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Columbus Blue Jackets watch the from the bench during the final seconds of the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 05, 2019 - 12:54 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins. But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it's not going to occur on home ice in Game 6. "Things happen for a reason, and I truly believe that — we'll be back here (in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media before a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings, in Raleigh, N.C. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the potential that the seventh- and eighth-seeded teams meet in each conference final. This is the world Commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned when the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005 after a year-long lockout. Bettman prefers to call it “competitive balance,” and it’s the thing he trumpets the most about the state of the league where almost anyone can win the Stanley Cup in a given season. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
May 05, 2019 - 11:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep. "Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the...
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Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist (70), of Sweden, during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in St. Louis. Also defending for the Stars is Jason Dickinson (16). The Stars won 2-1 and lead the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 04, 2019 - 3:23 pm
The St. Louis Blues have been playing desperate hockey all of 2019 — since being in last place at the start of January and making an incredible comeback to make the playoffs. Now they are trailing in the postseason for the first time, down 3-2 in their second-round series against the Dallas Stars,...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, Sebastian Aho (20), also of Finland, and Jordan Staal (11) celebrate Aho's goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 11:58 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The formerly last-place Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to knock out their division's best team in seven games. Then they swept the second-best team. Maybe it's time to rethink the significance of those Metropolitan Division standings. The Hurricanes advanced to another...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho scores against New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner while Islanders' Scott Mayfield (24) and Casey Cizikas (53) defend with Adam Pelech during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 8:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz mulled whether to change goaltenders with his team facing elimination before deciding to stick with the reliable Robin Lehner as the starter. By the time he made the switch, the Islanders were down two goals and on their way being swept out...
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, left, makes a stick save of a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon in the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 03, 2019 - 12:16 pm
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon received a text message from a good buddy just before the start of the playoffs. The basic point: Attack and dictate the pace. The speedy Colorado Avalanche forward has taken Sidney Crosby's advice to heart. Credit Crosby with an assist. MacKinnon is humming right now...
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Former New Jersey Devils defensemen Scott Stevens, left, and Ken Daneyko appear on the set of NHL Network in Secaucus, N.J., Monday, April 29, 2019. After teaming up to help the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup three times, retired defensemen Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko are back together on the other side of the camera doing TV at NHL Network. (AP Photo/Stephen Whyno)
May 02, 2019 - 11:43 pm
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — The familiar red-and-black uniforms are gone, replaced by suits and ties, and lapel microphones and pens are in place instead of skates and sticks. On a nearby wall is a reminder of their successes over the years — their names, inscribed with others who have won the Stanley...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, former Detroit Red Wings player Red Kelly stands beside his Canadian stamp during the unveiling of the NHL stamp series featuring defensemen from the original six NHL teams, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Kelly, a defenseman-turned-center whose Hall of Fame career included eight Stanley Cups while playing for Detroit and Toronto, has died, Thursday, May 1, 2019, in Toronto, He was 91. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
May 02, 2019 - 2:42 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly packed several careers into his lifetime — sometimes at the same time. But hockey was always at the heart of the things for the smooth-skating Kelly. Kelly won eight Stanley Cups during a stellar 20-season playing career, moonlighting as a member of...
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour grimaces during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 02, 2019 - 12:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs often. When they do, they stick around for a while. This is just their fourth postseason appearance since 2002, but they reached the Eastern Conference final — at least — in each of their last three appearances and are one...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Bruins 2-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
May 01, 2019 - 11:23 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs. Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in the second round, first second-round game...
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