Latest Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Resilient Lightning expect to bounce back against Islanders

Jun. 20, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No team has been more resilient in the NHL playoffs than the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning Stanley Cup champions are 12-0 in games following a postseason loss since the start of their title run last year. That ability to bounce back is about to be...

Canadiens' coach symptom-free; hopes to return in days

Jun. 20, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens interim coach Dominique Ducharme on Sunday said he remained symptom-free two days after testing positive for COVID-19, and hoped to be back behind the bench during Montreal’s Stanley Cup semifinal series against Vegas. Wearing a dark blue...

Vegas goalie Fleury laughs off flub, looks forward to Game 4

Jun. 19, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury was so upbeat, the Vegas goalie laughed off a question about his costly late-game flub. The Golden Knights might be well-served to do the same after finding themselves in the all too familiar position of facing adversity during a...

Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2 in OT to take 2-1 lead

Jun. 19, 2021 02:50 AM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Luke Richardson didn’t envision his debut as an NHL head coach coming this way. But he’ll take it. Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the game at 12:53 of overtime and Carey Price made 43 saves as Montreal beat the Vegas...

Some injuries more obvious than others in NHL playoffs

Jun. 18, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

Jeff Petry's bloodshot eyes scared his three young sons until they pretended he was the villain and they were the superheroes. Then they were OK playing with dad. Petry returned to the ice for the Montreal Canadiens in a Game 2 win in Las Vegas despite broken blood...

Defend NY: Jets bond while supporting Islanders in playoffs

Jun. 17, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders had their jumbo-sized man advantage in the stands again at the Old Barn. Several Jets players were at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night to root on the Islanders during their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their...

Hurricanes extend Brind'Amour, who wins coach of year honors

Jun. 17, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

Rod Brind'Amour never worried much about being able to reach a deal to remain coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. “It was just a matter of time, really,” Brind'Amour said Thursday as the team announced a three-year contract extension. Hours later,...

Offense from defense a key factor in Stanley Cup semifinals

Jun. 17, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

One of the first things Peter DeBoer wanted to change when he took over as Vegas Golden Knights coach 17 months ago was getting defensemen more involved in the offense. It took some time. Now, the Golden Knights have more goals, assists and points from their blue line...

Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

Jun. 16, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Semyon Varlamov is the wily veteran, coming off a season in which he set career bests in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for the New York Islanders. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the league's wins leader over the past four years for the Tampa...

Kucherov shines, Lightning beat Islanders 4-2 in Game 2

Jun. 16, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of superlatives to describe the playmaking ability of NHL playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov. “He’s remarkably gifted ... does everything with grace,” coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday night after one of...