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Joe Thornton: ‘No doubt’ I’ll play in Sharks’ playoff opener

The San Jose Sharks‘ elder statesman appears to have avoided a major injury scare. Joe Thornton declared himself good to go for the postseason, three days after suffering with what appeared to be a serious leg issue. “Maybe I’ll play (Thursday), maybe Saturday,” Thornton told reporters Wednesday. “No doubt about …

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Ducks lose Fowler to injury in 3-1 win over Flames

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cam Fowler crumpled immediately after Mark Giordano’s knee-to-knee hit, and he couldn’t leave the ice under his own power. Although the Anaheim Ducks moved significantly closer to a fifth straight Pacific Division title Tuesday night, postseason success seems farther away without their All-Star defenseman. Patrick Eaves …

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Sabres to call up 1st-round pick Alexander Nylander

Monday’s contest between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs will also serve as a battle of the Nylanders. The Sabres will call up 2016 first-round pick Alexander Nylander for his NHL debut, which comes against his brother William and the Maple Leafs, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News. …

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Blackhawks clinch Central, top seed in West

Without playing, Chicago wins division, enters playoffs as conference leader The Chicago Blackhawks clinched first place in the Central Division and Western Conference on Saturday when the Minnesota Wild lost 3-0 at the Nashville Predators. Chicago (50-21-7) is three points behind the Washington Capitals for the most in the NHL …

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Canadiens top Lightning, extend Atlantic lead : Game highlights

Montreal inches closer to division title; Tampa Bay four points back of second wild card The Montreal Canadiens extended their Atlantic Division lead to eight points with a 2-1 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday “Coach mentioned that this was going to be an …

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Oilers tied for first in Pacific : Game Highlights

Defeat Ducks in overtime to catch them in division race The Edmonton Oilers moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place on Saturday. Each team has 97 points with four games remaining. “We didn’t play …

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