NHL hockey

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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St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) is congratulated by Robby Fabbri (15) and Robert Bortuzzo (41) after his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
April 08, 2019 - 10:57 am
Dead last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues looked like underachievers who cost their head coach his job and wouldn't remain together for long. Then the Blues did the improbable, winning 30 of their final 45 games to become the seventh team since the expansion era began in 1967 to go...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2017 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville speaks at a news conference during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday, April 8, 2019, to coach the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam, File)
April 08, 2019 - 9:51 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It's...
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Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 8:34 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights struggled when they opened the season and wound up in last place in the Western Conference at one point, a humbling stumble for a team that was just a few months removed from a charmed run to the Stanley Cup Final in its first year of existence. With the...
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In this, March 28, 2019, photo, Don Logan, president of the Las Vegas Aviators, stands in front of a new baseball park in Las Vegas. Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 5:12 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city, so the president of the Las Vegas Aviators understands what the Oakland Athletics are going through in their quest for new digs in the Bay Area. After all, he's had sewage in his dugout, too. The...
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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, has his shot deflected by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 07, 2019 - 11:37 pm
Mike Smith and David Rittich helped the Calgary Flames finish first in the Western Conference. Yet there are still questions about how far those goalies can carry their team in the playoffs. Smith and Rittich sounds more like a law firm than the goaltending tandem anyone expected the NHL's second-...
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Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, top, Sam Reinhart (23), Zemgus Girgensons (28) and Kyle Okposo (21) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. "Today certainly wasn't an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there. We were very...
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Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 07, 2019 - 3:56 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Tom Wilson tries not to read everything about him on social media. You'd think being on the receiving end of endless tweets and messages that are, well, not suitable for work would be reason enough to skip them. But Wilson can't just ignore it all because sometimes it goes...
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