Hockey

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Dmitry Orlov (9), also of Russia, warm up before Game 5 in an NHL Stanley Cup hockey first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 21, 2017 - 7:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has left Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a hit from Nazem Kadri. Ovechkin went down at 17:32 of the first period when a hip check from Kadri made contact with his left knee. He remained on the ice for several minutes...
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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shakes hands with Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) after a 5-2 Penguins win in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 21, 2017 - 2:30 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt Murray. Now he's the most important...
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Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, gloves a Chicago Blackhawks shot during the third period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Rinne stopped 30 shots as the Predators won 4-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 21, 2017 - 2:28 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Now that they've swept the Western Conference's top seed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round. The Predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round...
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Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm, left, of Sweden, hugs goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, in the final seconds of Game 4 of the team's first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 4-1 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 21, 2017 - 12:32 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped almost every shot he faced. Nashville's top line was outstanding, and Roman Josi and P.K. Subban keyed a solid defensive performance. The Predators were relentless, all the way to the very end. Way too much for the slumping Chicago Blackhawks. Roman Josi...
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Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette talks to his players during the third period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 20, 2017 - 11:07 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference's top seed. Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as...
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Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette talks to his players during the third period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 20, 2017 - 10:57 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference's top seed. Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as...
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April 20, 2017 - 10:36 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday after spending the past two days holding season-ending meetings with...
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Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, second from right, celebrates a goal by teammate Patrick Eaves, not seen, with other teammates during the first period against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 2:40 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The big moments were never too big for the Anaheim Ducks in their playoff series win over the Calgary Flames. When Calgary threatened to gain momentum, Anaheim's leadership and poise prevailed to carry the Ducks to a four-game sweep of the Flames in their best-of-seven...
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Washington Capitals centre Lars Eller (20) celebrates his goal with teammates Tom Wilson (43) and Andre Burakovsky (65) during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Toronto on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 19, 2017 - 10:37 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Alex Ovechkin added his third goal of the playoffs as the top-seeded Capitals regained...
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Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) shoots as Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask tries to make a save on a goal during the third period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 19, 2017 - 10:27 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period, Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. It was Anderson's fourth career playoff shutout. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston...
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