'You never set out to be the trailblazer': Kraken's Everett Fitzhugh embraces opportunity as NHL's first Black team broadcaster

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SEATTLE -- As a minor league hockey broadcaster in Cincinnati, Everett Fitzhugh would go on frequent road trips to Indianapolis, where he'd regularly encounter a young Black hockey fan named Desmond fist-bumping players outside the visiting team's locker room.

"His Dad came up to me and said, 'We listen to you sometimes and we enjoy listening ...Read more

Rookie Nic Aube-Kubel paces surging Flyers past Lightning to secure Eastern Conference's top seed

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Right from the start of Training Camp 2.0, the Flyers downplayed the round-robin tournament's results and said their focus was on getting prepared for this week's Stanley Cup playoffs.

Consider them ready.

They blitzed through the round-robin tournament with three straight "upset" wins, including Saturday night's 4-1 triumph over Tampa Bay in ...Read more

Blackhawks will play top-seeded Golden Knights — and a familiar face — in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs

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The Chicago Blackhawks have drawn the Las Vegas Golden Knights as their first-round opponent in the NHL playoffs, thanks to Las Vegas' 3-2 win Saturday in the decisive round-robin game to set the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Hawks upset the Oilers as the 12th seed Friday, clinching their best-of-five qualifying series in four games. ...Read more

After holding three leads, Wild loses in OT

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Had the season progressed as normal, the Minnesota Wild might have cruised into the playoffs and beyond.

The team had one of the best second-half offenses in the NHL, and it was peaking at just the right time -- in those weeks before seeding is solidified and matchups get set.

But what might have happened with the Wild ...Read more

Blackhawks advance to 1st round of playoffs after beating Oilers, 3-2

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No need to use the "play-in" disclaimer anymore, the Chicago Blackhawks officially are a playoff team.

The 12th-seeded Hawks beat the No. 5 Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, Friday night on a third-period strike by Dominik Kubalik to advance to the Western Conference first round, where, as the lowest seed, they'll play the winner of Saturday's round-robin ...Read more

Islanders end Panthers' season with 5-1 rout

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This season was supposed to usher in a new era for the Florida Panthers.

Joel Quenneville's arrival in the offseason was supposed to mark a culture change for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky's was supposed to finally bring a superstar to Florida and elevate a once-promising young core toward sustained success after three straight years missing ...Read more

Blues stumble to 6-4 loss to Golden Knights

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- It had to happen sometime, and Thursday was that night. The Blues lost in regulation for the first time ever to the Vegas Golden Knights, dropping a 6-4 decision at Rogers Place in their second game of round-robin play.

At 0-2 in the round-robin, the Blues can finish only third or fourth in the Western Conference seedings ...Read more

Kevin Hayes, Scott Laughton carry Flyers past Caps to clinch at least No. 2 seed in East

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The four-team round-robin tournament is offering the Flyers a unique ability to climb in the Eastern Conference seedings.

Which is just what they have done.

They defeated Washington, 3-1, in the tournament at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday and assured themselves of at least the No. 2 seeding. They can get the No. 1 seed if they beat ...Read more

Canucks shut out Wild, 3-0, take 2-1 lead in best-of-five series

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Win or go home.

That's what's facing the Wild after they were shut out, 3-0, by the Canucks on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Place.

The Wild trail 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying-round series, with Game 4 on Friday at 9:45 p.m.

Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was at his best, stopping all 26 shots the Wild sent his way...Read more

Blackhawks stun Oilers with a pair of 3rd-period goals for a 4-3 win in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead

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The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a shocker Wednesday night, getting a tying goal from Matthew Highmore with 5:47 to play before Jonathan Toews scored the winner with 1:16 left for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup qualifier series.

With the Hawks up 2-1 in the best-of-five series in Edmonton, the Oilers face...Read more

Panthers regroup, keep season alive against Islanders

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The Florida Panthers' season is alive for at least a few more days.

After blowing a second-period lead for the second day in a row, the Panthers rallied in the third to beat the New York Islanders, 3-2, and force a Game 4 in this best-of-5 series in the qualifying round of the expanded postseason.

Just seconds after the third period began, an ...Read more

Canucks score early, often to stop Wild 4-3, even series at 1-1

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- What once was a best-of-five series is now a best-of-three.

After the Minnesota Wild eked out an early advantage in a near-spotless performance in its return to play, the slate was wiped clean Tuesday night when the Vancouver Canucks responded with a 4-3 victory in Game 2 at Rogers Place to even the qualifying-round ...Read more

As the coronavirus-modified NHL playoffs unfold, the key to success is all in the players' heads

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SEATTLE -- Onetime Seattle Breakers junior star and NHL captain Ryan Walter still isn't sure what to make of the pandemic-modified Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now a British Columbia-based mental performance coach for athletes and business leaders, Walter admits it "freaks me out a little" to watch neutral-site games with no fans and piped-in crowd ...Read more

Hurricanes sweep Rangers in qualifying series as Reimer, Aho spur 4-1 win

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The New York Rangers were desperately determined to make something good happen Tuesday.

The Carolina Hurricanes wouldn't allow it. Not in this postseason series.

The Hurricanes took a 4-1 victory over the Rangers, ending the best-of-five qualifying series with a third straight victory at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.

The Canes will advance to ...Read more

Penguins see top pair in John Marino's future as he shines in playoff spotlight

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Like many of his similarly brilliant peers at Harvard, John Marino this time a year ago was facing huge decisions when it came to his future in his given field.

The defenseman was gearing up for his senior year at Harvard when the Penguins acquired his rights from the Edmonton Oilers. Marino had a couple of weeks to choose whether to finish ...Read more

Panthers head to the brink of elimination after blowing lead in Game 2 vs. Islanders

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TORONTO -- Sergei Bobrovsky leaned his left arm on his stick and exhaled as he watched a mob gather around Jordan Eberle. For nearly 35 minutes, Bobrovsky had played nearly flawless in goal to keep the Florida Panthers ahead deep into the second period of a Game 2 dubbed "do-or-die" by Mike Hoffman. Now the Panthers were staring down an ...Read more

Blackhawks lose 6-3 to the Oilers in Game 2 as Connor McDavid records a hat trick

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The Chicago Blackhawks battled back from an early two-goal deficit to tie the score in the second period Monday night, but they couldn't overcome Connor McDavid's hat trick, dropping Game 2 of their Stanley Cup qualifier series 6-3 to the Edmonton Oilers.

The best-of-five series is tied at a game apiece going into Game 3 on Wednesday, the Hawks...Read more

Panthers' biggest Game 1 bright spot was Sergei Bobrovsky. 'We need him to do that.'

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As the seconds ticked away in the second period of the Florida Panthers' Game 1 loss to the New York Islanders, Sergei Bobrovsky stared at the possibility of a postseason game slipping away from the Panthers.

A giveaway set up a 2-on-1 for the Islanders as Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson charged down the ice against Riley Stillman with ...Read more

Svechnikov cashes in as Aho orchestrates a dominant Hurricanes start to the playoffs

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TORONTO -- To the hat trick artist goes the glory, and rightfully so. This is the blossoming Andrei Svechnikov we saw during the regular season, still learning just how talented he really is, just how unstoppable he can be.

His third goal doesn't happen, though, without the diligent work of Sebastian Aho in the neutral zone, forcing the puck ...Read more

Wild defeats Canucks 3-0 in opener of best-of-five series

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Minnesota Wild kept its goaltending decision under wraps in the lead-up to its qualifying matchup, but the answer was always Alex Stalock.

Not only was he the unequivocal starter when the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the season in March, but he was one of the reasons why the Wild was even in contention at that point...Read more