/CP survey: Players pan delay of game, goalie interference

Sports 04/23/19, 11:59

The pace and excitement of 3-on-3 overtime isn't just a thrill for hockey fans — NHL players love it, too.An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA representatives from all 31 teams found that 97% of those polled enjoy the league's current overtime format during the regular season. The survey also ...

NHL players discuss their least-favorite rules

Hockey 04/23/19, 11:59

The Associated Press and Canadian Press asked NHLPA player representatives from all 31 NHL teams what they see as being the worst rule in hockey. Selected responses:"I don't know about the challenge on offside. I don't know if you should take it away or not. Maybe a whistle gets blown ...

Turnabout for Stars, Blues complete with 2nd-round showdown

Sports 04/23/19, 01:49

When first-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out his team over a "culture of mediocrity" in January, the St. Louis Blues weren't too far removed from having the worst record in the NHL.Now the Central Division rivals will meet in the second round of the playoffs — and Montgomery ...

Klingberg’s OT goal pushes Stars over Preds to advance

Hockey 04/22/19, 23:46

John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Monday night to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games. Klingberg's first goal of the playoffs came on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov.The win by the ...

Nixed goal, rough 3rd period frustrate Ovechkin, Capitals

Hockey 04/22/19, 23:22

The frustrations kept building in the third period for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, from a disallowed tying goal to the Capitals star being sent off for a late-game misconduct penalty in a game that had turned into a rout.Now the reigning Stanley Cup champions are headed to a ...

Klingberg’s OT goal pushes Stars over Preds to advance

Sports 04/22/19, 23:17

John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games.Klingberg's first goal of the playoffs came on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov.The win by the Stars came 11 ...

Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7

Hockey 04/22/19, 21:04

Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the Capitals had the tying goal disallowed, Warren ...

Bruins, Leafs go to Game 7 for 3rd straight playoff matchup

Sports 04/22/19, 17:45

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy doesn't want to change too much heading into Game 7 of Boston's first-round series against Toronto, explaining that his players "are a bit like dogs.""They love routines, especially on game days," he said after the team's practice on Monday. "So I think you try to stay ...

Steady Eddie: Healthy Vlasic helps Sharks reach Game 7

Hockey 04/22/19, 16:49

The San Jose Sharks went off the rails a bit soon after shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit with a puck that sidelined him for two-plus games.The fact that the tenor of their first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights has changed dramatically ever since Vlasic returned healthy in Game ...

/CP Survey: 48 percent of NHLPA reps favor playoff change

Sports 04/22/19, 01:03

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team.That does not mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA representatives from all ...

Hertl scores in 20T, Sharks beat Vegas 2-1 to force Game 7

Hockey 04/21/19, 23:11

Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.Just 31 seconds after Barclay Goodrow was called for slashing Brayden McNabb, it ...

Hertl lifts Sharks past Vegas 2-1 in 20T to force Game 7

Hockey 04/21/19, 22:36

Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.Just 31 seconds after Barclay Goodrow was called for slashing Brayden McNabb, it ...

Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith

Sports 04/21/19, 18:40

The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America.""The NHL principle 'Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart of everything the ...

Marchand helps Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-2 to force Game 7

Hockey 04/21/19, 17:24

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and David Pastrnak had two assists to help Boston avoid elimination. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 ...

Caps can eliminate Canes; Preds try to stay alive vs. Stars

Hockey 04/21/19, 14:52

Braden Holtby isn't one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals' locker room. "To ourselves, I think," Holtby said, "to show that when we play that way we're going to be real ...

Blues’ improbable run continues with first-round win

Hockey 04/21/19, 13:26

Last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues keep making history and celebrating an unlikely run.After having a league-worst 34 points on Jan. 2, St. Louis became the seventh team to make the playoffs after being in last place at the start of the new calendar year.Beating ...

Capitals’ T.J. Oshie out of playoffs with broken clavicle

Hockey 04/21/19, 11:58

Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right clavicle.The team announced Oshie's surgery Sunday afternoon. Coach Todd Reirden had already called Oshie out indefinitely earlier in the week.Oshie was injured late in Game 4 at the ...

Lamoriello, Trotz orchestrate Islanders’ big turnaround

Sports 04/21/19, 09:18

Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz say they didn't know exactly what to expect from the New York Islanders this season.There were plenty of questions after the Islanders gave up 293 goals — the most in the NHL since 2006-07 — while missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 11 ...

Capitals beat Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

Hockey 04/20/19, 22:09

Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round.Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Braden Holtby ...

Blues beat Jets 3-2 in Game 6 to advance to 2nd round

Hockey 04/20/19, 21:55

Jaden Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 of their playoff series Saturday night to advance to the second round.The Blues will next face the winner of the Dallas-Nashville series, which the Stars ...

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