Stanley Cup Playoffs

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 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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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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Washington Capitals celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in 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 - 6:22 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table. The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, a victory that sent...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) holds 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 - 2:08 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a lingering perception of Ovechkin and the Caps as...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Boston University head coach David Quinn talks to his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. The New York Rangers have hired Boston University’s David Quinn as their new head coach. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the long-reported move Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File
May 23, 2018 - 2:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers hired Boston University's David Quinn as their new head coach Wednesday, the second college coach hired by an NHL team this month and third in the past four years. Quinn replaces Alain Vigneault, who was fired hours after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, collides with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6), from Sweden, during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 22, 2018 - 8:06 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is closer than ever to playing for the Stanley Cup, and he's determined to make the most of the opportunity. "I've never been in this position before," he said Tuesday, looking ahead to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello speaks to reporters during a news conference on the first day of NHL hockey training camp, in Toronto. Longtime NHL executiveLamoriello has joined the New York Islanders and will have full authority in all hockey matters. The team on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, announced the hiring of the 75-year-old Lamoriello as president of hockey operations. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
May 22, 2018 - 6:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Lamoriello is taking over the New York Islanders. All the questions belong to him now. The Islanders announced the hiring of Lamoriello on Tuesday as president of hockey operations, giving the longtime NHL executive the keys to a franchise that has missed the playoffs eight...
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