Stanley Cup Finals

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media before a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings, in Raleigh, N.C. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the potential that the seventh- and eighth-seeded teams meet in each conference final. This is the world Commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned when the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005 after a year-long lockout. Bettman prefers to call it “competitive balance,” and it’s the thing he trumpets the most about the state of the league where almost anyone can win the Stanley Cup in a given season. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
May 05, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep. "Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the...
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Steve Yzerman answers a question during an NHL hockey news conference where he was introduced as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Detroit. Yzerman returns to Detroit where he was part of three Stanley Cup championship teams and a captain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Detroit Red Wings to glory. The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's all-time great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations of his playing tenure in...
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates off as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 4-3 win during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 18, 2019 - 3:26 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday he is not going to overreact to the Lightning's historically quick postseason exit and he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper. After tying the NHL record for wins during the regular season, the perennial Stanley Cup...
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his third-period goal with teammates during Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Islanders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 12, 2019 - 11:01 pm
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — After falling behind in the second period, the New York Islanders didn't get discouraged. They maintained their focus, tied it minutes later and then pulled away in the third period. Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart in the final period and the...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, hoists the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, in Las Vegas. For once, Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear _ and answer _ so many of those same, old same-olds. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 09, 2019 - 11:04 am
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same olds. Why do you do so well in the regular season and then stumble in the postseason? Why do you play your worst when...
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President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Alex Ovechkin, second from left, the captain and MVP of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, during a visit to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, third from right, and teammates John Carlson, second from left, and T.J. Oshie, fourth from left, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 25, 2019 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June. Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy during the NHL hockey team's Stanley Cup victory celebration at the National Mall in Washington. The U.S. Capitol rises in the background. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Capitals will go to the White House on Monday, March 25, 2019, to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 19, 2019, because the team had not announced the decision.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 19, 2019 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will get a chance to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. One player has already said he won't attend. Minutes after the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night...
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February 25, 2019 - 7:09 pm
The West just got wilder, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are going all-in on their late-season NHL playoff push. The Blue Jackets followed up last week's additions of Ottawa forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel by acquiring New York Rangers defenseman Adam McQuaid and New Jersey goalie Keith...
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center left, holds a jersey after the NHL Board of Governors announced Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island Ga.. Joining Bettman, from left to right, is Jerry Bruckheimer, David Bonderman, David Wright, Tod Leiweke and Washington Wild youth hockey player Jaina Goscinski. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
December 05, 2018 - 9:22 am
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle's NHL expansion team has its roots in Dave Tippett's computer. That's where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off. It is just an exercise for...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel, center, celebrates his goal with Sidney Crosby (87), Justin Schultz (4), and Jamie Oleksiak (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. It was Guentzel's second goal of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
October 04, 2018 - 10:31 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gained a measure of revenge against a rival that ended their season last spring. Kris Letang scored his second goal 1:20 into overtime and the Penguins opened theseason with a 7-6 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Thursday night...
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