National Hockey League - the best personalized free web-based Email en en National Hockey League Ducks resting up for aggressive Preds down 2-1 in West NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The postseason can be exhausting, and playing four games in seven nights going from an emotional Game 7 to wrap up one series to the Western Conference finals is starting to take a toll on the Anaheim Ducks. Playing the Nashville Predators inside the NHL's toughest arena in nearly 20 years sure isn't helping. Coach Randy Carlyle sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:33:00Z Preds rally, beat Ducks 2-1 to take 2-1 Western finals lead NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are so confident right now that not even having two goals in eight seconds waved off for goaltender interference can shake them. Especially not on home ice. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left , and the Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their f... Wed, 17 May 2017 04:29:00 GMT 2017-05-17T04:29:00Z Banged-up Penguins march on vs Senators as injuries mount Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it. At least Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz felt well enough on Tuesday to join the rest of the team as the defending Stanley Cup champions hopped a plane and h... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:46:00Z Upstaged: Predators anthem singer replaced by A-list artists NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — He says he's been done wrong and maybe there's a country song lurking somewhere in this. The longtime anthem singer at Nashville Predators hockey games has the blues. He's been replaced in the Stanley Cup playoffs by superstar singers such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Denn... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:53:00Z Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Kesler knows that he has managed to rattle Predators center Ryan Johansen and the veteran Anaheim Ducks center doesn't plan on easing up. At all. "It doesn't matter if I did or didn't get in his head for me," Kesler said Tuesday, a few hours before Game 3. "If I did, good. It means I'm doing my job. And if I didn't, I'm going to keep doing the sa... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:46:00Z Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument." If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out. Enter Phil Kessel, the mercurial forward with the blistering shot and occasionally blistering tongue. Frustrated by an inability to get anything ... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:18:00Z Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks traded their way to NHL's final 4 Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks in the West — all made a handful of significant trades to get t... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:23:00Z Energized Ducks even Western finals, beat Predators 5-3 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks were down a game in the Western Conference finals and down 2-0 in Game 2 against Pekka Rinne, the most dominant goalie in these Stanley Cup playoffs. That's when Sami Vatanen got the puck and thought he saw a sliver of room over Rinne's shoulder. "So I just closed my eyes and shot it in there," V... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:39:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:39:00Z Senators look to build off Game 1 win against Penguins PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn't an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. "A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ourselves," defenseman Cody Ceci said. Emphasis on almost. If there was... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:40:00Z Bobby Ryan lifts Senators past Penguins in OT in Game 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — By his own estimate, it took Ottawa's Bobby Ryan a full 82 games to adjust to first-year coach Guy Boucher's system. Consider the forward all caught up. The rest of the consistently surprising Senators, too. Ryan broke in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and deked the Pittsburgh goalie before flipping a backhand into the ope... Sun, 14 May 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-05-14T03:46:00Z Neal's OT goal puts Preds past Ducks 3-2 to open West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few moments after James Neal crumpled Anaheim's Brandon Montour with a vicious check, the Nashville forward took a pass from P.K. Subban and ripped a shot past three Ducks for the winning overtime goal. Even in uncharted territory for this franchise, the Predators are still rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs with their disti... Sat, 13 May 2017 05:29:00 GMT 2017-05-13T05:29:00Z Another early exit plunges Capitals into offseason of change ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The aftermath of the Washington Capitals' all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time. No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss , in seven games in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because some if not many of them won't be back next season. With forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams and... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:13:00Z It's a trap! Cup champion Penguins wary of stingy Senators PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first two rounds of the playoffs engaging in high-stakes games of rope-a-dope with Columbus and Washington, absorbing some hits, avoiding others and counterpunching brilliantly to get halfway to a second straight Stanley Cup. A very different challenge awaits in the Eastern Conference final in what amoun... