Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 - 11:03 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot 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 playoff series on Thursday night. The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist...
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with the bench during the second period of Game 1 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 27, 2017 - 10:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into...
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with the bench during the second period of Game 1 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 27, 2017 - 10:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into...
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New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) runs over Ottawa Senators defenseman Ben Harpur as he checks Senators center Kyle Turris, right, during the second 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 27, 2017 - 10:27 pm
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot 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 playoff series on Thursday night. The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist...
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Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm, right, of Sweden, and teammate Pekka Rinne, of Finland, celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 27, 2017 - 12:45 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One nifty little flip by Vernon Fiddler provided a big lift for the Nashville Predators on a rough night. Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2017, file photo, Boston Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy works behind the bench in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals. The Bruins said on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, it will drop the interim tag and Cassidy will return next season as the team's head coach. Cassidy replaced Claude Julien in February and helped the team return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
April 26, 2017 - 9:18 am
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Cassidy replaced Claude Julien, the winningest coach in the history of the Original Six...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Washington. To get to their first Eastern Conference final in the past decade, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will have to go through the Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins, who have quite simply had their number in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 25, 2017 - 4:23 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin's way again. Of course. Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals' best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a summer of...
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San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones kneels on the ice as Edmonton Oilers' David Desharnais celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Oilers won 4-3. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 25, 2017 - 3:44 pm
After the Washington Capitals lost a double-overtime heartbreaker in the first round, Brooks Orpik just wanted to eat some food and go home to sleep. A playoff veteran, Orpik knew it would be better to get another workout in and take care of his 36-year-old body before leaving the arena. "You get...
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This Feb. 17, 2017 photo shows Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel on the ice during an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio. The leading goal scorer in the first round of the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Phil Kessel. It was the wiry 22-year-old rookie who uses smarts to make for what he lacks in size. Meet Jake Guenztel, who hardly seems intimidated by playoff stage. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
April 25, 2017 - 2:46 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel was surrounded. Boxed in, really. Three Blue Jackets were within a stick's reach of the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie as Guentzel stood just off to the side of the Columbus goal. It was overtime of Game 3 of a physical first-round series. Guentzel did have one advantage...
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Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matt Martin (15) hits Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Toronto on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 24, 2017 - 5:52 pm
Knowing Kevin Shattenkirk wasn't in their long-term plans, the St. Louis Blues traded the talented defenseman and braced for the immediate blow to their playoff hopes. That never happened. The Blues actually got better without him. When the Blues dealt the pending free agent at the trade deadline,...
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