Avalanche don’t name starting goalie for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche don’t name starting goalie for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– Darcy Kuemper and Pavel Francouz are available, healthy and ready to play for the Colorado Avalanche against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena in Denver on Wednesday, although it is not known which goalie will start. “Our guys are comfortable with our goaltending here as … Read more

Rangers, Penguins recovering for Game 2 after 3OT thriller

Rangers, Penguins recovering for Game 2 after 3OT thriller

GREENBURGH, NY — The New York Rangers stayed off the ice Wednesday, recovering after losing the longest game ever played at the current Madison Square Garden, 4-3 in triple overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Tuesday. Their page was turned. “Move on, get ready for the … Read more

Oilers show support for Smith, focus on Game 2 after goalie’s gaffe

Oilers show support for Smith, focus on Game 2 after goalie’s gaffe

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers voiced their support for goalie mike smith on Tuesday and said they’ll have a better showing against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, TVAS, SN, BSSC). The Kings won 4-3 in Game 1 … Read more

Avalanche score five in first, defeat Predators in Game 1

Avalanche score five in first, defeat Predators in Game 1

DENVER– The Colorado Avalanche scored five goals in the first period of a 7-2 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Ball Arena on Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Hold Makar had a goal and two assists, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and … Read more

Ovechkin to play for Capitals in Game 1 against Panthers

Ovechkin to play for Capitals in Game 1 against Panthers

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin will play for the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Tuesday (7:30 pm ET; ESPN2, SN360, TVAS2, BSFL, NBCSWA). Ovechkin smiled and said “we’ll see” when asked if he will play Tuesday, but the forward will return … Read more

Raanta, Hurricanes defeat Bruins in Game 1 of Eastern First Round

Raanta, Hurricanes defeat Bruins in Game 1 of Eastern First Round

RALEIGH, NC — Antti Raanta made 35 saves in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs start, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PNC Arena on Monday. “For me, it was obviously the first start in the playoffs in the NHL,” Raanta said. “I … Read more

3 Keys: Blues at Wild, Game 1 of Western First Round

3 Keys: Blues at Wild, Game 1 of Western First Round

(2C) Wild vs. (3C) Blues Western Conference First Round, Game 1 9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN360, TVAS2, BSN, BSWI, BSMW Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Monday. Fleury was in the traditional starter’s … Read more

Cooper ready for Lightning matchup with dad’s favorite team, Maple Leafs

Cooper ready for Lightning matchup with dad’s favorite team, Maple Leafs

TORONTO — Jon Cooper may have grown up in Prince George, British Columbia, but while his hometown is more than 2,500 miles from Toronto, the Tampa Bay Lightning coach is familiar with the passion of Toronto Maple Leafs fans. “My dad grew up being a major Leafs fan,” Cooper said on Sunday after practice. “I … Read more