Stanley Cup playoffs

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65), of Sweden, skates away after scoring the winning goal past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, left, during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in St. Louis. The Sharks won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 16, 2019 - 6:45 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Don't tell San Jose coach Peter DeBoer his Sharks have gotten lucky during their playoff run. "It irks me when you use words like that because this is a team that we've played four or five elimination games, not moments, games, 12 to 15 periods of elimination hockey against Vegas...
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Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk (48) and goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, defend against Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Boston won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 16, 2019 - 2:33 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tuukka Rask is stopping just about any puck playoff opponents can shoot his way — even the ones he doesn't see. The goaltender has been dominant in the Boston Bruins' six-game postseason winning streak that has them on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup Final. Just don't expect...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) tries to control the puck as he is dropped to the ice by Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, right, during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 13, 2019 - 5:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It doesn't matter which team goes on a power play. The Carolina Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage. Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league's worst —when they're up a man or when they're down...
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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 13, 2019 - 3:27 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture got San Jose started in the opener of the Western Conference final against St. Louis by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. He sealed the win with an empty-net goal, and in between, he did everything else the Sharks needed on both ends of the ice. Just another typical...
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In this April 25, 2019 photo, a pig named Hamilton resides in Raleigh, N.C., with Kyle Eckenrode, right, and fiancee Karoline Briggs; Australian shepherd Zé and eight chickens. The Carolina Hurricanes have not lost at home in the playoffs this year since Hamilton the pig became something of an unofficial mascot. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 2:48 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling at home ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner. Not defenseman Dougie Hamilton — Hamilton the pig. The 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon...
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San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
May 13, 2019 - 2:46 am
When Rod Brind'Amour watched pregame shows during the regular season, he didn't think much thought was put into analyzing his Carolina Hurricanes. "They'd look at the stat sheet and they'll say: 'Oh, Sebastian Aho is a good player. Watch for him,'" Brind'Amour said recently. Now that the Hurricanes...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, bottom center, is helped off the ice during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 08, 2019 - 12:06 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Captain Joe Pavelski was getting staples put into his bloody head when the San Jose Sharks staged an epic comeback in Game 7 of the opening round against Vegas. Now that the Sharks have been forced into another ultimate game after missing a chance to eliminate Colorado in an...
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Boston Bruins' David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
May 07, 2019 - 7:11 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren't coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall. The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in Monday night's 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, left, drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler, right, during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Raptors won 101-96. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 07, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn't get any better, along came the NBA playoffs and another level of performance that's left even his coach awed. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joins PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg this week to take the pulse of the playoffs, both in...
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Newly named Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team general manager Ken Holland gestures while speaking at a press conference in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday May 7, 2019. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 1:41 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager and president of hockey operations Tuesday. Holland takes over the struggling team from interim GM Keith Gretzky and one of his first tasks will be finding a new coach...
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