Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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Nashville Predators players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason. Returning home, they put their deep scoring on display and bounced back with a big victory. Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the...
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April 29, 2017 - 11:31 pm
A few weeks after the New Jersey Devils closed their worst season in nearly 30 years, general manager Ray Shero has something to smile about. "We finally won something," Shero told The Associated Press by phone shortly after the Devils won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday. "It's the first piece of...
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April 29, 2017 - 8:54 pm
The New Jersey Devils bucked the NHL lottery odds, and lady luck wasn't with Las Vegas. New Jersey won the lottery, vaulting four teams including the last-place Colorado Avalanche and expansion Vegas Golden Knights for the right to the first pick in the draft. The Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas...
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A puck shot by St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, slips past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, for a goal during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, April 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 29, 2017 - 5:54 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five. Now the St. Louis Blues are ready to test how the Predators respond to their first loss. "We knew this was...
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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera celebrates his goal with center Leon Draisaitl, top, during the first period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. The Oilers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
April 29, 2017 - 2:20 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — While the Anaheim Ducks dominated the puck and peppered the Edmonton net with shots over the final 2 1/2 periods, Cam Talbot stood tall — when he wasn't sprawling, diving or gloving everything in sight. While Connor McDavid is getting most of the attention during the Oilers'...
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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera celebrates his goal with center Leon Draisaitl, top, during the first period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. The Oilers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
April 29, 2017 - 1:33 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cam Talbot made 39 saves, Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and the Edmonton Oilers moved halfway to the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their second-round series Friday night. Andrej Sekera scored an early goal for the...
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St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russia, skates in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, left, after Tarasenko scored the winning goal during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, April 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-2 to even the series 1-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 29, 2017 - 12:13 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win. Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday...
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