Stanley Cup playoffs

Columbus Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin, left, keeps Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund away from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 1:49 am
Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the...
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Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) vie for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 07, 2019 - 1:45 am
Bill Peters deadpanned that it was the first time he had heard the question. What did you learn about Johnny Gaudreau that you didn't know before you started coaching him? Midway through his first season with the Calgary Flames, Peters has his answer scripted by now. "Just his competitiveness,"...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 file photo, Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone plays against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The NHL’s Western Conference teams go wild in making series of moves at trade deadline, while the Columbus Blue Jackets kept adding to keep pace in the East. Vegas acquired Mark Stone, while Nashville responded in acquiring Mikael Granlund from Minnesota and Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds. The Winnipeg Jets struck six trades, including adding center Kevin Hayes from the Rangers. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
February 26, 2019 - 1:02 am
Mark Stone was considered the best player available as the NHL trade deadline approached, a 26-year-old forward who consistently has 60 points a season. The Vegas Golden Knights made a calculated gamble to acquire him Monday in the boldest move around the league simply because of the steep price...
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February 25, 2019 - 7:09 pm
The West just got wilder, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are going all-in on their late-season NHL playoff push. The Blue Jackets followed up last week's additions of Ottawa forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel by acquiring New York Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid and New Jersey goalie Keith...
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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, left and Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
February 20, 2019 - 12:37 pm
The Washington Capitals have placed winger Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers ahead of next week's NHL trade deadline. Smith-Pelly was put on waivers Wednesday after winger Dmitrij Jaskin did not practice in Toronto. Coach Todd Reirden told reporters the plan was to waive Jaskin but the team changed...
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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) and Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek (26) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
February 20, 2019 - 10:00 am
Thomas Vanek remembers waking up in Edmonton, Alberta, and turning on the TV in his hotel room to find out where he was heading. It was March 5, 2014, the NHL's trade deadline day, and Vanek's bags were packed. He knew he had played his final game a few days earlier for the New York Islanders after...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson (77) and Artemi Panarin (9) celebrate Anderson's goal as Winnipeg Jets' Tyler Myers (57) skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 06, 2019 - 1:43 pm
When the Maple Leafs sent a first-round pick and two prospects to the Kings for Jake Muzzin, it didn't exactly open the flood gates a month before the trade deadline. That's because the standings are slowing everything down. With less than three weeks until the Feb. 25 deadline, there are eight...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo, Arizona Coyotes ' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton Alberta. The Coyotes have had a rash of key injuries this season, but enter the second half just two points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
January 28, 2019 - 1:56 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes lost their starting goalie for the season, normally a crushing blow for a team's playoff chances. The hits literally kept coming. Their dynamic new player, gone for the year. Their leading scorer, out indefinitely. Six regular players, missing from the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, left, talks with New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist during the skills competition, part of the NHL hockey All-Star weekend, in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
January 27, 2019 - 12:36 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, just about everything has gone right so far this season. But as they get ready to return from the All-Star break as the NHL's top team, the Lightning knows there is little they can do before April to make this a successful...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore,top center, celebrates with teammates after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)
January 17, 2019 - 3:37 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch had to have faith. When the Vegas Golden Knights decided to send them to the minors at the start of last season, Theodore and Tuch chose to believe what general manager George McPhee told them. "The message was that we were part of the future of this...
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