Blue Jackets rally again as odd pattern continues

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

One game, two, maybe three, it's a quirk.

This time, Blues work overtime but lose

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

For the third time in four games in their Western Conference first-round series, the Blues and Blackhawks needed overtime to settle their score. But for the first time in one of these overtime thrillers, the Blues fell short.

Rangers won Game 3 with a simple approach

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The best poetry often springs unexpectedly and unintentionally.

Blackhawks' switch works for Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

For Bryan Bickell, getting his first goal of the playoffs required just one little change from Joel Quenneville.

Mac Engel: Stars' win caps great sports day for Dallas-area pro teams

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The burden fell to the Dallas Stars to complete the Perfect Sports Day.

Ron Cook: Pressure in series now shifts to Penguins' Fleury

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury talked a brave game Wednesday night only minutes after giving up a late tying goal and then the winning overtime goal in a crushing 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. By allowing those killer goals, not to mention blowing a 3-0 first-period lead, the Penguins wasted a chance to take a 3-1 lead in the series and all but eliminate Columbus. Instead, they come home for Game 5 on Saturday night tied, 2-2, with all the pressure on their shoulders.

Joe Strauss: Blues had their shot for control but fell short

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Wednesday night inside United Center confirmed what we already suspected. The gravitational pull between the Blues and Chicago Blackhawks is too strong for anything to come easily. If one shoe drops, another's on the way. One team's jab invites a left hook from the other. The law of playoff physics rules.

Kings are in must-win situation

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about 2010 than their 2012 Stanley Cup championship resume.

Blues say Backes won't play until he's healthy

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock played it coy during the morning skate when it came to the status of center David Backes for Game 4 of the playoffs against the Blackhawks.

Flyers lack punch at home on power play

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Back on their home ice, the Philadelphia Flyers fizzled on the power play.