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Rangers chase Raanta to force Game 7

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers got off to a strong start and didn't need a comeback to win another elimination game.

One more like this - but on the road - and they'll be heading to the Eastern Conference finals.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots and became the fifth goalie in NHL history to have two assists in a playoff game, and the Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night to force a deciding Game 7 in their second-round series.

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Canada, Finland advance to worlds final

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) Defenseman Miro Heiskanen had a goal and two assists and Finland beat the United States 4-3 on Saturday to set up its third straight world hockey championship final against Canada.

Dylan Cozens scored twice in Canada's 6-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the other semifinal. Finland beat Canada in the 2019 final in Slovakia, and Canada topped the Finns last year in Latvia.

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Helm's late goal puts Avs in West finals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Colorado coach Jared Bednar had been looking for a little extra aggressiveness from veteran center Darren Helm.

Bednar got his wish on Friday night.

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Marchand out 6 months for hip surgeries

BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand had surgery on both hips on Friday and is expected to be out six months, meaning he would miss the start of next season.

The team said Marchand had arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage in his hips.

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Oilers hungry to add to storied legacy

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have a rich history. Connor McDavid and Co. are eager to add another memorable chapter.

McDavid's overtime goal Thursday night in Calgary clinched the first playoff Battle of Alberta in 31 years as the Oilers defeated the rival Flames 5-4 to move onto the Western Conference final.

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Caps' Wilson has surgery, out 6-8 months

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson is expected to miss six to eight months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the torn ACL in his left knee.

The team announced Wednesday that Wilson had a successful ACL replacement procedure a day earlier - four weeks after injuring the knee while trying to avoid a hit in Washington's playoff opener. The long rehabilitation time frame means Wilson is on track to miss at least the first month of the season, if not more.

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Panthers C Thornton undecided on future

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Joe Thornton's career may be over. Or not.

The veteran center, who just completed his 24th season in the NHL and first with the Florida Panthers, said Wednesday that he has not decided whether to retire or continue playing.

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Lightning move closer to another title

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jon Cooper had every reason to be confident the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning could keep their bid for a three-peat alive.

"Our story is not finished being written," the coach said earlier this month with his team on the brink of elimination in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We've got a lot left in us, we feel."

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Panthers fall short after stellar season

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) There will be a Presidents' Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers' home ice next season. The team's media relations department will spend its summer rewriting the record book because tons of pages need updating. And the earliest that the Panthers will again have to hear about a 26-year drought between playoff series wins is in 2048.

On those levels, it was a tremendous season for the Panthers.

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Penguins GM wants Malkin, Letang to stay

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall wants to find a way to have Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang stay with the club for the rest of their careers.

"In a perfect world (Malkin) retires a Penguin," Hextall said Monday. "And I think Tanger's the same."

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