Stanley Cup Playoffs

Vegas Golden Knights' Brayden McNabb (3) celebrates after scoring a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 05, 2019 - 2:48 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights got a measure of revenge five months removed from a controversial playoff loss that ended their season. Tomas Nosek scored two goals and had an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and Vegas beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Friday night. "It doesn'...
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Dallas Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera (5) skates past as Boston Bruins forward Brett Ritchie (18) is congratulated by forward Jake DeBrusk (74) after scoring a goal during the first period an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
October 03, 2019 - 11:27 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Brett Ritchie scored on his first shift against his former team barely a minute into the game and the Boston Bruins opened defense of their Eastern Conference title with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Danton Heinen had a power-play goal in the first period and...
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Carolina Hurricanes left wing Warren Foegele (13) jumps onto the glass while celebrating with teammates following an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Carolina won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
October 03, 2019 - 10:53 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes rode a second-half surge all the way to the Eastern Conference final last season. They started their follow-up season with a strong finish to their first game. Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped three shots in the tiebreaker and...
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FILe - In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Washington. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey’s middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly are finding it increasingly difficult to land guaranteed contracts and are oftentimes forced to go to training camp on professional tryout agreements. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:56 pm
Stanley Cup-winning experience isn't worth what it used to be. Neither is experience of any kind. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey's middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, carries the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Tarasenko is thankful for the internet because it allows his grandfather back home in Russia to watch NHL games. Starting this season, Tarasenko’s grandfather and the rest of Russia will be able to watch every single regular-season and playoff game. The NHL is expanding its reach into Russia with a new streaming agreement with Yandex that will more than triple the amount of games broadcast there. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
September 18, 2019 - 6:39 pm
St. Louis had better dig in for its repeat bid. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues will have their hands full in the Western Conference, which seems to have a slew of contenders. And, every team in the entire league is going to give the Blues its best shot each game. "There's going to be a...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team general manager Paul Fenton smiles during an introductory news conference in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild have fired Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the once-promising core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline. Wild owner Craig Leipold said he told Fenton of his dismissal on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 shortly before the team made the surprising late-summer announcement. (Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune via AP, file)
July 30, 2019 - 7:14 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Less than 15 months after hiring Paul Fenton as general manager, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed his mind. Still confident he has a contending team, Leipold decided to fire Fenton on Tuesday despite the unusual late-summer timing to try to redirect the franchise...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson right, watches as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. The Devils are doing all they can to make sure Hall re-signs long term rather than leaving in free agency next summer. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 15, 2019 - 2:23 am
After the New Jersey Devils acquired P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall texted Ray Shero a green checkmark. "Like, 'Check that box off,'" Shero said. "I guess that's good." The Devils have a much longer checklist to complete to convince Hall to re-sign and not leave as a free agent next summer. There is no...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin carries the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL hockey game, in Columbus, Ohio. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
July 02, 2019 - 3:08 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets watched three of their best players leave for other teams on the opening day of free agency and did relatively little to fill the holes. When the dust settled after Monday's comings and goings, many questions remained about whether general manager...
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July 01, 2019 - 3:01 pm
The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 2:45 p.m. The Montreal Canadiens have tendered an offer sheet to Carolina Hurricanes restricted free agent forward Sebastian Aho. The offer sheet is worth $42.27 million over five years, an annual salary cap hit of $8.54 million. If Carolina does...
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June 29, 2019 - 2:22 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Terry Pegula leaned into the table and got directly to the heart of the matter when assessing the more downs than ups he has experienced over eight-plus years of owning the Buffalo Sabres. "The one thing I think about is it's time to start winning. That's why we'...
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