NHL hockey

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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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer stops a shot against the Calgary Flames in the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 16, 2019 - 3:00 pm
DENVER (AP) — This classifies as fun for Frederik Andersen: Protecting a late lead in the third period by leaping out of his net to stop a shot with the handle of his stick. Sticky situation handled. "Doing whatever it takes to save it," the Toronto goaltender explained after the 3-2 win Monday...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan poses before the NHL Awards, in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Los Angeles Kings announced they have hired McLellan as their new head coach. The former Sharks and Oilers coach replaces Willie Desjardins. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 16, 2019 - 2:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Todd McLellan was hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, taking over a two-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise that slumped to the NHL's second-worst record this season. McLellan replaces Willie Desjardins, who wasn't retained after he replaced John...
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russia, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 16, 2019 - 8:35 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A barrage of punches from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin could have an ongoing impact on the reigning Stanley Cup champions' playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ovechkin floored Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a right hook during a fight in the first...
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) leaves the ice after being ejected during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
April 15, 2019 - 3:28 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round of the playoffs for cross-checking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the head. The decision was announced Monday, shortly before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that is knotted 1-1...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, of Russia, gives up a goal as Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, and Josh Anderson watch the play 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 15, 2019 - 2:54 pm
The Tampa Bay Lightning carved out their own slice of NHL history during a dominant regular season in which they tied the league record for most victories. A fourth straight loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, and the Lightning will have a chapter of NHL lore all to themselves. And not...
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