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Hurricanes Control Capitals to Force Game 7

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to force Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Justin Williams scored an insurance goal seconds after the Capitals had the tying goal disallowed, Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen also scored, Dougie Hamilton added an empty-netter and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves. The Hurricanes scored three third-period goals in bo...
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, 2019 NHL Playoffs, Top Story


NHL Rumors: Ehlers, Oilers, Lightning, More

In today’s rumor rundown, there is more on the Oilers GM interviews, there are questions surrounding a certain member of the Winnipeg Jets forward group, and there are some changes coming in Tampa Bay. Edmonton Oilers GM Search Continues It was reported yesterday that the Oilers were granting a second interview to Mark Hunter, but that the decision to hire a GM may still be a ways away. There are some candidates the Oilers would like to do a first interview with but are tied up at the U-...
Tags: Edmonton Oilers, NHL Rumors, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nikolaj Ehlers, Top Story


Bruins Force a 7th Game With 4-2 Win Over Maple Leafs

TORONTO — Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday to even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at three games apiece. Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored for Boston, which got 22 saves from Tuukka Rask in staving off elimination. David Pastrnak added two assists for the Bruins, who will host Game 7 on Tuesday night. Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk celebrates his goal with right wing David Pastrnak and cen...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


How These Columbus Blue Jackets Were Built

At long last, the Columbus Blue Jackets and their fans have something to celebrate that will last a lifetime. The Blue Jackets swept the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning out of the first round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs in stunning fashion. The hockey world will remember this for a long time. Hockey is a copycat league. If someone is successful at something, others will try to do the same thing in the hopes they can get a similar result. The question that a lot of people want to know is just ...
Tags: Usa, New York, Washington, Russia, Sport, Gm, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Lake Erie, Hockey, NHL, North America, Columbus, Vegas, Jones, Tampa Bay Lightning


NHL Rumors: Trouba, Neal, Penguins, Oilers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are some updates on the Pittsburgh Penguins including Matt Cullen and his playing future, the Edmonton Oilers have invited on GM candidate in for a second interview and is Jacob Trouba done in Winnipeg and James Neal finished in Calgary? Quick Penguins Rumors Jason Mackey is reporting that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen might retire from the NHL. Cullen said he will talk things over with his family before deciding. Penguins general manag...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Jacob Trouba, Mark Hunter, James Neal, Top Story, NHL Rumors


Maple Leafs One Win Away From 2nd Round for 1st Time in 15 Years

TORONTO — Jake Muzzin knows about closing out series in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Maple Leafs defenceman won a Stanley Cup as a member of the L.A. Kings in 2014 and is one of just four players in Toronto’s room to play past the first round in the post-season. Muzzin’s message to his teammates ahead of Sunday’s Game 6 against Boston was simple: don’t be tentative. Jake Muzzin. LA Kings (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Jake Muzzin, Toronto Maple Leafs (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY ...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Toronto Maple Leafs, Top Story, 2019 NHL Playoffs


NHL Rumors: Holland, Yzerman, Penguins, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates in Detroit where the team made big changes. Steve Yzerman was hired as the new GM, but Ken Holland will be sticking around. What’s their plan both short-term and long-term? There are also reports the Pittsburgh Penguins might look at moving Kris Letang and/or Phil Kessel. What is their value around the league? What’s Next for Ken Holland? Darren Dreger tweeted that it is believed that Ken Holland has withdrawn his name from being an option...
Tags: Usa, Uncategorized, Sport, Getty Images, Chicago, Wings, Gm, Holland, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Detroit, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, United Center


Stars Should Re-Sign Zuccarello on Two Conditions

With the Dallas Stars’ first-round fate far from decided, Mats Zuccarello still hasn’t necessarily paid off as a trade-deadline acquisition. All anyone can say is it at least looks like a perfect fit for both parties. Looks can be deceiving, though. Stars Get Zuccarello However long the unrestricted-free-agent Zuccarello remains in the fold depends on a few factors. For example, how many playoff rounds the Stars stay alive and if the two sides are able to come to an agreement this summer...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Nashville, Hockey, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza, Mats Zuccarello, Jim Nill, UFA, Dave Sandford, Nill, Spezza, Dany Heatley, Zuccarello


