The pipeline of American hockey, which snakes from Massachusetts west into Michigan and Minnesota, has meandered south, to Missouri.
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With their seventh win in a row, Boston return to the Cup finals after winning them in 2011 and losing to Chicago two years later.
On Wednesday, an apparent hand pass wasn’t called. In the last series, a goal was disallowed. In the first series, the Sharks benefited from a five-minute major.
Erik Karlsson scored 5 minutes 23 seconds into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier.
After a terrifying crash to the ice in San Jose’s first-round playoff win, Pavelski needed staples to close a gash in his head and missed six games. His return has lifted the Sharks, and raised concern about brain trauma.
President Vladimir V. Putin’s image of control slipped, just briefly, during a friendly game at the Bolshoi Ice Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The St. Louis Blues are the only “Expansion Six” team left without a Stanley Cup. The San Jose Sharks came later, but have endured similar heartbreak.
The Carolina Hurricanes had not made the playoffs since 2009. In the conference finals, they face a team with plenty of recent postseason experience: the Boston Bruins.
After a double-overtime victory on Tuesday night in a Game 7, the Blues are in the conference finals, with the elusive Stanley Cup Finals within reach.
With several pending free agents, the team will try to build on one of its best seasons in recent memory.
The Hurricanes completed a four-game whitewash of the New York Islanders.
A fierce but seldom penalized Hall of Famer, he helped capture eight N.H.L. titles — four with the Red Wings and four with the Maple Leafs.
The Carolina Hurricanes are on the cusp of sweeping the Islanders behind McElhinney, who has saved 45 of 47 shots after replacing the injured starter.
The Hurricanes employ a similar defensive-minded style. “They play very structured, similar to the way we play,” Islanders forward Josh Bailey said.
The Islanders, who hit the post or crossbar four times in the third period, will try to overcome a 2-0 deficit as the Eastern Conference semifinal series heads to North Carolina.
After losing to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Islanders’ goalie, Robin Lehner, acknowledged that “small margins” make the difference, a theme for his team all season.
The first round will be remembered for surprises. The roots of the upsets were in off-season moves and trade deadline strategy.
The Islanders finished a sweep of their first-round playoff series on April 16. They still don’t know their opponent for the second round.
Hagelin, who has spent time on three teams this season, has been involved in eliminating Washington from the playoffs five times, three as a Ranger, two as a Penguin.
In a remote Himalayan town in northern India, a women’s ice hockey team comes together.