Stanley Cup Playoffs

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) wins the draw during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buffalo Sabres acquired three centers and two draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2019, in trading O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)
July 02, 2018 - 11:31 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Still stung by the Blues missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, general manager Doug Armstrong capped a major roster overhaul on the first day of the NHL's free-agency period by acquiring center Ryan O'Reilly in a multiplayer trade with the Buffalo Sabres...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, an NHL logo is shown before the start of the first round of the NHL hockey draft, in Sunrise, Fla. The NHL Free Agency period begins at noon Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
July 01, 2018 - 5:31 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 5:30 p.m. After losing John Tavares to Toronto, the New York Islanders have agreed to a four-year, $12 million deal with former Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov. The 31-year-old Komarov had seven goals and 12 assists in 74 games last season. For...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:33 am
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2018 file photo, San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in San Jose, Calif. Couture has agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the Sharks. A person familiar with the deal says the sides reached agreement on the deal Saturday, June 30. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:52 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person told The Associated Press that the deal will become official as soon as Sunday, when Couture is eligible to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
June 29, 2018 - 5:38 pm
The NHL's best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to...
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, gestures while speaking during the Stanley Cup victory celebration on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 21, 2018 - 2:50 am
Alex Ovechkin has already done a "keg stand" with the Stanley Cup, performed shirtless push-ups in a fountain full of teammates and lifted hockey's prestigious trophy so often in joy that it could be considered upper-body training. "That's my summer workout," Ovechkin said with a smile. The Summer...
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Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils poses with the Hart Trophy after winning the trophy at the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 20, 2018 - 11:27 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along. But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept...
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New Jersey Devils' Taylor Hall poses on the red carpet before the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 20, 2018 - 10:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local): 7:15 p.m. New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Hall beat out Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon in a contest between...
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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy during the NHL hockey team's Stanley Cup victory celebration, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the National Mall in Washington. The U.S. Capitol rises in the background. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 12, 2018 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals' unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final bus down the mile-long parade route,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017 file photo Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) listens to referee Garrett Rank (7) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh. Rank, a full-time NHL referee who played only four rounds of golf during the hockey season, was co-medallist at his qualifying site in Georgia and will play his first U.S. Open this week. Rank, of Elmira, Ont., worked 73 games during the regular season and three playoff games in his second NHL season. But his golf resume is just as impressive. He is a three-time Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion and represented Canada at the Pan-Am Games in 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
June 12, 2018 - 12:33 am
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced. No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice. This week is not about blue lines and high-sticking. It's about green fairways and lag putting. Rank's day job ended two months ago when...
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