Hockey

Washington Capitals' Dmitry Orlov, left, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 24, 2018 - 3:50 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After dropping the first two playoff games at home in overtime, the Washington Capitals picked up momentum that only got stronger as they took down the Columbus Blue Jackets in four straight. Now they'll strive to keep the intensity high as they advance to a second-round...
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Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, watches from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
April 24, 2018 - 3:36 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ TOUGH TEST Shohei Ohtani (2-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his fourth major league start for the Los Angeles Angels, this one against Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.72) and the World Series champion Houston Astros. Ohtani, the two-way rookie sensation from Japan...
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Washington Capitals' Dmitry Orlov, left, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 23, 2018 - 10:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday night. The Capitals will next face Pittsburgh in the second round of the...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher speaks at a news conference in St. Paul, Minn. Fletcher was fired Monday, April 23, 2018, after the hockey team's first-round playoff exit. Fletcher was the Wild's general manager for nine seasons. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
April 23, 2018 - 7:49 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold entered the team's new practice facility a couple of weeks ago, the organizational motto was staring him in the face. So was the advice he should make a change in the front office, despite his fondness of general manager Chuck Fletcher...
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Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
April 22, 2018 - 11:12 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how. It was plain to see which won out — this time. Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, scores past Philadelphia Flyers' Michal Neuvirth during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
April 22, 2018 - 6:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals to help send the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the next round with an 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Sunday. The Penguins play the winner of the Washington-Columbus series in the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) celebrates after his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates, including Alex Killorn (17) and center Anthony Cirelli (71) during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 22, 2018 - 2:59 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in the playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning know ultimately that will be the key to the chances for a deep run for the third time in four years. The top seed in the Eastern Conference won...
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Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) tries to shoot against Toronto Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen (31), of Denmark, during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Boston, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 21, 2018 - 11:56 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs opened another 4-1 lead in Boston, and this time they held on. Just barely. Five years after blowing a three-goal lead in a playoff elimination game against the Bruins, Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 and three more penalties to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on...
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Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) watches as a shot hits Colorado Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond (35) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 20, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
April 21, 2018 - 7:49 pm
DENVER (AP) — The third-string goalie nicknamed "Hamburglar" stole a game for Colorado in Nashville. No time for Andrew Hammond to revel in his thievery, though. Game 6 awaits Sunday at the Pepsi Center. Once again, the Avalanche and their surprise goalie with the catchy moniker — he used to have a...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 21, 2018 - 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series. Braden Holtby made 16 of his 39 saves in the third period to help...
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