Stanley Cup Playoffs

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland, is congratulated after scoring the go-ahead goal during the third period in Game 3 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 16, 2017 - 11:13 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals. The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2017 file photo, country music star Carrie Underwood performs the national anthem before Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood is the wife of Predators center Mike Fisher. The longtime anthem singer at Nashville Predators hockey games has sour grapes over being replaced in the Stanley Cup playoffs by superstar singers such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 16, 2017 - 2:44 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The longtime anthem singer at Nashville Predators hockey games has sour grapes over being replaced in the Stanley Cup playoffs by superstar singers such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Dennis K. Morgan, who has sung at about 185 Predator...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel, center, celebrates with teammates Evgeni Malkin (71) and Chris Kunitz (14) after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar)
May 16, 2017 - 12:17 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument." If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out. Enter Phil Kessel, the mercurial forward with the blistering shot and occasionally blistering tongue...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel, center, celebrates with teammates Evgeni Malkin (71) and Chris Kunitz (14) after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar)
May 15, 2017 - 11:02 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their Eastern Conference final against Ottawa with a 1-0 victory in Game 2 on Monday night. Phil Kessel beat Craig Anderson with a wrist shot 13:05 into the third period as...
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Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan, left, celebrates with teammates Mark Stone (61) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 15, 2017 - 2:23 am
Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and...
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Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates with Josh Manson (42) and Ryan Kesler (17) after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 14, 2017 - 11:39 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver of room over Rinne's shoulder. "So I just...
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Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm (14) collides with Anaheim Ducks' Ondrej Kase (86) as they battle for the puck by the goal during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 14, 2017 - 10:29 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Sunday night. Jakob Silfverberg, Sami...
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Ottawa Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau, right, celebrates with goalie Craig Anderson after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the overtime period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 14, 2017 - 5:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn't an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. "A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ourselves,"...
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Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan (9) scores [ast Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) after getting by Olli Maatta (3) during the overtime period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 13, 2017 - 11:46 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — By his own estimate, it took Ottawa's Bobby Ryan a full 82 games to adjust to first-year coach Guy Boucher's system. Consider the forward all caught up. The rest of the consistently surprising Senators, too. Ryan broke in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and deked the Pittsburgh goalie...
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Ottawa Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates with teammates Mark Stone (61) and Bobby Ryan (9) after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 13, 2017 - 10:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bobby Ryan beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway 4:59 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ryan took control near center ice and raced by Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta...
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