John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

NEW YORK — As John Tortorella watches another Lightning playoff run — they are six wins from a Stanley Cup three-peat — one prevailing thought comes to mind. “We created a monster,” Tortorella told The Athletic on Wednesday. Tortorella is the last coach to beat Tampa Bay in a playoff series, in 2019 when the … Read more

Host Finland outlasts Canada, completes ‘unbelievable’ run with world hockey championship title

Host Finland outlasts Canada, completes ‘unbelievable’ run with world hockey championship title

TAMPERE, Finland — Sakari Manninen scored on a power play at 6 minutes, 42 seconds of 3-on-3 overtime and Finland beat Canada 4-3 on Sunday for its fourth world hockey championship title. Host Finland completed an Olympics-world double after winning in China in February, joining Sweden in 2006 as the only countries to win Olympic … Read more

Laine says signing contract with Blue Jackets shouldn’t be issue

Laine says signing contract with Blue Jackets shouldn’t be issue

COLUMBUS– Patrick Laine said Saturday he expects to sign a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The forward can become a restricted free agent July 13. “I don’t think it should be an issue, you know?” Wool said. “They have expressed they want me here. I’ve said the same thing. So, you know, the feeling … Read more

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets (4/24/2022)

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets (4/24/2022)

Playing down to our competition is the Oilers’ love language. Final Score: 5-2 Blue Jackets I think I’ve said how much I love a good matinee twice already this morning, but I’m going to say it again right now because there’s nothing that I love more than an Oilers game to kick off my day. … Read more

Looking at potential Edmonton Oilers statistical milestones as the season winds down

Looking at potential Edmonton Oilers statistical milestones as the season winds down

The Edmonton Oilers will head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets for a matinee game on Sunday, so here are your Game Notes, one day early. 1. I mentioned this in my Around The West post earlier today, but the Oilers are pretty much locked into their spot in second place in the Pacific … Read more

Predators-Sharks, Avalanche-Blue Jackets to play in NHL Global Series

Predators-Sharks, Avalanche-Blue Jackets to play in NHL Global Series

The Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play in the 2022 NHL Global Series. There will be two exhibition games and four regular-season games played in four cities outside of North America next season, the first time the NHL has played international games since 2019. The NHL played 32 … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Kings can move into second in Pacific with win

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Kings can move into second in Pacific with win

Here is a look at the NHL standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture: On Tap There are three games on the schedule Wednesday, all with playoff implications: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; TNT, NHL LIVE) The Rangers can move within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes for … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

NHL playoff watch standings update

7:00 AM ET Tim KavanaghESPN.com Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. As we hit the first full week of April, and the last weeks of the 2021-22 NHL season play out, two particular playoff races have been the hottest: the near-daily flip-flop of the … Read more

NHL Buzz: Muzzin could play for Maple Leafs against Panthers

NHL Buzz: Muzzin could play for Maple Leafs against Panthers

Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Muzzin could play when the Maple Leafs visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, BSFL, TSN4, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), coach Sheldon Keefe said Monday before a 6-2 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenseman has missed 20 games because of a concussion. He practiced Sunday. Muzzin has … Read more