NHL hockey

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, from the Czech Republic, reacts after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Sharks won 2-1 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 19, 2018 - 3:14 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Very little separated San Jose and Anaheim in the regular season, with the Ducks edging out the Sharks by one point for second place in the Pacific Division. Their first-round series wasn't nearly as competitive. The Sharks rode their superior depth, potent power play and...
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San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, center, from the Czech Republic, celebrates with Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), Justin Braun (61) and Logan Couture after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Sharks won 2-1 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 19, 2018 - 2:28 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks won the first three games of their first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks thanks to having more speed, better depth, and discipline. They completed the sweep thanks largely to Martin Jones. Jones frustrated the Ducks with stellar plays over the...
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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne raises up his glove as time runs out in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Denver. The Predators won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 19, 2018 - 2:10 am
DENVER (AP) — Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much. Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win in Game 4...
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 18, 2018 - 11:56 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Angry after losing a playoff game, Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning took out their ire on the New Jersey Devils. Not only did the Lightning defeat New Jersey 3-1 on Wednesday to move within a game of making the Devils' first trip to the playoffs in six years a short...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Carl Hagelin, left, skates away with the puck as Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Laughton, center, and Michbael Raffl, right, watch during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
April 18, 2018 - 11:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh's record book and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination. Flyers fans booed the goal — and the ones that stuck around for the end belted a familiar refrain: "Fire Hakstol! Fire Hakstol!" Crosby scored his fifth...
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Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly, left, forward Lars Eller, center, of Denmark, and defenseman Brooks Orpik celebrate Eller's second-overtime goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Capitals won 3-2.(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
April 18, 2018 - 7:54 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three straight overtime finishes to start the postseason? No problem. That's what the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals were saying after Tuesday night's double- OT game, one that finally ended when the puck pinballed around the front of the net, hitting Columbus...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31,2017, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL hockey game, in Columbus, Ohio. For the first time in their careers, brothers Marcus and Nick Foligno both made the NHL playoffs. Marcus has scored a goal and provided strong play from the fourth line for the Minnesota Wild against Winnipeg. Nick, the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has helped his team take the lead on Washington. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
April 18, 2018 - 5:48 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members , promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. "This is going to be a big night for the Folignos," he tapped out on his smartphone. Make it a big week, actually. For the first...
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Winnipeg Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers (27), Patrik Laine (29) and Tyler Myers (57) celebrate Laine's goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 18, 2018 - 5:35 pm
Auston Matthews got a taste of playoff hockey last season. Patrik Laine has been waiting two years for this. The third pick in the 2016 draft? Well, Pierre-Luc Dubois is taking a surprising star turn in the spotlight of the NHL playoffs, too. Matthews, Laine, Dubois and 2017 top picks Nico Hischier...
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Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 1-0, and sweeping the series in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
April 18, 2018 - 6:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Knights had modest goals in their first season. Put a credible team on the ice while attracting fans unused to a major pro league in Vegas, where gambling and big-name entertainers have ruled the desert city. Nobody said anything the playoffs, let alone making noise in...
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Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 1-0, and sweeping the series in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
April 18, 2018 - 2:20 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Knights want a Stanley Cup title to conclude their already amazing inaugural season in the NHL. Vegas is on its way, beating the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Tuesday night and becoming the first expansion team in league history to sweep its first playoff series. "All...
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