PITTSBURGH — His season began with COVID-19, which forced him to miss five games in November.
"It hit me pretty hard," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was saying last week. "It was a tough few days."
It continued with the NHL's decision to skip the Beijing Olympics in February, denying him the chance to live out his dream of coaching the U.S. ...Read more
ST. LOUIS — You didn’t think the Avalanche would go away quietly, did you? Of course not. Colorado avenged Thursday’s home loss to the Blues, defeating St. Louis, 5-2, Saturday in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.
They are now halfway home to advancing to the Western Conference finals, up two games to one in the best-of-seven ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — As of Friday, May 27, it will have been 47 years since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup. If you have a fondness for the sadomasochistic, you can continue parsing that number to illustrate just how long that drought has been: 17,168 days, 411,744 hours, and on and on, until you risk crashing the calculator app on your ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. — It was steamy outside the arena and heated at times inside once the game began Friday as the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers went at it again.
It was Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The Canes won the first game at PNC Arena and the Rangers desperately wanted to win the second to even the ...Read more
DENVER – There is hope for the St. Louis Blues after all. Remember – and how could you forget — they were outshot by about a million to one in Game 1 as Colorado put on a dazzling display of speed and skating.
But in the playoffs, what happens in one game frequently has no bearing on what happens in the next one. And somehow, the Blues ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. — The clock showed 0.9 seconds remaining and the Florida Panthers were frozen on the ice. Ross Colton had stumbled to the ice in joy and the Panthers were gobsmacked.
With virtually no time left on the clock, the Lightning stunned Florida for a 2-1 win Thursday in Sunrise.
The Panthers’ season — the best in franchise ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Lightning won two straight Stanley Cups playing like there’s no tomorrow.
And after an even-tempered Game 1 of their second-round series against the cross-state rival Panthers, things intensified Thursday night Gat FLA Live Arena.
The Lightning were certainly wounded by hard hits and harder pucks, wearing out the ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — Locker-cleanout day always is a brutal day, one of the worst days of the year for all sports teams. It signifies the end of a season and, unless your team won the championship, of failure to one degree or another. Maybe worst of all, you know the same group won't be back to try again next season. Some of your teammates — your ...Read more
SEATTLE — Watching the just-completed opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs underscored yet again how difficult it is to win a championship.
Or, at least, to plan on winning one. There's a difference. And one that Kraken fans should take note of.
We saw five opening-round series go to Game 7, the second-most in NHL history. Among ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes are still unbeaten at home in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it took overtime.
The Canes fell behind the New York Rangers in the first period, tied the score late in the third and then won, 2-1, on defenseman Ian Cole’s goal at 3:12 of overtime in Game 1 of their second-round series.
The Hurricanes, ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. — The face, right? You’ve got to protect the face first.
And then it’s easily breakable bones. The forearm, the knees, even the feet.
Really, when it comes to blocking a frozen hockey puck whizzing at you at breakneck speed — and that’s not necessarily a euphemism — it’s best to go into turtle mode and pray it hits ...Read more
DENVER — The Blues didn’t deserve to win with the way they played.
So, sure, it was pretty impressive and exciting that Game 1 went to overtime. All they needed was one shot to win.
Fittingly, they didn’t even get off one shot in the overtime.
The Blues lost here at Ball Arena, 3-2, and it easily could’ve been 6-2. Or 16-2. Take the ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — I hate to disagree with Tristan Jarry, who gave his all against the New York Rangers on Sunday night by playing hurt after missing a month with a broken foot and playing well enough to give the Penguins a chance to win Game 7.
But I must.
"They're generational players," Jarry said of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang....Read more
Colorado’s Josh Manson zipped a game-winning shot past Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington for a stunning 3-2 overtime victory at an electric Ball Arena Tuesday night. Manson’s shot from the top came midway through the first extra period of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Avalanche played a penalty-free game until late in the...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. — With Brayden Point, the best player in the Lightning’s first-round playoff series win over Toronto, sidelined for Tuesday’s second-round opener against Florida, the Lightning needed someone else to push the pace.
Enter Nikita Kucherov, who put the game on his stick in the second period and brought the Lightning back from a...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. — In the same sense that we’re doomed to repeat the same stupid timeline over and over again off the ice — a New York broadcaster using the word “hillbilly” to describe the Carolina Hurricanes, and before the series even starts — there’s a pretty good chance the second round is going to look a lot like the first for ...Read more
DETROIT — Everywhere else around the NHL, especially in many passionate sports cities in the United States, this series isn't going to get much attention.
But in Canada — and obviously, especially, in the province of Alberta — this is going to be something else.
When the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames renew the Battle of Alberta ...Read more
CHICAGO — Even Jeff Greenberg knows this feels crazy, right?
Here’s a former Chicago Cubs assistant general manager, who worked in baseball for 16 years, making the leap to professional hockey — and not just switching from another sport but occupying one of the Chicago Blackhawks’ top three front-office positions as an associate general...Read more
MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Let us not visit the sins of the father upon the son. Tie Domi was as hated here as he was anywhere else, although it’s a two-way street, given that the Carolina Hurricanes put an end to what may have been his best shot at a Stanley Cup.
So what a strange world we are living in that nobody, nowhere could have been ...Read more
The Penguins' first-round playoff loss to the Rangers is the fourth consecutive early exit for the team. It is their third straight first-round loss, and it was a series they all but had won and blew. The Penguins led 3-1 in the series, they had a two-goal lead in Games 5 and 6 and lost, and then in Game 7 entered the third period with a 3-2 ...Read more
- Ron Cook: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on another heartbreak, physicality perceptions and his job security
- Blues goalie Binnington leaves injured, Avs take series lead with 5-2 win
- Mike Sielski: Why the Flyers' 47-year Stanley Cup drought won't end soon
- Antti Raanta, Hurricanes shut down Rangers in Game 2, take 2-0 series lead
- Rangers eliminate Penguins on Artemi Panarin's overtime goal