Hockey

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, from the Czech Republic, reacts after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Sharks won 2-1 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 19, 2018 - 3:14 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Very little separated San Jose and Anaheim in the regular season, with the Ducks edging out the Sharks by one point for second place in the Pacific Division. Their first-round series wasn't nearly as competitive. The Sharks rode their superior depth, potent power play and...
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San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, center, from the Czech Republic, celebrates with Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), Justin Braun (61) and Logan Couture after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Sharks won 2-1 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 19, 2018 - 2:28 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks won the first three games of their first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks thanks to having more speed, better depth, and discipline. They completed the sweep thanks largely to Martin Jones. Jones frustrated the Ducks with stellar plays over the...
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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne raises up his glove as time runs out in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Denver. The Predators won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 19, 2018 - 2:10 am
DENVER (AP) — Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much. Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win in Game 4...
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 18, 2018 - 10:38 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey's top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils' first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory on...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Carl Hagelin, left, skates away with the puck as Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Laughton, center, and Michbael Raffl, right, watch during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
April 18, 2018 - 9:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins' career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Penguins lead the first-round playoff series 3-1 as its shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5. Matt...
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Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly, left, forward Lars Eller, center, of Denmark, and defenseman Brooks Orpik celebrate Eller's second-overtime goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Capitals won 3-2.(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
April 18, 2018 - 7:51 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three straight overtime finishes to start the postseason? No problem. That's what the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals were saying after Tuesday night's double- OT game, one that finally ended when the puck pinballed around the front of the net, hitting Columbus...
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, left, celebrates with teammate defenseman Matt Niskanen after Niskanen's goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
April 18, 2018 - 12:52 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 in their intense first-round playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lars Eller got the last stick on a puck that bounced off him and Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski before rolling...
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Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) battles with Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) in the first period of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won the game 6-2 but trail the Jets 2-1 in the series. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
April 18, 2018 - 12:14 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were hit with a major setback in their first-round playoff matchup with Winnipeg, a broken sternum for left wing Zach Parise suffered in the last game that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the series and likely longer if they advance. The...
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Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, left, is congratulated by goalie Steve Mason after Hellebuyck shut out the Minnesota Wild 2-0 in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
April 18, 2018 - 12:13 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting. The 24-year-old goalie turned aside every shot Minnesota could muster, shoving the Wild to the brink of elimination. Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30...
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San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) reacts after scoring a goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 17, 2018 - 2:46 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For three games, the San Jose Sharks have had more speed, discipline and depth than the Anaheim Ducks. If they can repeat that formula for one more game, the Sharks will move onto the second round of the playoffs. Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a...
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