• Zdeno Chara Blatantly Throws Cheap Shot To John Tavares Head & Knocked Him Out

    Total Pro Sports "This is not okay! During the first round series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs — an already crazy Game 7 matchup got even crazier when a scrum broke out between both teams. In the midst of that scrum, Bruins’ Chara came in and snuck in a left..." April 24

  • Maple Leafs Need to Move on From Nazem Kadri After He Cost Them Another Series Against Bruins

    12 Up "Death. Taxes. The Toronto Maple Leafs losing a Game 7 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite the additions of John Tavares and Jake Muzzin, the Maple Leafs still shook under the pressure of closing out the Bruins, even when holding a 3-2 series lead. If anything..." April 24

  • A Bruins Empty-Netter In The Final Second Sent Bettors Scrambling In Game 7

    Uproxx "There is some special about Game 7 and Tuesday evening featured a pivotal match-up between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. After an intriguing battle for the first two periods, Boston separated to the tune of a 5-1 victory and the Bruins will..." April 24

  • In a series full of questions, Maple Leafs’ Babcock short on answers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Babcock has done a lot of good things as head coach in the National Hockey League and elsewhere. But coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs won’t be something that he has a long chat with his grandkids about one day. A second Game 7 loss in as many years against..." April 24

  • From 62 wins to zero, breaking down the Lightning’s stunning playoff exit

    SB Nation "The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2018-19 regular season was one for the history books — they tied the NHL record for wins with 62, led the NHL in power-play and penalty kill percentage, had three 40-goal scorers in Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden..." April 23

  • Gerard Gallant Calls Out 'Clown' Sharks Coach Peter de Boer Before Game 7

    12 Up "The Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks are set to face off in a Game 7 on Tuesday night, with the winner moving on to the second round to face the Colorado Avalanche. In the previous six games of the series, head coach of the Golden Knights Gerard Gallant, was..." April 23

  • Zach Bogosian has hip surgery, could miss start of next season for Sabres

    NHL.com "Zach Bogosian could miss the start of next season for the Buffalo Sabres after having hip surgery. The 28-year-old defenseman is expected to need 5-6 months to recover. He had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 65 games this season. He missed the Sabres' final..." April 23

  • Bruins complain to series supervisor about Maple Leafs' tripping tactics

    NBC Sports Boston "Everybody knows that Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has kept up a constant stream of complaints about Patrice Bergeron’s face-off techniques over the last couple of playoff series between the Bruins and the Leafs. And it’s worked at points with Bergeron getting tossed out of..." April 23

  • No lineup tweaks for Leafs, Bruins in Game 7

    TSN "Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will stick with their Game 6 lineups for Game 7 on Tuesday night. Bruins centre David Krejci sat out practice on Monday, but returned for Tuesday's gameday skate. He will once again the team's second line with Jake..." April 23

  • Alex Ovechkin's tying goal is waved off as Hurricanes force Game 7 vs. Capitals

    USA Today "Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin appeared to be continuing his playoff magic in the middle on the third period Monday night when he scored to tie the game 3-3. Then the goal was waved off. He couldn't believe it. Neither could the defending Stanley Cup champion..." April 23

  • Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi has knee surgery in Montreal

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi had surgery on his left knee Tuesday, the team has announced. The procedure isn’t expected to delay Kotkaniemi’s off-season training, GM Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “With regards to Jesperi,..." April 23

  • The Dallas Stars can win the Stanley Cup because of this one man

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Goalie Ben Bishop was asked who is the most important player on the Dallas Stars. “I am,” he said. Then he laughed. “No,” he said, “I’m kidding.” He was kidding, and he is right. The Dallas..." April 23

  • Joel Kellman Signs With San Jose Sharks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The San Jose Sharks have signed Swedish forward Joel Kellman, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The deal is a one-year entry-level contract. Kellman, 24, has played the last four seasons in the SHL and recorded 34 points in 45 games this season for Brynas. The..." April 23

  • Reports: Blackhawks among finalists for a pair of international forwards

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks are always active in the overseas market. Over the last few years, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Michal Kempny, Jacob Nilsson, Artemi Panarin and Jan Rutta are among the notable Chicago signings that have come from there.  And they continue to be an..." April 23

  • Maple Leafs rumoured to be after KHL RW Ilya Mikheyev

    Pension Plan Puppets "This story starts with cracks in the foundation, literal and metaphorical. After years of dominating the KHL to an extreme degree with a team stacked with so many players, they didn’t have room to play them all, SKA St. Petersburg was merely very good this season. They lost Ilya..." April 23

  • Flames' James Neal: 'I want to be a top-six guy'

    TSN "Calgary Flames winger James Neal posted just seven goals and 19 points in 63 regular season games and was a healthy scratch for the team's series-clinching Game 5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. But with four years left on his deal with the team, the 31-year-old still wants to be..." April 23

