Hockey - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Hockey Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup Final, oust Ducks in 6 games NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Different players just keep stepping up for the Nashville Predators, and now their magical postseason run has an even bigger destination: the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, and the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night i... Tue, 23 May 2017 04:27:00 GMT 2017-05-23T04:27:00Z Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team "refresh" and "reload" after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the worst losses in team playoff history. Players thought the practice, as well as an encour... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:10:00Z Preds win from ousting Ducks to reach 1st Stanley Cup Final NASVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators don't have their top center, and their captain is day to day with an upper-body injury. They still have Pekka Rinne in net. And the Predators have a chance at history on their own ice, a win away from the first Stanley Cup Final berth in the franchise history. As coach Pe... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:28:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:28:00Z Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together Sunday in a 7-0 demolition of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference ... Mon, 22 May 2017 01:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T01:10:00Z Pontus Aberg's goal puts Predators past Ducks 3-1 in Game 5 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pontus Aberg spent most of the season in the minors, and he had a part-time depth role for the Nashville Predators in these Stanley Cup playoffs until injuries thrust him into a key role in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. And now the unassuming Swede has another new role for Nashville: He's the hero of the latest clutch vic... Sun, 21 May 2017 03:35:00 GMT 2017-05-21T03:35:00Z Predators left surprised, determined by Johansen's injury ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are still stunned by the loss of top scorer Ryan Johansen to a season-ending thigh injury after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. They're also determined not to allow his absence to stop their quest for their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final. In the franchise's first public comme... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:45:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:45:00Z Resilient Penguins head home with momentum as Game 5 looms PITTSBURGH (AP) — The situation looked dire. On the road. Down a game. Starting a goalie that hadn't been on the ice for an opening faceoff in nearly six weeks. Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way they've always responded since Mike Sullivan took over as head coach nearly 18 months ago: like champions. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-05-20T19:47:00Z Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Pengui... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:36:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:36:00Z Predators face Ducks in Game 5 without star C Ryan Johansen ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators already face a daunting challenge when they attempt to take control of the Western Conference finals in a pivotal Game 5 on the road. Without Ryan Johansen, that task is immeasurably tougher. The star Nashville center will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after emergency surgery on... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:05:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:05:00Z Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will give Matt Murray his first start of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final Friday night in Ottawa. Coach Mike Sullivan announced the decision a few hours before the game. Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of a one-sided Game 3 loss on Wednesday after... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:35:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:35:00Z Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this postseason, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2. Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday ... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:45:00 GMT 2017-05-19T06:45:00Z Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Sullivan isn't any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday's critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury during their run to the NHL's final four, but he faltered in Game 3, allowing four goals in just over 13 mi... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:35:00Z NHL's 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time. Four of Wayne Gretzky's 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among the 20 "Greatest NHL teams" as voted by fans during the league's 100th anniversary. Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Montreal Canadien... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:04:00Z Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as "boring." Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W. Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase goalie Marc-And... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:20:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:20:00Z 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 Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have locked up a goalie with Stanley Cup Final experience in hopes of solving one of their biggest problems. Ben Bishop signed a six-year, $29.5 million deal with the Stars, whose announcement Friday came only three days after the team acquired rights to the 30-year-old goalie from the Los Angeles Kings. Dallas gave up a fourth-round pic... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:02:00Z 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... 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