Stanley Cup Playoffs

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson (51) blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russia, during the third period in Game 4 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 2-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 04, 2017 - 12:35 pm
Nothing says sacrifice for a hockey team like blocking a shot, no matter how dangerous. Ian Laperriere took a puck to the face during the Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final and was heralded as a hero, even though post-concussion symptoms blamed on the blow ended his career the following fall...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) begins to celebrate with Alex Ovechkin (8) as Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) skates to the locker room following a 3-2 Penguins win in Game 4 of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 04, 2017 - 9:42 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against the...
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Anaheim Ducks celebrate their overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers during Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. Anaheim won 4-3. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 04, 2017 - 2:52 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf was a one-man wrecking crew at a big moment for the Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf scored twice and assisted on two goals, including Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner 45 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks topped the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 4 of their second-round...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) begins to celebrate with Alex Ovechkin (8) as Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) skates to the locker room following a 3-2 Penguins win in Game 4 of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 03, 2017 - 11:57 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against the...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) takes a hit from Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. Crosby left the game and did not return. The Capitals won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 02, 2017 - 3:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby walked around the Pittsburgh Penguins practice facility on Tuesday, trying to encourage his teammates as they prepared to go forward in their increasingly caustic playoff series against Washington without their captain and the game's most indispensable player. The...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) is helped off the ice after being injured during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 02, 2017 - 9:24 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players did not return and his status for Wednesday's...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) is helped off the ice after being injured during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 02, 2017 - 8:14 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players did not return and his status for Wednesday's...
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May 01, 2017 - 8:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series against Washington after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The Penguins were in Washington's end of the ice when Niskanen crosschecked Crosby across the face with his...
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Canadian country singer Brett Kissel holds his faulty microphone asking the crowd to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the start of the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey round two playoff hockey game in Edmonton, Sunday, April 30, 2017. The U.S. national anthem got a unique rendition before the game when the microphone didn't work. Kissel attempted twice to sing the anthem before throwing his hands in the air and encouraging the crowd to sing with him. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 01, 2017 - 5:13 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oh, say, can you sing the U.S. national anthem from memory? If not, there are about 18,000 Edmonton Oilers hockey fans who could give you a lesson. A malfunctioning microphone put Canadian country singer Brett Kissel on the spot inside Rogers Place on Sunday night before...
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, watches from the bench next to defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. Holtby was pulled from the game after the second period. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
May 01, 2017 - 2:17 am
Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. What was said? Matt Niskanen called it "none of your business," Alex Ovechkin insisted "it stays between us,"...
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