Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple … Read more

The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

There was this coach I heard about. He hadn’t yet served as an NHL head coach. His qualifications indicated he was ready to do so. So like a fan of a new indie band double-checking its coolness with a music snob, I reached out to an NHL team executive to ask how they felt about … Read more

Matthews scores 60th goal of season for Maple Leafs

Matthews scores 60th goal of season for Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews became the first United States-born player in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season when he scored two for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday. “It was pretty special,” Matthews said. “Just the reception from my teammates, … Read more

Panthers top Red Wings for 12th straight win, clinch No. 1 seed in East

Panthers top Red Wings for 12th straight win, clinch No. 1 seed in East

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference when they tied their franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory, 5-2 against the Detroit Red Wings at FLA Live Arena on Thursday. The Panthers (56-15-16) also clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division after the Toronto Maple Leafs lost … Read more

Larkin out rest of season for Red Wings after core muscle surgery

Larkin out rest of season for Red Wings after core muscle surgery

Dylan Larkin will be out for the remainder of the regular season for the Detroit Red Wings after having core muscle surgery Monday. The center’s recovery time is expected to be 8-10 weeks; he is expected to be ready for training camp. Larkin had four shots in 20:29 of ice time in a 6-1 loss … Read more

NHL insiders debate the week

NHL insiders debate the week

With less than two weeks left in the regular season, teams are still jockeying for playoff spots, players are padding award resumes and the pressure is ratcheted up. We’ve gathered our panel of experts to break down all the big topics ahead of the upcoming week, including if the Los Angeles Kings can hold on … Read more

NHL Buzz: Connor, Schmidt back for Jets against Red Wings

NHL Buzz: Connor, Schmidt back for Jets against Red Wings

Winnipeg Jets Kyle Connor and Nate Schmidt will return for the Jets on Wednesday after missing three games while in NHL COVID-19 protocol. Connor, a forward, and Schmidt, a defenseman, each tested positive March 30 and had to quarantine for five days. The Jets were 1-2-0 without them. Connor leads the Jets with 41 goals … 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

Malkin returns with hat trick, Penguins score 11 in win against Red Wings

Malkin returns with hat trick, Penguins score 11 in win against Red Wings

PITTSBURGH — Evgeny Malkin had three goals and an assist in his return from an illness, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 11-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. It was the center’s 13th NHL hat trick and first since Jan. 30, 2018. Malkin was a game-time decision after missing a 5-1 … Read more