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Pens score 3 unanswered, rally past Caps

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WASHINGTON (AP) After the Capitals scored early, the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.

Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.

Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.

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Knights, Sharks set to meet in 2nd round

It took one trip to Las Vegas early in the season for the San Jose Sharks to realize that the fast start to the season for the expansion Golden Knights was no fluke.

So it should come as little surprise to the Sharks that they have to get past Vegas in the second round of the playoffs starting Thursday night to reach the Western Conference final for the fourth time in the past nine seasons.

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Jets-Preds pits regular season's 2 best

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs.

Even if it's a round - or two - earlier than anyone really wants.

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Bruins score 4 in 3rd, knock out Leafs

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins didn't need overtime this time, and they didn't even need all four third-period goals to send the Toronto Maple Leafs home for the summer again.

Five years after an unprecedented rally from a three-goal, third-period deficit to eliminate Toronto in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, the Bruins scored four straight goals to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Roy returns to Remparts as coach, GM

QUEBEC CITY (AP) Patrick Roy has returned to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager.

The Hall of Fame goalie signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team. The 52-year-old Roy previously acted as part-owner, coach and GM of the Remparts from 2005-2013, winning a Memorial Cup in 2006.

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Jackets' promising season fizzled out

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets played one more playoff game this season than last, but it's all the same to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach John Tortorella. Not good enough.

And apparently there's plenty of blame to go around.

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Wait-then-see approach for draft lottery

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL is taking a wait-then-see approach in adding an element of drama to its annual draft lottery on Saturday.

Rather than revealing the entire order of the first 15 selections as the league has done in the past, everyone will have to wait a few hours to find out which teams landed the top three picks.

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Kings Fs Brown, Lewis undergo surgery

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis have undergone offseason surgery.

The Kings announced the procedures Thursday.

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Playoff rematches crank up the hatred

When the Washington Capitals faced the New York Islanders in the playoffs five years in a row in the 1980s, players knew everything.

They knew where Mike Bossy loved to shoot from, that Bob Nystrom was going to run them over and that they'd better watch out for Denis Potvin in the neutral zone.

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Devils owner Harris having good year

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Josh Harris is finally having some fun being an owner of sports franchises in three cities, three leagues and two continents.

It's been a long wait for Harris, who has led investment groups that bought the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA in 2011, the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in 2013 and a share of Crystal Palace of the Premier League in England in 2015.

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