Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 - 12:05 pm
The Los Angeles Kings will name associate head coach John Stevens their next head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement had not been made, said Stevens will be...
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Edmonton Oilers players celebrate on the bench after a 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks 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 - 4:30 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Winning the Connor McDavid lottery two years ago was the key moment in the turnaround for an Edmonton Oilers team that had spent most of a decade at the bottom of the standings. But after McDavid put together an NHL-leading 100-point season to lead Edmonton back to the...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, controls the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Saad defends during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 21, 2017 - 10:13 am
Any time Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby goes over the boards, everyone in the arena is watching and waiting for something special to happen. From the opposing bench, tireless efforts have gone into preventing that. Nothing gets more attention in the Stanley Cup playoffs than a...
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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a diving save on a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the first period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 21, 2017 - 2:33 am
The sight of Braden Holtby charging out of his net clearly flustered Mitch Marner. With the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie busting out of the penalty box and in all alone, the Washington Capitals goaltender made a split-second decision to abandon his crease and slide to knock the puck away from Marner...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shakes hands with Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) after a 5-2 Penguins win in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 21, 2017 - 2:30 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt Murray. Now he's the most important...
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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 Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne stopped 30 shots as the Predators won 4-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 21, 2017 - 2:28 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Now that they've swept the Western Conference's top seed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round. The Predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round...
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