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May 2, 2015

Canadians cruise in opening contest

Canada showed its attacking power with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Friday in the first game of the world hockey championship, while the United States beat 2014 runnerup Finland 5-1. Defending champion Russia opened with a 6-2 victory over Norway, and Sweden beat ...

Caps win on Ward's goal with 1.3 seconds left

May 1, 2015

Caps win on Ward's goal with 1.3 seconds left

Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden. So, the forward screamed at his superstar teammate. Maybe he should do it more often. Ward got Ovechkin’s attention and drove the Russian’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist with 1.3 ...

Lightning eliminate Red Wings in Game 7

Apr 30, 2015

Lightning eliminate Red Wings in Game 7

Lucky bounce or not, Petr Mrazek never saw the puck coming. The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on in the NHL playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings are headed home. Braydon Coburn broke a scoreless tie with a goal that kicked up over Detroit’s goalie ...

Lightning, Wings ready for Game 7

Apr 29, 2015

Lightning, Wings ready for Game 7

One more game in the first round of the NHL playoffs. One last chance to catch a memorable duel between Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson and Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek. Johnson and the Lightning host Mrazek and the Red Wings in Game 7 of ...

Capitals win tight Game 7

Apr 28, 2015

Capitals win tight Game 7

Unburdened by the catastrophes of past Game 7s littering the Washington Capitals’ playoff history, rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov delivered a breathtaking, series-clinching goal that got Alex Ovechkin’s seal of approval. “Pretty sick,” Ovechkin declared. Sure was. Skating around every opponent on the ice as he ...

Wild oust Blues to reach next round

Apr 27, 2015

Wild oust Blues to reach next round

Minnesota was killing an early penalty when Zach Parise snagged a loose puck in the neutral zone, raced away from St. Louis and triggered a huge roar from the home crowd with his highlight-reel goal off a bad-angle shot. That was a bad sign ...

Blackhawks clinch series

Apr 26, 2015

Blackhawks clinch series

Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded. Another big goal for Chicago’s top defenseman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs. Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on ...

Rangers put away Penguins

Apr 25, 2015

Rangers put away Penguins

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hagelin skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short ...

Next NHL expansion may cost $500 million

Apr 25, 2015

Next NHL expansion may cost $500 million

NHL NHL commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind. How’s $500 million sound? Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors ...

Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

Apr 24, 2015

Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

The Tampa Bay Lightning spent all season showing they could score goals in bunches, and with a first-round playoff series seemingly slipping away, Tyler Johnson led their most important flurry yet. Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory ...

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

Apr 23, 2015

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

The Anaheim Ducks wiped out the Winnipeg Jets in front of another raucous whiteout crowd. Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period and Anaheim beat Winnipeg 5-2 on Wednesday night to sweep the Western Conference first-round series. “Obviously it’s a building that I ...

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

Apr 22, 2015

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning. The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games. Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenseman ...