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READY TO RUMBLE: The Boston Bruins take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Winnipeg, MB, Canada - The Winnipeg Jets have removed the interim tag off coach Paul Maurice, signing him to a four-year deal.
Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
It doesn't matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
In a game that featured seven goals, goaltending was the difference. When look ing at the tale of the tape between the goaltenders for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets , I'm pretty sure any betting man would have placed their bet on Sergei Bobrovsky bettering Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals .
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will be behind the bench for Team Canada at the world championship this spring.
There are a lot of playoff previews out there that are breaking down the game from every possible angle.
The Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 1 of their first round NHL playoff series on Wednesday night.
Maurice took over as head coach on Jan. 12 when Claude Noel was fired and led the Jets to a record of 18-12-5 in his 35 games behind the bench.
Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto.
STORY LINE: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who was dominant in the four games against Montreal, is expected to miss at last the start of the seven-game series because of an upper-body injury.
Boston is the favorite to return to the Stanley Cup Final from the Eastern Conference while a mix of teams are in the running for the Western Conference title.
In this April 12, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby prepares to take a face off in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh.
Randy Carlyle couldn't shed any light on the Toronto Maple Leafs' most pressing off-season question - his future with the NHL club.
Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, right, of Russia, swats away a shot past Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist, left, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 13, 2014.