Stanley Cup Playoffs

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, left, celebrates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series game, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
April 15, 2019 - 2:25 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After losing in the Stanley Cup Final last June, the Vegas Golden Knights looked to bolster their forward depth by trading for Max Pacioretty and signing Paul Stastny before the season. At the trade deadline, they dealt for Mark Stone. Those moves that formed one of the most...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 14, 2019 - 11:35 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win. The Russian goalie shut the door when the Tampa Bay Lightning made a desperate late surge on Sunday night, preserving a 3-1 win and giving...
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Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien celebrates after scoring during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Sunday, April 14, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 14, 2019 - 10:35 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series. Winnipeg dropped the first two games by one goal, but got back on track in St. Louis. Kevin Hayes...
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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) celebrates his game-winning goal with defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during overtime of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 13, 2019 - 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rat falling out of the arena hallway ceiling during the Carolina Hurricanes' warmup game of soccer was just a precursor to a wacky afternoon of playoff hockey. Long after the dead rodent was removed, Game 2 between the Hurricanes and Washington Capitals included a questionable...
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San Jose Sharks' Timo Meier, left, shots against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 13, 2019 - 2:23 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Shark Tank was rocking after San Jose erased a three-goal deficit in the closing minutes of the first period and appeared to score again in the opening minute of the second. Then, the referee waved it off for goalie interference and gave Vegas a power play that changed...
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St. Louis Blues' Oskar Sundqvist (70) celebrates after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets with teammate Jaden Schwartz (17) during first-period NHL hockey playoff action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, April 12, 2019. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 1:45 am
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sure, the Blues have a 2-0 series lead after road victories against the Jets. Pat Maroon and his St. Louis teammates refuse to feel anything close to satisfied. Not yet. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice to lead the Blues to a 4-3 win Friday night in Game 2 of their Western...
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his third-period goal with teammates during Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 13, 2019 - 12:01 am
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — After falling behind in the second period, the New York Islanders didn't get discouraged. They maintained their focus, tied it minutes later and then pulled away in the third period. Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart in the final period and the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reacts after giving up a goal to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 12, 2019 - 9:49 am
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, left of Sweden, celebrates his goal with defenseman John Carlson (74) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 11, 2019 - 11:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin came out firing, the Carolina Hurricanes surged and the Washington Capitals showed why they're the defending Stanley Cup champions when it mattered most. Backstrom and Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots before 19-...
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Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner, right rear, is congratulated by teammates after his penalty-shot goal off Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 11, 2019 - 9:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Marner scored twice, the second on a short-handed penalty shot to give Toronto the lead for good, and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series. It was Toronto's first postseason penalty shot in 20 years...
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