Men's hockey

Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle, center, celebrates with teammates after his game-winning goal off Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during overtime of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Boston. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 27, 2019 - 12:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Now that the rust has been knocked off, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to even their second-round series with the Boston Bruins. Columbus had eight days off between sweeping Tampa Bay in the first round and opening the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins on...
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San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19), celebrates after scoring goal against Colorado Avalanche in the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
April 26, 2019 - 10:46 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After enduring a grueling seven-game series in the first round, the San Jose Sharks predictably needed some time to find their legs again at the start of round two. One key penalty kill proved to be just the kick start they needed. Joe Thornton sparked a three-goal outburst...
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Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, top right, reacts after scoring an overtime goal on New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. The Hurricanes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 26, 2019 - 9:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Staal got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a winning start in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the series opener. Nino Niederreiter sent a shot that caromed off...
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Boston Bruins center Noel Acciari (55) is congratulated by Joakim Nordstrom, right, after his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Boston. At left is Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 25, 2019 - 8:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle tied it in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5:15 gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots...
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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 - 12:15 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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Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) shakes hands with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, after Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Washington. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 24, 2019 - 10:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Williams returned to the building that was the scene of his only Game 7 loss and left the ice relieved and redeemed after knocking off his old friends and defending Stanley Cup champions. The man who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker shook Alex Ovechkin's hand after the...
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Boston Bruins left wing Marcus Johansson, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after his goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen during the first 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 - 8:03 am
BOSTON (AP) — Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another victory for the Bruins. Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern...
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San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow, center, celebrates with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring the winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime of 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 23, 2019 - 11:52 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In San Jose, the game will always be remembered as the Pavelski Payback for the four goals scored on one power play after the Sharks' captain was knocked out cold, turning around a wild Game 7 that finally ended in overtime. In Las Vegas, the Golden Knights will always...
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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 - 3:38 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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April 23, 2019 - 8:27 am
WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey shore town says they keep playing Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" on its boardwalk despite allegations of racism against the singer. Wildwood has traditionally started each day by playing the song. "It's an Irving Berlin patriotic song...
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