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5hJoe McDonald

Isles-Lightning delivers the drama

Psst. The physical, fast-paced Islanders-Lightning clash -- with its gutsy goals, stellar saves, crushing hits and overtime thrills -- has been the true best series of the playoffs.

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Eakin's OT winner ties series for Stars (0:23)
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Predators sink Sharks in triple-OT thriller

It took nearly three full overtime periods, but Nashville evened its series with San Jose. Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal -- his second of Game 4.

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Fisher's goal ends 3OT thriller for Predators (0:28)
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1dCorey Pronman

NHL mock draft: Matthews first, then who?

Corey Pronman projects who will be picked in each slot of the first round of the 2016 NHL draft. No surprise at No. 1 (Auston Matthews to the Leafs), but some intrigue later.

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What will Capitals look like in Game 5? (3:32)
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Hornqvist scores the OT winner for Penguins (0:35)
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Kyle Brodziak, Frans Nielsen, Chris Chelios

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald wonder who will take hold of the Penguins-Capitals series, dish on a "new beginning" for the Coyotes and more. Plus, Blues C Kyle Brodziak, Islanders C Frans Nielsen and Red Wings HOF'er Chris Chelios join.

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#LevyAndMelrose: Greatest playoff run of all-time (1:51)
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6hCraig Custance

The Stars' goaltender plans this summer

The Stars have a vital decision to make in goal this summer. Craig Custance examines the key factors in play, and answers mailbag questions.

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2dJohn Buccigross

Is Matthews the next Captain Serious?

John Buccigross has a serious message for Maple Leafs fans, who've been waiting 49 years for a Stanley Cup: Likely top-draft pick Auston Matthews could be the second coming of Jonathan Toews.

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Preds power past Sharks for Game 3 victory

After Patrick Marleau's opening tally for the Sharks, the Predators responded with four straight goals to earn a much-needed Game 3 win.

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Home ice confidence meant a lot for Predators in Game 3 (0:48)
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Is Letang's one-game suspension fair? (1:58)
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Inside the NHL: Can the Stars win using two goalies? (4:27)
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3dCraig Custance

How the Stars' D is changing perceptions

The Dallas defense might be better than anyone is giving it credit for right now, especially down the stretch, Craig Custance writes.

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

This is an example of a year where NHLPA award, which is for most outstanding player, may be different than Hart which is MVP (con't)...

David Payne Purdum @DavidPurdum

FanDuel, DraftKings, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL were invited to testify at Congressional hearing on daily fantasy. All declined, per source.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Auston Matthews was pretty good today. Patrik Laine was also pretty good. They are pretty pretty pretty......pretty good hockey players.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

First point for Sebastian Aho-CAR at the Worlds, who as well had plenty of points earlier in the season during Nat Team friendlies.