Makar enters Final showing attributes to be truly great with Avalanche

But Carvel, the coach at the University of Massachusetts, had a suggestion. “I said, ‘I do not know anyone else in this draft, but you need to take Cale Makar first overall, ‘”Carvel said.” Just kind of joking. And he said, ‘Carvey,’ if I do that, he’ll never get to UMass. I said, ‘OK, don’t … Read more

Kucherov continues to elevate play at most important time for Lightning

“It means a lot,” Kucherov said. “Not many teams have done that before, and to be one of them is huge. We’re really happy with the result, but we still have more important games ahead.” This was not the boisterous, almost-defiant Kucherov who was shirtless at the podium after the Lightning repeated as Stanley Cup … Read more

Rangers eliminated from playoffs, struggles on road played big part

TAMPA – The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, losing 2-1 in Game 6 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against the Lightning but then lost four straight games for the first time all … Read more

NHL Free Agency: Five Players Who Have Boosted Value in Playoffs

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports From veterans looking for the next big opportunity to younger guys looking to impress in an RFA season, here are five players that have used the Stanley Cup playoffs to improve their free agency value: 1. Nazem Kadri, C, UFA ($ 4,500,000) After undergoing thumb surgery following Game 3 against Edmonton, … Read more

Inside the NHL: To get good in goal, sometimes teams just have to be lucky | Buffalo Sabers News

It’s the question this corner keeps getting since the Buffalo Sabers’ season ended with so much promise. And its momentum is building through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, especially during the Tampa Bay-New York East final, and will continue all the way to free agency. We won’t stop hearing it. How are the Sabers going to … Read more

How Will the NHL Tackle a Potential Evander Kane Suspension?

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports There was a “karma!” reaction to the injury suffered by Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri Saturday night. But just because you do not like Kadri’s history as an antagonist who crosses the line far too often, that does not justify what Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane did to Kadri in … 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 look to ‘Play La Bamba, baby’ with win in Game 3 of Western Final

The Edmonton Oilers hope to rally with their “La Bamba” mojo when they return to Rogers Place for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (8 pm ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS). The 1958 Ritchie Valens hit has been adopted by the Oilers as their victory song this season, … Read more

Tom Brady, Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak among stars enjoying live sports

There’s no denying that several stars have been attracted to the sidelines of notable arenas, whether it’s to participate in a pregame tradition or otherwise. Last week, some celebrities made waves in the crowds at several high-profile events. 2 Related For instance, LeBron James enjoyed the Champions League final, DJ Khaled and Aaron Donald enjoyed … Read more