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  1. Plenty of blame for Stars' early struggles

    Pierre LeBrun

    The Dallas Stars were among the trendier preseason picks, having followed a surprise playoff berth last season with the offseason additions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. There was buzz surrounding the Stars. And why not, given the firepower up ...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  2. Devils get offensive help in Cammalleri

    Scott Burnside

    The New Jersey Devils ranked 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.4) last season, a key reason they missed the playoffs for the second straight year after a surprise run to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. And for years the Devils have had to steel th...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  3. Pens deal James Neal to improve character

    Scott Burnside

    PHILADELPHIA -- In the midst of an offseason of tremendous upheaval, the Pittsburgh Penguins were determined to change the complexion, the character of their team following another disappointing playoff exit. And so it wasn't a complete surprise t...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  4. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Bourque a surprise hero for Habs...

    Pierre LeBrun

    No one predicted the roll Rene Bourque has been on, but he kept the Canadiens alive in the Eastern Conference finals, Pierre LeBrun writes.

    Story | Conversation | May 27, 2014
  5. Avs top Blackhawks, get 40th win at fastest point in franchise hi...

    Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:10 left in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | March 04, 2014
  6. NHL - Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues among top projected poi...

    Timo Seppa

    At the midway mark of the NHL season, Timo Seppa of Hockey Prospectus goes through his projections for which teams will be playoff contenders at season's end. The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to do well, but there are some big surprises elsewhere.

    Story | Conversation | December 31, 2013
  7. Vigneault a victim of the blame game

    Scott Burnside

    So Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis fed head coach Alain Vigneault and assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown to the lions. Hardly a surprise. That's what happens when a talented, Stanley Cup-hopeful team goes 1-8 in the playoffs over the pas...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  8. Here's where the NHL bests the NBA

    ESPN Stats & Information

    Love That Game 7: Monday night marks the second and third Game 7 in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, but that should be no surprise. Over the last 10 NHL seasons (since 2002-03), this is the sixth time that there have been at least three Game 7s pla...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  9. Blackhawks win, become first team to clinch playoff spot

    Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart midway through the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Sunday night to become the first team to clinch a NHL playoff spot this season.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | April 07, 2013
  10. Need to know: Isles are in the playoff race

    Katie Strang

    The lockout-shortened season, with its compressed schedule and unique challenges, was bound to offer up a few surprises. Here's one to consider: the New York Islanders sneaking into the playoffs. With roughly one month remaining and one week ...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  11. Rumblings: Can B's lure Alfredsson away?

    Pierre LeBrun

    This year was supposed to play out so differently for Daniel Alfredsson, the classy captain of the Ottawa Senators. A surprise playoff berth last season was supposed to be followed up by a deeper postseason run this season. While that might sti...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  12. Peter DeBoer gets Devils to buy in

    Craig Custance

    One more win and the New Jersey Devils are in. Their surprise playoff run has them tantalizingly close to playing for the best trophy in sports. If the Devils beat the New York Rangers in Game 6 on Friday and advance to face the Los Angeles Kings in...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  13. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Peter DeBoer gets Devils to buy in - ...

    Craig Custance

    When he left Florida, few players were sorry to see Peter DeBoer go, but the hard lessons he learned with the Panthers have helped bring the Devils within one win of playing for the Stanley Cup.

    Blog | Conversation | May 25, 2012
  14. Matt Greene's short-handed goal lifts Kings on road

    Matt Greene scored short-handed late in the second period for the lead and Jonathan Quick was strong in net throughout as the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | April 28, 2012
  15. Sharks-Blues Preview

    Sharks-Blues Preview

    Preview | April 11, 2012
  16. Marchand once again the spark for Bruins

    Brendan Hall

    BOSTON -- It should probably come as no surprise to learn that when the frenetic Brad Marchand finds the back of the net in these playoffs, the Bruins are 8-0, including Monday night's 5-2 win to force a seventh game Wednesday night at Rogers Arena. ...

    Blog | June 14, 2011