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Talbot shines, Oilers go up 2-0 on Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the Anaheim Ducks dominated the puck and peppered the Edmonton net with shots over the final 2 1/2 periods, Cam Talbot stood tall - when he wasn't sprawling, diving or gloving everything in sight.

While Connor McDavid is getting most of the attention during the Oilers' impressive Stanley Cup playoff run this spring, their hardworking goalie is doing much of the hard work to keep them sailing forward.

Talbot made 39 saves, Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Edmonton moved halfway to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Game 2 of their second-round series Friday night.

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Tarasenko scores 2 as Blues beat Preds

ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win.

Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.

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Hurricanes get G Darling from Blackhawks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired goalie Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a draft pick.

The Blackhawks will receive a third-round pick in this summer's draft from the deal announced Friday night.

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Crosby nets 2, Pens beat Caps in Game 1

WASHINGTON (AP) Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL's top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic.

Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the winner in the third period and Fleury made dazzling saves with and without his stick, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their highly anticipated second-round series.

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Sens score late, edge Rangers in opener

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Erik Karlsson was hoping for a good bounce. He got a great one.

Karlsson's shot from an almost impossible angle beat Henrik Lundqvist with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

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Pens' Hagelin a game-time call Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) Carl Hagelin could be bringing his trademark speed back to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The lightning-quick wing took part in a full-contact practice Friday and has progressed far enough in his recovery to be an option to play.

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Preds' Fiala breaks leg, playoffs done

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur, the team said Thursday.

The 20-year-old Fiala was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period Wednesday night. His injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher to the hospital.

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Vegas open to pre-expansion draft deals

General manager George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

McPhee told The Associated Press he's already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made before the draft is held in Las Vegas on June 21, two days before the traditional draft. Without going into much detail, McPhee said talks have focused on which players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don't.

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Foligno, Getzlaf, Giordano for Messier

NEW YORK (AP) Columbus left wing Nick Foligno, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

Hall of Famer Messier selected the finalists announced Thursday. The winner will be announced June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Stars re-sign Janmark after odd injury

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Stars have signed forward Mattias Janmark to a $700,000 contract for next season after he missed this season because of an unusual knee injury.

Janmark had a joint disorder in which the bone underneath the cartilage dies because of reduced blood flow.

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