NHL News & Notes: Yzerman, Oshie & More

In today’s News & Notes, Steve Yzerman has been hired as the new general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, TJ Oshie is injured and won’t be back for a while and Johnny Boychuk is out for 3-4 weeks. Yzerman Named Red Wings General Manager The Red Wings would announce Friday that Yzerman accepted a job with the team and would be returning to the franchise as their new general manager. Yzerman left the Red Wings for nine seasons when he would take over the role as general manager of the Tam...
Tags: Column, Usa, News, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Islanders, Steve Yzerman, Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin, Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins


Should the Oilers Consider Kris Letang?

After losing four games to the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a team about to make some significant changes. GM Jim Rutherford told media Thursday during a press conference: I wonder if there’s too many guys content with where they are at in their careers after winning a couple of Stanley Cups and is that a signal where some of that has to be changed?” .. “We have a lot of good players and players with good resumes… Depending what changes we decide to make, we have valuable a...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Oilers, James Guillory, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rutherford, Kris, Nazem Kadri


NHL Rumors: Cooper, Canucks, Penguins, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Vancouver Canucks and their blue line, the Tampa Bay Lightning are not going to abandon their coach, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will keep their coach but may move some key names. What Will the Canucks Do on Their Blue Line? Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province writes the Canucks will be aggressive in trying to fill two roster weaknesses – a top-six right winger and a top-four defenseman. Someone to play with Alex Edler on the blue l...
Tags: Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, RFA, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Cooper, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Jon Cooper, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Luke Schenn, Pittsburgh Penguins


THW Podcast – Ep. 19 – NHL Playoffs: Leafs & Lightning Down in Four

On this edition of the Hockey Writers Podcast, we’re bringing Euegene Helfrick to talk the shocking Tampa Bay Lightning loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in four games and Conner McTague to talk the Penguins getting swept by the New York Islanders.  How did two teams manage to perform so badly, especially the Lightning who won 62 games in the NHL’s regular season and were the Presidents Trophy Winners?  Related: NHL Rumors: Lucic, Duchene, Senators, More On This Week’s THW Podcas...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Leafs, Eugene, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Blue Jackets, Conner


How the Lightning Melted Down in 3 Easy Steps

After having one of the greatest regular seasons in NHL history, the Tampa Bay Lightning went from the top of the hockey world to the laughingstock of the league in less than one week. To put it bluntly, the Lightning were embarrassed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1, getting outplayed , out willed and out hearted in each game of their historically quick series. Now, if you’re a fan of the Lightning, you have inevitably been asked one simple question throughout the last week – how di...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Sport, Lightning, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dan Girardi, Blue Jackets, Jake Roth, Victor Hedman


Red Wings Rebuild: Grading the Young Guns

While the Detroit Red Wings finished with the fourth-worst record in the NHL, the organization did take a huge step forward in their rebuild during the 2018-19 season. Detroit’s young core was tasked with stepping into a leadership role with Henrik Zetterberg no longer able to play and several veterans nearing the end of their contracts. They did not disappoint. To kick off the 2019 Red Wings Summer Rebuild Series, we’ll dole out grades to Detroit’s 24-and-under players who are expected to...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Earth, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kim Klement, Washington Capitals, Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Blashill, Braden Holtby


Columbus Blue Jackets: At Long Last

At long last, the playoff victory drought is over in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets permanently put a cannon blast to their previous first-round failures in historic fashion. When the dust settled, the Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs with a stunning 7-3 win at Nationwide Arena. They now await the winner of the Boston/Toronto series. We can talk about the history made in this series. We can talk about how the Blue Jackets dominated the Lightning from beginni...
Tags: Twitter, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena, Blue Jackets, Chris O Meara, Top Story, Boston Toronto, Columbus Ohio The Blue Jackets, 2019 NHL Playoffs, Bill Davidge, These Blue Jackets


The Bruins ‘Charlie Coyle Dilemma’

