Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

New York leads the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I think we did a great job limiting them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers defenseman adam fox said. “We didn’t make too many mistakes. We were able to feel them. We did a good job playing from the middle … 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

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

Predators clinch berth after blowing lead late, losing to Flames in OT

Predators clinch berth after blowing lead late, losing to Flames in OT

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing to the Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. The Predators’ eighth straight playoff berth became official when the Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout. Nashville (44-29-7) will be one of the … Read more

Lightning score eight, end Panthers’ 13-game winning streak

Lightning score eight, end Panthers’ 13-game winning streak

SUNRISE, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists when the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Florida Panthers’ team-record 13-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory at FLA Live Arena on Sunday. The Panthers, who set their record with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, lost for the … Read more

Capitals shut out Coyotes, gain in Metropolitan

Capitals shut out Coyotes, gain in Metropolitan

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 2-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Friday. Vanecek’s shutout was his fourth of the season and sixth in the NHL. He had allowed 22 goals in his previous six starts. Conor Sheary had a goal and … Read more

DeSmith has 52-save shutout, Penguins defeat Bruins to gain in Metro

DeSmith has 52-save shutout, Penguins defeat Bruins to gain in Metro

PITTSBURGH– Casey DeSmith made an NHL career-high 52 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. It was DeSmith’s third shutdown of the season and ninth in 79 NHL starts. His previous career high of 48 saves came in a 5-3 win against Boston … Read more

Stamkos sets Lightning scoring record in win against Maple Leafs

Stamkos sets Lightning scoring record in win against Maple Leafs

TAMPA — Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists to become the Tampa Bay Lightning’s all-time leading scorer in an 8-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena on Thursday. Stamkos set the record on a one-timer from the left face-off circle to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead at 12:38 of … 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

Golden Knights top Capitals in OT, win in wild card race

Golden Knights top Capitals in OT, win in wild card race

LAS VEGAS– Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including his 50th of the season, but the Washington Capitals lost 4-3 in overtime to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. Ovechkin’s 50-goal season is his ninth, tying Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the most in NHL history. “I’m always saying, without my teammates … Read more