Stanley Cup Finals

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, hits Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) with Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) nearby during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 21, 2018 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals beat up the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Monday night to even the Eastern Conference final and force a deciding Game 7. Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik led the...
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Vegas Golden Knights' James Neal (18), Deryk Engelland (5), goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and the rest of the team celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets during NHL Western Conference Finals, game 5, in Winnipeg, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 21, 2018 - 4:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Welcome to Impossible. Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible. The stunningly successful expansion squad is headed to...
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Vegas Golden Knights' Alex Tuch (89) celebrates after scoring during first period NHL Western Conference Finals game 5 hockey action against the Winnipeg Jets, in Winnipeg, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2018 - 6:11 pm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights pushed their remarkable expansion season into the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final. Alex Tuch also scored...
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Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith celebrates after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals Friday, May 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
May 19, 2018 - 12:41 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights were a 500-to-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup before the NHL season began in October. Their surprisingly successful inaugural season is still rolling along, and they're one win from a berth to the Stanley Cup final. Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway...
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Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals hockey playoffs series against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
May 17, 2018 - 1:57 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault vowed after the Golden Knights' morning skate to come out swinging in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, looking to avoid a back-and-forth affair with the Winnipeg Jets. He didn't disappoint. For the second straight game, Marchessault scored two goals -...
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In this photo taken from video the scoreboard at Bojangles Coliseum shows a new record for the longest game in AHL hockey history at a playoff game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Charlotte, N.C., early Thursday morning, May 10, 2018. Lehigh Valley won 2-1 in the fifth overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Siner, Charlotte Observer via AP)
May 10, 2018 - 2:37 pm
Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms was up early as usual Thursday to take a walk and stop for a breakfast sandwich and his morning coffee. The 25-year-old goalie was no worse for the wear a little over seven hours after he finished a 94-save performance in an American Hockey League playoff...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour watches from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in Raleigh, N.C. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that former Carolina captain Rod Brind’Amour is expected to be promoted to head coach of the Hurricanes. The person said the deal was being finalized and the announcement could come later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, May 8, 2018, because the team has not publicly discussed its coaching search. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)
May 08, 2018 - 11:18 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former captain and current assistant Rod Brind'Amour as their head coach. The team also announced Tuesday that team president Don Waddell will take over as the full-time general manager after serving as the acting GM. The team scheduled a news...
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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) celebrates with Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), Jakub Vrana (13), Alex Ovechkin, top center, and Matt Niskanen (2) after Kuznetsovs' game-winning goal during the overtime period in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 7, 2018. The Capitals won the game 2-1 to take the series, four games to two. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 07, 2018 - 10:57 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakway goal 5:27 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Monday night, and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years. Kuznetsov took a lead pass from Alexander Ovechkin and...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Wyoming's Josh Allen, center, takes a selfie of himself with Buffalo Bills fans after being selected by the team during the first round of the NFL football draft, in Arlington, Texas. It has never been easy being a sports fan in Buffalo, where losing has been customary. A renewed sense of hope has suddenly arisen in this rust-belt city after the Bills selected quarterback Josh Allen in the first round of the draft and the Sabres won the NHL draft lottery.(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
May 07, 2018 - 10:54 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills were so dull during their lean years, comedian Nick Bakay feared his body would fuse to the couch while watching them play. "It's an incredibly disturbing image," Bakay said of wasting away Sundays witnessing his hometown team sleepwalk through one loss after...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) pats Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) after Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
May 07, 2018 - 3:32 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind. Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the first two rounds of the playoffs. "I think if...
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