Men's hockey

Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) and Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) shove each other at the goal during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
April 14, 2019 - 4:59 pm
It wasn't long after celebrating Craig Smith's overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville's playoff series against Dallas. "There are no easy shifts out there, no easy games and no easy plays," he said. "It's hand-to-hand combat out there." Subban and the Central...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) stops a shot by New York Islanders' Jordan Eberle (7) during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 14, 2019 - 3:09 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Islanders are on the cusp of just their second playoff series win in more than a quarter-century. Jordan Eberle scored for the third straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots and the Islanders rolled to a 4-1 victory over the stunned Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday...
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate Gabriel Landeskog (92) during overtime of an NHL hockey playoff game in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 14, 2019 - 3:23 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon came through in the clutch for the Colorado Avalanche — and again showed why he's one of the NHL's best players. A force all night, MacKinnon scored 8:27 into overtime as the Avalanche tied their first-round series with the Calgary Flames at a game apiece...
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Minnesota-Duluth players celebrate a 3-0 victory over Massachusetts in the NCAA Frozen Four men's college hockey championship game Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
April 14, 2019 - 1:40 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Scott Sandelin acknowledged having his doubts through several low points of the season as to whether his Minnesota Duluth players were motivated enough to repeat as college hockey champions. On Saturday, the Bulldogs coach could finally breathe easy after getting his answer...
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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save off his chest during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
April 14, 2019 - 12:09 am
BOSTON (AP) — Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri temporarily went to the locker room after a knee-on-knee hit from Jake DeBrusk in the second period. When Kadri retaliated late in the third, he was done for good. Kadri drew a game misconduct for cross-checking DeBrusk in the face , leading to Boston's...
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Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the Dallas Stars in overtime of Game 2 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 13, 2019 - 10:33 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith has a knack for timely goals in the playoffs, and he helped the Nashville Predators avoid a very big hole heading to Dallas. Smith scored five minutes into overtime to give the Predators a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday, tying the first-round...
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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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Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with defenseman David Savard (58) during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Friday, April 12, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 13, 2019 - 2:58 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL's best team, lost their first two playoff games at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets and are vulnerable without their top scorer for Game 3. Winnipeg lost its first two at home, leaving the Jets fighting for their postseason relevance as that...
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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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