West goes wild at NHL trade deadline; Columbus keeps adding
The West just got wilder, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are going all-in on their late-season NHL playoff push.
The Blue Jackets followed up last week's additions of Ottawa forwards Matt...
Rangers celebrate 25-year anniversary of 1994 championship
NEW YORK (AP) — From the moment Mark Messier came to the New York Rangers in 1991, he knew he was expected to lead the team to its first Stanley Cup championship in more than 50 years.
"There was no escaping the pressure of 1940," Messier said about the last year the Rangers had won the Cup. "Coming here and understanding what the Original Six franchise was and this history, there was no escaping it. The pressure was real, from the fans, the organization."
NBC’s Tirico will call first NHL game on Feb. 20 in Detroit
Mike Tirico's advice to young announcers has been to take chances and get out of their comfort zone. He will be practicing what he preaches in a couple of weeks.
Lightning have ‘unfinished business’ after All-Star break
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, just about everything has gone right so far this season.
But as they get ready to return from the All-Star break as the NHL's top team, the Lightning knows there is little they can do before April to make this a successful campaign.
Golden Knights’ second act shaping up to rival their first
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch had to have faith.
When the Vegas Golden Knights decided to send them to the minors at the start of last season, Theodore and Tuch chose to believe what general manager George McPhee told them.
"The message was that we were part of the future of this team and he definitely saw us in that long-term plan," Theodore said.
Schmidt scores twice to lift Vegas past Capitals 5-3
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas' Nate Schmidt has acknowledged there are times that playing hockey isn't fun, including losing to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals.
The defenseman erased some of that pain on Tuesday night.
Schmidt scored twice in the final two minutes to lift the Golden Knights over the Capitals 5-3.
It was the first time Washington skated at T-Mobile Arena since winning and hoisting Stanley Cup in June.
Gallant’s patience helping Golden Knights get back on track
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gerard Gallant insisted over the first two months of the season that the Vegas Golden Knights would be fine once they found their rhythm and re-established the type of chemistry that led them to the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Apparently, Gallant knew what he was talking about.
Devils’ strong start faces road trip test
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Less than a month into the season, it looks like the New Jersey Devils are ready to take the next step after making the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.
John Hynes' club opened the season with four straight wins and it has taken 11 of a possible 18 points in the first nine games (5-3-1).
Anaheim Ducks retire Hall of Fame scorer Paul Kariya’s No. 9
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks raised Paul Kariya's No. 9 to the Honda Center rafters Sunday night, honoring the high-scoring forward who became a Hall of Famer.
The Ducks celebrated Kariya's career before their game against Buffalo with an emotional event ending with the hanging of Kariya's banner alongside the No. 8 of Teemu Selanne, Kariya's longtime linemate and close friend.
Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck and celebrating when it's in the net just like last June.
Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final.
Kovalchuk eager to resume Stanley Cup pursuit with Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk has an Olympic gold medal but he is back in the NHL to add the one thing missing from his stellar career — a Stanley Cup.
Ironically, Kovalchuk's return to the league is with the Los Angeles Kings, who denied him a chance to win a title in 2012 when they beat the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final.
Kovalchuk will make his Kings debut Friday when they open the season hosting San Jose. It will be the 35-year old Russian's first NHL game in five seasons.
Golden Knights out to prove last season was no fluke
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights stunned the league with a run to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season and almost seemed to be leading a charmed existence.
But the storybook season ended with the Washington Capitals hoisting the Cup on Vegas' home ice and the bitter taste remains, which is driving the defending Western Conference champions as they prepare for season No. 2.
Anaheim Ducks intend to get faster after quick playoff exit
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks' run of five consecutive Pacific Division titles ended last spring. Their fall was then punctuated by a humiliating first-round playoff sweep by the San Jose Sharks.
Faced with the severity of that verdict on their half-decade quest to reach the Stanley Cup Final, the Ducks didn't mope. They also didn't blow up a roster that has been agonizingly close to ultimate NHL success.
Instead, they decided to use their extra-long offseason to get faster and fresher.
Golden Knights’ new additions make them contenders again
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. First place Pacific Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final
COACH: Gerard Gallant (second season, eighth NHL season).
