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Blues stun Jets with rally for 3-2 lead

St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson (4), Jaden Schwartz (17), Alexander Steen (20) and Tyler Bozak (21) celebrate Schwartz's goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the final minute of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jaden Schwartz called it a lucky goal for the St. Louis Blues. It was a dagger to the Winnipeg Jets.

Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap St. Louis' three-goal third period in a 3-2 win over the Jets on Thursday night, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.

Tyler Bozak sent a pass over to Schwartz, who batted the puck in the air and sent it past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the winner.

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Sharks start fast, Vegas' lead now 3-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl provided the fast start and Martin Jones delivered the key saves that helped the San Jose Sharks flip the script in their playoff series against Vegas.

Hertl scored the first of his two goals just 76 seconds into the game, Jones delivered his biggest save to preserve the lead in the third period and the Sharks staved off elimination by beating the Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 5 of their first-round series Thursday night.

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Hurricanes top Capitals, tie series at 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes lost another forward - and won another playoff game.

"`Next guy up' has been the memo lately," rookie Warren Foegele said.

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Avs look to oust top-seeded Flames in 5

Being regular season conference champs hasn't meant much in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring.

The Calgary Flames must win at home Friday in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche if they hope to avoid the same fate as the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning -- an early exit.

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Bruins host Leafs in critical Game 5

Two Eastern Conference series ended this week in shocking four-game sweeps, but the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are battling it out in a series that has come down to a best two out of three.

The Atlantic Division rivals square off in a critical Game 5 on Friday night in Boston.

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Stars chase Rinne in rout to tie series

DALLAS (AP) The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

Dallas also got a power boost to go with Bishop's 34 saves, scoring three power-play goals in the first period on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at two games each.

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Lightning GM not overreacting to sweep

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper.

After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup contender became the first team in the expansion era to be swept in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points. Three of the four games against Columbus were decided by at least two goals.

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Pens face crucial offseason after sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jim Rutherford's question was rhetorical. The answer - whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at - will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders.

"Are guys too content with where they're at in their careers because they've won a couple of Stanley Cups?" Rutherford wondered aloud Thursday as his team packed up for its longest offseason in 13 years.

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Flyers hope Vigneault snaps Cup drought

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning team that just flamed out in the first round of the playoffs is dotted with former New York Rangers who played in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final:

Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman, J.T. Miller all helped the Rangers to get within three wins of their first championship since 1994. Five years later, a new team and a stunning elimination. They were used to deeper runs in New York with Alain Vigneault running the show. He led the Rangers to the Cup Final in his first season and bumped the win total by eight in his second.

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Seattle arena likely to open in mid-2021

SEATTLE (AP) The arena for Seattle's new NHL franchise won't be completed until late spring or summer of 2021 but that shouldn't have any impact on the expansion team's first season.

Team President Tod Leiweke said Thursday the delay could end up affecting some other plans for the franchise, including the hopes of hosting the 2021 NHL draft. After being awarded the league's 32nd team last December, Seattle officials were hoping to have the building open by early spring 2021, but design delays and a change in general contractors has delayed the project.

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