Stanley Cup Playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) tries to control the puck as he is dropped to the ice by Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, right, during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 13, 2019 - 5:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It doesn't matter which team goes on a power play. The Carolina Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage. Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league's worst —when they're up a man or when they're down...
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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 13, 2019 - 3:27 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture got San Jose started in the opener of the Western Conference final against St. Louis by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. He sealed the win with an empty-net goal, and in between, he did everything else the Sharks needed on both ends of the ice. Just another typical...
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In this April 25, 2019 photo, a pig named Hamilton resides in Raleigh, N.C., with Kyle Eckenrode, right, and fiancee Karoline Briggs; Australian shepherd Zé and eight chickens. The Carolina Hurricanes have not lost at home in the playoffs this year since Hamilton the pig became something of an unofficial mascot. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 2:48 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling at home ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner. Not defenseman Dougie Hamilton — Hamilton the pig. The 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon...
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May 12, 2019 - 7:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — With a five-goal, third-period lead and the Bruins still not done scoring, the crowd in the new Boston Garden began a throaty chant of "We want the Cup!" The next time they see their team, the NHL's championship trophy might be on the line for real. Matt Grzelcyk scored twice — his...
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San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), Timo Meier (28) and Brent Burns (88) celebrate a goal by Meier against the St. Louis Blues in the second period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 12, 2019 - 12:12 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — On a San Jose Sharks team filled with established stars, 22-year-old Timo Meier can get overlooked at times even though he scored 30 goals in the regular season. Meier showed in Game 1 of the Western Conference final that he can be a force in his own right, scoring twice and...
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, back, makes a kick-save of a shot as defenseman Brent Burns, center, and Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog pursue the puck in the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
May 10, 2019 - 6:43 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis' season started to turn around as soon as goalie Jordan Binnington came up from the minors to help lead the Blues from the bottom of the standings. The key moment for their opponent in the Western Conference final came much later in the year when San Jose coach...
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Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) raises his stick as Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, drops to the ice after a goal by Patrice Bergeron during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 10, 2019 - 12:13 am
BOSTON (AP) — The door to the visiting team's penalty box had scarcely slammed shut before the official was opening it again for another Carolina Hurricanes player to serve his punishment. Penalty. Goal. Penalty. Goal. Twenty-eight seconds apart, Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored on...
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The Clubhouse with Kyle Bailey
May 09, 2019 - 6:32 pm
The longtime Sportscenter anchor and host of In The Crease on ESPN+ joined the show to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Hurricanes journey to the Eastern Conference Final.....
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with teammates after the Sharks defeated the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 09, 2019 - 2:39 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ever since Joe Pavelski went down with a gruesome head injury in the first round of the playoffs, the mantra for the San Jose Sharks has been to stay alive in the postseason long enough for their captain to come back to the ice. What a return Pavelski made to send the Sharks...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 08, 2019 - 11:41 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Captain Joe Pavelski made a triumphant return from a gruesome head injury by posting a goal and an assist in the first period that helped send the San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night...
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