Latest Stanley Cup Playoffs News

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...

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...

'No secrets' and no certainty in one-of-a-kind NHL playoffs

May. 14, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

There will be no mysteries when Tampa Bay and Florida meet in the first round of the playoffs after facing off eight times this season and twice in the past week. Same deal for Montreal and Toronto, who have played 10 times since mid-January. “I don’t want to say it...

Capitals and Bruins have bad blood, friendly familiarity

May. 14, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

Tom Wilson has faced the Boston Bruins a few times since drilling Brandon Carlo with a hit that drew a seven-game suspension. Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Capitals on Saturday night in Washington is Carlo's first game back on the ice...