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In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith carries out the Stanley Cup during a banner raising ceremony before an NHL hockey game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals in Chicago. In an Associated Press and Canadian Press survey of player representatives from all 31 NHL teams, 48 percent favor changing the current divisional playoff format. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 22, 2019 - 12:13 pm
Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn't mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA...
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The covered Kate Smith statue sits outside Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 19, 2019. The Philadelphia Flyers covered the statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” from their library. They say several songs performed by Smith “contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization.” (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
April 21, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." On Friday, the Flyers said Smith's "God Bless America"...
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New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz, center, gives instructions to Anders Lee (27) during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 14, 2019. The Islanders won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 21, 2019 - 10:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz say they didn't know exactly what to expect from the New York Islanders this season. There were plenty of questions after the Islanders gave up 293 goals — the most in the NHL since 2006-07 — while missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 11 years...
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Nikita Zaitsev (22) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 21, 2019 - 2:55 am
BOSTON (AP) — Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin has extra motivation to beat Boston on Sunday and eliminate the Bruins in six games: It would mean some extra time to spend with his brand-new baby daughter. Muzzin's wife, Courtney, gave birth to a daughter, Luna, on Thursday, the off day between...
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Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm, right, celebrates his goal with left wing Johnny Gaudreau during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 19, 2019 - 3:19 am
DENVER (AP) — Summoning Johnny Hockey! His scoring prowess is required ASAP. After a 99-point regular season, Calgary All-Star forward Johnny Gaudreau has been held to a single assist and just 12 shots against Colorado. It is a big reason why the top-seeded Flames trail the Avalanche 3-1 in a first...
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, rear second from left, and assistant Sergei Gonchar, left, stand behind their bench as Evgeni Malkin (71) waits to take the ice, during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 18, 2019 - 10:05 pm
Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. "They just shut us right down," Bowman said. "We...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, United States' Hilary Knight (21) controls the puck in front of Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson, right, during the second period of the Four Nations Cup championship hockey game in Tampa, Fla. Knight put aside the jet-leg and fresh memories of helping the United States win its latest women's world hockey championship to begin looking ahead to next season. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
April 18, 2019 - 8:46 pm
Hilary Knight put aside the jet lag and fresh memories of helping the United States win its latest world hockey championship to begin looking ahead to next season. Yes, the star forward intends on playing professionally in October. The only question Knight can't answer is where. "Yeah, exactly,"...
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April 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A scoreboard that marked the U.S. men's ice hockey team's victory against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics has found a new home in Colorado Springs. The Gazette reported Wednesday that the panel that kept score of the game that became known as the "Miracle...
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 4-3 win during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 18, 2019 - 4:26 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby walks from reporters after talking with them in the practice facility locker room before leaving for the off season two days after being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at their practice facility in Cranberry Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
April 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford's question was rhetorical. The answer — whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at — will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. "Are guys too content with where...
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