NHL hockey

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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New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner, of Sweden, eyes the puck as teammate defenseman Devon Toews (25) blocks Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 01, 2019 - 6:12 am
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — A sign hangs above the door between the locker room and the ice at the New York Islanders' practice facility that reads, "GET BETTER TODAY." It carries a powerful double meaning for Robin Lehner, who before the season disclosed his struggles with mental illness and is now a...
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FILE - At left, in an April 6, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney keeps his eyes on the puck after making a save during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. At right, in a Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) deflects a shot on goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in New York. The Carolina Hurricanes might face the first goalie dilemma of these playoffs. Which one gives them the best chance to take a 3-0 series lead against the Islanders _ a healthy and rested Curtis McElhinney, or a day-to-day Petr Mrazek ? (AP Photo/File)
April 30, 2019 - 12:27 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rod Brind'Amour considers himself lucky to have two goalies he trusts. It looks like he is turning to the second one. The first legitimate goalie dilemma of the playoffs belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes, now that starter Petr Mrazek is dealing with a lower body injury that...
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Colorado Avalanche's Colin Wilson (22) celebrates his goal with Tyson Barrie (4), right, against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 29, 2019 - 11:12 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has developed a reputation as forward thinking. Easy to understand why: He's constantly thinking as a forward. His father was an NHL forward. As a kid, he was a forward. And now he's chipping in on offense much like a forward. Barrie has a...
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Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) shoots to score a goal against San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 29, 2019 - 3:23 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson took the puck behind his own net and went on the type of end-to-end rush that has made him one of the NHL's most dynamic defensemen. Even though Karlsson's rush didn't lead to a goal and came in San Jose's 4-3 loss in Game 2 to Colorado, it encouraged the...
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