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Alex Ovechkin nets pair as Capitals eliminate Blue Jackets

The Washington Capitals can now turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins and avenging some playoff disappointments. The Capitals won four straight games over the Columbus Blue Jackets after fumbling the first two in overtime at home, capping their opening-round playoff series with a 6-3 victory Monday night in Game 6. Alex ...

Capitals take 3-2 series lead over Blue Jackets

/ Apr 22, 2018

Capitals take 3-2 series lead over Blue Jackets

Overtime came at the perfect time for the Washington Capitals. Outshot, outskated and outplayed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a lopsided third period of Game 5, the Capitals went into their locker room at intermission Saturday with no choice but to talk about what ...

Jets notch first series victory

/ Apr 21, 2018

Jets notch first series victory

Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal got right to the point. "It couldn't have gone any worse at the start for us, and it couldn't have gone any better for them," Staal said. "They got the momentum and ran with it, especially early." Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, ...

Caps top Blue Jackets, even series 2-2

/ Apr 20, 2018

Caps top Blue Jackets, even series 2-2

Game 4 lacked the intensity of the three before it, and no overtime heroics were necessary. Instead, the workmanlike Washington Capitals turned in their most complete game of the playoffs, putting away the Columbus Blue Jackets to tie their series at two games apiece. Not ...

Sharks edge Ducks to complete sweep

/ Apr 19, 2018

Sharks edge Ducks to complete sweep

The San Jose Sharks won the first three games of their first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks thanks to having more speed, better depth, and discipline. They completed the sweep thanks largely to Martin Jones. Jones frustrated the Ducks with stellar plays over the final two ...

Golden Knights complete sweep of Kings

/ Apr 18, 2018

Golden Knights complete sweep of Kings

The Golden Knights want a Stanley Cup title to conclude their already amazing inaugural season in the NHL. Vegas is on its way, beating the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Tuesday night and becoming the first expansion team in league history to sweep its first ...

Sharks demolish Ducks, take 3-0 lead in series

/ Apr 17, 2018

Sharks demolish Ducks, take 3-0 lead in series

For three games, the San Jose Sharks have had more speed, discipline and depth than the Anaheim Ducks. If they can repeat that formula for one more game, the Sharks will move on to the second round of the playoffs. Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and ...

Blue Jackets sting Capitals in OT to go up 2-0

/ Apr 16, 2018

Blue Jackets sting Capitals in OT to go up 2-0

Sergei Bobrovsky looked as poised facing 58 shots as he did before the game when he calmly walked down the hallway in a buttoned-up beige trenchcoat. On the ice, Bobrovsky stood out even more. The goaltender with a history of playoff struggles looked like his ...

Bruins steamroll Maple Leafs to take 2-0 lead

/ Apr 15, 2018

Bruins steamroll Maple Leafs to take 2-0 lead

David Pastrnak's first goal required a 180-degree spin as he settled down a bouncing puck, shifted it from his forehand to his backhand and flipped it into the net. By the time he scored his second he had already added three assists. And when the Bruins ...

Flyers even series with Penguins

/ Apr 14, 2018

Flyers even series with Penguins

His team embarrassed by the defending Stanley Cup champions in a lopsided playoff-opening loss, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol could have panicked. Instead, he doubled down. No switching up the lines. No swapping the goaltenders. Nothing. Hakstol didn't think changes were necessary. As ugly as ...

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock decides to retire

/ Apr 14, 2018

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock decides to retire

Ken Hitchcock wasn't sure how long he would coach the Dallas Stars the second time around after 15 years away. Turned out to be one season. The coach who led Dallas to its only Stanley Cup championship retired Friday, ending a 22-year career as the ...

/ Apr 13, 2018

Russia hockey coach Oleg Znarok resigns

Oleg Znarok has stepped down as coach of Russia's hockey team less than two months after it captured a first Olympic title in 26 years. Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak told domestic news agencies Thursday that Znarok "got tired psychologically" and would be replaced ...