Stanley Cup Playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11), Justin Faulk (27) and Justin Williams (14) celebrate Staal's goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 22, 2019 - 11:06 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Williams earned another chance to live up to his nickname. The rest of the Carolina Hurricanes aren't yet ready to end their first playoff appearance in a decade. Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Hurricanes beat the...
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In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith carries out the Stanley Cup during a banner raising ceremony before an NHL hockey game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals in Chicago. In an Associated Press and Canadian Press survey of player representatives from all 31 NHL teams, 48 percent favor changing the current divisional playoff format. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 22, 2019 - 12:13 pm
Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn't mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA...
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San Jose Sharks celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 22, 2019 - 1:23 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. One day later, he clarified it wasn't necessarily a guarantee, but rather...
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Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) and center Noel Acciari (55) after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 21, 2019 - 8:15 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Facing elimination, Boston didn't panic when it fell behind halfway through the first period. The Bruins kept their focus, quickly tied it and took the lead, and then held off the Toronto Maple Leafs to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Brad Marchand had two goals...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, left, during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 21, 2019 - 12:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much went right for the Washington Capitals that the chants from the crowd changed by the shift. Fans chanted for Nicklas Backstrom's four points, Braden Holtby's 30-save shutout, Devante Smith-Pelly's return to the NHL and T.J. Oshie's absence that is arguably the biggest...
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St. Louis Blues' Robby Fabbri, left, and goaltender Jordan Binnington celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 20, 2019 - 11:30 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz knew there would be a silver lining during his struggles in the regular season. The St. Louis forward found it the last two games of the first round of the playoffs. Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the Blues beat the...
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Dallas Stars players celebrate after defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 20, 2019 - 7:23 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The young Dallas Stars have blossomed this postseason, and now their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov are showing just how much damage they can do together. The combination has put the West's first wild card a win away from reaching the second round...
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour watches as Hurricanes' Jordan Martinook (48) takes the ice against the Washington Capitals 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 20, 2019 - 3:21 am
Rod Brind'Amour does not think what he is doing is anything special. Brind'Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at two games...
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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 20, 2019 - 3:16 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matt Duchene is having a splendid time these days. It showed when he skated up to the glass to greet his wife, Ashley, and 3-month-old son Beau during warmups before the Columbus Blue Jackets won their third straight playoff game. Nothing but smiles and "aaaws," a sweet moment...
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Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 3:08 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After getting shut out in the series opener, the Colorado Avalanche clamped down defensively to shut down the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames. Now, the Avalanche are on to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Colin Wilson and Mikko...
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