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From the Branches: The Flyers strike back

There will be no sweeps in this round of the playoffs.

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Flyers 2 - Capitals 1

The season lives to see another day - Broad Street Hockey
See you Friday.

Panthers 2 - Islanders 1

Panthers have some big money backers!

Keep your head up, Kuli!

Sharks 3 - Kings 2

Luke Schenn scored both of the Kings' goals. Luke Schenn. Yes. Luke Schenn.

Power play powers Sharks to 3-1 series lead - Fear The Fin
Thanks to three goals with the extra man and strong defense down the stretch, the Sharks downed the Kings to take a 3-1 series lead over the Kings.

Stars 3 - Wild 2

Stars Take Commanding 3-1 Series Lead - Defending Big D
It was every bit as close as the score suggests.

Other News

Marlies ramping up for a run at first Calder Cup championship - The G&M
It’s about as far from Slap Shot as you can get. "It’s not like that at all," Sam Carrick said. "They put us up in nice hotels. We go a day early before games. They really do treat us like we’re an NHL team, and I think that’s a big advantage."

Why even data-driven NHL teams are still stuck on ‘glue guys’ - The G&M
There is value in veteran hockey players who advance a squad-first mentality, which is why the Florida Panthers are banking on 38-year-old Shawn Thornton

Can Evgeni Malkin make chicken salad out of Kunitz+Fehr? - PensBurgh
The Penguins aren't doing Evgeni Malkin any favors. It might be for the good of the team, but can the star forward overcome getting "leftovers" & produce? And if not, will the team be strong enough to beat Henrik Lundqvist?

No Hearing for Kris Letang After Slash to Stalberg's Head - Blueshirt Banter
[Species: Slashing someone's throat is fine, but making a throat slash gesture is not.]