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Patrice Bergeron of Boston Bruins, Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles Kings among Selke Trophy finalists

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier are finalists for the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in the NHL. Bergeron is nominated for the seventh straight season and is one of just two players to have won the award four times. Hall of Famer Bob Gainey also has won it four times. Bergeron ranked fifth in faceoff percentage (57.3) and first in short-handed faceoff percentage (59.3) and finished at plus-21 in 64 games played. Kopitar, who won the award…

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Vegas Golden Knights sweep Los Angeles Kings, become first NHL expansion team to sweep its first playoff series

LOS ANGELES — One year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights had no players on their roster and Gerard Gallant was four days into his new job as the first head coach of the expansion team. On Tuesday, Vegas became the first franchise in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its inaugural season when it defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. The Golden Knights will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks–Anaheim Ducks series in the next round. San Jose leads the series 3-0. It already has been…

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NHL – Los Angeles Kings

6:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will hold. What went wrong Only one NHL team gets to raise the Stanley Cup in June. The rest will be working hard this summer to get there at the end of next season. From the…

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Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier injured after colliding with teammate Radko Gudas in practice

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier had to be helped off the ice at the team’s practice Tuesday after a collision with a teammate. Couturier was skating in on goal when his right leg was hit by defenseman Radko Gudas, who was moving backward and didn’t see Couturier. After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the team will update Couturier’s condition on Wednesday. The Flyers trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in their…

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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Down 0-3 to Vegas Golden Knights, can Los Angeles Kings pull off a comeback?

LOS ANGELES — Outside of the Los Angeles Kings‘ training facility is a photo of the Stanley Cup and the names engraved on the trophy after the Kings won the trophy in 2012 and 2014. There are 11 players left on the roster from the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2014, meaning there are 11 players on the Kings that know what it takes to overcome an 0-3 series deficit in the first round on the way to winning it all. Mathew Barzal is likely to claim the…

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov out for Game 3 against Boston Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov is out for Monday night’s Game 3 matchup with the Boston Bruins in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Komarov, 31, has a lower-body injury sustained in Game 2 on a hard check from Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller. Coach Mike Babcock said Komarov will try skating Tuesday and would likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 Thursday. The Bruins went into Game 3 holding a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Komarov is the second Toronto forward sitting out, with Nazem Kadri serving the…

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Boston Bruins’ Riley Nash back in lineup Monday

Boston Bruins center Riley Nash made his return to the lineup Monday as the first-round series shifted to Toronto for Game 3 with the Maple Leafs. Nash has been out since March 31 after being struck in the ear by a slap shot. The Bruins won the first two games in Boston. “The atmosphere will help, the guys around me doing a tremendous job, that will help,” Nash said before the game. “I think it’s getting a couple bangs early or getting hit. … It just kind of takes your…

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NHL – 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

With the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals down 2-0 in their respective series heading into a slate of crucial Game 3s — and the Los Angeles Kings already in a deep hole — we asked our roundtable: Which playoff team is in the most trouble if it goes down 3-0? Stanley Cup Playoffs Central »Schedule » | Experts’ picks » Jump to a series:• TB-NJ | • BOS-TOR• WSH-CBJ | • PIT-PHI• NSH-COL | • WPG-MIN• VGS-LA | • ANA-SJ Emily Kaplan,…

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Linesman Steve Barton leaves Jackets-Capitals game with injury

WASHINGTON — A linesman injured his left knee and was helped off the ice in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals. Steve Barton collapsed to the ice after his left skate knocked into a skate of Columbus forward Josh Anderson on Sunday. The game was delayed for a few minutes with 48.1 seconds remaining in the second period. Barton eventually was helped off the ice by a trainer from each team. The period concluded with just one linesman on the ice….

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Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine is already a big star on two continents, now he’s ready to conquer the U.S.

Apr 13, 2018 Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba — In late March, when Patrik Laine limped off the ice against the Los Angeles Kings after blocking a shot, the status of the Winnipeg Jets winger’s left leg quickly became a minor international incident. In Laine’s native Finland, newspapers published dueling doctors’ prognoses. Fans tweeted at the Winnipeg Police Department, wondering if authorities might press charges against the culprit who fired the puck, Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. The verdict: No, but Laine “deserves an Atta Boy for his dedication to duty (and…

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