When the puck drops at the start of Game 4 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins will be looking to erase a 2-1 series deficit and even up the tables heading back to Boston. This would effectively give them the home-ice edge once again as two of the three remaining games would be played at home to close out the series. Related: Nazem Kadri Suspensed The Bruins performance in the playoffs thus far has resembled a roller coaster with how many peaks and valleys they’ve...
Tags: Column, Usa, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, David Krejci, Coyle, David Pastrnak, Marchand, Bergeron, Charlie Coyle


NHL Rumors: Lightning, Penguins, Bobrovsky, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is a lot of talk surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-0 series sweep on Tuesday. There is also chatter in Pittsburgh where the Penguins got swept in four. Finally, is Bobrovsky cementing himself with a nice payday and is Evan Bouchard going to get some additional playing time with the Edmonton Oilers AHL team? Don’t Expect Drastic Change in Tampa Joe Smith of The Athletic wrote an article almost immediate...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Dallas, Espn, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Columbus, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh, Edmonton Oilers, Steve Yzerman, Anton Stralman, TSN


Stars Desperately Need Something from Spezza

It’s no secret Jason Spezza is no longer the same player the Dallas Stars acquired from the Ottawa Senators years ago. After Spezza was healthy scratched for two of the first three games against the Nashville Predators in their first-round series, the Stars have little choice but to hope he has at least some player left in him. It barely matters who at this stage. They just need someone, anyone to stand up. Stars in Trouble There’s a saying that you’re not in trouble in the playoffs unti...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Stars, Hockey, Bishop, Montgomery, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza, Mats Zuccarello, Ben Bishop, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg, Ken Hitchcock, Ben Lovejoy


NHL Rumors: Lucic, Duchene, Senators, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are some questions surrounding Milan Lucic’s mysterious injury, Matt Duchene is loving the experience in Columbus and is rethinking a future he thought he had all planned out and the Ottawa Senators are talking to two pending free agents and it looks like things are going well in that regard. Milan Lucic in Breach of Contract? Ryan Rishaug of TSN was on TSN1260 Monday and when speaking with host Jason Gregor said that for all the uncertainty surroundi...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, RFA, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, TSN, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Milan Lucic


Hurricanes Dominate Capitals – Mrazek, Foegele & Hamilton Lead

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Petr Mrazek earned his fourth career post-season shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes won their first home playoff game in a decade, routing the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night. Dougie Hamilton also scored two goals, Brock McGinn had a late goal and an assist and Jaccob Slavin had two assists as the rapid-fire Hurricanes outshot Washington 45-18 to cut the defending Stanley Cup champions’ lead to 2-1 in the best...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Sport, Scott Walker, Hockey, NHL, Hamilton, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Capitals, Raleigh, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Dougie Hamilton


Kadri Suspended for Remainder of First Round

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the First Round of the postseason following an illegal cross-check to the head of Boston Bruins’ forward Jake DeBrusk. Kadri and DeBrusk have a history together that dates back to the 2018 NHL Postseason. Kadri crosschecked DeBrusk in the head (unpenalized and unpunished at the time) just one game after returning from a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Tommy Wingels. This year, Kadr...
Tags: News, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nazem Kadri, Tommy Wingels, Luke Glendening, Kadri, Mark Giordano, DeBrusk, Niklas Backstrom


NHL News & Notes: Kadri, Vigneault, Simmonds & More

In today’s News & Notes, Nazem Kadri has been suspended, the Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their head coach, the Nashville Predators will be without Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle for a while and Joe Thornton will have a hearing for an illegal check to the head. Kadri Suspended for Remainder of the First Round The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Kadri for the remainder of the first round of the playoffs as the veteran forward has been suspended by the NHL for an i...
Tags: Column, Usa, News, Sport, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators


Flyers Hire Vigneault as Head Coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their new head coach, the team announced Monday. Vigneault most recently worked as the head coach of the New York Rangers for five seasons from 2013-14 until 2017-18. BREAKING: The #Flyers have named Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history! https://t.co/FDSifRzyG7— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 15, 2019 “We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for...
Tags: New York, News, Sport, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Vigneault, Alain Vigneault, Fletcher, Chuck Fletcher, Alain, Jim Cerny


