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Sharks host Ducks in all-California series

by PA Stats Inc - April 15, 2009 8:32 PM EDT

Anaheim at San Jose, Western Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 10:30 p.m. EDT SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- California's hockey fans -- yes, they exist, and yes, they know which end of a Zamboni is up -- haven't seen a playoff series between two native teams since 1969.


Blue Jackets face defending champs in first-ever playoff game

by PA Stats Inc - April 15, 2009 8:30 PM EDT

Columbus at Detroit, Western Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 7:00 p.m. EDT DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Osgood would rather just play, take off his gear, get stretched out, and enjoy some grub.


Blackhawks host Flames in first playoff game since 2002

by PA Stats Inc - April 15, 2009 8:28 PM EDT

Calgary at Chicago, Western Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 8:30 p.m. EDT CHICAGO (AP) -- A parking lot now sits where the "Madhouse on Madison" once rested, the venerable Chicago Stadium and it's earsplitting confines.


Bruins face familiar foe in Canadiens

by PA Stats Inc - April 15, 2009 8:26 PM EDT

Montreal at Boston, Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 7:00 p.m. EDT BOSTON (AP) -- Tim Thomas played in the NCAA Frozen Four, the world hockey championships and the finals of European pro leagues.


Capitals aim to continue success vs. Rangers

by PA Stats Inc - April 14, 2009 8:43 PM EDT

NY Rangers at Washington, Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 7:00 p.m. EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a coach with his playoff face on, Bruce Boudreau naturally wants his Washington Capitals to disregard the fact that they beat the New York Rangers three out of four times this season.


Canucks aim to solve streaking Blues

by PA Stats Inc - April 14, 2009 7:59 PM EDT

St. Louis at Vancouver, Western Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 10 p.m. EDT VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks needed a record-setting run to fight back from a January slump and clinch the Northwest Division in their final game of the season.


Devils poised for stern test from Hurricanes

by PA Stats Inc - April 14, 2009 6:36 PM EDT

Carolina at New Jersey, Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 7:30 p.m. EDT NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes finished the regular season as one of the NHL's hottest teams, so there seems little doubt what to expect from them in the opening round of the playoffs.


Keystone State rivals collide as Flyers face Penguins

by PA Stats Inc - April 14, 2009 6:22 PM EDT

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, Eastern Conference quarterfinal, Game One, 7 p.m. EDT PITTSBURGH (AP) -- This ought to be good. It's common for playoff opponents to talk about not liking each other, but the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins truly don't.


Resurgent Blues look to finish with a flourish

by PA Stats Inc - April 12, 2009 12:45 AM EDT

St. Louis (40-31-10) at Colorado (32-44-4), 5:00 p.m. EDT DENVER (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have completed their charge from last place in the Western Conference to their first playoff berth in five years.


Islanders close out season against Bruins

by PA Stats Inc - April 11, 2009 9:56 PM EDT

By Jon Palmieri Stats Editor Boston (52-19-10) at NY Islanders (26-46-9), 5:00 p.m. EDT UNIONDALE, New York (AP) -- The Boston Bruins may have fallen short in their bid for the Presidents' Trophy, but the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the franchise's highest point total in 37 years should help ease that disappointment.


High stakes for Ducks against Coyotes

by PA Stats Inc - April 11, 2009 2:15 AM EDT

By Brett Huston Stats Writer Anaheim (42-33-6) at Phoenix (35-39-7), 8:00 p.m. EDT GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks locked up a playoff berth with a win in their latest game, but they may not know their opponent until the final day of the regular season.


Playoff-bound Blue Jackets expect rousing welcome

by PA Stats Inc - April 11, 2009 1:14 AM EDT

By Santosh Venkataraman Stats Senior Writer Minnesota (39-33-9) at Columbus (41-30-10), 7:00 p.m. EDT COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets' home finale Saturday night won't be their final appearance of the season at Nationwide Arena.


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