ADDED: LW Max Pacioretty, C Paul Stastny, D Nick Holden
Preds see no reason to mess with success in chase for Cup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators see no reason to make any major changes to a roster that won the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy, not with a group that has been so very close to that elusive Stanley Cup the past two seasons.
"It didn't work out in the playoffs the way we wanted," Nashville captain Roman Josi said. "But we truly believe this team can win a Stanley Cup, and that's why we want to keep this team together."
Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.
Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of a swimming accident in the harbor Sunday morning. Staff sergeant Paul Evans said police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks will retire the numbers of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer during the upcoming season.
Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli announced the honors for the two Hockey Hall of Famers on Monday. Teemu Selanne's No. 8 is the only number previously retired by the Ducks, who are heading into their 25th NHL season.
Kariya's No. 9 will go into the Honda Center rafters on Oct. 21, and Niedermayer's No. 27 will be raised Feb. 17.
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The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space going into free agency , giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have placed defenseman Paul Martin on unconditional waivers with the intention to buy out the remaining season of the 14-year NHL veteran's contract.
In announcing the decision Friday, general manager Doug Wilson credits Martin's leadership and character as being essential to the team's run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Wilson also says Martin will have a lasting impact on the Sharks' younger players for years to come.
DALLAS (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are dealing with crisis after crisis at every level.
Former captain Daniel Alfredsson called for owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the team, assistant general manager Randy Lee is suspended pending his court date on a harassment charge, and 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman was traded amid an off-ice dispute with captain Erik Karlsson, whose own future is uncertain.
Thirteen months ago, the Senators were a goal away from the Stanley Cup Final. Now they're in turmoil.
The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals. With elite center John Tavares, top defenseman John Carlson and a strong group of free agents available soon, the ceiling for player spending will rise to between $78 and $82 million from $75 million.
Nielsen’s top programs for June 4-10
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 3, ABC, 17.94 million.
2. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 4, ABC, 16.24 million.
3. "America's Got Talent," NBC, 11.24 million.
4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.01 million.
5. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Sunday) ABC, 7.57 million.
6. NHL Stanley Cup Final: Washington at Vegas, Game 5, NBC, 6.6 million.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A museum is asking Golden Knights fans for souvenirs for an exhibit.
Ilana Short with the Nevada State Museum tells KLAS-TV she wants to turn the team's inaugural season and its bond with the Las Vegas community into a lasting memory.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — While the Washington Capitals celebrated their first Stanley Cup title amid strewn sticks and gloves Thursday night, the T-Mobile Arena fans rose and gave one more stirring ovation to the bowed, kneeling figures in grey sweaters on the other end of the ice.
Washington Capitals Return Home with Stanley Cup
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he expects to welcome the hometown Washington Capitals hockey team to the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. But he adds: "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Ovechkin finally got to hoist the Stanley Cup. And then he raised the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Final.
Fellow Russian linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby certainly did some heavy lifting of their own.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As checkered playoff histories go, the Washington Capitals haven't been around nearly as long as some NHL teams. The track record was still long and sad.
There was Pat Lafontaine of the Islanders beating them in the four-overtime "Easter Epic" back in 1987. Esa Tikkanen missing a wide-open net in the Stanley Cup Final loss to Detroit in 1998.
Heck, losing nine of 11 postseason meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins alone is filled to the brim with gut-wrenching letdowns.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights (all times local):
The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup championship, beating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.
Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left, giving the Capitals a 4-3 lead and they hung on after Vegas pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the extra skater.
It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Capitals will play for a Stanley Cup championship Thursday night for the first time in 43 NHL seasons. Alex Ovechkin is one win away from carving his name into history at the peak of his incredible hockey career.
With a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and a city thousands of miles away thirsting for its first championship in a generation, the Vegas stakes are awfully high for the Caps in Game 5.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Aaron and Rhonda Hawley never truly embraced how much the Vegas Golden Knights meant to them until late in the season.
On March 29, their 17-year-old daughter Brooke and two classmates were killed in a traffic accident in Huntington Beach, California. Since then, the Golden Knights have helped the Hawleys during their grieving process.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals.
