Fresh teams pave way for new breakout stars in NHL playoffs

Sports 05/13/19, 01:46

When Rod Brind'Amour watched pregame shows during the regular season, he didn't think much thought was put into analyzing his Carolina Hurricanes."They'd look at the stat sheet and they'll say: 'Oh, Sebastian Aho is a good player. Watch for him,'" Brind'Amour said recently.Now that the Hurricanes are in the Eastern ...

Bruins thump Hurricanes 6-2, take 2-0 lead in East finals

Sports 05/12/19, 16:58

Matt Grzelcyk scored twice — his first career multigoal game — and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves Sunday to lead the Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Connor Clifton had his first career NHL goal, Jake DeBrusk, David Backes ...

Couture once again steps up for Sharks in postseason

Sports 05/12/19, 15:32

Logan Couture got San Jose started in the opener of the Western Conference final against St. Louis by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. He sealed the win with an empty-net goal, and in between, he did everything else the Sharks needed on both ends of the ice.Just another typical standout ...

Timo Meier scores 2 to lead Sharks past Blues 6-3 in Game 1

Sports 05/11/19, 21:58

Timo Meier scored twice and set up one of Logan Couture's two goals with a hard hit, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Saturday night.Meier's hit on Alex Pietrangelo led to Couture's goal that ...

McAvoy’s back for Bruins, and now comes the easy part

Hockey 05/11/19, 16:24

When he's playing, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said, it's easy for him to maintain his composure and concentrate on the game in front of him.Up in the press box, that's the hard part."I'm not a very good hockey watcher," McAvoy said as he prepared to return from his one-game suspension ...

Castillo fans 11, bounces back to pitch Reds past Giants 7-0

Hockey 05/11/19, 00:35

Luis Castillo struck out a season-high 11 in six innings, Nick Senzel hit a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Friday night.Yasiel Puig added a two-run single and Senzel got two hits.Castillo (4-1) allowed two hits and walked five. Last Sunday, facing the ...

Goalies helped spark turnarounds for Blues, Sharks

Sports 05/10/19, 17:43

St. Louis' season started to turn around as soon as goalie Jordan Binnington came up from the minors to help lead the Blues from the bottom of the standings. The key moment for their opponent in the Western Conference final came much later in the year when San Jose coach Peter ...

Bruins gadfly Marchand staying out of trouble (sometimes)

Hockey 05/10/19, 16:25

There's a dust-up in the corner, the referee raises his arm to signal a penalty, and Brad Marchand is right in the middle of it. Only this time, he's trying to keep the peace. The face-licking, stick-stomping Bruins forward moved quickly to pull rookie Connor Clifton away before he could retaliate for ...

Hockey luminaries attend Red Kelly’s funeral in Toronto

Hockey 05/10/19, 15:54

Family, friends and many of hockey's most luminous names bid farewell to Red Kelly at the NHL great's funeral Friday.The eight-time Stanley Cup champion played 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He died at 91 on May 2, exactly 52 years after the Maple Leafs ...

Whalers fans still rooting, 22 years after the team’s move

Sports 05/10/19, 14:08

For Mark Anderson, the opening game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins was a trip down memory lane.Anderson was watching Game 1 closely at a gathering in suburban Hartford Thursday night as the Bruins rallied to beat the Hurricanes 5-2 behind four goals in the third period."Look at ...

Finns beat Canada 3-1, Russia tops Norway at hockey worlds

Hockey 05/10/19, 12:16

Kaapo Kakko scored twice, including an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left, to lift Finland to a 3-1 win Friday over Canada in the opener for both teams at the men's world hockey championship.Arttu Ilomaki had a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Kevin Lankinen finished with 20 ...

Russia’s Putin scores 8 goals in exhibition hockey game

Hockey 05/10/19, 11:58

Russian President Vladimir Putin scored eight goals in an exhibition ice-hockey game with former NHL players.The Russian leader took to the ice on Friday in what has become an annual tradition. He played on the "Legends" team alongside Russian hockey stars such as Slava Fetisov and Pavel Bure.Putin got the ...

Bruins’ score 4 goals in 3rd, beat Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1

Sports 05/09/19, 22:06

Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored power-play goals 28 seconds apart, and Boston scored four times in the third period to rally from a one-goal deficit and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, which ...

Blues rookie Thomas playing above his age in playoff run

Hockey 05/09/19, 17:24

He is the youngest player on either roster in the Western Conference finals, but Blues rookie Robert Thomas is playing well beyond his age.Thomas, who won't turn 20 until July 2, showed off the offensive skill and speed against Dallas that led St. Louis to make him the 20th overall ...

Youthful, speedy Avalanche take another big step forward

Hockey 05/09/19, 14:02

To Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche, this was up for debate: Whether his skate brushed the blue line on what would've been a game-tying goal in Game 7 before being overturned.To the Colorado captain and his teammates, this was not debatable: Their prospects moving forward.The Avs are youthful, fast ...

Healthy Pavelski helps lead Sharks back to conference final

Sports 05/09/19, 01:39

Ever since Joe Pavelski went down with a gruesome head injury in the first round of the playoffs, the mantra for the San Jose Sharks has been to stay alive in the postseason long enough for their captain to come back to the ice.What a return Pavelski made to send ...

Pavelski leads Sharks past Avalanche 3-2 in Game 7

Sports 05/08/19, 22:41

Captain Joe Pavelski made a triumphant return from a gruesome head injury by posting a goal and an assist in the first period that helped send the San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night.Just over ...

Captain Joe Pavelski returns to Sharks for Game 7

Hockey 05/08/19, 20:10

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will return from a bloody head injury to play Game 7 of a second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche.Pavelski came out of the pregame skate feeling well and will be in the lineup Wednesday night for the first time since getting hurt in Game ...

Bruins’ McAvoy will have to wait to make East finals debut

Hockey 05/08/19, 18:59

The verdict is in on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy: Good player, but not much of an attorney.Speaking on the eve of Boston's Eastern Conference final opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, McAvoy said Wednesday he made his case to the NHL's player safety authorities but couldn't talk them out of ...

Goalie Binnington a steady rookie rock as Blues advance

Sports 05/08/19, 17:06

Jordan Binnington still doesn't look nervous.Sure, the standout rookie goalie for the St. Louis Blues admitted he got a little tired late in the double-overtime win over Dallas in Game 7. But he said he is ready to keep his strong play going as St. Louis advanced the Western Conference ...

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