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The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

NHL Playoffs

Penguins beat Capitals in OT to take 3-1 series lead

Pittsburgh’s 3-2 OT victory leaves Penguins one win away from eliminating Capitals in best-of-seven NHL playoff series.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 03: Frank Vatrano #72 of the Boston Bruins advances the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Frank Vatrano added to US men’s national hockey team

Vatrano had eight goals and three assists in 39 games with the Bruins last season.

FILE - This is a Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 file photo of international Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel as he answers a question during a news conference addressing hockey issues at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. NHL players will probably not compete at the next Winter Olympics in 2018 because of a lack of money to cover insurance, Rene Fasel the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation has told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hockey official worried NHL won’t play in 2018 Olympics

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel puts the chances at 60 percent that the NHL won’t participate.

Penguins rookie Matt Murray denied the Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Penguins 3, Capitals 2

Penguins take 2-1 series lead

Rookie goaltender Matt Murray made 47 saves as Pittsburgh moved to within two wins of the conference finals.

Brooks Orpik (right) leveled Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta with a high hit during the first period of Saturday’s game.

SPORTS LOG

Capitals’ Brooks Orpik suspended 3 games for late hit

The Washington defenseman will be eligible to return if the series, tied 1-1 with Pittsburgh, gets to Game 6.

Blues captain David Backes (right) drew a crowd after scoring his second overtime goal of the postseason.

NHL roundup: Blues beat Stars in OT

David Backes scored during a power play as St. Louis beat Dallas, 4-3, in Game 2 of their series.

Austin Czarnik played for the US in the 2012 World Junior Championships. After a solid year with Providence, he could be in Boston next season.

Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik a big talent in a small body

The AHL center is just 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, but his hockey skills and compete level are sizable.

Loui Eriksson scored 30 goals and 33 assists while playing in 82 games this season.

SPORTS LOG

Loui Eriksson finalist for Lady Byng Trophy

The soon-to-be free-agent forward is one of three finalists for the award.

Penguins forward Eric Fehr watched his shot go over the shoulder of Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

NHL roundup: Eric Fehr’s late goal lifts Penguins

Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory over Washington tied the series at 1-1.

Loui Eriksson scored 30 goals and 33 assists in 82 games this season.

Loui Eriksson is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy

The versatile wing scored 30 goals and 33 assists in 82 games.

Brandon Carlo (above) is built like Adam McQuaid but shows more promise offensively.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Breaking down the big upside of Bruins prospect Brandon Carlo

Modern defense takes place at the defensive blue line. This is the new house that must be protected.

Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa (12) celebrates his goal with teammates Antoine Roussel (21), Jason Demers (4) and Johnny Oduya (47) during the third period in Game 1 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues Friday, April 29, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NHL playoff roundup

Radek Faksa powers Stars to Game 1 win

Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) plays against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Fluto Shinzawa

Sharks are well-rested, but Predators have momentum

Nashville is good at protecting the blue line and the front of the net, but the Sharks could exploit up-and-down goalie Pekka Rinne

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 12: Paul Stastny #26 of the St. Louis Blues assists on the game-winning goal against Antti Niemi #31 of the Dallas Stars in overtime at American Airlines Center on March 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Fluto Shinzawa

Can the Stars overcome Blues’ all-around game?

Dallas is talented on offense, but goaltending could be its weak link against a solid St. Louis lineup.

Boston, MA--4/11/2016--Patrice Bergeron (cq). After a failed playoff run, the Boston Bruins players are made available to the media, in the locker room, on Monday, April 11, 2016. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Bruins Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Patrice Bergeron named a finalist for Selke Trophy

The Bruins center could claim his third straight honor, and fourth overall, as best defensive forward.

Apr 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) defends in the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Capitals top Penguins on Oshie hat trick

Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators clung to a small lead for two full periods, scrambling and dodging and stopping everything the Anaheim Ducks could throw at them.

Boston, MA - 04/14/16 - Season ending press conference with Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney who announced that Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien would remain in that capacity. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 15Bruins, LOID: 8.2.2622128852.

