Maple Leafs Tavares ahead of Game 7: ‘We Don’t Want This Thing to End’

report this ad BOSTON — When the Maple Leafs signed John Tavares last summer, they had moments like these in mind. Toronto will take on the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal tonight, and one of the team’s star centres knows how he performs will likely go a long way in determining if the […]

Sharks Reach Game 7 With Help of ‘Steady Eddie’

report this ad SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks went off the rails a bit soon after shutdown defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit with a puck that sidelined him for two-plus games. The fact that the tenor of their first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights has changed dramatically ever since Vlasic returned […]

Capitals Can Count Out Canes & Predators Need to Survive Stars

report this ad Braden Holtby isn’t one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals’ locker room. “To ourselves, I think,” Holtby said, “to show that when we play that way we’re going to be real tough […]

Colorado Avalanche Moving On

report this ad DENVER — The brief message on social media from Colorado defenceman Nikita Zadorov was rhetorical in nature: “How is your bracket ?” Because obviously, it’s pretty messy. The eighth-seeded Avalanche certainly played a big role in that. Colorado knocked off the Calgary Flames — the top team in the West — in […]

Predators’ JOFA Line Silent at Worst Time

report this ad Even though the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are tied at two games apiece in the opening round of the 2019 Playoffs, Predators fans can’t be excited or overly optimistic going forward. The games they won were both by one goal, and included an overtime victory in Game 2 and a 40-save […]

Columbus Blue Jackets: At Long Last

At long last, the playoff victory drought is over in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets permanently put a cannon blast to their previous first-round failures in historic fashion. When the dust settled, the Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs with a stunning 7-3 win at Nationwide Arena. They now await […]