10:57 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was not in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, missing his fourth straight game with a right hand injury. The Capitals’ 4-2 loss Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Lightning was the first time Washington had lost since Backstrom injured his hand.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom took part in the team’s morning skate and remains a game-time decision for Tuesday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday he has not ruled out Backstrom, who injured his right hand blocking a shot from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin
All three Nashville Predators players not under contract for 2018-19 will not return to the team, according to general manager David Poile. Poile said Monday that the Predators plan to move on from forward Scott Hartnell and defenseman Alexei Emelin, who will both be unrestricted free agents. Hartnell, 36, had 13 goals and 11 assists
10:51 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba — After losing Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the Vegas Golden Knights made a change in Game 2 against the Winnipeg Jets, inserting Tomas Tatar into Monday night’s lineup. Tatar took line rushes on the wing and spent time Monday morning on the Golden Knights’ second
HERNING, Denmark — Russia shut out Slovakia 4-0 at the ice hockey world championship while Norway beat South Korea 3-0 to relegate the Asian debutant on Monday. Maxim Mamin and Nikita Gusev scored for Russia in the first period and Maxim Shalunov added the third in the third period. Ilya Mikheyev completed the win with
1:32 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN TAMPA — Who are the Tampa Bay Lightning? Are they the team that shredded the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in five games apiece to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, a team of efficient defense, dynamic offense and remarkable depth? Or are they whatever was on the ice
8:13 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN TAMPA, Fla. — Center Nicklas Backstrom will miss his third straight playoff game with a right hand injury, as the Washington Capitals face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night. Backstrom took the morning skate but didn’t take line rushes or a
HERNING, Denmark — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway for its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday. The Czech Republic beat France 6-0 for its second consecutive shutout. Kane scored
Mike Fisher is leaving hockey again. The 37-year-old forward, who came out of retirement in February and helped the Nashville Predators to the brink of the Western Conference finals, announced Saturday that he is hanging his skates up again, this time for good after 18 seasons. “I’ve milked this cow as long as it’ll go,”
HERNING, Denmark — Defending champion Sweden prevailed over Slovakia 4-3 in overtime for its fifth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Saturday. Denmark kept alive its dream of advancing to the quarterfinals by beating South Korea 3-1, and Latvia remained in contention by downing Olympic runner-up Germany 3-1. In a game of
1:09 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN TAMPA, Fla. — After reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years after eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins, their postseason tormentors, the Washington Capitals‘ celebration seemed like it was never going to end. “I think our players understood that getting past Pittsburgh, which has been a real
9:57 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN TAMPA, Fla. — After reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years, after eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins, their postseason tormentors, the Washington Capitals‘ celebration seemed like it was never going to end. “I think our players understood that getting past Pittsburgh, which has been a real
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. It was Backstrom’s second straight game out of the lineup with an injury to his right hand sustained in Game 5 of Washington’s series against Pittsburgh. Our NHL experts — including Barry Melrose, John
2:21 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Humboldt Broncos will field a team for the 2018-19 season, the team announced on Friday. The junior hockey team in Saskatchewan was involved in a fatal bus crash in April. Sixteen people – including the head coach and players – died while 13 others were injured. The Broncos are
The Nashville Predators pulled goalie Pekka Rinne just 10:07 into Game 7 of the Preds’ second-round series with the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night. Rinne — a Vezina Trophy finalist for the NHL’s best goaltender — allowed two soft goals, the first when Jets defenseman Tyler Myers‘ shot went off Rinne’s blade and in at 8:41.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom skated Thursday for the first time since injuring his right hand during Game 5 of a second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Backstrom, who also worked on stick-handling drills during an optional practice, remains day to day, coach Barry Trotz said. It is not clear whether Backstrom will play Friday
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin scored five goals in an exhibition hockey game with former NHL stars on Thursday. In what has become an annual tradition given ample airtime on state TV, Putin played on a “Legends of Hockey” team alongside big names of the past such as Pavel Bure and Slava Fetisov.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon finished with 94 saves on 95 shots as the team beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in five overtimes, making it the longest game in the 82-year history of the AHL. Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime period, giving the Phantoms the Game 4 win of the Calder
PITTSBURGH — After keeping the roster largely intact over the past few seasons, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday there will be changes this offseason. The changes won’t impact the nucleus of a team that saw its dreams of a third consecutive Stanley Cup end Monday at the hands of the Washington Capitals, but
HERNING, Denmark — Olympic runner-up Germany rebounded from three straight losses at the ice hockey world championship, handing newcomer South Korea a 6-1 defeat Wednesday. Switzerland recovered from a loss to the Czech Republic with a 5-2 victory over Belarus. Yasin Ehliz scored twice for Germany and Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Hager, Frederik Tiffels and Yannic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg dropped his broken stick and raced to the bench for another just as the puck slid around the boards near his skates. He grabbed a new stick from the Predators‘ equipment manager, fought off Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot and kept the puck onside. Then he skated toward Connor Hellebuyck, holding
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton tested the free-agent market last summer before ending up back in San Jose on a one-year, $8 million deal. If Thornton has his way this offseason, he’ll sign with the Sharks again instead of hitting the open market, even if it has to be on another short-term deal. “It’s
New Jersey Devils star forward Taylor Hall, goalie Cory Schneider and winger Patrick Maroon each underwent offseason surgery recently. Hall had torn ligaments in his left hand repaired on April 30. The team said he suffered the injury in December but played through it. He is expected to be ready for training camp in September.
1:31 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN PITTSBURGH — Alex Ovechkin had played in 1,003 regular-season games and 109 playoff games without advancing beyond the Eastern Conference semifinals. Barry Trotz had coached 1,524 regular-season games and 101 more in the playoffs, without ever advancing to even the conference finals. “It’s always thrown in your face, everywhere you
10:04 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will
6:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will
9:45 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2016, goaltender Matt Murray celebrated in late July in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, a city of about 100,000 sitting at the northern side of Lake Superior. A small group of friends, family and former coaches and trainers gathered at
HERNING, Denmark — Canada bounced back from a loss to the United States in the opening game at the world championship by trashing Korea 10-0 on Sunday. Also, Olympic champion Russia again displayed its offensive might in a 7-0 rout of Austria. After losing 5-4 to the U.S. in a penalty shootout, Canada was ruthless
Detroit Red Wings prospect Givani Smith was suspended from an Ontario Hockey League playoff game last week for giving the middle finger to the opposing bench, but before and after that incident he was subjected to racial slurs and threats, according to his team. The 20-year-old, who is black, set up the game winner for
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After a deflating Game 5 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Nashville Predators are down 3-2 and facing elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But instead of a somber Predators postgame locker room, it was one of strong confidence and promises. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is calling his shot,