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May 22, 2014

Ovechkin set for return against France

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has recovered from a right leg injury and is ready to play for Russia against France on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The Russian hockey federation saud Ovechkin will resume his duty as ...

May 22, 2014

Goal outburst powers Kings

Jeff Carter and the Los Angeles Kings know how to come back in the playoffs. This was no big deal compared to the first two rounds. Carter scored three of Los Angeles’ six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 on ...

Rangers take 2-0 series lead

May 20, 2014

Rangers take 2-0 series lead

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New ...

Blackhawks beat Kings in Game 1

May 19, 2014

Blackhawks beat Kings in Game 1

Corey Crawford is playing so well right now that nothing seems to bother him. When the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal waved off in the second period Sunday, Crawford picked up the slack for his disappointed teammates. Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had ...

Rangers pound Canadiens in Game 1

May 18, 2014

Rangers pound Canadiens in Game 1

Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers had a reason to smile in the midst of a weekend of sadness. St. Louis, who will attend his mother’s funeral with his teammates on Sunday, scored the opening goal of the Eastern Conference finals to ...

Kings thrash Ducks in Game 7

May 17, 2014

Kings thrash Ducks in Game 7

Sitting in another jubilant dressing room deep inside another dazed road arena, Anze Kopitar simply stopped trying to explain the Los Angeles Kings’ big-game brilliance. In nearly every tight playoff spot over the last three years, his Kings have emerged and advanced — even ...

Montreal puts away Boston

May 15, 2014

Montreal puts away Boston

Even as the Montreal Canadiens swept through the opening round of the playoffs — their first postseason series victory in four years — they knew that a more difficult challenge was next. The Boston Bruins. Their Original Six rival. The defending Eastern Conference champions ...

Rangers win tense Game 7

May 14, 2014

Rangers win tense Game 7

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had trouble finding the words to describe goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “He’s OK,” Vigneault said finally with a small shake of his head. Except that is, in Game 7s. In Game 7s, Lundqvist is unbeatable. And so are the ...

Habs deliver clutch victory

May 13, 2014

Habs deliver clutch victory

Old rivals Montreal and Boston are going to another Game 7. The Canadiens kept up a strong pace and produced their best effort of the playoffs and Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist and Carey Price made 26 saves in a 4-0 ...

Rangers win sets up Game 7 clash

May 12, 2014

Rangers win sets up Game 7 clash

If Martin St. Louis wasn’t a fan favorite during his first two months with the New York Rangers, he certainly became one during a very emotional weekend. St. Louis came to New York in March in a deal in which popular team captain Ryan ...

Bruins push Habs to brink

May 11, 2014

Bruins push Habs to brink

It took the Boston Bruins five years to score a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. They needed only 32 seconds to do it again. Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored on back-to-back advantages to help the Bruins snap an 0-for-39 ...

May 11, 2014

Bollig banned for next two games

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended for two games Saturday by the NHL for boarding Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Bollig received a minor penalty for boarding in the second period of Chicago’s 4-2 road ...