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Kane scores in OT, 'Hawks tie Blues at 2

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CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen.

What Kane got back on Wednesday night was his legs, and the result was a familiar one.

Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 to even their first-round playoff series at two games.

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Down 3 goals, Jackets top Penguins in OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) 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.

Then he did it.

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Wild LW Cooke suspended 7 games for hit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) 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.

Cooke was at the league office in New York for a hearing about the incident, and his punishment finally was announced more than eight hours later. The Avalanche lead the Wild 2-1 with Game 4 looming Thursday, so Cooke will be out for this first-round series and more. If the term of the ban isn't finished during the playoffs, Cooke must complete it at the beginning of the next regular season.

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Stars beat Ducks 4-2, even series at 2

DALLAS (AP) 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.

The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks can clearly see they are in quite a fight now.

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Sharks confident they can sweep Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joe Thornton and the Sharks have been in command of many playoff series over the past decade. The San Jose captain has also seen just how easily control slips away during nine straight postseason trips without raising the Stanley Cup.

That's why the Sharks are both comfortable and concerned with a chance to finish off the reeling Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the first round on Thursday night.

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Rask, Bruins 'D' stifling Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor offensive production.

With two goals through three games, the Red Wings are off to their worst three-game start in any playoff series since getting shut out in the first three games of the 1945 Stanley Cup finals.

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Rookie Granlund rewards Wild's patience

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Without Mikael Granlund's overtime goal, the Minnesota Wild would be in major trouble in their first-round series against Colorado.

After a rough rookie year for the young center from Finland, though, the Wild weren't sure they could count on Granlund this season for such important production.

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Tampa's Johnson, Palat up for Calder

NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.

They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

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Ducks' Robidas won't need surgery on leg

DALLAS (AP) 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.

"It's going to be lots of hours in the gym to get the strength back," Robidas said during Game 4 on Wednesday night. "It took me a while to get back where I was, but I did it once and I know what to expect, so that's a good thing. It's almost like I can do my own rehab."

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Young Lightning encouraged despite sweep

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are disappointed, though not discouraged.

Despite being swept in the first round of the NHL playoffs, the young team led by Steven Stamkos has plenty of reasons to feel encouraged about the future.

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