This Crosby-Ovechkin battle could be the best yet
Sidney Crosby rose to the occasion against his superstar rival Alex Ovechkin with a dominant two-goal performance to help the Penguins to a huge Game 1 win that set the Capitals on their heels.
Crosby scores twice in Penguins' Game 1 win.
Sidney Crosby scores two goals in less than a minute and Nick Bonino scores the go-ahead goal in Pittsburgh's Game 1 victory over Washington.
If Game 1 is any indication, the battle between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin this spring is going to be as good as any in the past. Crosby scored two goals and Ovechkin one in the Penguins 3-2 win over the Capitals, the two battling out until the final buzzer. The superstars have already lived up to the hype and it's just getting started.
Senators rally to win Game 1.
With the game tied late in the third period, Erik Karlsson scores the game-winning goal, as Ottawa beats the New York Rangers to begin their second-round series.
No experience necessary for McDavid, Edmonton
Connor McDavid and the Oilers aren't intimidated by playing on the postseason stage or against veteran teams like the Anaheim Ducks. "We're comfortable in this position," says the 20-year-old captain.
Thursday will be the 55th time that Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have faced off in either the regular season or playoffs. Crosby's Penguins have the better head-to-head record. Ovechkin has seven more goals than Crosby, but on 106 more shots.
Experts' predictions: Second-round playoff picks
The Washington Capitals made it through -- barely. Is this their year? Our experts predict the winners in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Predators remain unbeaten in postseason
P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists leading Nashville to a Game 1 victory over St. Louis.
The Predators took a 1-0 series lead over the Blues with a 4-3 win, on the back of a three-point night from P.K. Subban. The game was close-checking but the Blues' lack of discipline against the faster Predators cost them directly on two power-play goals. The Blues are going to have to try to find some legal ways to stop the speedy Preds – or else not get caught as much slowing them down illegally.
Fiddler nets Game 1 winner.
With the game tied 3-3, Vernon Fiddler goes 5-hole to give Nashville the victory.
Oilers' go-ahead goal banked in by Ducks.
Adam Larsson's skates around the net, and the puck deflects off Ducks defenseman Josh Manson as the Oilers take Game 1.
The best individual battles in Round 2
When the Penguins face the Capitals, keep an eye on Sidney Crosby against Nicklas Backstrom, not Alex Ovechkin. Here are three other one-on-one skirmishes we can't wait to see.
Top player matchups in each second-round series
Roman Josi-Vladimir Tarasenko. Connor McDavid-Ryan Kesler. Ryan McDonagh-Erik Karlsson. Who has the edge in these pivotal second-round matchups?
Toronto's Mike Babcock, Columbus' John Tortorella and Edmonton's Todd McLellan named the finalists for Jack Adams Award, given to coach of the year. All three definitely deserving of the honor, but Babcock has to be considered the favorite considering the incredible turnaround by the Leafs this season.
Breakout players of the second round
The playoffs are when less-heralded players emerge to score big goals and make key plays. So, who's going to rise to the occasion in the second round? Our writers make their picks.
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Expect plenty of free-agent fireworks this summer
The expansion draft and a stagnant salary cap will likely trigger the busiest offseason in league history. Could Sharks stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau leave San Jose?
Power Rankings: Penguins, Ducks, Predators lead playoff pack
The defending champs are firing on all cylinders despite being dinged by injuries, the Predators have become postseason darlings and the Ducks don't care if you underestimate them.
The defending champs are on firing on all cylinders despite being dinged by injuries, the Ducks don't care if you underestimate them, and the Predators have become postseason darlings.
The expansion draft and a stagnant salary cap will trigger the busiest offseason in league history, says Pierre LeBrun. Could Sharks stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau leave San Jose?
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