NHL hockey

April 04, 2018 - 8:56 am
NBA-SCHEDULE Cavaliers win battle of division leaders UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to shake their midseason malaise and demonstrate they are capable of making their fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James delivered 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavs...
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) deflects the puck wide of the net during first period NHL hockey action against the Winnipeg Jets' during Western Conference Finals, game 5, in Winnipeg, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 26, 2018 - 7:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury has been the foundation for the Vegas Golden Knights' run to the Stanley Cup Final. Yet while he has a 1.68 goals-against average and .947 save percentage, he'll be the first one in the locker room to credit the defensemen in front of him. "It's a team game — win...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) celebrates with Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), Jakub Vrana (13), Alex Ovechkin, top center, and Matt Niskanen (2) after Kuznetsovs' game-winning goal in the overtime period in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Ovechkin is having fun, scoring goals, leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final and destroying the bad rep some laid on him for not being able to get past the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 26, 2018 - 2:07 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Raw emotion came from Alex Ovechkin as he wore an "Eastern Conference champions" hat for the first time. "Oh my God," he said. "It's unbelievable. I can't explain my emotions. I'm just happy for my boys, for organizations, for fans. Finally." Finally. Ovechkin and the...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, back, celebrates his goal with Luca Sbisa during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference finals in Las Vegas. The love affair between a city and its new team wasn't totally unexpected. Las Vegas was, after all, a town starved for major league sports. (AP Photo/Marc Sanchez, File)
May 26, 2018 - 1:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gerard Gallant took time out from preparing for the Stanley Cup finals to watch a Little League game this week, something that might be surprising to those who think there is little in Las Vegas besides showgirls, craps tables and nightclubs. There is a real city beyond the Las...
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz speaks during an NHL hockey press conference, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
May 25, 2018 - 5:05 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the lasting images from the Capitals' playoff run came the morning of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final. Usually Alex Ovechkin hustles around the rink in a hot lap prior to the morning skate. Only this time it was 55-year-old coach Barry Trotz, who answered the...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Tod Leiweke speaks during a news conference naming him as the president and CEO for a prospective NHL expansion hockey team, in Seattle. Leiweke has watched with appreciation from 1,000 miles away as to what is happening in Las Vegas. As the president of the prospective next frontier of NHL expansion in Seattle, Leiweke knows the Golden Knights reaching the Stanley Cup Finals is unprecedented. But instead of feeling pressure, Leiweke sees lessons to be learned for when Seattle’s future team finally takes the ice. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, FIle)
May 25, 2018 - 3:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — From his office about 1,000 miles away from T-Mobile Arena, Tod Leiweke has watched the Stanley Cup playoffs with a growing appreciation for what is taking place in Las Vegas. He was keeping an eye on the Golden Knights even before he became president of Seattle Hockey Partners LLC,...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2009, file photo, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, gestures as he comments on the weather during a news conference to promote the NHL Awards Show, in Las Vegas. Once perhaps an unlikely leader for the good ol’ hockey game with its roots north of the border, the 65-year-old Jewish lawyer from New York has become one of the most powerful and long-lasting forces in professional sports. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FIle)
May 25, 2018 - 12:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There is usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ready to go from enjoying a nice meal to...
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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, right, poses with members of the Washington Capitals and the Prince of Wales trophy after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
May 24, 2018 - 7:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Patterson was a fresh-faced 22-year-old in the stands at the old Capital Centre in October 1974 when the expansion Washington Capitals won for the first time. As he was leaving, an elderly man from Brooklyn told Patterson he'd always get to say he saw the Capitals' first win...
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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn poses during an NHL hockey news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 24, 2018 - 5:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Quinn had been contacted by other NHL teams in recent years, and chose to remain at Boston University. When the New York Rangers came calling, it was different. As talks with general manager Jeff Gorton and assistant GM Chris Drury — both of whom he's known for many years —...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane waits for play to resume during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night, May 22, on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:14 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Evander Kane knew San Jose was a good fit when Joe Thornton showed up for a late-night airport pickup following a trade deadline deal. That comfort was only reinforced over the next 10 weeks on the ice and in the dressing room. It left Kane with an easy choice as he headed...
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