Men's hockey

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner, right rear, is congratulated by teammates after his penalty-shot goal off Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 11, 2019 - 8:02 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs know they can't count on short-handed penalty shots to help them get past Boston in the playoffs. The hustle that forced the Bruins to make mistakes, though: That's something they are planning to do over and over again. "It's a weird play, but we'll take all...
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47), of Russia, celebrates with defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4), of Finland, after Heiskanen scored his second goal of the night against the Nashville Predators, during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Stars won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 11, 2019 - 8:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series. An official scoring change Thursday morning gave Heiskanen's second goal to Alexander...
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San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski (8) reacts after scoring a goal against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, right, during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. At left is Golden Knights defenseman Nick Holden. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 10, 2019 - 11:28 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski lost a couple of teeth, had stitches in his lip and his mouth was still bloody long after taking Brent Burns' point shot right off his chin . Pavelski was also able to smile since his pain led to a goal and a playoff victory. Pavelski's first-period goal and...
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St. Louis Blues celebrate Tyler Bozak's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bozak is second from right, eyes and helmet visible. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 9:57 pm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Pat Maroon set up the winning goal for the St. Louis Blues, and his thoughts immediately turned to his late grandfather. Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period off Maroon's assist to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night in...
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The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates their 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning 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 10, 2019 - 6:57 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus' three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game 1 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night. Jones made it 4-3 from the slot...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, hoists the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, in Las Vegas. For once, Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear _ and answer _ so many of those same, old same-olds. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 09, 2019 - 9:04 am
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same olds. Why do you do so well in the regular season and then stumble in the postseason? Why do you play your worst when...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2017 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville speaks at a news conference during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday, April 8, 2019, to coach the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam, File)
April 08, 2019 - 9:51 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It's...
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In this, March 28, 2019, photo, Don Logan, president of the Las Vegas Aviators, stands in front of a new baseball park in Las Vegas. Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 5:12 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city, so the president of the Las Vegas Aviators understands what the Oakland Athletics are going through in their quest for new digs in the Bay Area. After all, he's had sewage in his dugout, too. The...
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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, has his shot deflected by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 07, 2019 - 11:37 pm
Mike Smith and David Rittich helped the Calgary Flames finish first in the Western Conference. Yet there are still questions about how far those goalies can carry their team in the playoffs. Smith and Rittich sounds more like a law firm than the goaltending tandem anyone expected the NHL's second-...
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Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, top, Sam Reinhart (23), Zemgus Girgensons (28) and Kyle Okposo (21) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. "Today certainly wasn't an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there. We were very...
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