Stanley Cup playoffs

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, guards his net against the New York Islanders during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in New York. Mrazek was replaced by Curtis McElhinney in the second period. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 29, 2019 - 2:23 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek is day to day with a lower body injury while defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is out with an upper body injury. Coach Rod Brind'Amour also said Monday forward Saku Maenalanen is expected to miss the rest of the second-round series with the...
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New York Islanders celebrate at the end of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, and swept the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are rested and ready to go. The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had a chance to relax after outlasting the defending champions in a marathon seven-game series. More than a week after finishing off a sweep in the first round, Mathew Barzal and the defense-first...
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Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris (8) has his shot deflected by Dallas Stars' Ben Bishop (30) in the third period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 25, 2019 - 3:15 am
Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being drafted by them. He remembers being in the stands at 14 years old during a playoff series against the Stars and wholeheartedly taking part of the chants of "Bel-four!" directed at the Dallas goalie. Now 18 years after that St. Louis...
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The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Washington. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 25, 2019 - 3:12 am
Calvin de Haan was at a loss for words about what comes next. Minutes after the Carolina Hurricanes' shocking 4-3 double-overtime victory in Game 7 to move on to the second round, he wasn't yet ready to turn his attention to facing the New York Islanders. But that turnaround comes quick with Game 1...
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Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, left, tries unsuccessfully to shoot past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 24, 2019 - 8:37 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have home-ice advantage through a potential trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and they have the Columbus Blue Jackets to thank for it. They'll get a chance to show their gratitude in the TD Garden on Thursday night. The Bruins host Columbus in Game 1 of the second round...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, right, lies on the ice next to Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 24, 2019 - 7:07 pm
NHL players and coaches were split Wednesday on whether changes are needed to video review protocol a day after a major penalty played a dramatic role in San Jose's Game 7 victory over Vegas. Cody Eakin was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and injuring Joe Pavelski in the third period,...
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San Jose Sharks players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 24, 2019 - 3:37 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton gathered his teammates at the bench as a bloodied Joe Pavelski was taken off the ice after being knocked out on a hit and implored them to avenge their captain's injury by scoring three goals on the ensuing major penalty to erase a three-goal deficit. The San...
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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella works with the team during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 24, 2019 - 2:49 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Tortorella was being battered on social media a month or so ago by doubters who thought his act had gotten stale in Columbus. The 60-year-old Tortorella, the argument went, was having trouble getting his message across to a team that had loaded up with new talent at the...
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St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) closes in on the net as Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watch during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 24, 2019 - 2:16 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When the St. Louis Blues traded for Ryan O'Reilly in the offseason, they received an All-Star caliber player still seeking postseason success. He fit right in with a franchise still seeking its first Stanley Cup after 52 years of existence. While neither has found what they are...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, right, holds up the Stanley Cup during a victory rally for the Washington Capitals in celebration of winning the Stanley Cup, in Washington. In previous playoffs, a Game 7 at home would've been a "Here we go again" moment of worry for the Washington Capitals. But after exorcising some demons and winning the Stanley Cup last year, the Capitals hope things really are different this time when they host the pesky Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday night, April 24, 2019.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 23, 2019 - 6:38 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Justin Williams doesn't lose in Game 7. Except that one time. The player who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker for going 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in winner-take-all situations lost in a Game 7 for the first time with the Washington Capitals in 2017. Now he's back...
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