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Bruins Still Deciding On Goaltender For Game 2

Apr 22, 2024 1:13 AM

The Bruins aren't committing to a goaltender for Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday even after Jeremy Swayman's dominant 35-save performance in Saturday's 5-1 victory in Game 1.

Boston has used Swayman and Linus Ullmark in strict rotation during the regular season, and Boston's coach Jim Montgomery may keep that pattern alive in the playoffs, too.

"We're still contemplating that and [deciding] if that's the way to go," said Montgomery following the Bruins' team meeting Sunday.

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Tags: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor

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Hurricanes Slim Betting Favorites For Playoffs

Apr 20, 2024 1:59 PM

The Stanley Cup playoffs have long been marked by parity. Perhaps more than any other major professional sports league, the NHL routinely sees teams outperform expectations in the regular season, sneak into the playoffs, make a run to the Stanley Cup Final and often even win it.

Few teams embody the spirit of this better than the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes, who opened that regular season at 60-1 to win the title -- the longest preseason odds of any Cup winner since at least 1984-85. That squad entered the postseason at +600 and exited with the most famous trophy in North American sports.

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Avs Without Jonathan Drouin For First-Round Series

Apr 20, 2024 1:59 PM

The Colorado Avalanche will be without forward Jonathan Drouin for their first-round playoff series against Winnipeg due to a lower-body injury.

Drouin got hurt when he tripped in the second period Thursday against Edmonton. He skated off the ice and didn't return.

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John Tortorella Laments Flyers Collapse

Apr 19, 2024 5:46 PM

Put those playoff plans on hold, Flyers fans.

And not just this season.

Philadelphia is stuck on the outside of the postseason for the fourth straight year after its fate was decided in Game 82. The Flyers' acceleration from expected painful rebuild to the cusp of the playoffs was faster than expected -- especially among those whose opinions matter most, coach John Tortorella and general manager Danny Briere -- which made the late-season free fall all the more puzzling and gut-wrenching.

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Nathan MacKinnon Breaks Franchise's Single-Season Points Mark

Apr 19, 2024 1:12 AM

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice, Nathan MacKinnon added two assists to break the franchise's single-season points mark and the Colorado Avalanche cruised into the playoffs behind a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

MacKinnon wrapped up the regular season with 140 points (51 goals, 89 assists) to top Peter Stastny's franchise record of 139 set in 1981-82 when the club was in Quebec.

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Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award, Team Achievement

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Sidney Crosby Plans To Talk Extension With Penguins

Apr 19, 2024 12:38 AM

With one season left on his 12-year, $104.4 million contract, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby said he plans to approach the team in the offseason about a contract extension.

Crosby, who turns 37 on Aug. 7, has played 19 seasons with the Penguins after they selected him No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft.

"Obviously, I'm going to talk to [general manager Kyle Dubas] and have a conversation with him," the two-time Hart Trophy winner and eight-time All-Star told reporters Thursday. "We'll see. I think it's just something that I'll have conversations with him about."

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Jaomir Jagr Scores In First Pro Game Since Turning 52

Apr 18, 2024 7:01 PM

Jaromir Jagr returned to action Thursday for the first time since turning 52 and immediately scored as he surpassed legend Gordie Howe to become the oldest player taking regular shifts in professional ice hockey.

Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was 52 years, 11 days old when played his final NHL game in 1980. The Canadian later played a single shift with the Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League in 1997 at the age of 69. Howe died in 2016.

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Tags: Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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NHL Approves Coyotes Move To Salt Lake City

Apr 18, 2024 6:41 PM

The NHL is moving the team now formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes to Utah to begin play as a new franchise next season, the league announced Thursday.

Ryan and Ashley Smith of Smith Entertainment Group bought the team and its existing hockey assets for $1.2 billion from Alex Meruelo, sources told ESPN. Meruelo had owned the Coyotes since buying the franchise for $300 million in 2019, but the league lost patience in his ability to find a long-term arena solution in Arizona and facilitated a sale.

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Devils GM Begins Coaching Search

Apr 18, 2024 6:40 PM

General manager Tom Fitzgerald is looking for a new coach for the New Jersey Devils and interim skipper Travis Green remains in the running for the job.

Speaking three days after the Devils ended a disappointing season by missing the playoffs, Fitzgerald said he hopes to have a full-time coach in place for the NHL draft in late June.

"Travis is well aware of my intentions," Fitzgerald said Thursday. "I owe it to the organization to make sure I was following the coaching world with who I believe would be the perfect coach for this group moving forward for what's available out there."

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Penguins' Jeff Carter Retiring After 19 Seasons

Apr 18, 2024 12:03 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jeff Carter is retiring after 19 seasons in the league, and his send-off Wednesday night was something to remember.

He had a goal in a 5-4 loss to the Islanders in New York, and the home team even invited him to take a victory lap.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Lightning Deny Auston Matthews Quest For 70 Goals

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Nikita Kucherov Becomes 5th NHL Player With 100-Assist Season

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Bruins Play-By-Play Announcer Jack Edwards To Retire

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Wild Sign Marc-Andre Fleury To One-Year, $2.5M Extension

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Canadiens Exercise Two-Year Option On Coach Martin St. Louis

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Sabres Fire Coach Don Granato

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Connor McDavid Becomes 4th NHL Player To Have 100 Season Assists

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Panthers Add President Role To GM Bill Zito's Duties

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Rangers Clinch Presidents' Trophy With Win Over Senators

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Cutter Gauthier Signs Three-Year Entry-Level Deal With Ducks

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Denver Beats Boston College 2-0 To Win NCAA Championship

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Blackhawks, Frank Nazar Agree To Three-Year Deal

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Avs Will Play Jets In First Round Of Playoffs

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Connor McDavid To Miss Third Straight Game

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Connor McDavid May Return Saturday Night vs. Canucks

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Mark Stone Cleared For Practice After Spleen Injury

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Rangers' Filip Chytil May Be Playoff Option

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Coyotes Players Told Team Is Relocating To Utah

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Noah Hanifin, Golden Knights Agree To Eight-Year Deal

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Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg Retiring At End Of Season

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