Men's hockey

FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) handles the puck as Vegas Golden Knights' Cody Eakin (21) gives chase in the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Dallas. Teenagers Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars and Andrei Svechnikov of the Carolina Hurricanes and early 20-somethings Mitch Marner and William Nylander show playoff experience sometimes is overrated. Plenty of youth is being served early in the NHL postseason. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
April 12, 2019 - 2:53 pm
For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his playoff debut with Dallas, 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov tried to carry Carolina back from a big deficit, early 20-...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reacts after giving up a goal to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the third period of 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 12, 2019 - 6:49 am
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round...
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Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler speaks to fans during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. This is scheduled to be Lawler's last regular-season game before retiring. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 10, 2019 - 10:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Lawler called his 3,229th and last regular season game for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. They even obliged his trademark Lawler's Law, which states the first team to 100 points wins. Montrezl Harrell's dunk gave the Clippers that many points near the end of...
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Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) deflects a shot by the Minnesota Wild in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
April 10, 2019 - 6:55 am
DENVER (AP) — Welcome back to the playoffs , New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the postseason after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It's a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov enters Superior Court with his wife, Marta Varlamova, in Torrance, Calif. The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs for domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his eligibility to restored July 1, 2020, based on good behavior. Voynov was suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested for domestic abuse. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, left the United States to go back to Russia and in July had the conviction dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles county. (Brad Graverson//The Orange County Register via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 2:52 pm
The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his...
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FILE - From left are file photos showing NHL hockey player Derick Brassard with the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Jan. 28, 2019, with the Colorado Avalanche on March 9, 2019 and with the Florida Panthers on Feb. 5, 2019. Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran center took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
April 09, 2019 - 10:47 am
Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran center took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. Starting the season with Pittsburgh, Brassard was traded to Florida and spent 10 games with the Panthers before landing in...
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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, right, shakes hands with Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) after presenting the team with the President's Trophy before an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 09, 2019 - 10:00 am
Jon Cooper and Todd Reirden were coaching at the All-Star Game in January when the topic of winning the Presidents' Trophy came up. With Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning cruising toward winning it as the NHL's best team, he asked the Washington coach how to handle it. Reirden was less than helpful. "I...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, hoists the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, in Las Vegas. For once, Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear _ and answer _ so many of those same, old same-olds. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 09, 2019 - 9:04 am
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same olds. Why do you do so well in the regular season and then stumble in the postseason? Why do you play your worst when...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) and Edmonton Oilers' Tobias Rieder (22) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. The Hurricanes have done plenty of unusual things this season, and here is one more: They are preparing for their first playoff series in a decade. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 08, 2019 - 10:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — They traded punches with Evander Holyfield. They dunked a basketball on ice. They flopped around like beached whales. The Carolina Hurricanes have done plenty of unusual things this season, and here is one more: They are preparing for their first playoff series in a decade...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) faces off against New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in New York. The Penguins and Islanders will face each other in a first round playoff series beginning Wednesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 08, 2019 - 1:23 pm
Three of the top seven teams in the NHL are packed into a four-team murderers' row playoff bracket and only one can reach the Eastern Conference final. The Tampa Bay Lightning's reward for finishing 21 points ahead of the rest of the league during the regular season is a first-round matchup against...
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