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Bruins, Leafs ready for another Game 7

Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) exchanges words after being hit into the end boards by Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly (44) during third period NHL playoff hockey action in Toronto on Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins have been here before.

They will play a seventh game in a first-round playoff series at Boston on Tuesday night for the second season in a row and for the third time since 2013.

The Bruins forced the latest showdown with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Each team has won twice on the road in this series.

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Vegas gets last chance to oust Sharks

After twice failing to close out their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Vegas Golden Knights now play the first Game 7 in the franchise's short history when they face the Sharks on Tuesday night in San Jose.

Vegas, despite outshooting San Jose by a remarkable 59-29 margin, will try to rebound from a 2-1 double overtime home loss on Sunday night. The Golden Knights also failed to clinch in Game 5 when they fell to the Sharks 5-2 on Thursday night in San Jose.

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Hurricanes rally past Caps, force Game 7

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Justin Williams earned another chance to live up to his nickname.

The rest of the Carolina Hurricanes aren't yet ready to end their first playoff appearance in a decade.

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Stars advance with OT win over Predators

DALLAS (AP) With a chance to clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in 11 years, the Dallas Stars needed overtime again. They didn't need quite as many this time, and won't have to go back to Music City.

John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime after a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov, and the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games.

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Disallowed goal leaves Caps frustrated

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The frustrations kept building in the third period for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, from a disallowed tying goal to the Capitals star being sent off for a late-game misconduct penalty in a game that had turned into a rout.

Now the reigning Stanley Cup champions are headed to a Game 7 after Monday's 5-2 loss at Carolina .

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Flyers remove controversial Smith statue

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."

"The NHL principle `Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for," Flyers President Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today."

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Blues' improbable run continues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues keep making history and celebrating an unlikely run.

After having a league-worst 34 points on Jan. 2, St. Louis became the seventh team to make the playoffs after being in last place at the start of the new calendar year.

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Lamoriello, Trotz lead Isles' turnaround

NEW YORK (AP) Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz say they didn't know exactly what to expect from the New York Islanders this season.

There were plenty of questions after the Islanders gave up 293 goals - the most in the NHL since 2006-07 - while missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 11 years. There was uncertainty on offense when star center John Tavares left in free agency for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Avs' MacKinnon: We're here to win Cup

DENVER (AP) The brief message on social media from Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was rhetorical in nature: "How is your bracket ?"

Because obviously, it's pretty messy.

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Sabres D Bogosian to miss 5-6 months

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss five-to-six months after his second hip operation in a little more than a year.

The Sabres provided the update Tuesday, two weeks after their season ended. Bogosian missed the final eight games with a lower-body injury. The team says the recent operation repaired Bogosian's other hip.

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