Stars, Blues find way with new coaches, go into Game 3 even

Hockey 04/28/19, 15:46

Jim Montgomery is a rookie NHL coach with a championship background.With Montgomery, their third coach in three seasons after grizzled and somewhat different veterans Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff, the Dallas Stars have gained home-ice advantage in the second round of their Western Conference playoff series against the St. Louis ...

Blue Jackets beat Bruins 3-2 in OT, tie series 1-1

Hockey 04/27/19, 23:30

Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece.Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped ...

Bishop makes 32 saves, Stars beat Blues 4-2 to tie series

Hockey 04/27/19, 17:23

Ben Bishop made 32 saves, Roope Hintz scored twice and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis, and Jordan ...

Thornton sparks Sharks in 5-2 Game 1 win over Avs

Hockey 04/26/19, 23:44

Joe Thornton sparked a three-goal outburst in the second period after San Jose killed off a four-minute penalty, leading the Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Friday night.San Jose trailed 2-1 when Brenden Dillon was called for a ...

Staal lifts Hurricanes past Islanders 1-0 in OT in Game 1

Hockey 04/26/19, 21:28

Jordan Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes to 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Nino Niederreiter sent a shot that caromed off the end boards and came out to the right side, where Staal ...

Early exit a year after Cup win teaches Caps another lesson

Hockey 04/26/19, 17:09

Nicklas Backstrom always wondered what it would take to win it all.When he stood outside the Washington Capitals' locker room following first- or second-round playoff losses in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, he lamented each missed opportunity but could never definitively say what it would ...

Now up to speed, Blue Jackets try to rebound against Bruins

Hockey 04/26/19, 12:46

Now that the rust has been knocked off, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to even their second-round series with the Boston Bruins.Columbus had eight days off between sweeping Tampa Bay in the first round and opening the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins on Saturday (8 p.m. EDT, NBC). ...

Coyle scores twice, Bruins beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT

Hockey 04/25/19, 23:30

Charlie Coyle tied it in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5:15 gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for ...

Tarasenko scores twice, Blues beat Stars 3-2 in Game 1

Hockey 04/25/19, 23:28

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night in first game of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series.Robby Fabbri also scored and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the Blues, who had lost three of four to Dallas during the regular ...

Golden Knights ready to turn page, look toward next season

Hockey 04/25/19, 18:23

The Vegas Golden Knights' second postseason didn't last nearly as long as their first but general manager George McPhee said "there will be no pity parties" after the way it ended, and the team is already looking forward to next year."We're going to take the rearview mirror out and move ...

Banged-up Sharks prepare for 2nd-round series vs. rested Avs

Hockey 04/25/19, 17:32

As the San Jose Sharks survived back-to-back overtime games that left captain Joe Pavelski bloodied and dazed, and most of his teammates drained emotionally and physically, the Colorado Avalanche sat back and watched.Whether that will have an impact when the teams meet in the second round starting Friday night in ...

Vegas owner says NHL executive apologized for Game 7 penalty

Hockey 04/25/19, 16:22

The owner of the Vegas Golden Knights said Thursday a senior NHL executive phoned him to apologize for a penalty called during Game 7 of his team's loss to the San Jose Sharks.Owner Bill Foley said the call came the morning after Vegas lost 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night to ...

Sharks’ Pavelski unlikely for Game 1 after scary injury

Hockey 04/25/19, 14:46

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is unlikely to play Game 1 in the second round of the playoffs against Colorado after being knocked out and bloodied in the first-round clincher.Coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday that Pavelski is officially day to day but is not expected to be cleared for ...

Predators disappointed after earliest playoff exit since ’15

Hockey 04/24/19, 18:52

The Nashville Predators had every piece in place for another long playoff run chasing the Stanley Cup.So they thought.Now they have a longer offseason to fix the NHL's worst power play and the issues that proved so costly in being ousted in the first round for the first time since ...

Bishop now the Stars goalie trying to beat Blues in playoffs

Hockey 04/24/19, 17:15

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 ...

Bruins and Blue Jackets ready for 1st playoff matchup

Hockey 04/24/19, 16:57

The Boston Bruins have home-ice advantage through a potential trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and they have the Columbus Blue Jackets to thank for it.They'll get a chance to show their gratitude in the TD Garden on Thursday night.The Bruins host Columbus in Game 1 of the second round ...

On the defensive: Avs no-name blue liners raising their game

Hockey 04/24/19, 15:47

In between homework assignments this season at Massachusetts, Cale Makar brushed up on the Colorado Avalanche blue line.The rookie defenseman studied as much film as he could of his soon-to-be teammates in order to lessen his learning curve.His takeaway from his crash course: No one tries to take on too ...

Sharks rally after Pavelski’s scary injury to make 2nd round

Hockey 04/24/19, 14:38

Joe Thornton gathered his teammates at the bench as a bloodied Joe Pavelski was taken off the ice after being knocked out on a hit and implored them to avenge their captain's injury by scoring three goals on the ensuing major penalty to erase a three-goal deficit.The San Jose Sharks ...

Disputed call sparks Sharks comeback and leaves Vegas angry

Hockey 04/24/19, 02:17

Joe Pavelski's head slammed to the ice, blood pooling nearby after he took an awkward fall following cross-check by Cody Eakin.As Pavelski was helped to the locker room by his teammates, the officials huddled to decide what sort of punishment to dole out after not initially making a penalty call ...

Invigorated after Game 7 win, Bruins look to Blue Jackets

Hockey 04/24/19, 01:28

The Bruins needed performances from up and down their roster to outlast the Toronto Maples Leafs in yet another seven-game slugfest between the Original Six franchises.Boston will literally have just a day to enjoy its 5-1 win over Toronto in Game 7 on Tuesday night, with their Eastern Conference semifinals ...