Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 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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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, guards his net against the New York Islanders during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in New York. Mrazek was replaced by Curtis McElhinney in the second period. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 29, 2019 - 11:23 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek is day to day with a lower body injury while defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is out with an upper body injury. Coach Rod Brind'Amour also said Monday forward Saku Maenalanen is expected to miss the rest of the second-round series with the...
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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 26, 2019 - 1:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are rested and ready to go. The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had a chance to relax after outlasting the defending champions in a marathon seven-game series. More than a week after finishing off a sweep in the first round, Mathew Barzal and the defense-first...
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Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) has his shot deflected by Dallas Stars' Ben Bishop (30) in the third period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 25, 2019 - 12:15 am
Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being drafted by them. He remembers being in the stands at 14 years old during a playoff series against the Stars and wholeheartedly taking part of the chants of "Bel-four!" directed at the Dallas goalie. Now 18 years after that St. Louis...
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The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Washington. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 25, 2019 - 12:12 am
Calvin de Haan was at a loss for words about what comes next. Minutes after the Carolina Hurricanes' shocking 4-3 double-overtime victory in Game 7 to move on to the second round, he wasn't yet ready to turn his attention to facing the New York Islanders. But that turnaround comes quick with Game 1...
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Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, left, tries unsuccessfully to shoot past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 24, 2019 - 5:37 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have home-ice advantage through a potential trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and they have the Columbus Blue Jackets to thank for it. They'll get a chance to show their gratitude in the TD Garden on Thursday night. The Bruins host Columbus in Game 1 of the second round...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, right, lies on the ice next to Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 24, 2019 - 4:07 pm
NHL players and coaches were split Wednesday on whether changes are needed to video review protocol a day after a major penalty played a dramatic role in San Jose's Game 7 victory over Vegas. Cody Eakin was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and injuring Joe Pavelski in the third period,...
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