Patrick Kane's goal with 8:43 left in overtime sent the Chicago Blackhawks all square in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the St. Louis Blues, giving the defending Stanley Cup champs a thrilling and critical 4-3 Game 4 victory at United Center.
Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen.
LeBron James scored 32 points and the Miami Heat pulled away again to beat the feisty Charlotte Bobcats, 101-97, in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday. The Heat took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Saturday's Game 3 in Charlotte, but not without a little more resistance than they might have expected from the only current NBA franchise without a postseason win. Chris Bosh's 3-pointer put the stops on a 10-0 Bobcats run in the fourth quarter and Dwyane Wade came up with a steal near the sideline in the final seconds with the Heat clinging to a three-point lead, hitting a foul shot at the other end to seal the win. Bosh added 20 points and Wade scored 15. The three stars combined to score 19 of Miami's 22 points in the fourth quarter. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led Charlotte with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson scored 18 with 13 boards despite suffering a plantar fascia strain in his left foot in Game 1.
The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a three-goal lead and fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in overtime on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, leaving the teams' first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.
An emotional Stephane Robidas returned to American Airlines Center on crutches Wednesday, as he dealt with the broken leg that will keep him out of the NHL playoffs.
How does a strength become a weakness, seemingly in a matter of days? That's the riddle the Kings are trying to solve in this first-round series against San Jose, and they're running out of time.
The Dallas Stars took care of business at American Airlines Center, winning two straight games on home ice against the Anaheim Ducks to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece.
Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands.
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Nick Foligno's tally at 2:49 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets their first home playoff win in franchise history, a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins which evened this Eastern Conference quarterfinal at two games apiece.
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Matt Cooke's 100th career playoff game was his last for a while.
In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner.
Back on their home ice, the Philadelphia Flyers fizzled on the power play.
The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is ready for another long rehab after breaking his right leg again. At least he will not need surgery this time.
Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.
The National Hockey League issued a seven- game suspension to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke on Wednesday.
St. Louis center David Backes has been scratched for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury.
Considering they had just lost a pivotal game by three goals and are now one more stinker from an untenable position in their playoff against New York, the Flyers were remarkably pleased with themselves after an abbreviated practice Wednesday.
While New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had his best game of the series in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the host Flyers, he had plenty of help by the defense.
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg spoke for nearly 10 minutes on Wednesday, high on the endorphins from a terrific practice.
Some things, Patrick Roy said, aren't worth losing sleep over. At the top of the list for the Colorado coach: Monday night's 1-0 overtime loss to the Wild in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
The Flyers have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start. They have made more comebacks than Joan Rivers, winning a club-record 11 games after trailing in the third period this season.