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Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie celebrates after scoring during the third period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 11, 2017 - 12:48 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks ended their streak of five straight Game 7 losses with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the second time in three...
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, left, waits to greet Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, who is talking with Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) after Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Penguins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 10, 2017 - 10:57 pm
The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners lost Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2009, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, sits on the boards in the finals seconds of Game 7 of the team's NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington. The Penguins won 6-2, eliminating the Capitals from the playoffs. Another Game 7 for the Washington Capitals. Another step into the breach for a fan base snakebitten by decades of missed opportunities. The Capitals face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 7 Wednesday night, May 10. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
May 10, 2017 - 3:12 am
The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on...
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New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) and Ottawa Senators' Alex Burrows (14) fights for control of the puck during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 10, 2017 - 12:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, the New York Rangers celebrate the game winning goal by center Derek Stepan (21) against the Washington Capitals as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby looks at the puck in the net in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York. Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people, but not the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have lost six of nine times they’ve faced Game 7 in the Alex Ovechkin era. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 is the chance for the Capitals to confront its Game 7 demons as it hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 09, 2017 - 10:37 pm
Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, the New York Rangers celebrate the game winning goal by center Derek Stepan (21) against the Washington Capitals as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby looks at the puck in the net in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York. Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people, but not the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have lost six of nine times they’ve faced Game 7 in the Alex Ovechkin era. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 is the chance for the Capitals to confront its Game 7 demons as it hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 09, 2017 - 6:36 pm
Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a...
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Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 08, 2017 - 10:26 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffs and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night to force a Game 7 in their taut Eastern Conference semifinal. John Carlson and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals...
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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, waves to fans as he leaves the ice after his team defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 08, 2017 - 2:57 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators may have been the last team in the Western Conference this postseason. Now they're the NHL's first team to reach a conference final. And the Predators believe they're only halfway through. "The expectation is the Stanley Cup," Nashville defenseman P.K...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates with teammates after they defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 10:26 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history. Yes, the team that plays in a place called "...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates with teammates after they defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 7:43 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history. Yes, the team that plays in a place called "...
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