Sissons, Rinne dazzle as Predators advance
A surprising hat trick by Colton Sissons and an all-world performance by goalie Pekka Rinne pushed the Predators to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance after a big 6-3 win over the Ducks.
Colton Sissons' hat trick and Pekka Rinne's dazzling performance in net paced the Predators to a Game 6 win and earned them their first Stanley Cup finals berth in franchise history. The Preds did it with tenacity, discipline and speed, not to mention a little old-fashioned good goaltending and tight special teams. The winner of the Eastern Conference better have not only their dance shoes on for the speed, but also keep their heads up for the Preds locomotive. Even without their top two centers, this team is not to be denied. And that Nashville crowd …
Ritchie gets game misconduct for hit on Arvidsson.
During the first period of Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference finals, Anaheim's Nick Ritchie checks Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson from behind and receives a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
Keys to the offseason: Ducks
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Keys to the offseason homepage
The home for our offseason looks at the key decisions facing the teams eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Penguins run powered by collective effort
Sidney Crosby and the other Penguins stars can't repeat by themselves. A 'next man up' approach and youth infusion have Pittsburgh one win away from a repeat trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
Pictures of the postseason
The 2017 playoffs have provided plenty of drama, from Connor McDavid's debut to a record number of overtime thrillers. Here are some of the most stunning and significant images -- so far.
Melrose dishes on conference finals
Barry Melrose breaks down the Penguins' big win over the Senators in Game 5, the impact of Pittsburgh's goalie change and more.
Penguins send message with dominant win
The Penguins' lopsided 7-0 rout of the Senators in Game 5 showed that they have the depth and determination to lock down an ever-elusive Stanley Cup repeat. Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2.
Crosby leads Pens' Game 5 barrage.
Sidney Crosby redirects Trevor Daley's slapper for a goal and adds an assist on a beautiful no-look pass to Phil Kessel.
Top NHL draft prospects: 1-20
We wrap up our countdown of the top 100 prospects for the 2017 NHL draft with Nos. 1-20, including the call on whether Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick is the top prospect available.
Greatest recent conference finals performances
Some of hockey's biggest stars have cemented their legacies during the conference finals, including Patrick Kane's virtuoso performance in 2015 and Tuukka Rask's takeover in 2013.
Playoff agitators opposing fans love to hate
Every team has a guy -- like Ryan Kesler, Austin Watson, Patric Hornqvist or Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- who'll grab, tug and irritate foes until they retaliate and swear their way to the penalty box.
Nowhere is hockey bigger than in Minnesota, even at small schools like St. Paul Academy and Summit School, which until last year hadn't made the state tournament in 41 years. See the Spartans make a spirited run at another postseason bid.
Even though they were beaten in Game 7 by the Ducks, the high-flying Oilers showed they can compete with the best -- and they will be back on the big stage for years to come.
The NHL's newest team is ready to start making deals -- "We're not fooling around," says GM George McPhee -- and these four teams are trying to entice Vegas to take veterans off their hands.
The expansion draft and a stagnant salary cap will trigger the busiest offseason in league history, says Pierre LeBrun. Could Sharks stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau leave San Jose?