Men's hockey

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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Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) scores on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 07, 2019 - 1:11 pm
The team expected to win it all faces an opponent that loaded up for the same thing, the defending champions go up against a playoff newcomer and the wild West is wide open in the quest for the Stanley Cup. The NHL playoffs open Wednesday when the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning host...
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Florida Panthers Head coach Bob Boughner watches a replay during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. The Devils defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
April 07, 2019 - 11:18 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Bob Boughner has become the latest coach to pay for Florida's almost-annual inability to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Panthers fired Boughner on Sunday, ending his two-year tenure with the team with one year remaining on his contract. The Panthers didn't make the...
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Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, right, crashes into Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 11:19 pm
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid gave the Edmonton Oilers a big scare in the team's final game of the season. McDavid left Edmonton's 3-1 victory over Calgary on Saturday night after hurting his left leg. It appeared to be a serious injury, but the Oilers tweeted that X-rays were negative...
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New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, celebrates with goaltender Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, after an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Washington. The Islanders won 3-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
April 06, 2019 - 10:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Trotz will again need to go through the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. A 3-0 victory by his New York Islanders against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Saturday means they'll get to start that effort at home. The Islanders clinched home-ice...
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Montreal Canadiens' Ryan Poehling celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 9:12 pm
MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Poehling delivered one of the most impressive NHL debuts in Canadiens history, giving fans plenty to cheer one night after Montreal was eliminated from playoff contention. The American-born Poehling recorded a hat trick and added the shootout winner in his debut as the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Cameron Gaunce (33) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 06, 2019 - 2:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with one more impressive performance. Next stop: Stanley Cup playoffs. The Lightning matched an NHL record with their 62nd win, using a three-goal second period to beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Saturday. "Sixty-...
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A memorial is displayed for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash on the corner of highway 35 and highway 335 near Codette, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Saturday, April, 6, 2019. The Broncos' bus collided with a semi driven by a novice trucker who ran a stop sign at the rural intersection one year ago Saturday. Sixteen people killed and 13 injured. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 1:35 pm
HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday lauded the "courage and professionalism" of first responders and the resilience of the community a year after the fatal bus crash of a junior hockey team. He said in a statement that while "we cannot forget pictures of...
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Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville (29) celebrates his goal during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
April 04, 2019 - 8:20 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres forward Jason Pominville began the day unable to contain his emotions by choking up when coming to the realization he might be playing his final home game in Buffalo. The 36-year-old ended the day fist-pumping a crowd that provided the fan favorite a standing ovation...
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