For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov's points on offense and Braden Holtby's saves in net, the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They've gotten in front of almost a third of the Vegas Golden Knights' shots, blocking with enough smarts and precision to take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin knows the Washington Capitals have plenty of fans back in Russia.
"Over there lots of friends, lots of people watch the games," Ovechkin said of his countrymen. "It's been huge."
WASHINGTON (AP) — James Neal had the puck on his stick and was staring at an open net. In a can't-miss situation, that's exactly what he did.
Poised to give the Vegas Golden Knights the opening goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the veteran leader of this upstart expansion team hit the right post . Ping! The puck skipped behind Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and slithered harmlessly toward the back boards.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights (all times local):
The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise.
T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period and the Capitals cruised from there in routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brooks Orpik went 824 days between goals before scoring the winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
In that span, the bruising defenseman blocked 446 shots and dished out even more hits. That won't make him look more valuable on the stat sheet but certainly builds up respect among Washington Capitals teammates.
"He plays extremely hard," forward Tom Wilson said. "They don't make 'em like Brooks Orpik anymore."
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have tried to win in the playoffs, none has been as effective as this.
They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the "Young Guns." They made every game a coin flip with tight, Dale Hunter hockey. Each time, an early exit followed.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Gerard Gallant made Shea Theodore skip a shift. He's not making him walk the plank for two rough games.
Theodore's struggles are a major reason the Golden Knights trail the Capitals 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final going into Game 4 on Monday night in Washington. The talented, young defenseman has been on the ice for four of the Capitals' past six goals in the series and was primarily responsible for two in Vegas' Game 3 loss Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have long embraced their status as unheralded underdogs, from their very first game as an NHL expansion team in October through their stunning dismantling of Winnipeg in the Western Conference Final.
"We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason," winger Ryan Reaves said prior to the Stanley Cup Final series against Washington. "We've proven everyone else wrong all season."
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first home Stanley Cup Final game after 13 long years checkered with as many disappointments as milestones, Alex Ovechkin was not going to be denied the opportunity to do something special.
He played with an edge. He played with joy. And he played with the leadership his Washington Capitals have come to expect.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout their first three playoff series, the Vegas Golden Knights were defined by smart decisions and dazzling plays.
In the Stanley Cup Final, their mistakes have drawn most of the attention.
Vegas made too many errors in its own end of the ice and scored just one gift-wrapped goal Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, who never trailed in taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals put Evgeny Kuznetsov in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night and he didn't miss a beat.
The Russian star scored and added an assist in the Capitals' 3-1 win that put Washington two wins away from the championship.
"You play a little bit better when you're hurt," Kuznetsov said
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals (all times local):
The Washington Capitals have beaten the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 and taken a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The text message lit up Troy Mann's phone the morning after the Capitals eliminated the Penguins with a patchwork lineup featuring five rookies. It came from Barry Trotz.
"Thanks Manner for having all those rookie Caps ready," Trotz wrote. "They all played well — you own a piece of this win last night."
WASHINGTON (AP) — James Neal has become a source of leadership and inspiration for the Vegas Golden Knights during their improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final.
So, it came as no surprise that the 11-year veteran made a point of seeking out teammate Alex Tuch, a 22-year-old rookie who missed a chance to score the potential tying goal late in Game 2 against the Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sight of Evgeny Kuznetsov clutching his left arm and leaving the ice after a hit from Brayden McNabb isn't as big a threat to the Washington Capitals' title hopes as it might seem.
Not after the Capitals withstood three games without Nicklas Backstrom. Not after they missed Kuznetsov for most of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and still beat the Vegas Golden Knights to tie the series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — At home, the Vegas Golden Knights have a fortress to protect, a Knight to vanquish opponents and Michael Buffer to introduce the combatants.
On the road, they have hockey.
The Golden Knights are looking for a little road cookin' as the Stanley Cup Final against the Capitals goes to Washington for Games 3 on Saturday night with the series tied at one game apiece. They're 6-2 on the road so far in the playoffs.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.
Washington's goalie stretched back and lunged to his right with his stick, thrusting the paddle into the exact 4-inch slot of air through which Tuch's shot was headed for the net.