Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, waves to fans as he leaves the ice after his team defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 08, 2017 - 2:57 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators may have been the last team in the Western Conference this postseason. Now they're the NHL's first team to reach a conference final. And the Predators believe they're only halfway through. "The expectation is the Stanley Cup," Nashville defenseman P.K...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrates scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates, Lars Eller (20) Tom Wilson (43), Kevin Shattenkirk (22), and Nate Schmidt (88), during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 08, 2017 - 2:22 am
Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of "FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but he allowed four goals on 32 shots...
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Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 08, 2017 - 12:02 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers bounced back from a tough loss in the last game with a resounding win, and put the pressure on the Anaheim Ducks. Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the Oilers cruised to a 7-1 victory over...
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Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game six of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 07, 2017 - 10:36 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. Zach Kassian and...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates with teammates after they defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 10:26 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history. Yes, the team that plays in a place called "...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates with teammates after they defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 7:43 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen celebrated his game-winning goal with a windmill fist pump, and the Nashville Predators finished off the rest of a thrilling third period with the standing-room only crowd on their feet anticipating history. Yes, the team that plays in a place called "...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 6:04 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games. The Predators won their ninth...
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 07, 2017 - 5:58 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games. The Predators won their ninth...
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Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the fifth period in overtime in Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 06, 2017 - 3:53 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been preparing for these moments for their entire adult lives. Nearly 14 years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted them together, they've built a mental connection that remains indelible through any playoff pressure or defensive determination. So...
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