There’s a very slim chance Bruins could get top pick in NHL draft

But yes, we’re telling you there’s a chance this Saturday when the NHL Draft Lottery is held to assign the top three slots.

FILE - In this April 7, 2016 file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, loses the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) pursues in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Washington. Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. But the second-round playoff series between the Penguins and Capitals goes beyond the two NHL superstars. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Fluto Shinzawa

Look for some high-octane hockey in Capitals-Penguins series

Both teams are loaded at center and have elite power plays. Here’s a preview and prediction on the series.

New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck pumps his fist after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Islanders 5, Lightning 3

Early lead holds up as Islanders beat Lightning

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders hits Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at the Barclays Center on April 4, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Fluto Shinzawa

Who will win Lightning-Islanders series?

The NHL’s conference semifinals begin Wednesday. Here’s a look at the first matchup to hit the ice.

Blues Alexander Steen (left) and Alex Pietrangelo celebrated after St. Louis beat Chicago in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.

Long wait is over for jubilant Blues

The first-round series victory over the Blackhawks ended a string of three straight one-and-dones for St. Louis.

Goalie Daniel Vladar participated in the Bruins’ 2015 development camp.

Bruins sign goalie Daniel Vladar to entry-level contract

The 6-foot-6-inch puckstopper was the team’s third-round pick in 2015.

The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw was sent flying after colliding with the Blues' Scottie Upshall while reaching for a puck during the second period.

NHL roundup: Blues put away Blackhawks in Game 7

St. Louis knocked off defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, 3-2, to capture the series.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby blocked a shot during the second period.

NHL roundup: Capitals close out Flyers

Braden Holtby had 26 saves as Washington shut out Philadelphia, 4-2, in Game 6 of the series.

The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw, who was suspended for Game 5, celebrated after scoring in the third period.

NHL roundup: Blackhawks force Game 7 with Blues

Artem Anisimov, Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Dale Weise scored during Chicago’s dominant second period in a 6-3 win.

David Pastrnak was put on the fast track, but he still has issues slowing him down.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

One last look at a disappointing Bruins season

The team’s professed “youth movement” in 2015-16 was neither young nor especially good.

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) can't score past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), from the Czech Republic, during the second period of Game 5 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NHL Playoff Roundup

Neuvirth backstops Flyers in Game 5 victory over Capitals

Neuvirth flustered the Capitals by making a playoff career-high 44 saves.

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, left, and Andrew MacDonald celebrate after MacDonald's goal during the second period of Game 4 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Flyers avoid sweep with Game 4 win over Capitals

Michal Neuvirth stopped 31 shots in his first start of the playoff series.

Boston-4/20/16- The Boston Bruins held a press conference at the TD Garden with(left to rt) Charlie Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs and Cam Neely to discuss the season. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

A question for the Bruins: Who’s in charge?

The leadership issues in the front office are just as acute as any in the dressing room.

As a press briefing Wednesday, team president Cam Neely said the Bruins were good enough to make the playoffs — but the evidence doesn’t seem to support that.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Cam Neely finding that goals are now much harder to achieve

As a bruising Bruin, he could take over a game by himself, but the task upstairs as team president is trickier.

Boston-4/20/16- The Boston Bruins held a press conference at the TD Garden with(left to rt) Charlie Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs and Cam Neely to discuss the season. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

Cam Neely says Bruins’ failure is ‘hard for me to understand’

The Bruins president, along with Charlie and Jeremy Jacobs, attempted to explain the team’s downfall.

Pittsburgh’s Matt Cullen (7) shared a hug with Bryan Rust after scoring at 4:16 of the third period.

NHL roundup: Penguins take 2-1 series lead on Rangers

Matt Cullen scored the winner on a semi-breakaway early in the third period in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 victory.

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin celebrated his goal in the second period, the first of two on the night and the game-winner.

NHL roundup: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals close in on sweep

Washington scored five power-play goals in routing Philadelphia, 6-1, and taking a 3-0 series lead.

