Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 11, 2017 - 12:41 pm
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin finished the playoffs playing through a lower-body injury that required pain-numbing injections. The Russian Hockey Federation announced the injury Thursday, saying Ovechkin would not be able to play at the world championships in Europe because of it. It was...
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May 11, 2017 - 11:10 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins' bid to defend their Stanley Cup title for an opportunity to build the Buffalo Sabres into contenders as general manager. The Sabres hired the Penguins associate GM on Thursday to lead a franchise that owner Terry Pegula...
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May 11, 2017 - 10:19 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres hired Pittsburgh Penguins associate general manager Jason Botterill on Thursday to oversee a franchise that owner Terry Pegula criticized for lacking structure and discipline. Botterill takes over three weeks after Tim Murray was fired, and one day after...
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May 11, 2017 - 10:10 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have hired Pittsburgh Penguins associate general manager Jason Botterill to oversee a franchise that owner Terry Pegula criticized for lacking structure and discipline. Botterill takes over three weeks after Tim Murray was fired, and one day after Pittsburgh...
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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 town known as Music City has grabbed hold of the Nashville Predators with stars lining up to sing the national anthem or sing with the house band. Reaching the first Western Conference final in franchise history is spreading hockey fever far beyond the arena walls and the team’s loyal fans, sprouting Predators’ flags on front porches with upcoming opponents televised at barbecue joints. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 11, 2017 - 8:47 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The place known as Smashville is ready for its close-up. The Nashville Predators have reached their first Western Conference final in franchise history and that has spread hockey fever far beyond their arena and the team's loyal legion of fans. Stars from Carrie Underwood to...
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The Anaheim Ducks celebrate s 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 11, 2017 - 3:41 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart opponent and finished a series strong. "I wouldn...
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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) and right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), from Sweden, celebrate with center Nick Bonino (13) after Hornqvist's goal during the third period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Penguins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 11, 2017 - 2:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their strongest 60-minute performance yet thanks...
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Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie celebrates after scoring during the third 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 - 1:52 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons. So when he found a patch of open ice during the third period Wednesday night, Ritchie could let fly with a...
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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) and right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), from Sweden, celebrate with center Nick Bonino (13) after Hornqvist's goal during the third period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Penguins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 11, 2017 - 12:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the...
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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) and right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), from Sweden, celebrate with center Nick Bonino (13) after Hornqvist's goal during the third period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Penguins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 10, 2017 - 11:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the...
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