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Lundqvist, Rangers even series

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two poor performances, and helped the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Friday night and square the NHL Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous two games. Rick Nash ...

Blackhawks beat Ducks on double-OT winner

May 24, 2015

Blackhawks beat Ducks on double-OT winner

Antoine Vermette turned a huge disappointment into a moment of pure joy. That is how it goes for the Chicago Blackhawks when the playoffs go to overtime. Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second extra session, and the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 ...

Ducks edge Blackhawks

May 22, 2015

Ducks edge Blackhawks

Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago. Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night ...

May 21, 2015

KHL eyes expansion into China

The Kontinental Hockey League says it wants to expand into China, hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid to conquer the vast market. Beijing is the front-runner to host the 2022 Olympics and if successful, “will essentially be forced to develop hockey ...

Lightning strike in OT to edge ahead over Rangers in series

May 21, 2015

Lightning strike in OT to edge ahead over Rangers in series

The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov’s overtime goal. Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his ...

Kruger scores winner in third overtime to lift Blackhawks

May 20, 2015

Kruger scores winner in third overtime to lift Blackhawks

The Blackhawks tried just about everything to get a puck past Frederik Andersen while Game 2 of the Western Conference finals wound through three overtime periods and deep into the night, eventually becoming the longest game in Chicago’s 89-year history. Andrew Shaw even headed ...

Johnson fires Tampa to win

May 19, 2015

Johnson fires Tampa to win

Tyler Johnson is carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs and making a name for himself. The 24-year-old is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP. Johnson scored short-handed, even strength and on the power play in tallying the first ...

Ducks beat Blackhawks in Game 1

May 18, 2015

Ducks beat Blackhawks in Game 1

Frederik Andersen lunged forward and stretched out his stick, taking a desperate chance to stop Patrick Kane. The Chicago star’s shot somehow glanced off Andersen’s lumber and flew over a painfully open net. Andersen kept the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals opener ...

Rangers turn tables on Lightning in Game 1 of East finals

May 17, 2015

Rangers turn tables on Lightning in Game 1 of East finals

The New York Rangers aren’t the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season. Not even close, and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals showed that. Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play, the defense limited the Lightning’s high-powered offense ...

Stepan scores winner for Rangers in Game 7

May 14, 2015

Stepan scores winner for Rangers in Game 7

Make the resilient Rangers play a Game 7 and they don’t even flinch. Dump them into a 3-1 hole in a playoff series and they simply work harder. And win. Derek Stepan scored 11:24 in overtime, lifting New York past the Washington Capitals 2-1 ...

Kucherov's pair help Lightning oust Canadiens

May 13, 2015

Kucherov's pair help Lightning oust Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos urged his teammates to not play “scared.” The Lightning responded with their best performance of the playoffs, and now they’re headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, and Stamkos and Ondrej ...

May 13, 2015

Montador had brain disease: study

Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador had a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head, according to researchers who autopsied his brain. Montador died in February at age 35 of an undisclosed cause at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He ...

Rangers win, force Game 7

May 11, 2015

Rangers win, force Game 7

All of 40 seconds into Game 6, Chris Kreider scored for the New York Rangers. Did it again with 0.3 seconds left in the first period. Then, after the Rangers nearly let all of a three-goal lead slip away late, Henrik Lundqvist helped them ...