A power-play strike by Jaden Schwartz (right) at 13:32 of the third period proved to be the winner for the Blues.

NHL roundup: Blues take 2-1 series lead on Blackhawks

Jaden Schwartz’s goal at 13:32 of the third period pushed St. Louis past Chicago, 3-2.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal embraced after New York evened its first-round series with Pittsburgh.

NHL roundup: Rangers even up series with Penguins

Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves as New York beat Pittsburgh, 4-2, in Game 2.

The Maple Leafs tallied the fewest points in the NHL this season (69).

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

There’s a lot to like about how the Maple Leafs are rebuilding

For starters, the franchise’s unrestricted investment in brainpower is already paying off.

How will  Don Sweeney fix the Bruins? He’s not sure.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Don Sweeney better find Bruins some heart and fight — fast

The GM can’t afford to ignore these intangibles when attempting to fix the Bruins this offseason.

Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw, left, scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Friday, April 15, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

NHL playoff roundup

Blackhawks get call, victory over Blues

Andrew Shaw stuffed home a rebound on a power play with 4:19 remaining — minutes after the Blackhawks won a coach’s challenge to negate a goal.

Wilmington--07/14/15 The Boston Bruins held drills at their development camp. Playing defense are (left to rt) Brandon Carlo, Rob O'Gara, Zach Frye, Jeremy Lauzon, and Jakub Zboril, during a drill. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Bruins prospect Jeremy Lauzon suffers frightening injury

Lauzon, the Bruins’ second-round pick in 2015, suffered a neck laceration during a QMJHL playoff game.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, shoots the puck during the second period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NHL Playoff Roundup

Capitals put special emphasis in Game 1 victory over Flyers

Specials teams pivotal in Capitals’ Game 1 victory.

Boston, MA--4/11/2016--David Krejci (cq). After a failed playoff run, the Boston Bruins players are made available to the media, in the locker room, on Monday, April 11, 2016. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Bruins Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

David Krejci in line for hip surgery

Winger Matt Beleskey (hand) and defenseman Torey Krug (shoulder) also dealing with injury issues in offseason.

6/5/13: Boston MA: FOR POSSIBLE USE WITH UPCOMING SPORTS FEATURE STORY.........The Bruins Daniel Paille (20) and Tyler Seguin (19) are headed on to the ice as teammate Nathan Horton (18) is headed off during a line change. Head coach Claude Julien is at upper left, assistant coach Doug Houda is at upper right. The Boston Bruins hosted the Pittsburg Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: sports topic: Bruins-Penguins

Bruins will not bring Doug Houda back next season

Houda had been an assistant coach with the Bruins for 10 years, including the last nine under Claude Julien.

Boston, MA - 04/14/16 - Season ending press conference with Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and head coach Claude Julien. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 15Bruins, LOID: 8.2.2622128852.

Fluto Shinzawa | on Hockey

Onus is on Don Sweeney to add assets to Bruins’ roster

GM stands firmly behind Claude Julien. Now he has to give his coach a few defensemen and depth to build a perennial contender.

In transition game, Claude Julien staying put as Bruins coach

Embracing the challenge of guiding Black and Gold to prominence, he will return for 10th season.

Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Penguins defeat Rangers in Game 1

Patric Hornqvist had his first playoff hat trick for Pittsburgh.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney will address the media, along with coach Claude Julien, on Thursday morning.

It looks like Claude Julien may be returning to Bruins

GM Don Sweeney and the Bruins coach will hold a year-end press conference Thursday.

Bruins lose 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bruins-big-7310-7365--90x90.jpg How it all fell apart for the Bruins

Look back on the NHL title series in which the Bruins fell to the Blackhawks in heartbreaking fashion.

Stanley Cup history

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/05/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/rings-4383--90x90.JPG 50 years of Stanley Cup rings

Examine the rewards that the champions of the NHL for the past half-century have earned as a Stanley Cup booty.

Bruins' championship history

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The 6 Stanley Cup banners in Bruins history

Will the Bruins add a seventh to this collection of Stanley Cup banners they have accumulated through the decades?