Playoffs

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After Sweeping Chicago Blackhawks in Playoffs Nashville Predators Mascot Tells ESPN Analysts To Stick To ‘Social Issues’

The Chicago Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup in 2015, taking the series 4 to 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and advanced through the playoffs, coming up short against the St. Louis Blues just last year. But, much to the surprise of ESPN’s prognosticators, this year the No. 8 seed Nashville Predators swept the Hawks right out of the series. And Gnash, the Predators’ mascot, isn’t about to let ESPN forget it.

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Redskins Lose Control of Playoff Hopes with Loss to Panthers

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw an interception and fumbled near his goal line as the Washington Redskins coughed up their easiest path to the playoffs with a 26-15 loss to the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

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No Love for Cubs: Chicago Bar Offers Free Drinks for Cardinals Homers

A bar on Chicago’s Southwest Side is most assuredly not jumping on the Chicago Cubs bandwagon despite the fact that the north siders won a smashing Wild Card victory and head to the NLDS to face the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, the bar is going the opposite way by offering free drinks for every Cardinals homer.

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GoFundMe Page Created to Send Bartman to Cubs’ Playoff Game

Come back, Steve Bartman, all is forgiven. That’s the motivation of one “lifelong Cubs fan” who has created a GoFundMe page to raise money to send Bartman, the ostensible villain of the 2003 playoffs, to the upcoming wild-card game between the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Lightning Shut Out Rangers, 2-0

The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed into Madison Square Garden with a vengeance and blanked the New York Rangers 2-0. They take a 3-2 series lead back to Tampa Bay.

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Rangers Defeat Capitals in OT; Face Lightning in Conference Finals

The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row via a dramatic overtime Game 7 against the Washington Capitals. And for the second year in a row they came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series.

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Alex Ovechkin: ‘We Will Come Back and Win the Series’

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a page out of Joe Namath and Mark Messier’s book after his team lost to the New York Rangers on Sunday. He guaranteed the Capitals will win in Game 7 on Wednesday and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Corey Crawford, Mikko Koivu

Chicago Blackhawks Sweep Minnesota Wild, Land Spot in Conference Finals

The Chicago Blackhawks head to their fifth conference finals in the last seven years after a four game sweep of the Minnesota Wild. The team owns two championships in that time. Can they make it a third? They will first have to defeat either the Anaheim Ducks or the Calgary Flames.

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Washington Capitals Shut Out New York Rangers 1-0

What is it with teams in the playoffs that lead in shots on goal, but lose the game? The New York Rangers outshot the Washington Capitals, but lost 1-0 due to goalie Braden Holtby’s amazing play. The Capitals lead the series 2-1.

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Capitals Defeat Islanders in Game 7

The Washington Capitals finally succeeded in a Game 7. They defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 to advance to the second round against the New York Rangers. It was an amazing game mainly because the referees allowed the players to

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Calgary Flames Win Series against Vancouver Canucks

The Calgary Flames also advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a come-from-behind defeat of the Vancouver Canucks, 7-4. They will face the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center where the Flames currently hold a 20-game losing streak.

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Anaheim Ducks Will Be Dangerous Foe in Second Round

The Anaheim Ducks proved their worthiness with a sweep of the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night. The sweep allows the Ducks to rest before they face off against the Vancouver Canucks or Calgary Flames in the second round.

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Islanders Fans Vandalized Car and Shouted Slurs, Say Capitals Fans

A group of Washington Capitals fans from New York City experienced a horrible time at the New York Islanders/Capitals game on Sunday. Their team lost the game, but the group claims that Islanders fans vandalized their cars, shouted racial slurs at them, and were overall downright rude.

Carey Price, Mika Zibanejad

Montreal Canadiens Strike in OT, Defeat Senators 4-3

The second game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens did not possess the drama of the first, but it was just as exciting and physical. Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 2-0 series lead.