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Penguins captain Crosby named MVP

Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL’s best once again. Crosby won the NHL’s most valuable player award for the second time Tuesday night at the league’s postseason awards ceremony in Las Vegas. After his first full season ...

Ekblad top draft pick

Jun 28, 2014

Ekblad top draft pick

Florida selected Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the NHL draft on Friday, making him the first defenseman to go No. 1 since St. Louis took Erik Johnson in 2006. “I want that burden of expectation,” Ekblad said. “I want that feel for ...

Jun 22, 2014

Gallant named new Panthers coach

Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a wildly successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey. The Florida Panthers hope they will again in the NHL. Gallant was hired Saturday to coach the Panthers, a move that reunites him with Huberdeau, a ...

Desire fuels Kings' winning ways

Jun 15, 2014

Desire fuels Kings' winning ways

Drew Doughty never hesitates to say what the rest of the Los Angeles Kings are only thinking, and the star defenseman’s mind was already on a third Stanley Cup title while his teammates celebrated their second on the ice behind him. Doughty said the ...

Kings triumph in 2OT, capture Cup

Jun 14, 2014

Kings triumph in 2OT, capture Cup

The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist’s pads came straight to his stick. “After it ...

Rangers hold off Kings at home to avoid sweep

Jun 12, 2014

Rangers hold off Kings at home to avoid sweep

The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting his name in the ...

Kings go up 3-0 on Rangers

Jun 10, 2014

Kings go up 3-0 on Rangers

Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick had his best game of the Stanley Cup finals, making 32 saves to put the Kings on the cusp of another title with a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 on Monday night. Los Angeles ...

Kings edge Rangers in double OT

Jun 8, 2014

Kings edge Rangers in double OT

If the Los Angeles Kings ever looked down from the tightrope they’re walking in the NHL playoffs, they would surely fall. Three straight games with multigoal deficits, including a 4-2 hole late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. Three straight overtime contests, ...

Doughty making impact

Jun 7, 2014

Doughty making impact

When Drew Doughty joined the Los Angeles Kings, he could walk around town unnoticed. Almost nobody at the supermarket or on Manhattan Beach realized this slightly pudgy teenager was the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft, bound for hockey stardom. After six ...

Jun 7, 2014

Penguins part ways with Bylsma

The Penguins fired the franchise’s all-time winningest coach on Friday while hiring Rutherford away from the Carolina Hurricanes to replace Ray Shero as general manager. Rutherford’s first decision was to end the three weeks of limbo for Dan Bylsma, whose star-laden teams had fallen ...

Kings get past Rangers in OT

Jun 5, 2014

Kings get past Rangers in OT

Just over 15 minutes into the Stanley Cup finals, the Los Angeles Kings had fallen into yet another two-goal hole against the speedy New York Rangers. Justin Williams knows Los Angeles should stay out of these jams. After Williams scored his latest winning goal, ...

Zuccarello creating buzz in Norway

Jun 4, 2014

Zuccarello creating buzz in Norway

Hockey rarely gets much attention in Norway, a skiing-obsessed nation that turns to soccer when the snow melts. Mats Zuccarello is changing that. Zuccarello is only the seventh player from Norway to make it to the NHL, and he’s the first to make it ...

Kings prevail in Game 7

Jun 2, 2014

Kings prevail in Game 7

When it comes to Game 7, Los Angeles truly is the king of the road. Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Sunday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time ...