Roy will be rooting for Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

“I’m an Avalanche fan, seriously,” said Roy, the former Colorado goalie and coach. “I have so much respect for ‘Landy’ (captain Gabriel Landeskog) and Nate (center Nathan MacKinnon). “It was a privilege coaching those guys. Joe (Sakic, the Avalanche general manager) gave me the opportunity. I have so much respect for Joe. He’s been doing … Read more

3 Keys: Rangers at Lightning, Game 6 of Eastern Conference Final

Rangers (2M) at Lightning (3A) 8 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN +, CBC, SN, TVAS Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series 3-2 The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the third consecutive season with a victory against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena … Read more

Rangers aim to compete at higher level against Lightning in Game 4

TAMPA – The New York Rangers did not come into the Eastern Conference Final naively underestimating the challenge of knocking out the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. They knew it would be hard. Now they know just how tall of a task this is going to be. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against … Read more

Cooper-Gallant friendship on hold during Eastern Conference Final

“It’ll be a handshake of admiration,” said Cooper, the Tampa Bay Lightning coach. Cooper and Gallant, the New York Rangers coach, are close friends. That their teams are embroiled in a series for the right to play for the Stanley Cup means that friendship is on hold for now, but will resume immediately after the … Read more

Miller clutch again for Rangers in Game 2 victory

NEW YORK – K’Andre Miller‘s two-way game has reached new heights in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was an instrumental part of the New York Rangers’ 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Miller scored a goal, his second of the … Read more

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

New York leads the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I think we did a great job limiting them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers defenseman Adam Fox said. “We did not make too many mistakes. We were able to feel them. We did a good job playing from the … Read more

Oilers confident going home for Game 3 of Western Final against Avalanche

DENVER – The Edmonton Oilers are headed home for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (8 pm ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS) down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, but they hold a belief their best hockey is still to come. “I think I do not think we’ve played … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: MacKinnon roll continues for Avalanche

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2022 NHL postseason. There is one playoff game scheduled for Friday, the 33rd day of the postseason. What we learned MacKinnon on a mission for Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal in the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers … Read more

Esposito’s loyalties with Lightning against Rangers in conference final

The Lightning, a Esposito team co-founded in 1990, was hours from the Eastern Conference Final with a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Esposito was the Rangers general manager from July 1986 through May 1989, after having played for New York from 1975-81. The 1984 Hockey Hall of Famer’s loyalties are … Read more

AHL notebook: NHL prospects to watch in Calder Cup conference finals

The Calder Cup Playoffs in the American Hockey League are down to four teams. The Western Conference final, which starts Friday, has Chicago (Carolina Hurricanes), the regular-season champion, facing Stockton (Calgary Flames). The Eastern Conference Final, which begins Saturday, will feature Laval (Montreal Canadiens) facing Springfield (St. Louis Blues). Each series is a best-of-7. Here … Read more