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Lightning, Islanders envision tight Stanley Cup semifinal

Jun. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Experience is an invaluable ally in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s little the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t encountered during deep postseason runs five of the past seven years. The New York Islanders haven’t achieved as much...

Evans traveling to Vegas with Canadiens for Golden Knights

Jun. 12, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal forward Jake Evans, who has not played since sustaining a concussion on a hit by Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele on June 2, will accompany the Canadiens to Las Vegas for their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Golden Knights. Interim Canadiens...

Islanders-Lightning, Knights-Canadiens in uncertain final 4

Jun. 12, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

If the teams left in the NHL playoffs are sick and tired of facing the same opponents over and over, they are in luck in the semifinals. After exclusively divisional play this season and through the first two rounds, the hockey playoffs are down to a final four of teams...

Rask needs hip surgery, wants to return to Bruins in 2022

Jun. 11, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will have surgery to repair a previously undisclosed torn labrum in his hip, he said Friday, two days after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Islanders. Rask, who is eligible to become a free agent,...

Larsen gets first NHL head-coaching job with Blue Jackets

Jun. 11, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

When Brad Larsen went from old player to young coach and earning an NHL head job became a goal, he spent time on a hockey database website looking up the paths of those who came before him. Larsen found many of the most successful coaches took their time and embraced...

Fine lines: Knights receive scoring help across all 4 units

Jun. 11, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty and the top line of Vegas are rolling right along. Same with William Karlsson's group on the second unit and right on down the lines. Bottom line: The Golden Knights are operating four highly productive lines heading into their...

'New York Saints' moniker catches on during Islanders run

Jun. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

Seth Tierney got chills hearing Islanders fans at a jam-packed Nassau Coliseum chant, “New York Saints! New York Saints!” By then, Tierney had figured out it wasn't about the now-defunct indoor lacrosse team by the same name he played three seasons for. The NFL's New...

Caufield, college stars add 'young energy' to NHL playoffs

Jun. 11, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

When the Montreal Canadiens were one goal away from being eliminated in the first round, and then again when they were one goal away from reaching the Stanley Cup semifinals, Cole Caufield set up the overtime winner each time. Caufield was dominating college hockey just...

MacKinnon, Avs left frustrated by another early playoff exit

Jun. 11, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon didn't really want to hear about how the Colorado Avalanche remain squarely in a win-it-all sort of window and how there's always next year. The speedy forward has grown tired of such talk. This is the cold, hard...

Golden Knights top Avalanche 6-3, reach Stanley Cup semis

Jun. 11, 2021 01:29 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Alex Pietrangelo signed with the Vegas Golden Knights in October, he didn’t mince words as to why he left St. Louis after 12 seasons. “Obviously the atmosphere; I mean, I think everybody agrees it’s probably the best place to play in the NHL...