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After back-to-back losses, Panthers' Cup Final goal clear as ever: 'Just got to win one game'

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Paul Maurice kept the message simple. His Florida Panthers have been knocked down the past couple games with history on the horizon, but the optimism around the team hasn’t wavered.

“They’re not feeling deflated,” the veteran coach said. “A little grumpy.”

As should be the case when another opportunity to clinch the Stanley Cup ...Read more

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Kings save money by dealing Pierre-Luc Dubois for Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper

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LOS ANGELES — The Kings solved a pair of problems Wednesday by trading expensive but underperforming forward Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Washington Capitals for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Kuemper, a former King, will go to the top of the team's thin depth chart in goal. The only other goalie on the Kings' NHL roster is David Rittich, who re-...Read more

Carolina Hurricanes' GM Eric Tulsky cites need to be creative in 'complicated' offseason

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Tulsky held his first news conference Wednesday as the Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager and handled it in a professional, if professorial way.

“It’s an incredible organization and I’m honored to be trusted to lead it,” he said.

Tulsky’s predecessors as general manager were Jim Rutherford, Ron Francis and ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Eric Tulsky never expected this, but the Hurricanes' new GM is embracing the challenge

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Eric Tulsky didn’t set out to crack the hockey code or win a Stanley Cup. He was just trying to build a better electric-car battery. The hockey analysis and blogging? Just a hobby. An interest. An avocation.

Ten years ago, before he joined the Carolina Hurricanes and switched careers midstream, he never saw this coming: As soon as Wednesday, ...Read more

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Panthers can't overcome another early deficit, lose Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final to Oilers

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The Florida Panthers’ first chance to win the Stanley Cup came up flat when they got blown out in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton.

Their first chance to win it on home ice went the same way.

The Edmonton Oilers cruised to an early three-goal lead that the Panthers couldn’t erase in a 5-3 loss in Game 5 on Tuesday at Amerant ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers run into Connor McDavid again in 5-3 loss to Oilers, and series is on

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SUNRISE, Fla. — So, yes, in case you wondered, that’s Connor McDavid.

That’s the King of the North. That’s the oil to the Edmonton Oilers’ engine. That’s the player who was everything the Florida Panthers feared coming into the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight game on Tuesday night.

And so for the second straight game the ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Panthers, fans wait 30 years for Stanley Cup but will have to wait a little longer

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This was like no night the Florida Panthers had ever experienced in front of their own fans — a chance, at home, to raise the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

Twenty-thousand red-clad fans, some who had waited 30 years for this moment, willed the storybook ending.

But the greatest unscripted reality show ever invented — it’s called ...Read more

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Blackhawks dive into interviews with Ivan Demidov, Artyom Levshunov and other NHL draft prospects

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks will have a tough decision between at least two highly touted prospects with the No. 2 pick at the NHL draft next week in Las Vegas.

They took a step closer to narrowing that choice.

Representatives from the Hawks began the first of several meetings Tuesday with prospects represented by agent Dan Milstein, ...Read more

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Could Florida Panthers lineup changes be coming in Game 5? What Paul Maurice had to say

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After the Florida Panthers got blown out by the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Paul Maurice said he needed at least a day to decide if he was going to make any lineup changes moving forward.

While nothing is set in stone, it looks as if at least one move could be made based on how the team looked at practice on Monday...Read more

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'Same old Bobby': Panthers aren't worried about Sergei Bobrovsky after Game 4 benching

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Sergei Bobrovsky has already turned the page.

The Florida Panthers expect nothing less.

Panthers coach Paul Maurice pulled his star goaltender 25 minutes into Florida’s 8-1 blowout loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday — their first chance to win the Stanley Cup after going up 3-0 in the best-of-7 ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers coach Paul Maurice, a hockey lifer, has spent decades chasing this final win to hold the Stanley Cup

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There were three television stations to watch in the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, of Paul Maurice’s youth. A French station. WKBD from Detroit, 300 miles south. And CBC, which his family gathered around any Saturday night the kids weren’t playing hockey to watch that week’s game on “Hockey Night in Canada.”

“My mom would make a pot of...Read more

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After blowout loss in Game 4, Panthers keeping emotions in check with Stanley Cup in sight

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Make no mistake about it: The Florida Panthers know they were far from their best on Saturday in their first chance to clinch the Stanley Cup. The final score, an 8-1 blowout at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, paints that picture clearly.

Florida deviated from its game too much. The shutdown defense was ...Read more

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Edmonton's top players found life in Game 4. Should that concern the Panthers?

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The Florida Panthers managed to keep the Edmonton Oilers’ top players at bay through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. It’s a big reason they were able to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series and put themselves within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

In Game 4 on Saturday, with ...Read more

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Oilers rout Panthers in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final to keep series alive

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As Paul Maurice prepared for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the first chance for his Florida Panthers to win the Stanley Cup and pull off a rare Stanley Cup Final sweep against the Edmonton Oilers, he acknowledged that there would be two energy sources in Edmonton’s Rogers Arena.

“One’s desperation and the other’s desire, for lack of ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Panthers get crushed in Edmonton 8-1 but Florida still in charge up 3-1 ... right?

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Admit it. You had the talk with fellow Florida Panthers fans, with neighbors, friends or coworkers, over the past couple of days. (I‘d imagine it was around the water cooler, but I’m not sure sure water coolers still exist.)

Somebody asked, “Would you rather have the Panthers clinch the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 in Edmonton and ...Read more

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They're one win from Stanley Cup, but businesslike Panthers 'can't think about' that yet

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All season, the Florida Panthers have been steadfast in their approach to every situation that has come their way.

Focus on what you can do right now. Don’t worry about what has happened or what’s to come. Control the present — this one game, one shift, one play, one opportunity.

As the stage got bigger — from their push to win the ...Read more

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How Brent Burns helped convince the Celebrini family that San Jose was OK

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Turns out former San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had a hand in helping Rick Celebrini finalize his decision to move his family from Vancouver to the Bay Area after he accepted a position with the Golden State Warriors six years ago.

Celebrini was hired by the Warriors as their director of sports medicine and ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers' stars shine again, Edmonton's don't -- and South Florida is one win from the Cup

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When it came to the big play, the breath-taker, the game-saving moment when the Florida Panthers needed one, there was goalie Sergei Bobrovsky making it again in the final minutes Thursday night in a way that said you can relax. He’s got this. They’ve all got this, really.

It’s not certain if it happens Saturday in Game 4 in Edmonton, or ...Read more

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Aleksander Barkov key as Panthers beat Oilers to take 3-0 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

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For three days, the Florida Panthers patiently waited to determine if Aleksander Barkov would be able to play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It’s hard to tell there was any doubt with the way he way he played on Thursday.

Barkov set up the Panthers’ game-opening goal in the first period, scored a goal of his own and was his usual ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Panthers will win 1st Stanley Cup unless Oilers party like it's 1942

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I would never, ever suggest that the Florida Panthers with a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final should get a jump on a parade plan. Or that the Edmonton Oilers don’t still have a chance.

I’ll let the math do the talking instead. (Canada, cover your eyes.)

Teams with a 3-0 series lead in NHL playoff history go on to win 98.1% of the time. ...Read more