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Bruins win in Toronto to force Game 7

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his goal with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) during first period NHL playoff hockey action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.

Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and David Pastrnak had two assists to help Boston avoid elimination. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots. The Bruins will host the deciding game on Tuesday night.

Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto in a series neither team has managed back-to-back victories and each has won twice on the road. Frederik Andersen finished with 37 saves.

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Capitals' Oshie likely out for playoffs

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right clavicle.

The team announced Oshie's surgery Sunday afternoon. Coach Todd Reirden had already called Oshie out indefinitely earlier in the week.

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Vegas gets second chance to oust Sharks

The Vegas Golden Knights get a second chance at clinching their Western Conference quarterfinal with the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. And if they needed any extra motivation, all they have to do is watch the video of Tomas Hertl's post-game conversation following San Jose's 5-2 home victory on Thursday night.

An excited Hertl, who had two goals in the win, was selected to do an interview following the three stars that was broadcast on NBC Sports California and also over the public address system for the fans in the SAP Center.

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Flyers remove controversial Smith statue

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."

"The NHL principle `Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for," Flyers President Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today."

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Caps try to close out series at Carolina

The Washington Capitals have done some good work in this first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes.

There's still more work to do.

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Stars look to oust Predators in Game 6

The Nashville Predators aim to avert being the third division champion to be bounced from the postseason when they visit the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series on Monday.

The two-time defending Central Division champion Predators were pushed to the brink of elimination following their 5-3 setback at Nashville on Saturday.

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Blues' improbable run continues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues keep making history and celebrating an unlikely run.

After having a league-worst 34 points on Jan. 2, St. Louis became the seventh team to make the playoffs after being in last place at the start of the new calendar year.

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Lamoriello, Trotz lead Isles' turnaround

NEW YORK (AP) Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz say they didn't know exactly what to expect from the New York Islanders this season.

There were plenty of questions after the Islanders gave up 293 goals - the most in the NHL since 2006-07 - while missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 11 years. There was uncertainty on offense when star center John Tavares left in free agency for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Avs' MacKinnon: We're here to win Cup

DENVER (AP) The brief message on social media from Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was rhetorical in nature: "How is your bracket ?"

Because obviously, it's pretty messy.

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Red Wings to name ex-captain Yzerman GM

DETROIT (AP) Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory.

The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in Detroit.

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