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Wings sticking with Blashill for rebuild

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The Detroit Red Wings are continuing their rebuild with coach Jeff Blashill

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Islanders try to go up 2-0 on Penguins

The New York Islanders can put themselves in great position with a win Tuesday in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the host Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Islanders won Sunday's series opener in Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime, a huge step toward negating the Penguins' home-ice advantage.

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Lightning aim for 2-0 lead vs. Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost out on having home-ice advantage in the first round by losing their final two regular season games to the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay got it right back on Sunday.

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Knights look to avoid 0-2 hole vs. Wild

The Vegas Golden Knights head into Game 2 of their first-round postseason series with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Las Vegas trying to solve what has become a major problem for the team come playoff time: scoring.

The Golden Knights, who scored five or more goals in 20 of their 56 regular-season games, were blanked by Cam Talbot and the Wild 1-0 in overtime in Sunday's series opener.

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Bruins draw even with Caps with OT win

WASHINGTON (AP) All Brad Marchand had to show for the first 60 minutes of Monday night's game was two penalties for post-whistle antics.

He needed less than a minute to make up for it.

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MacKinnon returns, helps Avs beat Blues

DENVER (AP) Gabriel Landeskog found an early way to calm down the Colorado Avalanche - he dropped the gloves and brawled.

That fighting spirit energized a roaring crowd - biggest of the season - and certainly rubbed off on the team.

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'Canes score 3 in 3rd to take Game 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes had a building full of rowdy fans again, players back from injury and a strong showing from their captain to help break open a close game.

The Central Division champions got the start they needed in the postseason.

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Habs' Price, Gallagher prep in minors

MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens players Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher returned to the minor leagues on Monday night for a one-game stint in an effort to get up to game speed ahead of the NHL playoffs.

Price and Gallagher, who have been sidelined with injuries, suited up with the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket in a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies.

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Canucks' Virtanen accused of sex assault

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel four years ago.

The suit, filed last week in Kelowna, British Columbia, alleges Virtanen took the woman to a hotel in West Vancouver in September 2017 and assaulted her as she repeatedly said no and pleaded with him to stop.

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Devils ink Swiss G Schmid to 3-year deal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils signed goalie Akira Schmid on Monday to a three-year, entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season.

The 21-year-old Schmid was the club's fifth-round pick and 136th overall selection in the 2018 draft. At Sioux City of the United States Hockey League, he posted a 22-13-1 record with three shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this past season. His save percentage and goals-against average topped the USHL in the regular season.

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