NHL Rumors: Babcock, Canadiens, Flyers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are more conversations about the future for Nazem Kadri and, in some respects, that carries over to questions about the future of head coach Mike Babcock. There are also rumors that the Montreal Canadiens have made a shopping list of players for the offseason and the Philadelphia Flyers will look to improve their defense with a veteran either by free agency or trade. Questions About Mike Babcock? Kevin McGran of the Toronto Sun wrote in his mailbag s...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Lee, Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers


The Grind Line: 6 Red Wings Draft Options at No. 6

Much to the dismay of many Detroit Red Wings fans, the organization will once again have the sixth-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Any dreams of choosing franchise cornerstones Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko have been dashed. However, there’s still a handful of talented prospects beyond the likely top two and it’s anyone’s guess which players will go in the next four slots. In this week’s edition of The Grind Line, The Hockey Writers’ Red Wings coverage team takes a stab at Detroit’s draf...
Tags: Column, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Dylan Larkin, Byram, Red Wings, Hughes, Larkin, Vancouver Giants, Muskegon Lumberjacks, USHL, Evgeny Svechnikov, Saskatoon Blades


NHL Rumors: Kadri, Zucker, Panthers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown the Ottawa Senators are hopeful when it comes to the signing of one of their prospects, Nazem Kadri is about to be suspended and there are questions in Toronto as to whether or not this could be the writing on the wall for him being traded, Jason Zucker wants to stay in Minnesota but knows he might be on the move, and the Florida Panthers might have a lot going on with Joel Quenneville now in town. Did Kadri Seal His Fate With the Maple Leafs? After cross-c...
Tags: Florida, Minnesota, Nbc, Toronto, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Calgary, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Joel Quenneville, Ottawa Senators


Should the Oilers Consider Nazem Kadri?

Nazem Kadri is likely going to be handed a lofty suspension for his crosscheck on Jake DeBrusk in Saturday’s playoff game versus the Boston Bruins. It will be another in a long line of trips in front of the NHL Department of Player Safety and as a repeat offender, Kadri will likely see somewhere between six and 10 games his lack of self-control. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Kadri’s hearing is scheduled for Monday. In the immediate picture for the Maple Leafs, Kadri’s bein...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Connor McDavid, Simmons, Nazem Kadri


Avalanche Sign Makar

The Colorado Avalanche have made a significant signing as they inked Cale Makar, their fourth-overall selection from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Makar just closed out his second season with UMass-Amherst in the NCAA and is set to join the Avalanche during their playoff run. Welcome to Colorado, Cale Makar!We’re so happy to have you.#GoAvsGo https://t.co/o8H4JUvh8v— x- Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 14, 2019 Makar finished his NCAA career w...
Tags: News, Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, Ncaa, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Cale, Colorado Avalanche, Nikita Zadorov, Samuel Girard, Erik Johnson, Joe Sakic, Tyson Barrie, Makar


Stars’ Benn Serves as Silver Lining of Game 2 Loss

Losing the way the Dallas Stars did in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Nashville Predators must sting. After all, they were a shot away from stealing the game and going back home up two games. Now facing a best-of-five series after the 2-1 overtime loss, they and their fans can at least take away a few positives from what is suddenly a less-than-ideal situation. The most notable of which is the goal by captain Jamie Benn. Benn Scores First in 10 Games Benn scored the game-...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Nashville, Hockey, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop, Jamie Benn, Benn, Guy Lafleur, Seguin, Jim Lites, Top Story, Lites, Miro Heiskanen


NHL Rumors: Eberle, Flyers, Kings, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown there are updates on the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings and their respective coaching searches, a few New York Islanders are showing their stuff, namely, Jordan Eberle and the Arizona Coyotes need to find a way to boost their offense while not spending money. Flyers Talking With Alain Vigneault? He’s not often at the top of the available coaches list but one name the Flyers might be talking to is former New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks coach...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Alain Vigneault, Todd McLellan, Jordan Eberle, Top Story, NHL Rumors