The television ratings for this year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been steady despite many top markets not having teams qualify and finalists from the past two years eliminated in the first...
When Rod Brind'Amour watched pregame shows during the regular season, he didn't think much thought was put into analyzing his Carolina Hurricanes.
Islanders fans don’t mind Brooklyn for playoff games
NEW YORK (AP) — With their team playing in the Eastern Conference semifinals, New York Islanders fans are back in Brooklyn for the first time in more than two months. And since it means they're...
O’Reilly’s luck turns and so do fortunes of the Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When the St. Louis Blues traded for Ryan O'Reilly in the offseason, they received an All-Star caliber player still seeking postseason success.
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar didn't take long to accomplish a little bit of history.
One shot on net, to be precise.
The newly signed Colorado defenseman scored a playoff goal in his NHL...
Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup playoffs
For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his playoff...
Jordan Binnington is about to get a crash course in what Connor Hellebuyck faced last season.
The St. Louis Blues' rookie goaltender will make his playoff debut against Hellebuyck and the...
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have a successful history against their first-round playoff opponent — but they're hardly dwelling on it.
For the second straight season, the Bruins will open...
Mike Smith and David Rittich helped the Calgary Flames finish first in the Western Conference.
Yet there are still questions about how far those goalies can carry their team in the...
Panthers fire coach Bob Boughner after 2 seasons
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Bob Boughner has become the latest coach to pay for Florida's almost-annual inability to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs.
BOSTON (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with one more impressive performance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights both accomplished their goals during their regular-season finale on Saturday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel's 40th goal of the season had a significant impact on the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Guentzel scored with 2:35 to play, sending Saturday's regular-season finale...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler are the only Ducks left from the last early summer in Anaheim.
The Ducks' six-year streak of Stanley Cup playoff appearances...
BOSTON (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with one more impressive performance.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — No previous edition of the Freeway Faceoff had ever meant less. The state of Southern California hockey has rarely been lower.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents' Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colton Sissons had scored one point in his last 16 games for the Nashville Predators before he picked up a goal and an assist in a 2:27 span against the Kings.
Panthers looking to make _ and gain _ a point this season
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have a point to make this season.
A point to make up, too.
Ordinarily, 96 points in the standings gets a team into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Since the league went to its current points format — where a tie after regulation guarantees both teams one point — 99 percent of clubs who fared that well got into the postseason. Last season's Panthers fell into that other 1 percent, joining the 2014-15 Boston Bruins as the lone 96-point clubs to miss the playoffs.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced.
No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice.
This week is not about blue lines and high-sticking. It's about green fairways and lag putting.
Rank's day job ended two months ago when he finished working the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That left Rank, an NHL referee for the last three years, enough time to qualify for his first U.S. Open.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A couple who survived the October shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival has named their newborn after one of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey players, saying the team brought positivity into their lives after the tragedy.
Lauren and Brad Sugars' girl was born May 18, the same day the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, KLAS-TV reported .
SEATTLE (AP) — From his office about 1,000 miles away from T-Mobile Arena, Tod Leiweke has watched the Stanley Cup playoffs with a growing appreciation for what is taking place in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Welcome to Impossible.
Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible.
History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades, the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights, only Tampa Bay has won the Stanley Cup, making this the first time the final four teams have combined for one title or fewer.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — 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 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The 24-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning winger has spent five seasons fulfilling the first portion of the dream.
The other part becomes a reality Friday night, when the Lightning open the Eastern Conference finals against Ovechkin's Washington Capitals.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning understand what it takes to be successful in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
And as the Vegas Golden Knights are also showing, the winning formula can vary from game to game and series to series.
Dominant defense is part of the equation. So is timely and opportunistic offense. Mental toughness is a prerequisite. It pays to be resilient, too.
"I just think any time you're winning games, you're battling through something," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have been just as resilient in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they've been all season.
Challenged by coach Jon Cooper to compete harder and raise their level of play after dropping the opener of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup Monday night.
The Washington Capitals scored their first goal quickly, just like in Game 1. This time, though, the electricity among fans in red at Capital One Arena never died away.
For one day, at least, the Capitals solved their issues in defending a two-goal lead, allowing them to take Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Sunday afternoon.
Alex Ovechkin was one of four Capitals to score, Lars Eller had three assists and Braden Holtby made 32 saves.
The Washington Capitals might have an advantage over their second-round rivals in the health department.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday that center Evgeni Malkin and winger Carl Hagelin would not play in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Capitals. Hagelin did not travel with the team, most likely ruling him out for Game 2 on Sunday, as well.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Josh Harris is finally having some fun being an owner of sports franchises in three cities, three leagues and two continents.
It's been a long wait for Harris, who has led investment groups that bought the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA in 2011, the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in 2013 and a share of Crystal Palace of the Premier League in England in 2015.
After years of losing, the Sixers and Devils finally returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Torts: Plenty of blame to go around in playoff collapse
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets played one more playoff game this season than last, but it's all the same to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach John Tortorella. Not good enough.
And apparently there's plenty of blame to go around.
"Everybody has to give skin here, from the coaches right on through, as far as what happened," Tortorella said in his exit interview with reporters Thursday.
