NHL hockey

Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 19, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 3:08 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After getting shut out in the series opener, the Colorado Avalanche clamped down defensively to shut down the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames. Now, the Avalanche are on to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. Colin Wilson and Mikko...
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson (18) celebrates a goal by Kasperi Kapanen on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, bottom, during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 19, 2019 - 11:17 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have grown accustomed to playoff disappointment in recent years. However, after putting together possibly their best defensive effort of the season, their latest victory has them on the brink of getting out of the first round for the first time since 2004...
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Steve Yzerman answers a question during an NHL hockey news conference where he was introduced as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Detroit. Yzerman returns to Detroit where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 19, 2019 - 6:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's all-time great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in...
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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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San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, right, blocks a shot from the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 19, 2019 - 1:42 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl provided the fast start and Martin Jones delivered the key saves that helped the San Jose Sharks flip the script in their playoff series against Vegas. Hertl scored the first of his two goals just 76 seconds into the game, Jones delivered his biggest save to...
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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) looks back at the puck after Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, scored during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C, Thursday, April 18, 2019, (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
April 18, 2019 - 10:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes lost another forward — and won another playoff game. "'Next guy up' has been the memo lately," rookie Warren Foegele said. Enough of them have stepped up to even their series with the Washington Capitals. Carolina beat the defending Stanley Cup champions...
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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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Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, third from left, celebrates his overtime goal with, from left, defensemen Patrik Nemeth, Cale Makar and Tyson Barrie in Game 4 of the team's NHL hockey playoff series against Calgary Flames on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 18, 2019 - 2:39 am
DENVER (AP) — In the clear, Mikko Rantanen angled his stick back as he waited for the cross-ice pass to arrive. Once it did, he dropped to his left knee to give a little extra. His aim was true and his arms shot up before being mobbed by teammates along the boards. Rantanen scored on a slap shot 10...
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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) looks for the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) scores during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 11:20 pm
TORONTO (AP) — David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday night to tie the first-round series 2-2. Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom also...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, left, of Russia, and Brandon Dubinsky celebrate their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Lightning 7-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 17, 2019 - 2:50 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning's high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game. The Blue Jackets' goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire...
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