Men's hockey

Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates with Josh Manson (42) and Ryan Kesler (17) after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks won 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 14, 2017 - 11:39 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver of room over Rinne's shoulder. "So I just...
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Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm (14) collides with Anaheim Ducks' Ondrej Kase (86) as they battle for the puck by the goal during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 14, 2017 - 10:29 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Sunday night. Jakob Silfverberg, Sami...
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Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm (14) collides with Anaheim Ducks' Ondrej Kase (86) as they battle for the puck by the goal during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 14, 2017 - 10:26 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks roared back from an early two-goal deficit to even the Western Conference finals with a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Sunday night. Jakob Silfverberg, Sami...
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Ottawa Senators' Jean-Gabriel Pageau, right, celebrates with goalie Craig Anderson after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the overtime period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Ottawa won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 14, 2017 - 5:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn't an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. "A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ourselves,"...
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US goalie Jimmy Howard, left, blocks a shot by Slovakia's Tomas Zigo, second right, during a group A match between Slovakia and USA at the 2017 Hockey World Championships in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (Monika Skolimowska/dpa via AP)
May 14, 2017 - 2:22 pm
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The United States defeated Slovakia 6-1 Sunday to stretch its winning run at the ice hockey world championship to five games ahead of its Group A showdown with Russia. Johnny Gaudreau finished with two goals to take his tournament tally to six, and an assist, while Jimmy...
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Switzerland's Fabrice Herzog, left, celebrates with teammates Ramon Untersander, center, and Andres Ambuhl, right, after scoring his sides winning goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Canada and Switzerland in the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
May 13, 2017 - 5:24 pm
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Switzerland came from two goals down to end Canada's perfect start to the ice hockey world championship with a 3-2 win in overtime on Saturday. Fabrice Herzog's second goal of the game helped to lift Switzerland to second in Group B behind two-time defending champion Canada...
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Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, right, celebrates after scoring against Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette, center, and goalie John Gibson during the first period of Game 1 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 13, 2017 - 1:29 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2009, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, sits on the boards in the finals seconds of Game 7 of the team's NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington. The Penguins won 6-2, eliminating the Capitals from the playoffs. Another Game 7 for the Washington Capitals. Another step into the breach for a fan base snakebitten by decades of missed opportunities. The Capitals face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 7 Wednesday night, May 10. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
May 12, 2017 - 6:13 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The aftermath of the Washington Capitals' all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time. No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss , in seven games in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because some if not many of...
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Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano celebrates after scoring during the second period in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
May 11, 2017 - 11:21 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is taken to the ice by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 11, 2017 - 12:41 pm
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin finished the playoffs playing through a lower-body injury that required pain-numbing injections. The Russian Hockey Federation announced the injury Thursday, saying Ovechkin would not be able to play at the world championships in Europe because of it. It was...
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