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Hockey On High It may seem like most of the action in the first round of the NHL playoffs involved referees' peering at replay tablets after coaches' challenges, but cameras far above the ice provided a wealth of more-action-packed images. To wit: this goal by Sharks winger Matt Nieto, who gained inside position on Kings center Trevor Lewis and slipped the puck through the legs of goalie Jonathan Quick. The goal helped San Jose win Game 5 of the series 6--3 and knock out L.A. four games to one. Moving on is all that matters, but getting some revenge along the way is nice too: The Kings ousted the Sharks from the playoffs in 2013 and '14.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK

Bench Stress The Predators got an up-close view of rookie center Colton Sissons's battle with Anaheim's Ryan Garbutt for a loose puck in the neutral zone last Saturday during Game 5 of their series. Starting on the road, Nashville jumped to a 2--0 series lead over the Pacific Division--winning Ducks, but Anaheim answered with three straight wins after replacing John Gibson with Frederik Andersen in net. Garbutt, a midseason acquisition from Chicago, scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period of Game 5, putting Anaheim one win from the second round.

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Acute Dangle Faced with a wall of orange sweaters, Washington winger Andre Burakovsky took the puck wide around Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) in Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. Burakovsky failed to score—as was usually the case for the Caps against Neuvirth, who replaced Steve Mason in the crease after Philadelphia lost the first three games of the series. Neuvirth allowed just two goals in three starts against his former team. But the second one, off the stick of Nicklas Backstrom, was enough to give Washington a 1--0 Game 6 win and a ticket to the second round, where the Presidents' Trophy winners will meet the Penguins.