Hurricanes stun defending champion Capitals in 2OT in Game 7

Sports 04/24/19, 22:45

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 final minutes of ...

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 ...

Major penalty video review debate reignited in playoffs

Sports 04/24/19, 18:07

NHL players and coaches were split Wednesday on whether changes are needed to video review protocol a day after a major penalty played a dramatic role in San Jose's Game 7 victory over Vegas.Cody Eakin was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and injuring Joe Pavelski in the third period, ...

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 ...

Part of Seattle’s NHL future is honoring its hockey past

Hockey 04/24/19, 01:25

Walking into the preview center for the new NHL franchise coming to Seattle is a sensory overload of pictures and video giving a peek at what is going to arrive in the 2021-22 season when the team begins play in its flashy new arena.For those in charge of the franchise, ...

O’Reilly’s luck turns and so do fortunes of the Blues

Sports 04/24/19, 01:17

When the St. Louis Blues traded for Ryan O'Reilly in the offseason, they received an All-Star caliber player still seeking postseason success.He fit right in with a franchise still seeking its first Stanley Cup after 52 years of existence.While neither has found what they are looking for yet, they are ...

The name on the back matters: NHL is now marketing its stars

Sports 04/24/19, 00:58

Connor McDavid is eager to shrug off personal stats, awards and achievements and put the focus on his team in Edmonton.Yet there he is on the cover of a video game or in a commercial for a bank.Auston Matthews is the face of the franchise in Toronto. But he also ...

Sharks rally from down 3 in 3rd, beat Vegas in OT in Game 7

Hockey 04/24/19, 00:55

Barclay Goodrow scored 18:19 into overtime to send San Jose into the second round of the playoffs with a wild 5-4 win in Game 7 on Tuesday night.The Sharks erased a three-goal deficit by scoring four times on a disputed major penalty in the third period and Vegas tied it ...

Goodrow’s OT goal caps Sharks 5-4 Game 7 win vs. Vegas

Sports 04/24/19, 00:35

Barclay Goodrow scored 18:19 into overtime to send San Jose into the second round of the playoffs with a 5-4 win Tuesday night, capping a wild Game 7 that featured the Sharks erasing a three-goal deficit by scoring four times on a disputed major penalty in the third period and ...

Murray scored 23 in Nuggets’ 108-90 romp of Spurs

Sports 04/23/19, 23:02

Jamal Murray's 23 points led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver routed the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 Tuesday night to move within one win of their first playoff series triumph in a decade.Up 3 games to 2, the Nuggets can wrap up the series Thursday night in San Antonio, ...

Canada’s Stanley Cup drought reaches 26 years

Hockey 04/23/19, 22:31

Many current NHL players were either not yet born or too young to remember the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. The drought now stands at 26 years after all three Canadian teams were eliminated in the opening round of the 2018-19 playoffs.The Boston Bruins defeated Toronto ...

Early goals help lift Bruins beat Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

Sports 04/23/19, 20:54

Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.Marcus Johansson added his first goal of the postseason for ...

Vegas coach Gallant calls Sharks counterpart a ‘clown’

Sports 04/23/19, 16:01

The animosity between Vegas and San Jose spilled over to the coaches before Game 7.Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant called his counterpart Peter DeBoer a "clown" at the morning skate before Tuesday's decisive game in the first-round series. Gallant was upset that DeBoer had accused him a day earlier of ...

Defending champion Caps face ‘Mr. Game 7’ and the Hurricanes

Sports 04/23/19, 15:32

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 as ...

/CP survey: NHL players dislike delay of game rule

Sports 04/23/19, 12:00

The Associated Press and The Canadian Press surveyed an NHL Players' Association representative or alternate representative from all 31 teams on several questions related to the state of the game. While the players polled love 3-on-3 overtime, results were mixed when it came to which rules they don't like.Q: Do ...

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