  • Predators call playoff elimination 'tough pill to swallow'

    NHL.com "P.K. Subban sat in his stall sporting his Nashville Predators hat, trying to come up with the words to describe another disappointing moment for his team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "It's tough. It's a tough pill to swallow," Subban said after Nashville was..." April 23

  • An inherent contradiction in rules on goalie interference cost the Capitals

    NBC Sports Washington "The defining moment of the Capitals’ Game 6 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday wasAlex Ovechkin’s disallowed goal in the third period. Ovechkin thought he had tied the game at 3 when he poked a loose puck across the goal line, but the goal was waved off by the..." April 23

  • Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba comments on his future in Winnipeg

    Sportsnet "Following a six-game first-round loss to the St. Louis Blues, the Winnipeg Jets will head into the summer facing a salary-cap crunch that will lead to some difficult roster decisions. Much has been made about what both Patrik Laine and two-time 30-goal scorer Kyle Connor will earn on..." April 22

  • Mike Smith open to returning to Calgary

    Yardbarker "The Calgary Flames were handed their golf passes in the playoffs after just five games against the Colorado Avalanche, but it wasn’t for the reasons many speculated on heading into the postseason. For much of the year the team had been dealing with goaltending issues, and when they handed..." April 22

  • Lightning's Hedman not blaming injuries for postseason struggles

    The Score "Victor Hedman is taking full responsibility for his role in the Tampa Bay Lightning's shocking first-round exit despite battling injury. The 28-year-old blue-liner suited up for the first two contests of his team's series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and played..." April 22

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Will Likely Trade A Defenseman

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins were swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the New York Islanders, opening the door to plenty of questions surrounding the roster composition moving forward. The team made a few big trades during the season to change the look of their group, sending out names..." April 22

  • How close are the Penguins to becoming the Blackhawks or Kings?

    PensBurgh "Dynasties don’t always fade away. Sometimes they just crumble and collapse into a smoldering pile of ruin that cannibalizes itself and everything around it. Sure, we sometimes throw the word “dynasty” around in sports a little too loosely, and I admit I am probably..." April 22

  • Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers played through leg fracture in Game 6

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers is one tough customer. The 23-year-old played Game 6 of the Jets' opening-round series against the St. Louis Blues with a fractured leg, according to the Winnipeg Sun's Scott Billeck. Ehlers said he..." April 22

  • Report: The Tampa Bay Lightning are interested in Russian defenceman Artyom Sergeyev

    Raw Charge "Russian sports site Sport Business Online reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning are interested in Russian defenseman Artyom Sergeyev (previously transliterated as Artem Sergeev). His name might sound familiar for some fans, Sergeyev played for the Syracuse Crunch during..." April 22

  • Zuccarello is perfect complement for Stars’ top line

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Dallas Stars had a problem for much of the 2018-19 season, and it was always a very easy one to identify. Even when the team was at its lowest point, their top trio of Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn was doing what it had always done in carrying the team’s..." April 22

  • Kris Versteeg Signs AHL Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Kris Versteeg is back. The veteran forward has signed a one-year contract with the Rockford IceHogs for 2019-20 to play in the AHL. Versteeg spent the 2018-19 season in the KHL and Sweden after failing to get an NHL contract, but will return to North America to continue his professional..." April 22

  • Islanders expect Barclays Center to rock with the same playoff atmosphere as the old barn

    Newsday "The Islanders don’t expect to lose any home-ice advantage when the postseason party moves to Brooklyn for the second round of the playoffs. It’ll just be a railgating crowd at Barclays Center instead of the tailgating done at NYCB Live’s Nassau..." April 22

  • Maple Leafs hold team meeting before flight

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs held a team meeting before their flight to Boston on Monday, electing not to practice before Tuesday's Game 7 against the Bruins. Toronto will face the Bruins in Game 7 of their first-round series for a second straight year on Tuesday after failing to..." April 22

  • Calgary Flames RFA Situation

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "After an unexpectedly early end to the 2018-19 campaign, it’s time to shift towards planning for the Calgary Flames offseason. One of the first things on the mind of Flames fans should be some of the Flames pending restricted free agents who are due for raises this summer...." April 22

  • Arizona Coyotes To Target Scoring This Off-Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Arizona Coyotes missed out on the postseason this year by a mere four points. While a success overall for the rebuilding club, the Coyotes struggled greatly on offense. The team’s 209 goals for were tied for third-worst in the NHL and their 16.3% power play success rate was..." April 22

  • So, is Rob Blake the Mad Scientist or a Terrible GM?

