AP/CP Survey: 48 percent of NHLPA reps favor playoff change

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That does not mean they are blind to some of the inequali...

Caps can eliminate Canes; Preds try to stay alive vs. Stars

Braden Holtby isn't one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals' locker room. ...

Capitals beat Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away...

Canes' Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after concussion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday after suffering a concussion in a fight with Alex Ovechkin a week earli...

Rookie coaches enjoying chess match that comes in playoffs

Rod Brind'Amour does not think what he is doing is anything special. Brind'Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the ne...

Penguins and Lightning exits show playoff hockey differences

Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New ...

'No easy shifts' as first-round series get tight and nasty

It wasn't long after celebrating Craig Smith's overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville's playoff series against Dallas. "There are no easy shifts ou...

Orpik scores in OT, Capitals take 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brooks Orpik scored less than two minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Saturday to give the defending ...

Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup playoffs

For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his play...

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Sv...

Champion Capitals face fresh-faced Hurricanes in 1st round

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Capitals on Thursday, their blue line will have less playoff experience than top Washingt...

All eyes on Binnington when Blues face off against Jets

Jordan Binnington is about to get a crash course in what Connor Hellebuyck faced last season. The St. Louis Blues' rookie goaltender will make his playoff debut against Hellebuyck an...

NHL suspends Voynov for 2019-20 season for domestic violence

The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended V...

'Good luck!' Lightning carry burden of Presidents' Trophy

Jon Cooper and Todd Reirden were coaching at the All-Star Game in January when the topic of winning the Presidents' Trophy came up. With Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning cruising toward ...

NHL playoffs: Atlantic bracket a brutal path to East final

Three of the top seven teams in the NHL are packed into a four-team murderers' row playoff bracket and only one can reach the Eastern Conference final. The Tampa Bay Lightning's rewa...