NHL hockey

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, right, of Russia, celebrates his goal with right wing Patrick Kane during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 10, 2017 - 6:49 pm
The Chicago Blackhawks have been here so many times before. They're 16 postseason wins away from a fourth Stanley Cup title in eight years, and their veteran core knows it has the talent and the experience to survive the two-month playoff grind. Nobody else in the Western Conference playoff picture...
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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates at the bench after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
April 10, 2017 - 12:49 am
A look at the NHL playoffs that begin Wednesday: ___ WHO'S PLAYING EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue Jackets on the Metropolitan Division side. On...
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Anaheim Ducks' Ondrej Kase, center, of the Czech Republic, and Los Angeles Kings' Nic Dowd, right, look at the puck in the air during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 09, 2017 - 11:23 pm
The NHL playoff picture with the regular season ending Sunday: ___ WHO'S IN EAST: The Toronto Maple Leafs' loss to Columbus sends them to Washington to face the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals on the brutal Metropolitan Division side of the draw. It also means the Boston Bruins travel to Ottawa...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Bryan Bickell skates during the warmups prior to the start of an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Philadelphia. This is the last game he will play in after announcing his retirement four games ago. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
April 09, 2017 - 10:08 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. During a stoppage in the first period, fans and players from both teams...
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Denver left wing Jarid Lukosevicius (14) skates to the bench after scoring his goal against Minnesota-Duluth during the second period of an NCAA Frozen Four championship college hockey game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 08, 2017 - 11:26 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North Dakota for second on the NCAA list with...
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Denver left wing Jarid Lukosevicius (14) skates to the bench after scoring his goal against Minnesota-Duluth during the second period of an NCAA Frozen Four championship college hockey game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 08, 2017 - 11:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North Dakota for second on the NCAA list with...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Bryan Bickell (29) is acknowledged during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 8, 2017. Bickell is retiring after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. St. Louis won 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
April 08, 2017 - 10:33 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell says he's retiring after the season as he fights multiple sclerosis. Bickell said following Saturday night's 5-4 shootout loss to St. Louis that he and his family came to the decision "probably about 3-4 days ago. His final game comes...
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Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson (90) scores on Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin as defenseman Brandon Carlo looks on during the first period of Washington's 3-1 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
April 08, 2017 - 10:03 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals were so dominant this season that they had nothing left to play for with two games left in the NHL schedule. That's precisely why the Bruins want to avoid them in the playoffs. "In retrospect, it's over and we're through it," Boston forward David Backes said...
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Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson (90) scores on Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin as defenseman Brandon Carlo looks on during the first period of Washington's 3-1 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
April 08, 2017 - 6:59 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals were so dominant this season that they had nothing left to play for with two games left in the NHL schedule. That's precisely why the Bruins want to avoid them in the playoffs. "In retrospect, it's over and we're through it," Boston forward David Backes said...
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April 08, 2017 - 6:44 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell says he's retiring after the season as he fights multiple sclerosis. Bickell told NHL.com before Saturday night's game against St. Louis that he and his family decided these final two games would be his last. Carolina wraps up the...
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