Professional hockey

New York Islanders' Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his empty-net goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 16, 2019 - 8:49 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defense. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency. One by one over the last 10 months, the Islanders have answered them all...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand, of Denmark, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 16, 2019 - 7:03 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended up on the wrong side of NHL history, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs after one of the best regular seasons ever. The Columbus Blue Jackets capped a stunning sweep of the Presidents Trophy winners with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night...
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Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of Game 3 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 15, 2019 - 11:13 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne withstood a flurry of shots when the Dallas Stars had an extended power play in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage. Then came his incredible save with the game tied midway through the third before the Predators got the game-winner. Rinne...
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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar drops back to defend in the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Calgary Flames, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Denver. The game was the first in the NHL for Makar. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 15, 2019 - 10:14 pm
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in the first period and set up newly signed rookie Cale Makar's first NHL goal in his debut as the Colorado Avalanche routed the Calgary Flames 6-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Matt Nieto added a short-handed...
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, punches Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov, also of Russia, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 15, 2019 - 8:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A barrage of punches from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin could have an ongoing impact on the reigning Stanley Cup champions' playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ovechkin floored Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov with a right hook during a fight in the first...
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the second period of an NHL playoff hockey game in Toronto on Monday, April 15, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 8:51 pm
TORONTO (AP) — With the Toronto Maple Leafs back home, Auston Matthews finally broke through against Boston. Matthews scored his first goal of the postseason and set up another as the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Warren Foegele (13), right, and Washington Capitals' Jakub Vrana (13), of the Czech Republic, skate during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 15, 2019 - 7:50 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes waited 10 long years to finally bring the playoffs back to town. They almost seemed determined to cram a decade's worth of goals and hits into one game. Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Dougie Hamilton also scored twice and the...
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Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, left, celebrates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series game, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
April 14, 2019 - 11:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After losing in the Stanley Cup Final last June, the Vegas Golden Knights looked to bolster their forward depth by trading for Max Pacioretty and signing Paul Stastny before the season. At the trade deadline, they dealt for Mark Stone. Those moves that formed one of the most...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
April 14, 2019 - 8:35 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win. The Russian goalie shut the door when the Tampa Bay Lightning made a desperate late surge on Sunday night, preserving a 3-1 win and giving...
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Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien celebrates after scoring during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Sunday, April 14, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 14, 2019 - 7:35 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series. Winnipeg dropped the first two games by one goal, but got back on track in St. Louis. Kevin Hayes...
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