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Positively Minnesota: Harding Shines, Inspires

Minnesota Wild goaltender doesn’t want to be considered the NHL’s only player with multiple sclerosis, he just wants to be recognized for stopping the puck.

05/02/2013

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Wild Relying On Rupp’s Playoff Wisdom

Mike Rupp showed up for the Wild’s first playoff practice Monday with a new look. Call it a new take on the playoff beard.

04/29/2013

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Four Reasons To Feel Optimistic About Bruins Heading Into Playoffs

It’s easy to be down on the Bruins right now, but here’s why you should like their matchup in the first round of the playoffs.

04/29/2013

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St. Paul Bar Owners Celebrate Wild Playoff Berth

Lockout? What lockout? Minnesota Wild fans were quick to forgive and forget a four-month work stoppage, flocking back to the Xcel Energy Center for a shortened season.

04/29/2013

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Wild Start NHL Playoffs In Chicago Tuesday

The Minnesota Wild earned the No. 8 seed in the NHL Western Conference Playoffs after winning 3-1 at Colorado Saturday night.

04/29/2013

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Wild Make NHL Playoffs With Win Friday Against Edmonton

It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on around you when you’re trying to get to the playoffs, but it’s a simple formula for the Minnesota Wild. Beat the Edmonton Oilers Friday night, and the Wild is a playoff team.

04/26/2013

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Another Win, And Wild Will Finally Be Back In

The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Los Angeles Kings weren’t ready to give up on.

04/24/2013

The Kings' Jeff Carter celebrates his second-period goal during Los Angeles' 6-1 win over the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings won their first cup in their 45-year existence. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Nightmare End For Devils As Kings Earn Their Crown With Game 6 Rout

The Los Angeles Kings’ 45-year Stanley Cup quest ended in a triumphant flourish of blood, sweat and power-play goals. After missing two chances to claim the title last week, the long-suffering Kings are NHL champions for the first time.

06/12/2012

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Never-Say-Die Devils Believing They Can Pull Off The (Nearly) Impossible

Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the Devils alive. It gave them a sniff, a scent, a feeling. Call it momentum if you want.

06/08/2012

The Devils' Adam Henrique, right, celebrates after giving New Jersey a 2-1 third-period lead in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles on June 6, 2012. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils Come Alive In 3rd, Force Kings Fans To Put Away The Brooms

Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.

06/07/2012

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What Pressure? Devils Rookie Henrique Continues To Dazzle On Big Stage

After Henrique scored the tiebreaker to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, he became the first rookie to get three game-winning goals in one playoff year since 1999.

06/07/2012

The Kings’ Dwight King, left, puts a shot under the leg pad of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during the second period of Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils’ Stanley Cup Dreams All But Gone After Kings’ Game 3 Rout

The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from putting a Hollywood ending on one of the most spectacular playoff runs in NHL history.

06/05/2012

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Devils’ Kovalchuk: ‘We’ll Be A Desperate Team In Game 4′

Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one – the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs – did it in the Stanley Cup finals.

06/05/2012

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Goodbye, Home-Ice Advantage: Devils Head To Game 2 In Early 1-0 Hole

The Devils had plenty of chances to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but they cashed in only one in their 2-1 overtime loss Wednesday night.

05/31/2012

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Almost Lost For Season, Travis Zajac Helping Fuel Devils’ Run

Most of the talk about the Devils and their run to the Stanley Cup finals has focused on Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Peter DeBoer. The guy who tends to get lost in all the talk is Travis Zajac.

05/29/2012

The Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates with teammate David Clarkson after scoring in the first period period of Game 6 against the visiting Rangers on May 25, 2012. New Jersey went on to win 3-2 in overtime and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Devils Exorcise ’94 Demons, Advance To Stanley Cup Finals For 5th Time

Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front at 1:03 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.

05/26/2012

The Devils' Ryan Carter, center, celebrates his third period goal with Stephen Gionta as the Rangers' Brad Richards, right, reacts late in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23, 2012.. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Garden Goes Silent As Devils, Despite Being Outplayed, Stun Rangers In Game 5

Ryan Carter snapped a tie with 4:24 left, and the New Jersey Devils posted a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers after blowing a three-goal lead in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.

05/24/2012

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Devils, 1 Win Away, Out To End ’94 Talk Once And For All

The comparisons to 1994 were apparent before this series even started — now it’s reaching a crescendo. All that’s missing is a guarantee from the Rangers captain.

05/24/2012

Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings talks to teammates Dustin Brown #23 and Justin Williams #14 in the second period while taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Penner’s OT Goal Takes Kings To Stanley Cup Final

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.

05/23/2012

Travis Zajac is mobbed by teammates after scoring the Devils' second goal of Game 4. New Jersey went on to beat the Rangers, 4-1 at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Devils Make East Finals A Best Of 3 With Convincing Game 4 Victory

Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and survived a third-period punch to the chest by old buddy Mike Rupp as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1, Monday night, evening the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-2.

05/22/2012

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Coyotes Beat Kings 2-0 To Avoid Sweep

Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

05/21/2012

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Kings Beat Phoenix, Move To Brink Of Stanley Cup Final

Dwight King scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Jonathan Quick made 18 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings rolled to the brink of their first Stanley Cup final in 19 years with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

05/18/2012

Members of the Devils surround teammate Ilya Kovalchuk, center, following his first-period goal against the Rangers on May 16, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey evened the teams' Eastern Conference Finals series at a game apiece with a 3-2 win. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Devils Silence Garden Faithful, Get Better Of Rangers In Game 2

David Clarkson’s deflected goal 2:31 into the third period snapped a tie and lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece on Wednesday night.

05/17/2012

Goaltender Jonatha Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a glove save as Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks for the rebound in the third period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kings Shutout Coyotes 4-0 To Match NHL Record With 7-Straight Road Playoff Wins

Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday night to take control of Western Conference finals.

05/16/2012

The Rangers' Chris Kreider, center, celebrates his third-period goal with teammates Artem Anisimov, right, and Derek Stepan against the visiting Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference finals series on May 14, 2012. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Tired? Worn Down? Rangers Bury Devils Under 3rd Period Avalanche In Game 1

After 14 games and two nail-biting playoff series wins, the New York Rangers insist they have plenty left to make a run at the Stanley Cup. If any proof was needed, Henrik Lundqvist provided it with a shutout victory over the well-rested New Jersey Devils on Monday.

05/15/2012

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