NHL

Fleury, Knights beat Kings 1-0 in Vegas’ 1st playoff game

LAS VEGAS (AP) Chalk up another milestone for the Vegas Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Wednesday night to win the franchise’s first playoff game. The expansion club will try to take a 2-0 ...

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Patience finally pays off for big-game goalie Grubauer

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Philipp Grubauer was 18 and had only been in North America for a year and a half when he walked into the Windsor Spitfires locker room as the latest member of a stacked junior team. ”He was really German at that point,” Windsor teammate Taylor Hall said. ”He was very quiet, and he was a goalie, so ...

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Coyotes looking to build upon strong second half

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes were one of the NHL’s best teams the final two months of the 2017-18 season, playing the kind of hockey coach Rick Tocchet envisioned his first season in the desert. If only they had started rolling a few months earlier. Plagued by the worst start in franchise history, the Coyotes finished last in the ...

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Half the Devils roster has never played in NHL postseason

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils are heading into the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and not surprisingly half the roster has never competed in a NHL postseason game. The newbies in the Cup chase include leading scorer Taylor Hall, No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier, No. 1 goaltender Keith Kinkaid and probably nine of the 20 ...

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Bruins, Maple Leafs back at it, with memories of 2013

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins remember what happened last time they met Toronto in the NHL playoffs. They also realize they can’t count on it happening again. After taking a 3-1 lead in the series but failing to close out the Maple Leafs in Games 5 and 6 of their first-round series in 2013, Boston fell behind 4-1 in the ...

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Ducks honor victims of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy

Days after the hockey world community was shook by the news coming from Canada of the Humboldt Broncos car accident on the way to a playoff game that resulted in 15 people– 10 players, two coaches, the team radio play-by-play announcer, team statistician and the bus driver– dying, the Anaheim Ducks decided to take action. Following practice, Ducks players lined ...

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GAME 1 PREVIEW: LA Kings face Golden Knights in Las Vegas (6:30p, FSW)

6:30P: FOX SPORTS GO | LISTINGS | SERIES With a surprising run to the Pacific Division title, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were the feel-good story of the regular season in the National Hockey League. Now the question is can they continue their storybook season in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? The Golden Knights (51-24-7) host the Los Angeles Kings (45-29-8) in the first game ...

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Leadership of Landeskog has helped Avs turn things around

DENVER (AP) There were moments in such a sour season a year ago when Gabriel Landeskog doubted himself as a player. It just wore on him that much. Never once did he ever question this: His ability to lead the Colorado Avalanche. The longtime captain who’s still just 25 galvanized a youthful squad this season through dinners, pingpong games, stepping ...

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Fighting down, hatred still high in NHL playoff rivalries

Sidney Crosby saw Jakub Voracek’s glove on the ice and wasn’t going to let his opponent pick it up easily. Crosby pushed the glove away with his stick and reignited a melee in a good, old-fashioned Pittsburgh-Philadelphia playoff game that featured three fights, way more scrums and 158 penalty minutes. When Crosby was asked afterward why he did it, the ...

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Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

DENVER (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season. There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the playoffs, which begin Wednesday night. For instance, zero comes to mind, which is the number of ...

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