Staring at elimination (again), Sharks unwavering in their belief

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Clarence Campbell Bowl will be inside Enterprise Center on Tuesday when the Sharks face the St. Louis Blues with their season on the line in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.

The last time the Sharks saw the trophy after a game, they were standing on the ice at SAP Center in 2016, posing for a photo with NHL Deputy...Read more

Hurricanes captain Justin Williams put 'everything' into last season, now he has a decision to make

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes' oldest player, and their youngest, both talked about the future Monday.

Justin Williams, team captain, 37 years old, was freshly shaven and freshly energized, the wear and tear of three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs no longer so apparent.

Andrei Svechnikov, 19 years old, again was fresh-faced, his...Read more

Blues are one win away after 5-0 win over Sharks in Game 5

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Blues are one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1970 after a dominating 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference final on Sunday at SAP Center.

The Blues will have a chance to seal the trip on Tuesday at Enterprise Center.

"It's always hard against a real good team like San...Read more

Five pressing questions for the Hurricanes looking to next season

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's safe to say the Carolina Hurricanes overachieved this past season, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and reaching the Eastern Conference finals. There was a lot to like.

But what about next year? Here are five pressing questions heading into the offseason:

-- Does the captain return?

The way ...Read more

A year after finally reaching the NHL, 33-year-old goalie Jeff Glass seeks a path back

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CHICAGO -- If Jeff Glass' thick red beard ever turns white, it won't be hard to imagine him as a department-store Santa Claus.

Not that he has the belly for it, but the 33-year-old goalie's cheery disposition remains off the charts.

Blackhawks fans first got wind of Glass during the 2017-18 season when he made his NHL debut on Dec. 29 at age ...Read more

Blues get even with 2-1 win over Sharks in Game 4

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues got even in the Western Conference final with a nail-biting 2-1 win over San Jose in Game 4 on Friday night at Enterprise Center.

The Blues came out strongly in the first period of Game 4, scoring a goal just 35 seconds in and then adding a power-play goal late in the first period.

The second period was a matter of ...Read more

Bruins end Hurricanes' season with sweep in Eastern Conference finals

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes promised to fight to the end.

The Canes did. But the end did inevitably come Thursday.

The Boston Bruins finished off a sweep of the Canes in the Eastern Conference finals at PNC Arena, taking a 4-0 victory.

The Bruins won the fourth game much like they won the first three, with a spotless performance ...Read more

Erik Karlsson's OT goal gives Sharks a wild Game 3 win over Blues

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Erik Karlsson scored with 14:37 left in overtime to lift the Sharks to a heart-stopping 5-4 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference final on Wednesday at Scottrade Center.

Karlsson took a pass from Gus Nyquist and beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the game that gave the ...Read more

Bruins hold off Hurricanes, take 3-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Try as they might, the Carolina Hurricanes can't beat the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins pushed the Canes to the brink of elimination Tuesday in the Eastern Conference finals, getting another tremendous game in net from goalie Tuukka Rask responding to every challenge and taking a 2-1 victory in Game 3 at PNC Arena.

The unpleasant ...Read more

Another Game 2, another Sharks loss as Blues even series

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks are going to have to do it the hard way one more time.

The Sharks missed an opportunity to take a 2-0 series lead for the third straight round, as Robert Bortuzzo's goal at the 16:34 mark of the second period proved to be the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues' 4-2 victory at SAP Center in Game 2 of the Western ...Read more

Will home ice be enough of an advantage for Hurricanes against Bruins?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the Carolina Hurricanes, things need to change. Quickly.

The Eastern Conference finals shift to PNC Arena for the next two games, meaning the Canes will have home-ice advantage and the ability to make their lineup changes after the Boston Bruins. In theory, having the "last change" at home can create more favorable matchups...Read more

For first time, Brind'Amour worried about Hurricanes' mental state

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For perhaps the first time in these playoffs, Rod Brind'Amour is worried. Not about being behind 2-0 to the Boston Bruins; the Carolina Hurricanes coach is merely unhappy about that.

But Sunday's 6-2 loss in Boston was so out of character, such a departure from the hockey his team has played throughout the playoffs, that Brind'...Read more

Ducks' Ryan Kesler likely out for 2019-20 season after hip surgery

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Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip resurfacing surgery last week to relieve the pain that has made his everyday life difficult and has compromised his career. Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement released Monday it's unlikely Kesler will play next season but that the club "will support any decision he makes about his future ...Read more

Bruins hammer Hurricanes for 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals

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BOSTON -- It's time for the Carolina Hurricanes to take warning.

The Boston Bruins have their number. At least, after the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Bruins have taken total control of the series.

The Bruins not only took a 6-2 victory in Game 2 on Sunday, they had the Canes discombobulated at TD Garden.

The Canes ...Read more

Opening statement: Sharks hold off bruising Blues for Game 1 win

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Remember all of the hits, animosity and general bad blood the Sharks had in their first-round series in these playoffs?

Well, it's all back, and it seems to suit the Sharks just fine.

Kevin Labanc snapped a six-game goal drought and Timo Meier scored his fourth and fifth of the playoffs in the second period to help the ...Read more

Blues first look: How do the Sharks stack up?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks just got past the team with arguably the best forward line in hockey.

Do they have anything left for the NHL's hottest team since January?

The Sharks were off Thursday, one day after beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Game 7 of their second round series. It's one of the few respites they've had over the last ...Read more

Bruins power past Hurricanes for 5-2 victory in Game 1

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BOSTON -- The Carolina Hurricanes wanted to stay out of the penalty box Thursday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Boston Bruins, everyone agreed, were too dangerous on the power play. Better to keep it a 5-on-5 game.

In the first two periods, the Bruins had two power plays but the Canes killed off both penalties. But early in ...Read more

NHL offers explanation on overturned goal that changed Game 7

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As much as the Sharks needed Joe Pavelski, Martin Jones and Joonas Donskoi to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 7 of their second round playoff series at SAP Center, they also needed the eagle eyes of Dan Darrow.

Immediately after it appeared that Colin Wilson had tied the game at 2 at the 7:49 mark of the...Read more

Boston radio host doesn't like Carolina hockey writer's accent, ends interview

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- In a mind-boggling turn of events on Wednesday, someone working at a Boston sports radio station criticized the accent of a professional hockey writer from North Carolina.

Yes, someone in Boston criticized someone else's accent.

WBZ-FM radio host Fred Toucher (real name Toettcher), who apparently has never sat through a Mark ...Read more

Sharks hold off Avalanche in Game 7, advance to face Blues

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks didn't need a miraculous comeback Wednesday. They just had to hold on.

And after the drama that unfolded at SAP Center less than two weeks ago, the Sharks had another heart-stopper in Game 7 of their second round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

They found a way once again.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an ...Read more

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