NHL Playoffs

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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.

06/04/2014

Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell and Johnny Oduya  celebrate Bickell's third period goal. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Blackhawks Vs. Wild Lacks Drama

Aside from merely wanting the Blackhawks to keep the spring party going, it’s nice to have some other layers of interest to make for a richer viewing experience. And with the Minnesota Wild, we get nothing.

670 The Score–05/03/2014

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Zawaski: Primer, Prediction On Blackhawks-Wild Series

Minnesota has an elite first line of defense, but it’s weaker behind that.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2014

Members of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after beating the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Blackhawks Party Could End Early

Instead of another long burn to a Stanley Cup that could cement their teams of the 2010s in league history, this could be remembered instead for the coach’s $25,000 crotch-grab and the game-misconduct headhunting.

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Coach Q Regrets Crotch Grab Gesture In Blackhawks’ OT Loss

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville grabbed for a little too much gusto during a tense overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

04/18/2014

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Sidney Crosby’s Accusation Against Zdeno Chara Another Low Point For The Face Of The NHL

Sidney Crosby and his agent believe Zdeno Chara intentionally punched the Penguins’ captain’s jaw. Real-time video says otherwise.

06/18/2013

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Krug Itching To Redeem Himself After Game 1 Turnover

Torey Krug is ready to make up for his costly turnover in Game 1, and it sounds like the Bruins will give him that opportunity.

06/14/2013

Marian Hossa celebrates with Patrick Sharp. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baffoe: A Hockeyless Stanley Cup Final Preview

Stanley Cup Finals preview pieces abound, and readers can get so inundated with them that the columns and articles and features become like vegetables to a six year old.

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Kings Look Ahead After Championship Run Falls Short

Los Angeles is the 14th consecutive NHL champion to fail to repeat, but the first in four years to make it back to the conference finals the next year.

06/10/2013

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Claude Julien Credits Tim Thomas For Showing Tuukka Rask How To Seize Postseason Moment

Tuukka Rask deserves all the credit in the world for his brilliance this postseason, but Tim Thomas deserves an assist for showing him how it’s done.

06/10/2013

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Julien: ‘It’s About Bringing It Tonight’

The Boston Bruins are looking to complete the sweep and close out the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

06/07/2013

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Gregory Campbell’s Gutsy Effort On Broken Leg Appreciated By Bruins Teammates

Everyone gives an extra effort in the playoffs, but Gregory Campbell gave even more.

06/06/2013

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Chicago’s Keith Suspended For Gm 4 Of West Finals For High-Stick

If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to end the Los Angeles Kings’ perfect postseason on home ice in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, they’ll have to do it without their top defenseman.

06/06/2013

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Vokoun Starting For Penguins In Game 3 vs. Bruins

Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice at Wednesday’s morning skate, and the team announced shortly after he will start between the pipes against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

06/05/2013

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Kings Take Game 3 With 3-1 Win Over Blackhawks

Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, trimming the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1.

06/05/2013

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Bruins Playing Best Hockey Of Year, But It Remains All About ‘The Next Game’

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien says his team is playing their best hockey of the year after taking each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, but is far from saying the series against the Penguins is over.

06/04/2013

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Kings Hope To Stay Perfect At Staples Center In Game 3

After back-to-back losses in Chicago, the Kings are hoping they can stay perfect at Staples Center in a crucial Game 3 on Tuesday night.

06/04/2013

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Bruised Bergeron Ready If Physicality Carries Over To Game 2

It’s very rare you see Patrice Bergeron get into a dust up, but when Evgeni Malkin wanted to dance following the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, the Bruins’ assistant captain was up to the challenge.

06/03/2013

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Kings’ Quick Chased Out In 4-2 Loss, LA Falls Behind 2-0 In Conference Finals

Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks chased goalie Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

06/03/2013

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Bruins Show Off New Defensive Pairings Before Departing For Pittsburgh

The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.

05/31/2013

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