Latest Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Isles acquire Panik, 2nd-round pick from Red Wings for Leddy

Jul. 16, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders acquired forward Richard Panik and a second-round draft pick this year from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday for defenseman Nick Leddy. Detroit will retain 50% of Panik’s salary. Panik has 88 goals and...

Ryan Graves hopes to be shutdown defenseman for NJ Devils

Jul. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has been talking to Colorado counterpart Joe Sakic for almost two years about acquiring defenseman Ryan Graves. They could never seem to agree on a price — that is, until the NHL expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken...

Lightning GM: Kucherov played Final with broken rib

Jul. 13, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois confirmed on Tuesday that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture. Kucherov was hurt on a cross-check during Game 6 of the conference final...

Blackhawks trade Keith to Oilers for Jones, 3rd-rounder

Jul. 12, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Duncan Keith is heading to the Edmonton Oilers in the latest departure of a cornerstone player from the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup core, a move that could help the club speed up a long-term rebuild. Chicago traded Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy...

Champion Lightning ace final exam on 'last day of school'

Jul. 08, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla (AP) — With the clock ticking on their time together, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning talked about what they already knew was their last Stanley Cup run as a group. They talked about it midway through the playoffs. They talked about it on the verge...

'Champa Bay' celebrates third pro title in less than a year

Jul. 08, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The party began more than two hours before faceoff and got merrier as the night wore on. The Tampa Bay Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup title on Wednesday night, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to give a region becoming known as...

'They never quit': Canadiens fall short in Cup Final

Jul. 08, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

Brendan Gallagher lowered his head and began wiping tears from his scarred face, having difficulty accepting the sudden finality of the Montreal Canadiens' season being over. Already the inspirational leader of the franchise, Gallagher provided the voice to the bitter...

Vasilevskiy wins Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP

Jul. 08, 2021 00:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Andrei Vasilevskiy was thrust into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with starting goaltender Ben Bishop injured, he was a shy, unknown player at the beginning of his NHL journey. Six years later, he’s a two-time Stanley Cup champion at the peak of...

Analysis: Lightning, fueled by losses, win another Cup title

Jul. 07, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning had their first chance to clinch the Stanley Cup championship in the 2020 playoff bubble, Jon Cooper recalls how he let his mind drift to what the celebration would be like. “You’re thinking about raising the Stanley...

Resilient Vasilevskiy gives Lightning edge moving forward

Jul. 06, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

No team has been more resilient in the NHL playoffs than Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have a knack for rebounding from losses and closing out opponents standing between them and a Stanley Cup title. The defending champions are 14-0 in games...