Stanley Cup Finals

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) celebrates with Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), Jakub Vrana (13), Alex Ovechkin, top center, and Matt Niskanen (2) after Kuznetsovs' game-winning goal during the overtime period in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 7, 2018. The Capitals won the game 2-1 to take the series, four games to two. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 07, 2018 - 11:55 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov's stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped it back to...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Wyoming's Josh Allen, center, takes a selfie of himself with Buffalo Bills fans after being selected by the team during the first round of the NFL football draft, in Arlington, Texas. It has never been easy being a sports fan in Buffalo, where losing has been customary. A renewed sense of hope has suddenly arisen in this rust-belt city after the Bills selected quarterback Josh Allen in the first round of the draft and the Sabres won the NHL draft lottery.(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
May 07, 2018 - 10:54 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills were so dull during their lean years, comedian Nick Bakay feared his body would fuse to the couch while watching them play. "It's an incredibly disturbing image," Bakay said of wasting away Sundays witnessing his hometown team sleepwalk through one loss after...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) pats Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) after Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
May 07, 2018 - 3:32 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind. Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the first two rounds of the playoffs. "I think if...
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FILE - In this June 20, 1999, file photo, Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock hoists the Stanley Cup after the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in triple overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in Buffalo, N.Y. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock is retiring, ending a 22-year career as the third-winningest coach in NHL history. Hitchcock will become a consultant for the team he led to its only Stanley Cup championship in 1999. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 13, 2018 - 3:39 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ken Hitchcock wasn't sure how long he would coach the Dallas Stars the second time around after 15 years away. Turned out to be one season. The coach who led Dallas to its only Stanley Cup championship retired Friday, ending a 22-year career as the third-winningest coach in NHL...
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Arizona Coyotes' Luke Schenn, center right, celebrates the win with Scott Wedgewood, center left, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, left, as Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, right, looks on following the overtime period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
October 30, 2017 - 10:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The struggling Arizona Coyotes finally got their first win of the season, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Alex Goligoski's overtime goal after blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation Monday night. Goligoski scored with 14.4 seconds left on the clock in...
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Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15) loses the puck while skating in on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray as Justin Schultz (4) defends in the first period of the NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
October 07, 2017 - 11:21 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — After a rocky start to their Stanley Cup title defense, the Pittsburgh Penguins are just happy to be back on track. They rebounded against the team they beat for the championship in June as Evgeni Malkin scored, Matt Murray stopped 26 shots and the Penguins beat the Nashville...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 26, 2013 file photo, former Washington Senators broadcaster Bob Wolff waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony to honor him, before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park in Washington. Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died, Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was 96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 16, 2017 - 10:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died. He was 96. Son Rick Wolff said his father died peacefully Saturday night at his Nyack home. Wolff broadcast the NFL's championship game, World...
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July 16, 2017 - 9:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died. He was 96. Son Rick Wolff said his father died peacefully Saturday night at his Nyack home. Wolff broadcast the NFL's championship game, World...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The Montreal Canadiens signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million five-year deal on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
July 03, 2017 - 6:49 pm
After building up to a playoff run that ended in the second round yet again, the Washington Capitals are going through a salary-cap nightmare usually reserved for Stanley Cup champions. The same struggles that led to the deconstruction of the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings over the years...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 01, 2017 - 10:49 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern and added to an area of depth Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract and acquiring defenseman Alexei Emelin in a trade with...
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