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

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson has unusual hockey roots for a celebrity NHL fan. Before he was an Emmy Award-winning sketch comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” he was a Mighty Duck. Thompson, who is hosting the NHL Awards for the second time on Tuesday night at 7 ET in Tampa, Florida, played Russ Tyler in “D2: The Mighty … Read more

Avalanche to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

The Colorado Avalanche will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado will host Game 1 of the best-of-7 series at Ball Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Avalanche eliminated the Edmonton Oilers in a four-game sweep of the Western Conference Final with a 6-5 overtime … Read more

Rangers relying on playoff resilience for Game 6 to extend Eastern Final

Rangers relying on playoff resilience for Game 6 to extend Eastern Final

TAMPA — The New York Rangers arrived here Friday with a fresh outlook on where they stand in the Eastern Conference Final even though they were less than 24 hours removed from feeling like the world was closing in on them. The Rangers lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 at Madison … Read more

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

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

Defining “value” in the Stanley Cup playoffs can be challenging. Although apparently not as challenging as defining “possession” in the Western Conference finals, as Edmonton Oilers fans screaming about the NHL’s offside rules after Game 1 will no doubt tell you. For me, value in the playoffs is a combination of statistical achievement and seizing … Read more

Vasilevskiy-Shesterkin matchup in East Final has teammates picking sides

Vasilevskiy-Shesterkin matchup in East Final has teammates picking sides

GREENBURGH, NY — Barclay Goodrowlike everyone else with the Tampa Bay Lightning and beyond, has touted Andrei Vasilevskiy as the best goalie in the world, the only one you’d want in your net in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Oh, how that narrative has changed for Goodrow. “I’ll take ‘Shesty’ all day,” he said. Of course, … Read more

Hurricanes eliminated from playoffs because of road woes, special teams

Hurricanes eliminated from playoffs because of road woes, special teams

The Carolina Hurricanes were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers, losing 6-2 in Game 7 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round on Monday. Carolina (54-20-8) was the No. 1 seed from the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round and have … Read more

Rangers come back again, reach Eastern Conference Final

Rangers come back again, reach Eastern Conference Final

RALEIGH, NC. — They did it again. “We don’t go away,” Chris Kreider said. The New York Rangers didn’t against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round, coming back from 3-1 down to win the series in seven games, winning Games 5, 6 and 7 in comeback fashion. They’re still playing in the … Read more

Hurricanes, Rangers each bring confidence, promising history into Game 7

Hurricanes, Rangers each bring confidence, promising history into Game 7

RALEIGH, NC — Recent history would say one thing: The Carolina Hurricanes are going to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. But it’s not that easy. And it’s not that simple. The Hurricanes do come into Game 7 against the New York Rangers with home-ice advantage, playing at PNC Arena on Monday … Read more