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    ”They’re persistent,” Nashville forward Austin Watson said. ”There’s no quit in them.”

    ENCORE

    Boston hopes David Pastrnak packs his Game 2 performance for the trip to Toronto. The 21-year-old had three goals and three assists to become the youngest NHL player with six or more points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky, according to the Bruins website.

    ”When you’re breaking a Wayne Gretzky record, I hope he realizes at his young age how cool it is,” forward David Backes told reporters. ”Hopefully he had fun last night and enjoyed that moment because it is special.”

    REASON FOR OPTIMISM

    The Ducks can latch on to some recent history for optimism in coming back from an 0-2 deficit. They lost the first two games at home in the second round last year to Edmonton before rallying to win the series in seven games.

    ”That’s the situation we’re in. We have a good team,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. ”We have a team that’s been in these situations before.”

    CAKE WALK

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    ”Challenge accepted,” Hinchcliffe responded. ”They (Maple Leafs) are going to win it all. Nobody goes further than the team holding the Cup.”

    Hinchcliffe added: ”Personally, I’m a red velvet guy.”

    Newgarden said he prefers vanilla.

    SAVING THE DAY

    Avalanche coach Jared Bednar thought goaltender Jonathan Bernier played ”OK” in the first two games.

    ”If you look at the importance of goaltending this time of year, good is usually not good enough,” Bednar said.

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    Cory Schneider, who was the starter most of the season until a hip and groin injury in January sidelined him for a month, finished and did not allow a goal on 10 shots.

    ”There is still a lot of hockey to be played,” Devils forward Taylor Hall said, ”and a lot of hockey on home ice as well.”



    AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker, Josh Dubow Tom Canavan and Fred Goodall contributed to this report.



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