by PA Stats Inc - May 11, 2009 5:17 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) There is every reason for the Pittsburgh Penguins to think it's over. They've won three games in a row, they're back at home, and they've done this so many times before to the Washington Capitals that it's almost as if they're following a script.
by PA Stats Inc - May 10, 2009 8:09 PM EDT
BOSTON (AP) Less than 12 hours after returning home in the dead of night, the Bruins were on the ice Saturday, skating hard and searching for the style that made them the Eastern Conference's top seed.
by PA Stats Inc - May 10, 2009 3:53 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) Really, it's not about the money.Some people cringe when athletes say that.When Marian Hossa did, no one could question it.Hossa signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings last summer, turning down a longer contract to stay in Pittsburgh and a more lucrative one to play for Edmonton, because he believed the defending Stanley Cup champions gave him the best chance to win a title.
by PA Stats Inc - May 9, 2009 8:13 PM EDT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks are looking forward to Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.And they insist they're over their Game 4 collapse in Chicago that left the Western Conference semifinal series tied at 2.
by PA Stats Inc - May 8, 2009 6:03 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Washington Capitals probably knew deep down they wouldn't win both games in Pittsburgh. That would have been too much to ask, to shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for two nights on their home ice with the Penguins' season hanging on every shift.
by PA Stats Inc - May 8, 2009 4:35 PM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina's improbable playoff run has been fueled by dramatic finishes and unlikely heroes.The Hurricanes' flair for drama has taken the hockey world by surprise, however, the Carolina players look at it as business as usual.
by PA Stats Inc - May 7, 2009 8:56 PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) It is rare for the Detroit Red Wings to lose three straight in the postseason, but when it happens it is usually at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.
by PA Stats Inc - May 7, 2009 6:08 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) Getting off to a slow start is getting old for the Chicago Blackhawks. Keep it up and they could find themselves out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in a hurry.
by PA Stats Inc - May 6, 2009 5:38 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin stepped into the Pittsburgh Penguins' practice rink dressing room, spotted a large group of reporters forming a faceoff circle around his seat and quickly scooted into an adjacent off-limits area without taking any questions.
by PA Stats Inc - May 6, 2009 4:46 PM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Chad LaRose tried to beat up 6-foot-9 Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara a few months ago, but that didn't quite work.So once the playoffs started, the 5-10 Carolina forward instead turned to his quickness to outfox the NHL's tallest player, turning a hustling steal of the defenseman's lazy pass into the kind of goal that can swing a series.
by PA Stats Inc - May 5, 2009 9:40 PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) An overtime win seems to be part of the Anaheim Ducks flight plan when leaving Detroit during the playoffs.After a triple-overtime victory over the Red Wings in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday the Ducks devoted Monday to getting plenty of rest as the series shifted west for the next two contests.
by PA Stats Inc - May 5, 2009 4:56 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) Dustin Byfuglien looks like a middle linebacker on hockey skates. At 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, the Chicago Blackhawks' right wing is stirring up the Western Conference semifinals with his physical play - a lot of it right in front of the net.