With the playoff field cut in half, the stakes keep getting raised
These NHL players could make a bigger name for themselves in the second round.
When Nate Thompson began the grueling rehabilitation from a torn Achilles’ tendon last summer, a documentary film about Kobe Bryant got his attention. The Lakers star overcame the same injury, and Thompson could identify on some level with the “Black Mamba.” “It was impressive,” Thompson said....
Thornton is 37 years old. There was some question whether the San Jose Sharks’ top centers would even play in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Both injured themselves in the final weeks of the regular season. Logan Couture took a...Show More Summary
USA TODAY's Kevin Allen previews all four second-round NHL playoff series and predicts who will be the last four teams standing.
After 18 games were decided in OT in the first round, what's next for an encore?
Four tantalizing playoff hockey series. Here’s a guarantee for you: Tune into any one of the four second-round series of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs and you’ll have a good time. Sure, some notable teams didn’t make it this far. The Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, and Minnesota Wild are home early. Show More Summary
From the Blackhawks' struggles to Radulov's performance, the first round was full of surprises.
Cancel everything and watch Preds-Blues. So, that was fun. We just capped off the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs on Sunday. It featured a record 18 overtimes. Yes. We are tired, too. But no time for rest. The second round...Show More Summary
Series schedules, results and updates from the second round of the Stanley Cup race
How can we complain about extra hockey?
The Capitals, Senators, and their big-name superstars in need of Stanley Cups are moving on. The Washington Capitals wouldn’t let the Toronto Maple Leafs pass them in the Eastern Conference hierarchy that easily. Marcus Johansson scored...Show More Summary
Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal with 6:30 gone in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to win their first-round playoff series in six games
After a thrilling first-round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs that gave us a record 18 overtime contests, the second round is here. And the marquee matchup of Round 2 is between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch...Show More Summary
Leafs-Capitals has also tied the record for most OT games in a single series. The NHL postseason, always thrilling entertainment, has taken the suspense to another level with a record-breaking 18 overtime games in the first round. That’s...Show More Summary
Apparently having just one good foot is no problem for the Ottawa superstar. Erik Karlsson just finished an incredible series leading the Ottawa Senators past the favored Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2017 NHL playoffs. Now...Show More Summary
Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal with 6:30 gone in the first overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Sunday to win their first-round playoff series in six games. Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for Ottawa, which advanced in the postseason for the first time since...
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Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 9:42 mark in overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday in Game 5 of their playoff series, eliminating the Wild in the first round following the best season in franchise history. The Blues advanced to play Nashville in the second...