Opinion: Bruins’ superior special teams make the difference in Game 1 win vs. Hurricanes

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins boast the No. 1 power play in the NHL playoffs and the Carolina Hurricanes have one of the worst penalty-killing percentages. The Hurricanes were concerned about that coming into the Eastern Conference final, and their concern proved to be well-founded. The Bruins, starting the series with a 28.6% power play efficiency, scored two power-play goals […]

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Avs captain takes blame for controversial no-goal

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gabriel Landeskog returned to the Colorado Avalanche bench and sat down just as teammate Colin Wilson put the puck behind San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Game 7 on Wednesday night was tied, 2-all, in the second period. The Avalanche had new life. Or so Landeskog believed. “I didn’t think anything of it, to be honest […]

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Bruins’ McAvoy suspended for Game 1 vs. Canes

The Boston Bruins open the Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at home. But defenseman Charlie McAvoy won’t be participating in Game 1, having been suspended for one playoff game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson. It’s the first […]

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Blues vs. Stars in Game 7: X factors and our picks

It has all come down to Game 7 on Tuesday night for the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars in the Western Conference semifinals. We debate the key factors that will determine the outcome, and make our picks. Who or what will be the X factor for Game 7 of Stars-Blues, and who ya got? Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: […]

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Bettman: Can’t ban all hits to head in hockey

OTTAWA, Ontario — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the Parliament of Canada on Wednesday that it would be impossible to ban all hits to the head and maintain hockey as a physical game. Bettman said in testimony that larger players would inevitably land blows on smaller players’ heads in the normal course of play. He said the game is safer […]

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Hurricanes rally to stun Isles

The Carolina Hurricanes are bruised and battered. They’re also two wins away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals. Plus, the Colorado Avalanche got even with the San Jose Sharks — but not without some controversy. Here’s what happened in the NHL Sunday night (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN+) and what to watch for Monday night in […]

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Sharks’ Vlasic wants ‘apology’ for no icing call

SAN JOSE — Hopefully the cleanup crew at SAP Center has some extra mop buckets. It’s going to take a few to soak up the sarcasm that dripped from San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic in discussing an icing call that wasn’t whistled by the officials and led to a critical Colorado Avalanche goal in their 4-3 win in Game […]

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NHL apologizes to Vegas for major penalty call

The National Hockey League has apologized to the Vegas Golden Knights for an incorrect major penalty call that opened the door for a four-goal San Jose Sharks rally and eventual victory in Game 7. “The league did reach out and apologize,” said GM George McPhee on Thursday in Vegas. Midway through the third period, with the Golden Knights in control […]

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