LeBron James scored 32 points and the Miami Heat pulled away again to beat the feisty Charlotte Bobcats, 101-97, in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday. The Heat took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Saturday's Game 3 in Charlotte, but not without a little more resistance than they might have expected from the only current NBA franchise without a postseason win. Chris Bosh's 3-pointer put the stops on a 10-0 Bobcats run in the fourth quarter and Dwyane Wade came up with a steal near the sideline in the final seconds with the Heat clinging to a three-point lead, hitting a foul shot at the other end to seal the win. Bosh added 20 points and Wade scored 15. The three stars combined to score 19 of Miami's 22 points in the fourth quarter. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led Charlotte with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson scored 18 with 13 boards despite suffering a plantar fascia strain in his left foot in Game 1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a three-goal lead and fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in overtime on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, leaving the teams' first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece.

An emotional Stephane Robidas returned to American Airlines Center on crutches Wednesday, as he dealt with the broken leg that will keep him out of the NHL playoffs.

How does a strength become a weakness, seemingly in a matter of days? That's the riddle the Kings are trying to solve in this first-round series against San Jose, and they're running out of time.

The Dallas Stars took care of business at American Airlines Center, winning two straight games on home ice against the Anaheim Ducks to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece.

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands.

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Nick Foligno's tally at 2:49 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets their first home playoff win in franchise history, a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins which evened this Eastern Conference quarterfinal at two games apiece.

Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Matt Cooke's 100th career playoff game was his last for a while.

In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner.

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

The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is ready for another long rehab after breaking his right leg again. At least he will not need surgery this time.

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.

The National Hockey League issued a seven- game suspension to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke on Wednesday.

St. Louis center David Backes has been scratched for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury.

Considering they had just lost a pivotal game by three goals and are now one more stinker from an untenable position in their playoff against New York, the Flyers were remarkably pleased with themselves after an abbreviated practice Wednesday.

While New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had his best game of the series in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the host Flyers, he had plenty of help by the defense.

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg spoke for nearly 10 minutes on Wednesday, high on the endorphins from a terrific practice.

Some things, Patrick Roy said, aren't worth losing sleep over. At the top of the list for the Colorado coach: Monday night's 1-0 overtime loss to the Wild in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The Flyers have overcome a franchise-worst 1-7 start. They have made more comebacks than Joan Rivers, winning a club-record 11 games after trailing in the third period this season.

Joe Thornton and the Sharks have been in command of many playoff series over the past decade. The San Jose captain has also seen just how easily control slips away during nine straight postseason trips without raising the Stanley Cup.

The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor offensive production.

Without Mikael Granlund's overtime goal, the Minnesota Wild would be in major trouble in their first-round series against Colorado.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are disappointed, though not discouraged.

Anthony LeBlanc called owning an NHL franchise every Canadian kid's dream when his group completed the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes last summer.

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will not be in the lineup as his club takes on the Stars for Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist was busy while stopping 31 of 32 Philadelphia shots that got through to him in the New York Rangers' Game 3 playoff win over the Flyers.

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Tampa Bay teammates Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat have been named the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

The Chicago Blackhawks cut their series' deficit in half with a win on home ice. On Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champions hope to draw even with the St. Louis Blues when they host Game 4 at United Center.

The Dallas Stars hope to pick up another win on home ice and even the Western Conference quarterfinals at two games apiece, as they host the Anaheim Ducks in Wednesday's Game 4 at American Airlines Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to move one win away from advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets for Wednesday's Game 4 at Nationwide Arena.

Playoff hockey overtimes are an exercise in madness. The San Jose Sharks were delighted to participate Tuesday night.

Even after two lopsided victories, the Sharks kept saying it wouldn't be easy coming into the Staples Center and taking Game3 from the Los Angeles Kings.

Here's all you need to know about the Flyers' woes when it comes to the New York Rangers:

LOS ANGELES-If there was an urgency to the Kings' improved but still flawed performance Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, if the Kings mustered the resilience to shake off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in losing the first two games at San Jose and put together credible stretches in what turned out to be a 4-3 overtime loss at Staples Center, there was more than one good reason.

Tuesday was Earth Day, not Happy Fun Ice Day. This could explain why the Sharks were brought back to terra firma a little bit here in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.

LOS ANGELES-What started as a game of crazy bounces and deflections ended precisely that way in overtime and put the Los Angeles Kings on the verge of a stunning playoff elimination.

Even after two lopsided victories, the Sharks kept saying it wouldn't be easy coming into the Staples Center and taking Game3 from the Los Angeles Kings.

While his teammates mobbed him after a late goal, Dan Carcillo trash-talked with Flyers fans through the glass before hitting the bench for a celebration.

Patrick Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks took a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The response was to let the Boston Bruins occupy Hockeytown.

DALLAS - It's not just about getting under the Anaheim Ducks' skin with the Dallas Stars, it's about penetrating their minds.

PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers' inability to stop the Rangers line of Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, and Rick Nash has been a story line throughout their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series. It definitely continued during the 4-1 loss to New York on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Hockeytown officially became a collection of conceit at the conclusion of the first period on Tuesday night.

Coming off an emotional comeback win in New York on Easter, the Flyers laid an egg on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Well, that was a sorry homecoming. Bad enough the Red Wings spent most of the first period in their zone. But at one point, they left the ice altogether.

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