Stanley Cup Playoffs

Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of Game 3 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 16, 2019 - 2:13 am
DALLAS (AP) — Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne withstood a flurry of shots when the Dallas Stars had an extended power play in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage. Then came his incredible save with the game tied midway through the third before the Predators got the game-winner. Rinne...
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russia, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 15, 2019 - 11:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A barrage of punches from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin could have an ongoing impact on the reigning Stanley Cup champions' playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ovechkin floored Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a right hook during a fight in the first...
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the second period of an NHL playoff hockey game in Toronto on Monday, April 15, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 11:51 pm
TORONTO (AP) — With the Toronto Maple Leafs back home, Auston Matthews finally broke through against Boston. Matthews scored his first goal of the postseason and set up another as the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Warren Foegele (13), right, and Washington Capitals' Jakub Vrana (13), of the Czech Republic, skate during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 15, 2019 - 10:50 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes waited 10 long years to finally bring the playoffs back to town. They almost seemed determined to cram a decade's worth of goals and hits into one game. Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Dougie Hamilton also scored twice and the...
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) leaves the ice after being ejected during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
April 15, 2019 - 6:28 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round of the playoffs for cross-checking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the head. The decision was announced Monday, shortly before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that is knotted 1-1...
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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 - 10:23 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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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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