While the Capitals get ready to take the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, their rivals continue to have a rough week.
Given the uncertainty the NHL faced in placing its season on pause, the NHLPA chief couldn't have envisioned a better resumption of play five months later.
Brian Boucher had a feeling by the second overtime that this game was going a while longer, and he knew from personal experience. Twenty years ago, Boucher was in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the longest playoff game in modern NHL history, a five-overtime thriller.
The Golden Knights deserved to win Game 1. But there were some positives for the Blackhawks. There were also negatives.
This Flyers-Canadiens first-round playoff series has us thinking about 1987 and the pregame brawl that changed hockey forever. By Joe Fordyce
We already have controversy in Game 1 of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Hurricanes thanks to a failed Carolina challenge on a Boston goal.
The Colorado Avalanche have one of the NHL's most dynamic offenses, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon. The Arizona Coyotes play it much closer to the vest, relying on superb goaltending and counterattacking when they have the opportunity. The Avalanche were second in the Western Conference with 94 points when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Penguins’ qualifying round loss to the Canadiens cost assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi their jobs.
From the Islanders and Capitals in Toronto all the way to Canucks and Blues, here's a look at the odds for the second day of the NHL playoffs. By Brooke Destra
Alain Vigneault often has a dash of James Bond in him when he closes his news conferences. The Philadelphia Flyers have both shaken and stirred their way to plenty of wins this season in Vigneault's first season on the bench. Here's the twist - the Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL entering the pandemic break and the best team coming out of it, good enough to earn a No. 1 seed and a series with the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Hockey is trending to look like the Vancouver Canucks, with smaller players and more skill, speed and offense. When Vancouver and defending champion St. Louis meet in the first round, it will be a matchup of opposites. ''We have to establish our physicality right away,'' reigning playoff MVP Ryan O'Reilly said.
Barry Trotz famously told the then-defending champion Washington Capitals two years ago any future title runs would go through Long Island. Trotz and the New York Islanders will face the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 1 on Wednesday night. Back in 2018, the veteran coach was addressing his former team before facing them for the first time after leading the Caps to the Stanley Cup championship and then leaving in a contract dispute and joining the Islanders.
The move came less than a week after the fifth-seeded Penguins fell to the 12th-seeded Canadiens in four mostly lifeless games. General manager Jim Rutherford promised significant changes after Pittsburgh dropped its opening-round postseason series for the second straight year.
On Tuesday, former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights got the better of the Hawks in Game 1 of their Round One Stanley Cup Playoff series, winning 4-1.
While back-to-backs are no longer common in the NHL postseason, the urgency to finish it this year means each first-round series has one set of them scheduled.
Two back-to-backs. Six games in nine days. With the NHL postponing Game 1 between the Bruins and Hurricanes, Joe Haggerty explores what that could mean for Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.
It took the fourth-longest game in NHL history to delay the start of the Bruins-Hurricanes series, but the teams will take the ice for Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday morning in Toronto. Here's how to watch NBC Sports Network's coverage.
Well, we just ruined another wall after running through it because of the Flyers' latest playoff hype video. By Brooke Destra
We get you ready for the Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes First Round series with five things to know about their matchup.