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Eriksson Ek’s OT goal lifts Wild past Vegas 1-0

May. 16, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Between hard hitting, fast skating, a torrid pace, spectacular goaltending — Game 1 of the first-round series between the Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday had everything but a goal in regulation. The scoring drought ended with Joel...

Blues may be without Perron for Game 1 against top seed Avs

May. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The puck hasn't even dropped in the playoff series against Colorado and the St. Louis Blues have already gotten what captain Ryan O'Reilly labeled a “bad bounce.” For a second straight day, their leading scorer, David Perron, appeared on the NHL's...

Palmieri's OT winner lifts Isles by Penguins 4-3 in Game 1

May. 16, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Islanders brought Kyle Palmieri home at the trade deadline believing his mix of grit and scoring touch would make a difference in the playoffs. So far, so very good. Palmieri knocked a fluttering puck past Tristan...

Hurricanes, Preds set to open first-round playoff series

May. 16, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have gone from being mired in a nearly decade-long playoff drought to a division champion armed with postseason experience and success. Their first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators offers the chance to...

Nic Dowd scores in OT, Capitals beat Bruins 3-2 in Game 1

May. 15, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie’s goal song, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” echoed through Capital One Arena and its 25% capacity crowd. It turned out the credit technically belonged elsewhere, but Capitals fans were in no mood to nitpick. Nic...

MacKinnon on track to return for Game 1 against Blues

May. 15, 2021 23:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon returned to the ice for practice Saturday and all signs point to him being back in the lineup for Game 1 of a first-round series against the St. Louis Blues. The difficult-to-contain Colorado Avalanche forward missed four of the final...

Kings' Doughty: 'We need to be better and get better'

May. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty isn't the only player on the Los Angeles Kings roster who was disappointed about the team's disappointing run down the stretch. But as they go into a third straight offseason missing the playoffs, the defenseman laid down a challenge to the entire...

Sunshine State showdown: Lightning-Panthers in NHL's Round 1

May. 15, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

There used to be a thing called the Governor’s Cup, a trophy presented to whichever team won the annual regular season series between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. It was supposed to be a way of drumming up hockey interest around the Sunshine State. It...

Fast-finishing Penguins open playoffs against Islanders

May. 15, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang has never missed the playoffs during his 15-year career. Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman knows not all postseason opportunities are equal. “Sometimes you have that feeling inside you like ‘This year is a good year,’ like you...

Wild west: NHL wins leader Vegas wary of Minnesota matchup

May. 15, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

The Vegas Golden Knights have set a new standard for the expansion team in professional sports, enjoying a remarkable amount of success over just four NHL seasons. They reached the Stanley Cup finals in their first year and advanced to the Western Conference finals after...