Men's hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 20, 2019 - 12:16 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matt Duchene is having a splendid time these days. It showed when he skated up to the glass to greet his wife, Ashley, and 3-month-old son Beau during warmups before the Columbus Blue Jackets won their third straight playoff game. Nothing but smiles and "aaaws," a sweet moment...
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Steve Yzerman answers a question during an NHL hockey news conference where he was introduced as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Detroit. Yzerman returns to Detroit where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in Detroit. Now...
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A partially covered statue of singer Kate Smith is seen near the Wells Fargo Center, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Flyers covered the statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” from their library. They say several songs performed by Smith “contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization.” (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
April 19, 2019 - 9:57 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are covering a statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." Flyers officials said Friday they...
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Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm, right, celebrates his goal with left wing Johnny Gaudreau during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 19, 2019 - 12:19 am
DENVER (AP) — Summoning Johnny Hockey! His scoring prowess is required ASAP. After a 99-point regular season, Calgary All-Star forward Johnny Gaudreau has been held to a single assist and just 12 shots against Colorado. It is a big reason why the top-seeded Flames trail the Avalanche 3-1 in a first...
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, rear second from left, and assistant Sergei Gonchar, left, stand behind their bench as Evgeni Malkin (71) waits to take the ice, during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 18, 2019 - 7:32 pm
Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. "They just shut us right down," Bowman said. "We...
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 4-3 win during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 18, 2019 - 1:26 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby walks from reporters after talking with them in the practice facility locker room before leaving for the off season two days after being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at their practice facility in Cranberry Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
April 18, 2019 - 12:27 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford's question was rhetorical. The answer — whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at — will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. "Are guys too content with where...
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot beside San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during the first period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 17, 2019 - 4:04 pm
The Vegas Golden Knights are on the brink of reaching the second round for the second time in their two-year history. A year after advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, the Golden Knights are one win away from moving past the San Jose Sharks in the postseason...
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The New York Islanders celebrate at the end of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, and swept the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 16, 2019 - 11:52 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The expectations were modest at first. The New York Islanders simply wanted to be better than the team that allowed the most goals in the NHL in 2017-18. Tougher to play against. Smarter on both ends of the ice. Momentum built slowly. A midseason surge under new head coach Barry...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russia, and Brandon Dubinsky celebrate their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 7-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 16, 2019 - 11:50 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning's high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game. The Blue Jackets' goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire...
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