    Jewels From The Crown "As Todd McLellan told us multiple times at his introductory press conference, the players gave themselves permission to take the season off. I want to tell you, I think Rob Blake took the season off as well. Or maybe not… Ever since October 29th,..." April 22

  • Brad Marchand not happy with ‘terrible’ ice at TD Garden

    Larry Brown Sports "Brad Marchand has not been a fan of the ice at TD Garden in Boston during the Bruins’ first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins beat the Leafs 4-2 in Game 6 of the series in Toronto on Sunday. The series heads back to Boston for Game 7 on Tuesday, and..." April 22

  • Flyers remove Kate Smith statue outside stadium

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Flyers have officially removed the statue of Kate Smith from its location outside their arena and will no longer play Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at games, the team announced in a statement on Sunday. This follows the New York..." April 22

  • Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman has lengthy to-do list in weeks ahead

    Detroit News "Steve Yzerman mentioned it a few times during the news conference Friday introducing him as the Red Wings’ new general manager. After the news conference was over, after the interviews were done and the bright lights were put away, it was time to roll up..." April 22

  • Is Jeff Skinner’s value dropping?

    Die By The Blade "The temperatures in Buffalo have only surpassed 65 degrees a on a couple of occasions so far this spring, but Sabres fans are sweating heavily right now. Since the trade deadline passed on February 25, twitter has been...atwitter with inquisitive minds that all want to know one thing:..." April 22

  • What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future. The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position. What might Gordon be doing in..." April 22

  • Burns, Giordano, Hedman are Norris Trophy finalists

    NHL.com "Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2018-19 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in..." April 21

  • Golden Knights Interested In Ilya Mikheyev

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Golden Knights made a splash in Russia earlier this month with the signing of winger Nikita Gusev.  Now, it appears they have their sights set on winger Ilya Mikheyev.  A report from Sport-Express in Russia suggested that he has agreed to terms with Vegas but Sport-Express writer..." April 21

  • Gavrikov could help Blue Jackets in second round of playoffs

    NHL.com "Sergei Bobrovsky did not practice for a second straight day, but defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov skated for the first time with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. While the goalie took another maintenance day, according to coach John Tortorella, Gavrikov practiced less than 24 hours..." April 21

  • Jets' Wheeler tells reporter to 'f--- off' after playoff elimination

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler had no time for a reporter who implied his team may not have been at its best after being eliminated from the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Wheeler reeled it in after telling the reporter to "f--- off," adding that the..." April 21

  • Hurricanes following Brind'Amour's lead in playoffs

    NHL.com "Rod Brind'Amour's approach in his first season as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes has been as straightforward as it was during his 20 seasons playing in the NHL. Brind'Amour rarely minces words, except when he's asked to talk about himself. Never one to take credit,..." April 21

  • Winnipeg Jets Face Big Questions After Early Exit

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Winnipeg Jets were knocked out of the playoffs last night by an impressive St. Louis Blues group, and now must face the harsh reality of another season wasted. The Jets will not be happy with just making the playoffs in a season where many had them as a Stanley Cup contender, and will have..." April 21

  • Oilers complete 2nd interview with Mark Hunter for GM vacancy

    The Score "Mark Hunter received a second interview for the Edmonton Oilers' general manager vacancy, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Hunter, who's currently the GM of the OHL's London Knights, is one of multiple candidates the Oilers are still considering, Friedman..." April 21

  • Jets must deal with 'painful' end of season

    NHL.com "The Winnipeg Jets found only disappointment in a season that started with high expectations and ended in the Western Conference First Round. The Jets were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Saturday, when they were..." April 21

  • Forward Tom Wilson delivers another questionable hit as Capitals rout Hurricanes in Game 5

    USA Today "It  seems impossible for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson to deliver a hit during a NHL playoff game without spawning a social media debate about its legality. During the Capitals' 6-0 rout of the Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals,..." April 21

  • Jets' Maurice calls 1st-round elimination 'painful as hell'

    Winnipeg Sun "The Winnipeg Jets went out with a whimper, looking like a team that was already out of gas. Sure, there was a sign of life and a late rally in the third period that made it a one-shot game, but for the most part, that was little more than window dressing. A final burst of..." April 21

  • T.J. Oshie (collar bone) likely out for playoffs, report says

    Sporting News "T.J. Oshie is likely out for the playoffs with a broken collar bone after a scary incident in Thursday's playoff game against the Hurricanes, according to the Washington Post. The 32-year-old forward left Game 4 of the Caps' Eastern Conference first-round series after a hit..." April 21

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Robin Lehner, Ben Bishop voted Vezina Trophy finalists

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.” This year’s finalists are Dallas’ Ben Bishop, NY Islanders’ Robin Lehner and Tampa Bay’s Andrei..." April 20

  • Andrei Svechnikov says Alex Ovechkin asked him to fight first

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Last Saturday during the Capitals’ loss to the Canes in Game Three, Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov got into a brutal fight. The 19-year-old Svechnikov went to the hospital and recently returned to practice sporting a full-face mask. Now well enough to speak with reporters,..." April 20