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  • We won! Here are the ten things we love most about the St. Louis Blues being the Stanley Cup champions.
  • Sports fans love stats and the record slashing Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup certainly provided a net full of data for the St. Louis Blues, NBC, the NHL and everyone else.
  • ust one season into his NHL head coaching career and Rod Brind'Amour is ready to make his playoff debut. The matchup isn't so welcoming. The former Flyer leads the Hurricanes into the nation's capital for a first-round matchup with the defending champs.
  • The NHL playoffs get underway on Wednesday night with a slate of five Game 1s to open up the first round of action. It seems fitting that the league's top team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, got the party started as they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of the night.
  • Apr 10 2019
    2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview
    NHL Writer Chris Lynch previews the 2019 NHL Playoff's opening round. Welcome to Playoff Hockey.
  • Last season, fan favourite and former National Hockey League play-off whipping boy Alexander Ovechkin silenced all the critics in one fell swoop as he led his Washington Capitals to the team’s first Stanley Cup in their 44-year history.
  • The Nashville Predators are launching an ice block scavenger hunt giveaway on Tuesday.
  • NHL.com has updated fantasy player rankings for basic Stanley Cup Playoff pools counting points (goals, assists) for skaters and wins and shutouts for goalies.
  • Three down, one to go. The Capitals are just a victory away from hoisting an elusive Stanley Cup after blasting the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 on Monday night at Capital One Arena. Washington scored three first-period goals and added another in the second period to jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
  • Capitals fans went bonkers at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night -- and there wasn't even a hockey game being played on the ice. The Caps were nearly 2,500 miles away, in Las Vegas, holding off the Golden Knights for their first win in a Stanley Cup Final game in 44 years of existence. It took one of the greatest saves in NHL postseason history from Braden Holtby to preserve the 3-2 win in Game 2 and send the series back to Washington for Game 3.
  • This year's Stanley Cup Final got underway on Monday night in Vegas and it was pretty insane ... even by Vegas' standards. It was the Golden Knights who managed to jump out to an early 1-0 series lead thanks to a 6-4 win over the Capitals, but this has the potential of being a riveting series that goes down to the wire. Here are some quick takeaways from Game 1.
  • Imagine you're finding your way in your NHL career. In the third season your team, the Boston Bruins, are one of the best in the business. But just as the stretch drive in the 2010-11 season is about to begin the Bruins trade you to the Atlanta Thrashers in a package deal with defenceman Mark Stuart, in exchange for forward Rich Peverley. You play well for the Thrashers, scoring 11 times in 23 games, but Atlanta finishes 24th overall. Two months later, the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.
  • As the Golden Knights prepared for their inaugural campaign, there were some legitimate reasons to believe this team was capable of being relevant, if unspectacular, from the get-go. For starters, just about everyone had a chip on his shoulder — including the head coach. They assembled nearly two teams worth of veteran defensemen to work with, as well, and gifted forwards like James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith gave Vegas more raw offensive talent than any previous expansion team in memory.
  • William Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from a blown lead late in the third period to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. After Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1:57 left in regulation, the expansion Golden Knights rebounded and won in overtime despite failing to convert on two early power-play chances.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that center Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Carl Hagelin are all game-time decisions for Game 3. Malkin, who has been out of the lineup for three games since suffering a lower-body injury in Pittsburgh’s first round series against Philadelphia, was also considered a game-time decision before Game 2 before getting scratched on Sunday. He took part in the team’s morning skate on Tuesday and was wearing a regular contact jersey, as was Dumoulin, who exited Game 2 after absorbing a blow to the head in a collision with Washington’s Tom Wilson.
  • Braden Holtby and Matt Murray largely stole the show in the Round 2 playoff series so far, exchanging tremendous saves ranging from splits to butterfly saves to blocker stops. Both goaltenders have stood on their heads for their respective teams at each end of the ice, bailing their teams out on multiple occasions. Holtby and Murray put on a show every time they take the ice and while the statistics early in this series may not reflect that, their play certainly does.
  • The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 is finally beginning to get going. After several series were decided early, only one went all seven games. Several first-round series didn’t even go past five games. But in the second round of the playoffs, the matchups are more exciting. Two teams who swept the first round are meeting up. Potentially the two best teams in the league are in the other series in the same conference. There’s another rematch of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are duking it out for the Atlantic.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are dead. After the Bruins dominated in the first few games, it looked like it might be a quick opening round series for the Leafs. Ultimately, it was the only one that went all seven games. But, in the end, the finish line for Toronto was just more Game 7 heartbreak, once again hosted by Boston. Let's take a look at where things went wrong for the Maple Leafs.
  • It was humbling to hear -- and, frankly, Paul Martin didn't want to listen. The San Jose Sharks defenseman had undergone surgery over the summer to repair ligaments in his ankle. Three games into the season, he aggravated the injury and was sidelined for two months. He injured his back at the gym, setting him back even further. Finally, on Dec. 7, he returned to the Sharks' lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes. After the game, his coaches delivered some tough love: He still wasn't ready for prime time.
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