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Jonathan Marchessault makes Golden Knights glad Panthers gave him up

Jonathan Marchessault was left unprotected in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers, who seemed to determine his breakout season was a fluke. They likely regret the head-scratching decision. The …


Capitals take 2-0 series lead over Lightning

The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Jets jump on Golden Knights early, open series with 4-2 win

Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Alex Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Braden Holtby …


Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in Western final

A year ago at this time, the Winnipeg Jets weren’t even in the playoffs and the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t even have players. Now they’re getting ready to pit their …


Preds look for answers, season ends short of Stanley Cup

Winning the Stanley Cup seemed the perfect next step for the Nashville Predators after fighting all season for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Now they know that winning the Presidents’ …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 12:38 p.m.

Maple Leafs promote Kyle Dubas, 32, to general manager

The Toronto Maple Leafs are staying in-house for their new general manager by promoting Kyle Dubas. At 32, he becomes one of the NHL’s youngest general managers. Dubas is an …


NHL makes history with new blood in conference finals

The NHL’s final four teams left have combined for one Stanley Cup victory for the first time in history. One of the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights will be …


‘Saucer-eyed’: Caps, others count on rookies in NHL playoffs

The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay …


Jets face quick turnaround to host Vegas in Western finals

The Winnipeg Jets only got a few hours to celebrate the biggest victory in franchise history. The Jets finished off the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7

The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul …


Nikita Kucherov relishes chance to face Alex Ovechkin in East Final

Like many young Russian hockey players, Nikita Kucherov grew up following Alex Ovechkin’s career, hoping to someday become a prolific scorer and maybe even compete against his countryman in the …


‘Flower’ blossoms: Marc-Andre Fleury back to being great playoff goalie

Marc-Andre Fleury has bounced back from postseason struggles to recapture his status as an elite playoff goaltender. Fleury has been the best goalie in the Stanley Cup playoffs to lead …


Winning in Winnipeg: Jets fans unleash their support

With a winner in Winnipeg, Jets fans can finally showcase their support after years of early playoff exits and the team leaving the city once before. The Jets’ second incarnation …


Preds, Jets lean heavily on Pekka Rinne, Connor Hellebuyck in Game 7

Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of the Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists in goal. Predators goaltender …


Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz are in new territory with Caps in East final

Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and the Capitals are in unfamiliar territory in the conference finals and have their sights set on making more history. The Atlantic Division-champion Lightning await after …


Bruins’ Brad Marchand looking for fresh start going forward

Bruins forward Brad Marchand drew national attention and a reprimand from the NHL after he was caught licking the face of Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during a confrontation in the …


No major changes for Penguins after 3-peat bid falls short

The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t expect the sting from their second-round playoff exit to fade anytime soon. They also don’t expect it to compel general manager Jim Rutherford to give the …


Rod Brind’Amour eager to lead slumping ’Canes back to glory

Rod Brind’Amour helped deliver the greatest moment in Carolina Hurricanes’ history – a Stanley Cup championship. His next challenge is to create more memorable moments as their coach. The captain …


NHL teams thinking outside the box to find coaches

NHL teams are thinking outside the box and looking to college and Europe for coaching candidates. As the Flyers did with Dave Hakstol and the Stars with Jim Montgomery, general …


Preds’ Filip ‘Scoresberg’ dazzling NHL with scoring touch

Filip Forsberg is a big reason why the Western Conference semifinal is back in Nashville for a deciding Game 7 against the Winnipeg Jets. Forsberg led the Predators in scoring …


Joe Thornton willing to take 1-year deal to return to Sharks

Joe Thornton says it’s no secret he wants to finish his career with the San Jose Sharks and he’s hopeful he can get another contract signed before hitting free agency …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 8:51 a.m.

Hurricanes turn to glory days, hiring Rod Brind’Amour as coach

The Carolina Hurricanes hired former captain and current assistant Rod Brind’Amour as their coach Tuesday, hoping the “greatest leader” in franchise history can end a nine-year playoff drought.


Capitals exorcise ghosts to reach Eastern Conference finals

The Washington Capitals can finally stop talking about their painful past. The Capitals earned the franchise’s first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 20 years when they ousted two-time …


Playoff Capsules: Jakub Vrana helps Capitals rally past Penguins

Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in Game 5 Saturday night to take …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Playoff capsules: Lightning take 3-1 series lead with 4-3 overtime win over Bruins

Dan Girardi scored 3:18 into overtime, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal …


Martin Jones makes 34 saves as Sharks tie series with 4-0 win

Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, Martin Jones made 34 saves for his sixth career postseason shutout and the San Jose Sharks evened their second-round series …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins 4-1, lead series 2-1

Yanni Gourde stayed behind in Tampa Bay to be with his wife when she gave birth to their daughter on a day off in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He joined …


Faceoff: Capitals, Penguins try to keep focus on series minus Tom Wilson

The Washington Capitals will be without forward Tom Wilson for a portion of their playoff series against Pittsburgh. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Wilson for 3 games for …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended 3 games

The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese. Aston-Reese was stickhandling near the Capitals bench when Wilson drilled the …