Stanley Cup Finals

FILE - In this May 13, 2009, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, sits on the boards in the finals seconds of Game 7 of the team's NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington. The Penguins won 6-2, eliminating the Capitals from the playoffs. Another Game 7 for the Washington Capitals. Another step into the breach for a fan base snakebitten by decades of missed opportunities. The Capitals face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 7 Wednesday night, May 10. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
May 10, 2017 - 3:12 am
The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on...
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New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) and Ottawa Senators' Alex Burrows (14) fights for control of the puck during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 10, 2017 - 12:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, the New York Rangers celebrate the game winning goal by center Derek Stepan (21) against the Washington Capitals as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby looks at the puck in the net in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York. Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people, but not the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have lost six of nine times they’ve faced Game 7 in the Alex Ovechkin era. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 is the chance for the Capitals to confront its Game 7 demons as it hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 09, 2017 - 10:37 pm
Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, the New York Rangers celebrate the game winning goal by center Derek Stepan (21) against the Washington Capitals as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby looks at the puck in the net in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York. Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people, but not the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have lost six of nine times they’ve faced Game 7 in the Alex Ovechkin era. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 is the chance for the Capitals to confront its Game 7 demons as it hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 09, 2017 - 6:36 pm
Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a...
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and center Derek Stepan (21) react after the Ottawa Senators scored to tie the game late in the third period in Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Ottawa on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 08, 2017 - 8:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rangers have had a tough time closing out against the Senators in Ottawa, a challenge they're eager to take on again. First, there's business to take care of in New York. After giving up another late lead before losing in overtime again on the road, the Rangers return home...
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Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the fifth period in overtime in Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 06, 2017 - 3:53 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been preparing for these moments for their entire adult lives. Nearly 14 years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted them together, they've built a mental connection that remains indelible through any playoff pressure or defensive determination. So...
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May 05, 2017 - 8:07 am
BOSTON (AP) — A former NHL player who was on two Stanley Cup championship teams has been sentenced to probation for his role in the illegal sale of prescription painkillers. Kevin Stevens was sentenced Thursday in U.S District Court in Boston to three years' probation and fined $10,000. He pleaded...
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 19, 2017 - 1:44 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Pavelski took just 15 seconds to end San Jose's two-game scoring drought. Once that first puck went in, a bushel of goals followed. Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice and the Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton...
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This Jan. 10, 2013 file photo shows Los Angeles Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter laughing during a news conference to help kick off the NHL hockey team's season in Los Angeles. The Kings have fired Sutter and Lombardi, who led the franchise to its only two Stanley Cup championships. On Monday, April 10, 2017, the team also promoted former defenseman Rob Blake to vice president and general manager, while longtime executive Luc Robitaille will be their new team president in charge of all hockey and business operations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
April 10, 2017 - 10:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi were the Los Angeles Kings' leaders during the best years of the franchise's mostly ordinary history. When they couldn't replicate that success over the past three seasons, not even their Stanley Cup pedigree could keep their...
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This Jan. 10, 2013 file photo shows Los Angeles Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter laughing during a news conference to help kick off the NHL hockey team's season in Los Angeles. The Kings have fired Sutter and Lombardi, who led the franchise to its only two Stanley Cup championships. On Monday, April 10, 2017, the team also promoted former defenseman Rob Blake to vice president and general manager, while longtime executive Luc Robitaille will be their new team president in charge of all hockey and business operations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
April 10, 2017 - 8:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings on Monday fired coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi, the duo that led the franchise to its only two Stanley Cup championships. The Kings promoted former defenseman Rob Blake to vice president and general manager. Longtime executive Luc...
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