Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90), left to right, celebrates with right wing Justin Williams (14) centre Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) and left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during overtime of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Toronto on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The Washington Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Sunday to capture the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series in six games. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 24, 2017 - 3:58 pm
It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL's divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round. For the second consecutive year, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals after they...
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Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur (16) celebrates his goal with teammate Bobby Ryan (9) as Boston Bruins' Riley Nash (20) looks on during overtime in game six of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Boston. The Senators won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 24, 2017 - 2:47 am
BOSTON (AP) — After five extra periods in four overtime games, the Ottawa Senators will get a chance to rest before meeting the New York Rangers in the second round of the NHL playoffs. They'll need it. The Senators eliminated Boston with a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series on...
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FILE- In this April 20, 2017, file photo, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, gloves a Chicago Blackhawks shot during the third period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Nashville, Tenn. The St. Louis Blues will face the Predators in semifinal round of the NHL hockey play off series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 23, 2017 - 6:20 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. Their reward? The St. Louis Blues, fresh off downing the West's second-best team with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild that...
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Nashville Predators players celebrate after Roman Josi scored a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 23, 2017 - 5:14 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. Their reward? The St. Louis Blues, fresh off downing the West's second-best team with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild that...
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Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) blocks a goal attempt by San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) during the second period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
April 23, 2017 - 3:38 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After going through the handshake line of an early playoff loss, an emotional Patrick Marleau stood by the San Jose bench and looked up at the crowd at the Shark Tank. The end of another season in San Jose could be the end of an era after the Sharks were eliminated in Game 6...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens stands behind his bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings will name Stevens their next head coach. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as a Kings assistant and then associate coach for the past eight seasons, which included two Stanley Cups. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 23, 2017 - 12:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have promoted associated head coach John Stevens to become their next head coach. Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the team will introduce Stevens at a news conference Monday. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as an assistant to two Kings head...
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