Stanley Cup Playoffs

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, right, celebrates after scoring against Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette, center, and goalie John Gibson during the first period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 13, 2017 - 1:29 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is taken to the ice by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 12, 2017 - 8:56 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in the playoffs. Ovechkin said he felt something in his hamstring late in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2009, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, sits on the boards in the finals seconds of Game 7 of the team's NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington. The Penguins won 6-2, eliminating the Capitals from the playoffs. Another Game 7 for the Washington Capitals. Another step into the breach for a fan base snakebitten by decades of missed opportunities. The Capitals face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 7 Wednesday night, May 10. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
May 12, 2017 - 6:13 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The aftermath of the Washington Capitals' all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time. No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss , in seven games in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because some if not many of...
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New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (65) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 12, 2017 - 4:34 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first two rounds of the playoffs engaging in high-stakes games of rope-a-dope with Columbus and Washington, absorbing some hits, avoiding others and counterpunching brilliantly to get halfway to a second straight Stanley Cup. A very different...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is taken to the ice by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 12, 2017 - 11:54 am
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in the playoffs. Ovechkin says he felt something in his hamstring during Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the...
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Germany's goalkeeper Thomas Greiss watches disappointed under his mask during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Germany and Russia at the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Monday, May 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
May 12, 2017 - 2:37 am
Growing up in Germany where they couldn't see full NHL games, Philipp Grubauer and his friends saved up their money to buy "Don Cherry's Rock'Em Sock'Em Hockey" DVDs just to get a glimpse of the best hockey in the world. It was far easier for Germans to watch native son Leon Draisaitl record a hat...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette, top left, talks with assistant coach Kevin McCarthy during the team's 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Nashville, Tenn. Laviolette is just the third coach since the NHL split its playoffs between conferences in 1994 to take three different teams to a conference final, joining Ken Hitchcock (Dallas, Philadelphia and St. Louis) and Darryl Sutter (Chicago, Calgary and Los Angeles). If the Predators get past Anaheim in the Western Conference finals, which start Friday night, he would be the first in that span to take three different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 12, 2017 - 2:30 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peter Laviolette is not one to waste precious time reflecting on how he feels about taking his third different NHL team to the conference finals. The coach is too busy trying to help the Nashville Predators bring the Stanley Cup championship to Music City. "We're excited to...
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Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 11, 2017 - 11:21 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic...
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Newly hired Buffalo Sabres' General Manager Jason Botterill, center, displays his Sabres jersey at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Botterill is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins to take over a team that owner Terry Pegula, left, criticized for lacking structure and discipline. At right is Kim Pegula, Terry Pegula wife, (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
May 11, 2017 - 8:41 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill has no second thoughts over leaving the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins while they are in the midst of yet another playoff run. The lure of returning to the Buffalo Sabres, an organization with which Botterill ended his playing career, and opportunity to...
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Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 11, 2017 - 6:39 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic...
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