BOSTON — As we still await word of a possible contract extension for GM Don Sweeney and the future of coach Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins offseason got off to a bumpy start.
The Bruins announced Friday evening that star left wing Brad Marchand underwent successful hip arthroscopy and labral repairs on both hips. Recovery time is expected to be ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — With their second-round sweep of the Panthers, the Lightning earned themselves some time off before the start of the Eastern Conference final, which likely will open Monday or Wednesday in Raleigh or New York.
The Lightning closed out the Panthers on Monday and have used the time off to heal from physical series against Florida ...Read more
MIAMI — A few days had passed since the Florida Panthers’ record-setting season ended with a stunning sweep at the hands of the rival Tampa Bay Lightning and the Panthers couldn’t believe it.
“I woke up this morning thinking we were playing,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said Wednesday after arriving at FLA Live Arena on the day ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sometimes, it truly is a game of inches. As it was when Sebastian Aho hit the crossbar. And Jesper Fast hit the post. And Aho hit the right post while standing alone in acres of open ice.
Then, once in a while, it’s a game of yards. Which is how far offsides Andrew Copp was when he scored what, momentarily, was the go-ahead ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes were playing at home in the playoffs.
The Canes scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal.
The Canes also won a coach’s challenge, disallowing a New York Rangers goal.
That all added up to a 3-1 victory in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series at PNC Arena, keeping the Hurricanes ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos knows what it’s like having to watch while teammates chase greatness.
“The worst feeling as an athlete is not being able to perform, especially at this time of the year,” said Stamkos, who missed all but 2 minutes, 47 seconds of the Lightning’s 2020 run to the first of back-to-back Stanley Cup ...Read more
In trying to put a cosmic Game 5 collapse behind them, the Avalanche has at least one thing going for it:
Heading into a potential close-out Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues at The Enterprise Center on Friday night, the Avs are a perfect 4-0 on the road this postseason.
Of course, none of those wins were preceded by a historic meltdown with ...Read more
DENVER — Inside a quiet elevator in a silenced arena, the doors opened to reveal the biggest Blues fan there is.
Tom Stillman, hockey-loving chairman of the Blues, stepped into a Ball Arena elevator to go down to ice level, where it had just happened.
It, of course, being the impossible.
“That was hard on the heart,” Stillman said. “...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning’s power play has been known as a threat throughout the NHL for years.
It’s hard to find a weakness on Tampa Bay’s top man-advantage unit, with Victor Hedman at the point, Steven Stamkos in the left circle, Nikita Kucherov in the right, a rotation of players around the net and Brayden Point in the slot.
So, ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux had begun to acknowledge the inevitability of his situation years ago. It was the summer of 2018, just before the Flyers’ first day of training camp. Dave Hakstol had helped him revitalize his career the season before, moving him from center to left wing. With the position change, Giroux had gone from 58 points ...Read more
DENVER — On eight occasions this season, the Blues put together winning streaks of three games or more. They won five in a row to start the season and won nine straight in April.
Well, they need one more three-game streak to keep their season alive, and got a start in that direction Wednesday with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Colorado ...Read more
DETROIT — Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman has choices, that's for sure.
In his search for a head coach to replace Jeff Blashill, Yzerman has a long, long list of available candidates. Be it from the NHL, the minor leagues, the NCAA or Europe.
There are plenty of available candidates — many of them with impressive, winning resumes, ...Read more
DENVER – Before he answered any hockey questions Wednesday following the Blues’ morning skate, coach Craig Berube wanted to set the record straight on his “no-comment” involving threats and racial slurs made against Colorado forward Nazem Kadri.
“I’m not on social media,” Berube said. “I was aware of a threat made to Nazem. Not ...Read more
HARTFORD, Conn. — A new cluster of fans is tuning in to playoff hockey with its exciting games and series and star players unfolding on ESPN, TNT and ABC. Ratings are high, up 15% from the pre-pandemic playoffs of 2019, setting records during the first round.
All this bodes well for the NHL’s new television arrangement, and in the middle of...Read more
The NHL is awfully quick to throw the book at Nazem Kadri. But where the heck are they when some idiot throws an elbow at him?
Or a water bottle? Or something worse?
David Perron, Blues forward by day and tactless goon by night, should be suspended. Now. If not for Game 5 of Avs-Blues on Wednesday night at Ball Arena, when Colorado likely ...Read more
NEW YORK — Try as they might, the Carolina Hurricanes can’t win a road game in the playoffs.
The Canes have tried — five times. All have ended in losses.
Unbeaten at home in the playoffs, the Canes fell again outside of PNC Arena, taking a 4-1 beating from the New York Rangers on Tuesday in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — All these years later, how do they do it?
Not just the winning. That’s explained easily enough with a stat here and an Andrei Vasilevskiy there.
No, after all the records, awards, championships, farewells, arrivals, injuries, slumps, salary caps, grudges and community heroes, how do they pull off the most remarkable feat in ...Read more
MIAMI — Where do you look for belief when there doesn’t seem to be any? How do you claim confidence when the words feel hollow even as they leave your lips? Where do you find resilience when the world is laughing at your chances?
When you know even your most loyal fans have likely resigned themselves to reality, not allowing hope in, so ...Read more
Biggest game of the series, biggest game of the year, biggest game since 2019, and this mighty Blues offense disappeared in plain sight.
Nine 20-goal scorers. We got early stages of carpel tunnel by furiously typing praise about these guys. Yet in Game 4 of the Blues-Avalanche series, Jordan Kyrou didn’t get off a shot. Neither did Robert ...Read more
ST. LOUIS — Nazem Kadri scored a goal on Monday night in Game 4 — the second of four consecutive for the Avalanche and the first of three for him in the game — and the St. Louis Blues couldn’t stand it.
The hosts were being dominated by Colorado at Enterprise Center and Kadri’s first of two goals in a stretch of 3:30 caused two St. ...Read more
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