Stanley Cup Playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) 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 10, 2017 - 10:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury turned back the clock with a brilliant 29-save shutout, Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The defending champion Penguins...
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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 10, 2017 - 5:33 pm
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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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 10, 2017 - 3:12 am
The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on...
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Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone (61) and Erik Karlsson (65) celebrate with teammates during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 10, 2017 - 2:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Senators have goals this season beyond the Eastern Conference finals. Still, Ottawa planned to enjoy the achievement for a night before getting back to work. After all, it's been a while. Karlsson had a goal and an assist to help the Senators reached the third...
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New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) and Ottawa Senators' Alex Burrows (14) fights for control of the puck 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 10, 2017 - 12:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made...
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New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) and Ottawa Senators' Alex Burrows (14) fights for control of the puck 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 09, 2017 - 10:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their second-round series Tuesday night. Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone scored in the first period to power Ottawa to a...
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The country group Lady Antebellum performs the national anthem before Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. From left to right, are: Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 09, 2017 - 3:06 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators' playoff drive is resulting in a change of venue for the annual CMT Music Awards. CMT announced Tuesday that the June 7 telecast of its awards show will take place at Nashville's Music City Center rather than Bridgestone Arena, the home of the...
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Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 08, 2017 - 11:42 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the season...
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Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 08, 2017 - 10:31 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffs and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night to force a Game 7 in their taut Eastern Conference semifinal. John Carlson and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino (13) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, in Pittsburgh. With one head-snap motion, Nick Bonino drew the ire of the hockey world and put a spotlight on the sport’s dirty little secret of embellishment. Bonino sold a high-sticking penalty against Washington’s T.J. Oshie when replays showed the Pittsburgh forward was never hit in the face late in Game 4, and it worked. The Penguins got a power play and held on to win as the Capitals couldn’t get a 6-on-5 by pulling their goaltender. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 08, 2017 - 5:59 pm
With one head-snap motion, Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins reminded everyone about hockey's dirty little secret of embellishment. Not the same kind of player flopping that occurs in, say, the NBA, and it's certainly not done at the same volume seen in soccer, where diving is used effectively...
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