Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 28, 2017 - 5:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the difference between winning and losing is a puck shot from behind the goal line that goes in off his helmet, all Henrik Lundqvist can do is shake his head. Among the hundreds of decisions and 41 saves he made against the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers goaltender...
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, and Jake Guentzel (59) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 28, 2017 - 4:50 pm
A chorus of boos greeted the announcement of Sidney Crosby's first goal in Game 1 at the Washington Capitals. During the announcement of his second, the red-rocking Washington Capitals crowd was silent. There's no place like road for the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams in the Stanley Cup...
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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) celebrates with center Derick Brassard (19) after the Senators defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 during Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 27, 2017 - 11:58 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson was hoping for a good bounce. He got a great one. Karlsson's shot from an almost impossible angle beat Henrik Lundqvist with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round...
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