Stanley Cup Playoffs

Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene (95) shoots the game-wining goal past Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) during double overtime of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, early Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Boston. The Blue Jackets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 28, 2019 - 1:40 am
BOSTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Patrice Bergeron at point-blank range in overtime. He also made an acrobatic save to stop a 90-foot dump-in that took a bad hop straight toward the net. Whatever the shot, the Blue Jackets goalie was ready. "There's not many goalies that stop that puck," said...
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New York Islanders celebrate at the end of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, and swept the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are rested and ready to go. The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had a chance to relax after outlasting the defending champions in a marathon seven-game series. More than a week after finishing off a sweep in the first round, Mathew Barzal and the defense-first...
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Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) has his shot deflected by Dallas Stars' Ben Bishop (30) in the third period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 25, 2019 - 3:15 am
Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being drafted by them. He remembers being in the stands at 14 years old during a playoff series against the Stars and wholeheartedly taking part of the chants of "Bel-four!" directed at the Dallas goalie. Now 18 years after that St. Louis...
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Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) celebrates his goal with right wing Nino Niederreiter, right, left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 24, 2019 - 11:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Staal tied it in the third period, Brock McGinn scored in the second overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to stun the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 7 on Wednesday night to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions. McGinn dived to prevent a goal in the...
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Boston Bruins left wing Marcus Johansson, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after his goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 24, 2019 - 11:03 am
BOSTON (AP) — Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another victory for the Bruins. Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, right, holds up the Stanley Cup during a victory rally for the Washington Capitals in celebration of winning the Stanley Cup, in Washington. In previous playoffs, a Game 7 at home would've been a "Here we go again" moment of worry for the Washington Capitals. But after exorcising some demons and winning the Stanley Cup last year, the Capitals hope things really are different this time when they host the pesky Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday night, April 24, 2019.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 23, 2019 - 6:38 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Justin Williams doesn't lose in Game 7. Except that one time. The player who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker for going 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in winner-take-all situations lost in a Game 7 for the first time with the Washington Capitals in 2017. Now he's back...
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Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin (91), Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Calle Jarnkrok (19), P.K. Subban (76), the Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) and Jamie Benn (14) watch as the puck falls out of the back of the net on a John Klingberg score in overtime of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. The Stars won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 23, 2019 - 1:31 am
DALLAS (AP) — With a chance to clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in 11 years, the Dallas Stars needed overtime again. They didn't need quite as many this time, and won't have to go back to Music City. John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime after a cross-ice...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, reacts following a goal against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. Capitals' Andre Burakovsky (65), of Austria, and John Carlson (74) look on with Capitals' Jonas Siegenthaler (34), of the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 22, 2019 - 10:04 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the Capitals...
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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) and center Noel Acciari (55) after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 22, 2019 - 6:45 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy doesn't want to change too much heading into Game 7 of Boston's first-round series against Toronto, explaining that his players "are a bit like dogs." "They love routines, especially on game days," he said after the team's practice on Monday. "So I think you...
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San Jose Sharks celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 22, 2019 - 12:59 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. One day later, he clarified it wasn't necessarily a guarantee, but rather...
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