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Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) watches his shot go past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) for the tie-breaking goal, as Brooks Orpik defends during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Washington. Pittsburgh won 2-1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Eric Fehr’s late goal lifts Penguins over Capitals

The Pittsburgh forward beat his former teammates to even the series at one win apiece.

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)

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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

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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.

Mr. Snider also at one time owned stakes in the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers.

Ed Snider, 83; founder, fervent fan of Philadelphia Flyers

In addition to his beloved Flyers, Mr. Snider also once was owner or part owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers.

Bruins president Cam Neely and his management team has not spoken publicly about the Bruins collapse or where the team goes from here.

NHL NOTEBOOK

Cam Neely still silent on Bruins collapse

The team president said he will have “plenty to say in due time” about the team’s failures, and the plan going forward.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, celebrates after scoring his third goal of an NHL hockey game during the third period against the St. Louis Blues, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Previewing the NHL playoff matchups

The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begins Wednesday night.

Brett Connolly (14) and Jimmy Hayes will be shopped by the Bruins this offseason.

Which Bruins are staying, which will return next season?

Who’s entrenched? Who’s likely staying? Who’s likely going?

Ed Snider died after a two-year battle with bladder cancer.

Sports Log

Flyers founder Ed Snider dead at 83

Snyder’s ‘‘Broad Street Bullies” beat the Bruins in 1974 to become the first expansion team to win a Stanley Cup.

Wilmington, Massachusetts -- 7/14/2015-- Danton Heinen takes part in a skating drill at Bruins development camp in Wilmington, Massachusetts July 14, 2015. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

Bruins sign prospect Danton Heinen

The 20-year-old forward led the University of Denver in scoring this season with 48 points in 41 games.

Loui Eriksson addressed the media Monday as he cleaned out his locker at TD Garden.

Loui Eriksson sounds like he’ll have a new home

The winger will get top dollar on the free agent market. As for re-signing with the Bruins? “You never know,’’ he said.

As Saturday’s loss to Ottawa showed, the Bruins’ goalies need a lot more support in front of the net.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Bruins defense requires offseason repairs

The Bruins ranked 20th in goals allowed, and being a good defenseman or two short showed up in their results.

David Krejci struggled the last two weeks in March. On Monday he revealed that he played the last 20 games of the season with a hip injury.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

David Krejci to have hip surgery

The Bruins center offered scant details about how he was injured, or the specific nature of the injury.

Cal Clutterbuck and the Islanders fell in their season finale Sunday against Philadelphia, and ended with the seventh seed.

Stanley Cup playoffs

NHL releases first-round playoff schedule

Three series will open on Wednesday night, with the rest kicking off Thursday and Friday.

Goalie Frederik Andersen earned the shutout for the Ducks.

NHL roundup: Ducks win Pacific Division on last day of season

Anaheim beat Presidents’ Trophy winner Washington, 2-0, on Sunday to capture another division title.

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?