Stanley Cup Playoffs

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, Europe coach Ralph Krueger speaks during a news conference at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have hired Krueger to become their next head coach. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday night, May 14, 2019, because the team has not announced the hiring. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 8:59 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ralph Krueger is returning to North America to coach the Buffalo Sabres in a bid to turn around the once-proud franchise in the midst of an eight-year playoff drought. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sabres have hired Krueger as coach. The...
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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) defends the goal against New York Islanders' Anders Lee (27) and Jordan Eberle (7) while Hurricanes' Justin Faulk watches at rear during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 14, 2019 - 5:09 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are changing starting goalies, going with Curtis McElhinney for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins. Coach Rod Brind'Amour did not disclose his starter in the lead-up to Tuesday night's game. McElhinney led the team onto the...
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St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz (17) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Monday, May 13, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 14, 2019 - 12:52 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With the game - and perhaps the season - in the balance, assistant coach Mike Van Ryn of the St. Louis Blues made a decision. With the Blues battling with the Sharks in San Jose in Game 2 on Monday night, Van Ryn decided to tweak his defensive pairings. He put Alex Pietrangelo with...
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This Monday, May 13, 2019 photo, shows the exterior of the private club Jacks NYB in Philadelphia. The St. Louis Blues have adopted Laura Branigan’s 1980s hit “Gloria” as their celebration song. The tradition is only about five months old and it started in this Philadelphia bar. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 14, 2019 - 10:13 am
The Boston Red Sox have "Sweet Caroline," the Chicago Blackhawks have "Chelsea Dagger" and the old Hartford Whalers had "Brass Bonanza." The St. Louis Blues? They have "Gloria," the 1982 hit song for Laura Branigan that has improbably become the celebration song for a team that won 29 of 43 games...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) tries to control the puck as he is dropped to the ice by Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, right, during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 13, 2019 - 2:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It doesn't matter which team goes on a power play. The Carolina Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage. Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league's worst —when they're up a man or when they're down...
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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 13, 2019 - 12:27 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture got San Jose started in the opener of the Western Conference final against St. Louis by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. He sealed the win with an empty-net goal, and in between, he did everything else the Sharks needed on both ends of the ice. Just another typical...
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In this April 25, 2019 photo, a pig named Hamilton resides in Raleigh, N.C., with Kyle Eckenrode, right, and fiancee Karoline Briggs; Australian shepherd Zé and eight chickens. The Carolina Hurricanes have not lost at home in the playoffs this year since Hamilton the pig became something of an unofficial mascot. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)
May 12, 2019 - 11:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling at home ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner. Not defenseman Dougie Hamilton — Hamilton the pig. The 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon...
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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 12, 2019 - 11:46 pm
When Rod Brind'Amour watched pregame shows during the regular season, he didn't think much thought was put into analyzing his Carolina Hurricanes. "They'd look at the stat sheet and they'll say: 'Oh, Sebastian Aho is a good player. Watch for him,'" Brind'Amour said recently. Now that the Hurricanes...
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, back, makes a kick-save of a shot as defenseman Brent Burns, center, and Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog pursue the puck in the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
May 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis' season started to turn around as soon as goalie Jordan Binnington came up from the minors to help lead the Blues from the bottom of the standings. The key moment for their opponent in the Western Conference final came much later in the year when San Jose coach...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with teammates after the Sharks defeated the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 08, 2019 - 11:39 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ever since Joe Pavelski went down with a gruesome head injury in the first round of the playoffs, the mantra for the San Jose Sharks has been to stay alive in the postseason long enough for their captain to come back to the ice. What a return Pavelski made to send the Sharks...
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