Matthews wins Hart, Lindsay awards, laments Maple Leafs playoff woes

Matthews wins Hart, Lindsay awards, laments Maple Leafs playoff woes

TAMPA– Auston Matthews appreciated what a special night it was for him and his family at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs center won the Hart Trophy, voted as the NHL most valuable player by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and the Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding … Read more

Makar ‘honored’ to win Norris Trophy, focused on Cup with Avalanche

Makar ‘honored’ to win Norris Trophy, focused on Cup with Avalanche

TAMPA– Hold Makar said he appreciated winning the Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL, at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. But winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche remains the ultimate goal. The Avalanche have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning heading … Read more

Avalanche excited for challenge against Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche excited for challenge against Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t ask for a better opponent than the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, in a sense. “To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best, and these guys are defending back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, so we’re excited,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said Sunday. “It’ll be a good matchup.” … Read more

‘Hillman Hex’ lives on for Maple Leafs after defenseman dies at 85

‘Hillman Hex’ lives on for Maple Leafs after defenseman dies at 85

But here’s the best. Hillman should hold an NHL record forever, having won the Cup at age 18 years, two months and nine days old with the 1954-55 Detroit Red Wings, the youngest player to ever have his name engraved on the trophy. Today, a player must be 18 years old at the start of … Read more

Makar continuing historic rise for Avalanche in Western Conference Final

Makar continuing historic rise for Avalanche in Western Conference Final

DENVER– Hold Makar stood out amid the chaos of the Colorado Avalanche’s 8-6 win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday, in yet another episode of his historic rise. The 23-year-old defenseman had three points (one goal, two assists), giving him four three-point games in the Stanley Cup … Read more

Fleury brings usual stability to Wild entering Game 3 against Blues

Fleury brings usual stability to Wild entering Game 3 against Blues

The veteran goalie made 32 saves Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round to help the Minnesota Wild to a 6-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center that tied the best-of-7 series. “To get a win at home and have your fans cheering from start to finish, it … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Panthers can clinch Presidents’ Trophy

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Panthers can clinch Presidents’ Trophy

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2022 NHL postseason. There are four days left in the regular season and the races in each of the four divisions are tight. The top three teams in each of the four divisions and the next two highest-place finishers in … Read more

Ovechkin uncertain for start of playoffs with Capitals

Ovechkin uncertain for start of playoffs with Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin‘s status for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Washington Capitals next week is uncertain because of an upper-body injury. Although Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said Ovechkin will be a game-time decision against New York Islanders at Capital One Arena on Tuesday (7 pm ET; NBCSWA, MSG+2, ESPN+, … Read more