Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47), of Russia, celebrates with defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4), of Finland, after Heiskanen scored his second goal of the night against the Nashville Predators, during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Stars won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 11, 2019 - 1:29 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miro Heiskanen turned in a postseason debut to remember with the Dallas rookie defenseman writing himself into the NHL's record book. Heiskanen scored two goals, helping the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western...
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey is hugged by defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) as teammates celebrate after Bailey scored in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 11, 2019 - 12:19 am
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Bailey didn't have much time to think when he saw the puck on the side of the crease after Mathew Barzal's try hit the left goalpost in overtime. Bailey just swooped in and knocked it into the net to send the New York Islanders home with a win. Bailey scored at 4:39 of...
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The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates their 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning during 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 10, 2019 - 9:57 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus' three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game 1 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night. Jones made it 4-3 from the slot...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov enters Superior Court with his wife, Marta Varlamova, in Torrance, Calif. The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs for domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his eligibility to restored July 1, 2020, based on good behavior. Voynov was suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested for domestic abuse. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, left the United States to go back to Russia and in July had the conviction dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles county. (Brad Graverson//The Orange County Register via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 5:52 pm
The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) faces off against New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in New York. The Penguins and Islanders will face each other in a first round playoff series beginning Wednesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 08, 2019 - 4:23 pm
Three of the top seven teams in the NHL are packed into a four-team murderers' row playoff bracket and only one can reach the Eastern Conference final. The Tampa Bay Lightning's reward for finishing 21 points ahead of the rest of the league during the regular season is a first-round matchup against...
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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, has his shot deflected by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 08, 2019 - 2:37 am
Mike Smith and David Rittich helped the Calgary Flames finish first in the Western Conference. Yet there are still questions about how far those goalies can carry their team in the playoffs. Smith and Rittich sounds more like a law firm than the goaltending tandem anyone expected the NHL's second-...
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Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, top, Sam Reinhart (23), Zemgus Girgensons (28) and Kyle Okposo (21) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 07, 2019 - 8:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. "Today certainly wasn't an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there. We were very...
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Florida Panthers Head coach Bob Boughner watches a replay during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. The Devils defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
April 07, 2019 - 2:18 pm
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Bob Boughner has become the latest coach to pay for Florida's almost-annual inability to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Panthers fired Boughner on Sunday, ending his two-year tenure with the team with one year remaining on his contract. The Panthers didn't make the...
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New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, celebrates with goaltender Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, after an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Washington. The Islanders won 3-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 07, 2019 - 1:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Trotz will again need to go through the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. A 3-0 victory by his New York Islanders against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Saturday means they'll get to start that effort at home. The Islanders clinched home-ice...
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Montreal Canadiens' Ryan Poehling celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 07, 2019 - 12:12 am
MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Poehling delivered one of the most impressive NHL debuts in Canadiens history, giving fans plenty to cheer one night after Montreal was eliminated from playoff contention. The American-born Poehling recorded a hat trick and added the shootout winner in his debut as the...
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