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Oilers blow lead but top Ducks in opener

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) For the first 45 minutes of their second-round series opener, the Edmonton Oilers showed they can match the Anaheim Ducks in a tight-checking, low-scoring grind of a playoff hockey game.

When things got wild and frantic in the final minutes, the upstart Oilers showed they can hang with the best in the West in that sort of game, too.

Defenseman Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the third period with 4:40 to play, and the Oilers blew a two-goal lead before beating the Ducks 5-3 on Wednesday night.

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Preds beat Blues in Game 1, lose Fiala

ST. LOUIS (AP) One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night.

Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday.

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Bruins bringing back Cassidy as coach

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Cassidy replaced Claude Julien, the winningest coach in the history of the Original Six franchise, on Feb. 8 and led the team to an 18-8-1 record to finish out the season and earn a postseason berth. They were eliminated on Sunday by the Ottawa Senators in six games in the first round.

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Caps, Pens ready for 2nd-round showdown

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago.

It's the little things that might matter most this time around.

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Zuccarello, Rangers set to take on Sens

NEW YORK (AP) Mats Zuccarello has worked hard to become a consistent scoring leader for the New York Rangers.

The 29-year-old Norwegian shuffled between the minors and the NHL after signing with the Rangers in 2010. He spent the 2012-13 season in the KHL during the NHL lockout before re-signing with New York in March 2013. Zuccarello then had a breakout season after that and has led the Rangers in scoring three of the last four years.

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Canucks hire AHL's Green as next coach

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have named Travis Green their new coach.

The team announced Green's hiring in a statement. He is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference later Wednesday at Rogers Arena.

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Babcock, McLellan, Tortorella for Adams

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto's Mike Babcock, Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association voted at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Stars F Seguin has shoulder surgery

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin has had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and should be ready for training camp in September.

The team said Seguin had the procedure Tuesday and was expected to make a full recovery in four months.

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Wild's Staal concussed from boards crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards.

Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife soon after, he apologized to her for having to wince her way through the scary sequence.

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Sharks' Couture played with mouth wired

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture played in the postseason despite two fractures in his face along with the plastic and wiring in his mouth that kept his teeth in place.

Couture revealed more details of the injuries sustained when a deflected slap shot from teammate Brent Burns hit him in the mouth in Nashville on March 25.

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