SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton, carrying a tie in his right hand, was on his way to his press conference late Wednesday night when he made a sudden detour.
The Sharks star veered into the family waiting area, stepping past the ropes of a hallway at SAP Center to find his wife, Tabea Pfendsack. She'd been waiting a long time for this, too.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The roar started in the third period. The sold out home crowd, who had waited a generation for this moment, rose up in unison to begin the countdown on the biggest win in Sharks franchise history.
Finally, after 25 years, the moment they waited for had arrived.
Joel Ward scored twice and Martin Jones made 24 saves as the ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins have lost their past five Games 7 on home ice.
That historical nugget probably isn't troubling them much, however, now that they'll have a chance to break that streak -- and to secure a place in the Stanley Cup final -- Thursday night.
They defeated Tampa Bay, 5-2, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final at Amalie...Read more
Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday in San Jose, Calif.
Elliott started the first 17 games of the playoffs -- all seven against Chicago and Dallas and the first four of the San Jose series -- before giving way to Jake Allen in Game 4. The Blues lost that game 6-3 and the Sharks ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Pavelski said it was going to take everybody if the Sharks were going to get the result they wanted in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues.
But when the game reached its most critical juncture Monday, everybody turned to him.
Pavelski scored the tying goal on the power play late in the second ...Read more
While Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered little clarity on his goaltending situation as the team departed for Tampa, Fla., Monday morning, center Evgeni Malkin did provide a concrete prediction on the bigger picture.
"I believe in my team, I believe in myself," Malkin said. "We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure."
To be clear, Malkin ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins made it through the first 97 games of the regular season and playoffs without losing a game they led after two periods.
Unfortunately for them, their game against Tampa Bay on Sunday night at Consol Energy Center was No. 98.
And now they are 46-1 when they're in front at the end of 40 minutes.
The Lightning rallied ...Read more
Pavel Datsyuk had a big hand in Russia winning bronze at the World Championship. Detroit Red Wings teammate Dylan Larkin left empty handed.
What happens next for Datsyuk should emerge between June 6-16, his agent tells the Detroit Free Press.
Datsyuk assisted on three goals in a 7-2 victory over Larkin and the U.S. in Moscow. Larkin finished ...Read more
After making 31 saves and picking up a 6-3 win Saturday, Jake Allen will remain the Blues' starting goalie for Game 5 Monday.
"Yeah, Jake is going to play tomorrow," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock announced Sunday afternoon. "I am comfortable with either guy, but I woke up this morning and talked to the coaches again and decided to go with Jake."
PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins' lineup will have a radically different look for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against Tampa Bay on Sunday night at Consol Energy Center.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal, defenseman Trevor Daley will be in street clothes and right winger Beau Bennett apparently will be on the left side on the No. 1 line.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Whatever it was, turning to goaltender Jake Allen and switching up the line combinations, it worked for the Blues in Game 4.
A team that had been dominated by San Jose in Game Nos. 2-3, shut out in both, woke up with 6-3 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center Saturday.
The best-of-seven series looked like it was on the verge...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- Losing Game 4 was the easy part for the Penguins.
That's how they made it look for much of Friday, anyway.
What might be considerably more difficult is deciding which goaltender to start when the Eastern Conference final shifts back to Consol Energy Center Sunday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury, long the Penguins' franchise goalie, ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Blues will be making a goaltending change for Game 4 in the Western Conference final.
Jake Allen will make his first start in the postseason, replacing Brian Elliott, the club announced Friday.
After a 3-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 3, in which Elliott was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots, Blues coach Ken ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This might be the Sharks fourth-ever appearance in a Western Conference Final. But they entered into new territory Thursday with their 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.
The Sharks are leading a conference final for the first time in their 25-year history, and perhaps an appearance in a Stanley Cup final has never seemed so ...Read more
At least two players won't be back with the Detroit Red Wings next season.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Thursday that he told "Brad Richards and Kyle Quincey that I definitely won't sign them before July 1, if at all." Both will be unrestricted free agents come July.
Neither is a surprise. Richards, 36, was signed last ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Phil Kessel narrative continued to rewrite itself Wednesday night.
Kessel recorded his 15th and 16th points of the postseason in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He set up the Penguins first goal with 10 seconds to play in the second period, then ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins probably spent much of this evening wondering if they would ever get a puck past Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
They finally managed to do it, though.
And then they made a habit of it.
Carl Hagelin's rebound goal with 10 seconds left in the second period triggered a burst of offense that gave the Penguins...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The quickness the Sharks have shown through most of two games of the Western Conference finals hasn't been all about straight ahead foot speed. The Sharks are winning little races to pucks, taking away time and space from St. Louis' elite forwards, and supporting one another in all three zones.
It's a big reason the Sharks ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Ryan Callahan is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. He missed Game 2 after coming down with the flu.
"I feel good," Callahan said following his team's optional morning skate. "Got sick. Obviously, I didn't feel well ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- After winning a game in which they didn't play up to speed, the Blues said they had more gears heading into Game 2 of their Western Conference finals series against San Jose.
Unfortunately, the car didn't start Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.
Just about every area of the Blues' game you can name -- energy, discipline, power ...Read more