WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after beating the Capitals 6-2 in Game 2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series between the NHL's top two teams.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby was yanked out of the Washington Capitals' net during Game 2 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, replaced in goal by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period Saturday night. The Capitals began the final period trailing 3-1 after Holtby allowed three goals in the second.
A few weeks after the New Jersey Devils closed their worst season in nearly 30 years, general manager Ray Shero has something to smile about. "We finally won something," Shero told The Associated Press by phone shortly after the Devils won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday. "It's the first piece of great news the Devils have had for a while to be honest." Given only an 8.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau might not have seen the goal that capped his 'legendary game' for the Ottawa Senators. Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the winner 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Winning the Stanley Cup requires 16 victories each postseason, and the Nashville Predators started better than any team in these playoffs by winning their first five. Now the St. Louis Blues are ready to test how the Predators respond to their first loss.
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NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Pens chase Holtby, dismantle Caps...Sens rally to beat Rangers in 2OTs UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins gave the Washington Capitals yet another reminder that it is better to be the defending Stanley Cup champions than the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners. The Pens are heading home after taking the first two games of their second-round series with the Caps.
UNDATED (AP) -- The second round of the NBA playoffs begins tomorrow when the Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards. The best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals will match up two All-Star guards, the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas and John Wall of the Wizards. Boston advanced with a 105-83 win over Chicago last night while Washington beat Atlanta 115-99. UNDATED (AP) -- Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs continues this afternoon with two Game 2s.
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- LONDON -- In the biggest heavyweight fight in more than a decade, Anthony Joshua defends his titles against 41-year-old Wladimir Klitchsko at Wembley Stadium. Bout starts after 5 p.m. -- PHILADELPHIA -- The NFL draft concludes on Day 3 with plenty of talent around.
UNDATED (AP) -- Just as things really were starting to look bleak, the Boston Celtics showed why they earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They rallied to knock off the Chicago Bulls in six games, and now they're ready for a collision with John Wall and the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Wizards moved on to the second round with a 115-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
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CHCIAGO (AP) -- Avery Bradley pumped in 23 points and the Boston Celtics drained 16 3-pointers while ripping the Bulls, 105-83 in Chicago to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. Gerald Green scored 16 points for the Celts, who led by 13 at the half and outscored the Bulls 34-18 in the third quarter.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- While the Anaheim Ducks dominated the puck and peppered the Edmonton net with shots over the final 2 1/2 periods, Cam Talbot stood tall -- when he wasn't sprawling, diving or gloving everything in sight. While Connor McDavid is getting most of the attention during the Oilers' impressive Stanley Cup playoff run this spring, their hardworking goalie is doing much of the hard work to keep them sailing forward.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win. Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the difference between winning and losing is a puck shot from behind the goal line that goes in off his helmet, all Henrik Lundqvist can do is shake his head. Among the hundreds of decisions and 41 saves he made against the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers goaltender knew all anyone wanted to know was how that one crazy goal went in. "That's the life of a goalie," Lundqvist said.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have wrapped up their first-round NBA playoff series in six games, while the Los Angeles Clippers have forced a Game 7. John Wall poured in 42 points as the Wizards knocked out the Hawks, 115-99, and the Celtics rode Avery Bradley's 23 points to a 105-83 romp over the Bulls.
A chorus of boos greeted the announcement of Sidney Crosby's first goal in Game 1 at the Washington Capitals. During the announcement of his second, the red-rocking Washington Capitals crowd was silent. There's no place like road for the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Through early in the second round, the visiting team is 26-20 in the playoffs, a .
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics, Wizards advance UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have passed their first tests in the NBA playoffs by advancing to the second round. Avery Bradley pumped in 23 points and the Celtics drained 16 3-pointers while ripping the Bulls, 105-83 in Chicago. Gerald Green scored 16 points for the Celts, who led by 13 at the half and outscored the Bulls 34-18 in the third quarter.
UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers. The person tells the AP that Kevin Pritchard is being elevated from general manager to the team's new president of basketball operations.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena. The team says in a release Friday that bids were submitted to the league for 2020 and 2021. Little Caesars Arena is being built just north of downtown Detroit and is expected to open this year. It also will be home to the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.