NBC, NHL encouraged about ratings heading into Cup Final

Basketball 05/26/19, 15:19

The television ratings for this year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been steady despite many top markets not having teams qualify and finalists from the past two years eliminated in the first round.Going into the start of Monday's final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins, television ratings for all ...

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 ...

Islanders fans don’t mind Brooklyn for playoff games

Sports 04/28/19, 10:52

With their team playing in the Eastern Conference semifinals, New York Islanders fans are back in Brooklyn for the first time in more than two months. And since it means they're doing well in the Stanley Cup playoffs, they're happy to be back."I prefer the Coliseum but I'd rather be ...

O’Reilly’s luck turns and so do fortunes of the Blues

Sports 04/24/19, 01:17

When the St. Louis Blues traded for Ryan O'Reilly in the offseason, they received an All-Star caliber player still seeking postseason success.He fit right in with a franchise still seeking its first Stanley Cup after 52 years of existence.While neither has found what they are looking for yet, they are ...

Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup playoffs

Sports 04/12/19, 16:53

For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his playoff debut with Dallas, 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov tried to carry Carolina back from a big deficit, early 20-somethings Mitch Marner ...

All eyes on Binnington when Blues face off against Jets

Hockey 04/09/19, 14:29

Jordan Binnington is about to get a crash course in what Connor Hellebuyck faced last season.The St. Louis Blues' rookie goaltender will make his playoff debut against Hellebuyck and the high-powered Jets in Game 1 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Winnipeg. If Binnington can match what Hellebuyck did ...

Bruins prepare for yet another playoff matchup with Toronto

Hockey 04/08/19, 16:43

The Boston Bruins have a successful history against their first-round playoff opponent — but they're hardly dwelling on it.For the second straight season, the Bruins will open the Stanley Cup playoffs with a first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston hosts Game 1 on Thursday night.The Bruins won last ...

Crease concerns: Several contenders have goalie questions

Hockey 04/08/19, 01:37

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-best team to ...

Lightning ties NHL record with 62nd win, beat Bruins 6-3

Hockey 04/07/19, 01:33

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.Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) scores on Boston ...

Kovalchuk scores twice as Kings beat Golden Knights 5-2

Hockey 04/07/19, 00:32

Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals, Dustin Brown had two assists and the last-place Los Angeles Kings closed the season with a 5-2 victory over the playoff-bound Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while Jeff Carter and Matt Roy also had ...

Ducks expect return to playoff form after disappointing year

Hockey 04/06/19, 18:12

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler are the only Ducks left from the last early summer in Anaheim.The Ducks' six-year streak of Stanley Cup playoff appearances has ended, but their veterans are determined to make sure this disappointment leads Anaheim right back to the postseason."It's the worst thing to ...

Lightning ties NHL record with 62nd win, beat Bruins 6-3

Sports 04/06/19, 16:57

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.Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) scores on Boston ...

Anaheim Ducks wrap up season with 5-2 win over rival Kings

Sports 04/05/19, 23:52

Korbinian Holzer scored his first NHL goal in just over two years, Sam Steel added a short-handed goal and the Anaheim Ducks punctuated a miserable hockey season in Southern California with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.Daniel Sprong, Carter Rowney and Jakob Silfverberg also scored, ...

Lightning clinch Presidents’ Trophy; Canucks win in OT

Hockey 03/18/19, 22:27

Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents' Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.The Lightning, who have 116 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.Stamkos became the franchise leader in goals with ...

Lightning top Coyotes 4-1 to clinch Presidents’ Trophy

Hockey 03/18/19, 21:43

Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents' Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.The Lightning, who have 116 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.Stamkos became the franchise leader in goals with ...

Panthers looking to make _ and gain _ a point this season

Florida 09/25/18, 11:50

The Florida Panthers have a point to make this season.A point to make up, too.Ordinarily, 96 points in the standings gets a team into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Since the league went to its current points format — where a tie after regulation guarantees both teams one point — 99 ...

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