Capitals Game 5 vs. Blue Jackets: How to watch and what to watch for
When every first-round series in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs had completed its fourth game, two series already ended in 4-0 sweeps. Five teams had a 3-1 advantage. Only the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets were tied at two.
As the series returns to the District for Game 5, everyone knows it has become a best-of-three scenario and possibly the most thrilling series left this round:
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky will miss the rest of the team's first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, coach Barry Trotz announced Friday.
Burakovsky suffered an upper-body injury in Game 2 last Sunday. Rather than travel to Columbus with the team, he stayed behind in Washington to undergo more evaluation.
Burakovsky, who regularly skates with the Capitals' second line, will need minor surgery, Trotz said.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to repair an upper-body injury and miss the rest of the first-round series against Columbus.
Coach Barry Trotz says Burakovsky could return if his team advances deeper in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Burakovsky was injured in Game 2 Sunday on a hit by Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner.
Capitals tie series with Game 4 win, fulfilling Ovechkin’s prediction
COLUMBUS, Ohio Alex "Nostradamus" Ovechkin nailed his prediction. The Washington Capitals will bring their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series back to Capital One Arena tied 2-2.
His statement earlier this week "We're going to come home for Game 5, and for Game 5 it's going to be tied" doesn't have the same ring to it as Joe Namath's historic "We're going to win Sunday, I guarantee it." But right is right.
Capitals Game 4 at Blue Jackets: How to watch and what to watch for
The Columbus Blue Jackets won two games on the road to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, the Washington Capitals are looking to pay them back by doing the same.
On the heels of their 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 3 Tuesday night, the Capitals return to the ice in Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Blue Jackets in Game 4. Here's what you need to know to prepare for the game:
Opponent: Columbus Blue Jackets (Capitals trail series 2-1)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan.
Patrick Warburton is a Devils fan and in a 1995 episode of the hit show he appeared with his face painted in red and green.
Capitals recover physically with another day off, but mental toughness will be key
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Washington Capitals were scheduled to practice at Nationwide Arena Wednesday afternoon until the third period of Game 3 ended without a winner and loser.
The Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets both announced Wednesday would be a day off instead. For two teams that have played 47:24 of extra hockey in the first three games of their Stanley Cup Playoff series, the smarter thing to do was to stay off the ice for a change.
COLUMBUS, Ohio When Game 3 ended at 11:26 p.m., Nationwide Arena didn't look much different than it did at the opening faceoff. The facility reported a crowd of 19,337, a franchise record for the Columbus Blue Jackets, regular season or playoffs, and most of them stayed till the bitter end.
For the third straight game of this series, overtime was necessary to decide the winner, and for the third straight time, the visiting team found a way to pull it out.
Braden Holtby to start Game 3 for Capitals instead of Philipp Grubauer
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz announced Tuesday that Braden Holtby would be the team's starting goaltender for Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Philipp Grubauer started the first two games of the series, both of which Washington lost in overtime. Grubauer allowed four goals in two periods in Game 2 and was replaced with Holtby.
Capitals Game 3 at Blue Jackets: How to watch and what to watch for
Since the 1920s, NHL teams that go up 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoffs series go on to win the series 88 percent of the time. The Washington Capitals are trying to be part of the 12 percent to defy expectations and come back.
After dropping two straight home games in overtime, the Capitals are in Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Game 3 that can fairly be described as "do or die." Here's what you need to know before the puck drops Tuesday night.
By the time it was half over, the game wasn't very competitive. That apparently didn't turn away too many viewers.
According to an NBC release, Sunday's Penguins playoff game in Philadelphia was the highest-rated Round 1 game in Pittsburgh on the network since it acquired the NHL's U.S. rights in 2005-06.
For a team that has lost consecutive home games to open the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals are undoubtedly frustrated, but not hopeless.
"Obviously we have opportunities to finish it up, but we didn't, two games in a row," Alex Ovechkin said. "But I think we played solid game."
"We gotta win, and that's what we come for," John Carlson said. "We don't come to outplay them, don't come to outshoot them. We have to win and we didn't do it."
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3 against Nashville due to an upper-body injury.
The 19-year-old Girard made his Stanley Cup playoff debut during Game 1 in Nashville, only to sit out the second contest with the injury. The Avalanche trail the first-round series 2-0 heading into Monday night's game at the Pepsi Center.
Rascal Flatts were on hand to perform at the Nashville Predators' first playoff game of 2018 Thursday night. The country trio kicked off the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with their unique take on the national anthem.
BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak's first goal required a 180-degree spin as he settled down a bouncing puck, shifted it from his forehand to his backhand and flipped it into the net.
By the time he scored his second he had already added three assists.
What to watch: Need we say more? Battle of Pennsylvania commences as Penguins host Flyers
In Wednesday's "What to Watch," it's happening! No more waiting. Penguins. Flyers. Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1. Let the three-peat quest begin.
Also a look at the still shockingly red-hot Pirates, a winner-take-all NBA playoff spot battle and the rest of the NHL playoff slate.
George Parros is a busy man early in the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to a rash of questionable hits around the NHL.
The vice president of player safety's department suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri three games for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in what the league called a hit made in the name of retribution and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier.