAL(AP) The Montreal Canadiens ' improbable playoff run has reached a decisive seventh game for a second series in a row.

Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the go-ahead tally 2:30 later for the Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Maxim Lapierre also scored 11:03 into the third to give Montreal a 4-2 lead.

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First-Place Capitals Eliminated by Montreal 14

Posted: April 28, 2010 11:06 PM ; Updated: April 29, 2010 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hunched over, head bowed, his stick resting across his knees, Alex Ovechkin skated alone down the ice, stung by yet another Game 7 loss by his Washington Capitals .

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Crosby's Goal Gives Canada Gold in Overtime Classic 36

Posted: February 28, 2010 9:31 PM ; Updated: March 05, 2010 12:58 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Sunday to win the Olympic goal medal in its national sport of hockey, with Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal 7:40 into overtime and setting off a celebration from coast to coast.

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Canada Shuts Out U.S. for Women's Hockey Gold 4

Posted: February 25, 2010 10:27 PM ; Updated: February 26, 2010 1:31 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Life is sweet when there's a gold medal hanging from your neck in your home rink.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals, Shannon Szabados made 28 saves, and Canada rolled through its American rivals, 2-0, to win the gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics Thursday night in front of a raucous Vancouver crowd ringing cowbells and frantically waving thousands of maple leaf flags.

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