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:35:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:35:00Z Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Among the numerous hurdles and obstacles that have blocked the Anaheim Ducks' path to a Stanley Cup title this decade, Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne might be the biggest — and not just because he's 6-foot-5. After beating Anaheim in two previous playoff series, the fantastic Finn and his Predators are looming again in front of the Du... Fri, 12 May 2017 03:21:00 GMT 2017-05-12T03:21:00Z Jason Botterill leaves Penguins to take over as Sabres' GM BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill has no second thoughts over leaving the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins while they are in the midst of yet another playoff run. The lure of returning to the Buffalo Sabres, an organization with which Botterill ended his playing career, and opportunity to make his mark as a first-time general manager outweighed the close ties he est... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:42:00Z Preds' postseason run has turned Music City into Smashville NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The place known as Smashville is ready for its close-up. The Nashville Predators have reached their first Western Conference final in franchise history and that has spread hockey fever far beyond their arena and the team's loyal legion of fans. Stars from Carrie Underwood to Lady Antebellum are lining up to sing the national anthem and the likes of Jo... Thu, 11 May 2017 12:47:00 GMT 2017-05-11T12:47:00Z Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks finally cleared a major psychological hurdle with their gritty Game 7 victory over Edmonton on Wednesday night. After four consecutive years of failure in winner-take-all showdowns, they stood up to an upstart opponent and finished a series strong. "I wouldn't say it's a relief, but the fact we don't have to talk a... Thu, 11 May 2017 07:41:00 GMT 2017-05-11T07:41:00Z Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their strongest 60-minute performance yet thanks in large part to Fleury's 29 saves. But with the Ottawa Senators up next in t... Thu, 11 May 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-05-11T06:46:00Z Ducks end Game 7 woes, beat Oilers 2-1 to reach West finals ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Ritchie is an NHL playoff newcomer. The 21-year-old power forward wasn't around for any of the Anaheim Ducks' agonizing Game 7 defeats over the past four seasons. So when he found a patch of open ice during the third period Wednesday night, Ritchie could let fly with a beautiful shot, his wrists unencumbered by the weight of history. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:53:00 GMT 2017-05-11T05:53:00Z Penguins shut out Capitals in Game 7, advance to East final WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wed... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-05-11T04:07:00Z Easter Epic! Nedved! Caps add playoff letdown to long list The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners lost Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals at stake. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 02:57:00 GMT 2017-05-11T02:57:00Z Senators back in conference finals for 1st time in 10 years NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Senators have goals this season beyond the Eastern Conference finals. Still, Ottawa planned to enjoy the achievement for a night before getting back to work. After all, it's been a while. Karlsson had a goal and an assist to help the Senators reached the third round of the playoffs for the first tim... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:41:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:41:00Z Karlsson leads Senators past Rangers into East finals NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made 37 saves and the Senators eliminated the Rangers with a 4-... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:14:00Z Capitals, Ducks confront Game 7 demons vs. Penguins, Oilers Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a heartbreaker in each of the last four years. Wednesday night is the chance for each team... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:37:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:37:00Z Predators' playoff drive forces venue change for CMT Awards NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators' playoff drive is resulting in a change of venue for the annual CMT Music Awards. CMT announced Tuesday that the June 7 telecast of its awards show will take place at Nashville's Music City Center rather than Bridgestone Arena, the home of the Predators. The Predators won their second-roun... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:06:00Z Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards A week after he was knocked out of playoff game with a concussion, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby slid headfirst into the boards during another tense game against the Washington Capitals. He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that the league's centralize... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:52:00Z Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7 PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the season insisting this time, things will be differen... Tue, 09 May 2017 03:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T03:42:00Z Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa NEW YORK (AP) — The Rangers have had a tough time closing out against the Senators in Ottawa, a challenge they're eager to take on again. First, there's business to take care of in New York. After giving up another late lead before losing in overtime again on the road, the Rangers return home needing a win in Game 6 on Tuesday night to avoid elimination in their Eastern Conf... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:47:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:47:00Z Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6 Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of "FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but he allowed four goals on 32 shots in the Penguins' Game 5 loss Saturday night in probably his worst performance ... Mon, 08 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-08T06:23:00Z Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers bounced back from a tough loss in the last game with a resounding win, and put the pressure on the Anaheim Ducks. Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and the Oilers cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in their Western C... 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