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Eastern Conference playoff bubble

  1. Panthers cough up chance to clinch Southeast, playoffs

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Florida Panthers

    Florida appears content to back into first berth in more than 10 years.

  2. Capitals, Sabres react to changing fortunes

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Washington Capitals

    Buffalo’s Ville Leino knows time is running out.

  3. Leafs shock Sabres; Capitals earn shootout win

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    Nicklas Backstrom

    Washington might also have a chance at the Southeast Division title.

  4. Panthers might not win the Southeast after all

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Tomas Fleischmann, Dalton Prout

    Should-be layups have mostly been losses for a team that seemed like a shoo-in.

  5. Ovechkin, Capitals steal a strange one in shootout

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Washington beats Boston in a dull-turned-dramatic contest.

  6. Capitals fall short in a huge game – again

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

    toughtimesforcapsap

    Buffalo deserves a lot of credit, but it’s hard not to gravitate toward Washington’s woes.

  7. Christian Ehrhoff leaves game with lower-body issue

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Christian Ehrhoff

    Buffalo must hold on to a 3-1 lead with just four healthy defensemen.

  8. Senators send Jets’ playoff hopes to bed

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Winnipeg Jets

    Close but no cigar for the scrappy Winnipeg.

  9. Capitals cough up three-goal lead, lose to Jets in OT

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets v Washington Capitals

    It’s getting tougher and tougher to deny the masses who call them “chokers.”

  10. A Carolina Cinderella story depends on win Friday

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Cam Ward

    In order to prove they still have any hope, the Hurricanes need to defeat the NHL’s worst team.

  11. Capitals get a point in loss to Flyers, prepare for huge homestand

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Washington strengthens its hold on the eighth spot with home games against Winnipeg and Buffalo coming up.

  12. Blowouts deflate what’s left of Leafs, Bolts’ playoff dreams

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Buffalo Sabres

    Meanwhile, the Sabres keep stride with the Capitals.

  13. Capitals’ two-week gut check begins tonight

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Washington Capitals

    The next 14 days will tell us all we need to know about Washington.

  14. Penguins deal big blow to Leafs’ postseason dreams

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

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    Pascal Dupuis, Matt Niskanen, Steve Sullivan

    Pittsburgh wore down Toronto.

  15. Buffalo Sabres’ playoff hopes look strong after win

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

    pominvilleap

    Who would have thought they’d be in this spot?

  16. Jets win big bubble battle vs. Buffalo

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Winnipeg Jets

    The reborn team is awfully tough to beat in Winnipeg. Now if only that “being horrible on the road” thing could clear up …

  17. Stamkos, Lightning are very much in playoff race

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Carolina Hurricanes

    They’re just two points out of eighth place as of this moment.

  18. Capitals flop again as Devils dominate them 5-0

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Washington Capitals

    Another disappointment for Washington.

  19. Breaking down Winnipeg’s Southeast chances after crushing Florida

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets v Florida Panthers

    The odds are still stacked against the Jets, but who expected them to beat the Panthers 7-0 tonight?

  20. Tampa Bay clobbers Carolina 6-2; Rangers top Hurricanes for East’s eighth seed

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Cory Stillman, Vincent Lecavalier, Brett Clark, Martin St. Louis

    Carolina had a chance to stamp its ticket to the playoffs with a win against Tampa Bay, but the Hurricanes will instead face a summer of regret after a crippling 6-2 loss. Their loss is the Rangers’ gain, as New York will be the eighth seed in the East.

  21. Race for the playoffs: Rangers try to distance themselves, Habs hope to avoid slide

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    New York Rangers v Atlanta Thrashers

    Two games could have a big impact on the lower ranks of the Eastern Conference tonight, as the Rangers hope to beat the Thrashers while the Canadiens strive to avoid a slide to a lower seed by winning against the Senators.

  22. East playoff update: Canes beat Red Wings, Capitals and Bruins also win

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Howard, Erik Cole

    The Hurricanes won against the Red Wings, while the Capitals increased their first place lead and the Bruins crept to within two points of the second place Flyers. Click “Read More” for the details.

  23. Race for the playoffs: Flyers and Capitals hope to clinch divisions, Habs go for berth

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs

    There are plenty of interesting Eastern Conference storylines in tonight’s games, with Washington and Philadelphia going for division titles while Montreal hopes to clinch a playoff spot. The Penguins and Lightning also jostle for home ice advantage in Tuesday’s contests.

  24. East update: Rangers storm back from 3-0 deficit for shocking win against Bruins

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v New York Rangers

    It seemed like the East playoff bubble would get crazier when the Rangers trailed the Bruins 3-0, but New York stormed back to take a stunning 5-3 win. This post recaps that game and updates the playoff picture.

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