LAS VEGAS (AP) — On a milestone night for Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, a tight game between West Division rivals only seemed fitting.
Alex Tuch scored the winner in a shootout and the streaking Vegas Golden Knights beat San Jose 3-2 Monday as Marleau passed Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL history.
Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots and the Golden Knights won their seventh in a row, overcoming a two-goal deficit behind a pair of power-play goals from captain Mark Stone.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yanni Gourde scored 2:50 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night in a matchup between Central Division contenders.
Alex Killorn and Brayden Point also scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 25 saves.
Andrei Svechnikov and Brady Skjei scored for Carolina, which has only one regulation loss in the past eight games. Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots.
San Jose Sharks (18-22-4, sixth in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (31-11-2, second in the West Division)
Paradise, Nevada; Monday, 10 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Golden Knights -224, Sharks +184; over/under is 5.5
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Harvat scored his second goal of the game 1:19 into overtime, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night in their return from a nearly four-week layoff because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Roy each had a goal and an assist Sunday and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 to move into a tie for first place in the West Division with the Colorado Avalanche.
Alex Pietrangelo and Alex Tuch also scored goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves as the Golden Knights extended their winning streak to six games, matching a season best.
Vegas Golden Knights (30-11-2, second in the West Division) vs. Anaheim Ducks (14-24-7, eighth in the West Division)
Anaheim, California; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Ducks +192, Golden Knights -239; over/under is 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Robin Lehner made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career, and the Vegas Golden Knights extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
William Karlsson, Chandler Stephenson, Nicolas Roy and Brayden McNabb scored for the Golden Knights, who moved within two points of the West Division-leading Colorado Avalanche.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the Vegas Golden Knights enter the home stretch, coach Peter DeBoer could find himself in another goaltending quandary.
When the NHL season resumed in the bubble last season, DeBoer named Robin Lehner the starter over Marc-Andre Fleury, the face of the franchise since it entered the league in 2017 and the goalie who led the team to the Stanley Cup Final in that inaugural season. The play in front of each of those goaltenders this season could lead to another tough call.
Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-2, second in the West Division) vs. Anaheim Ducks (14-23-7, eighth in the West Division)
Anaheim, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Ducks +188, Golden Knights -235; over/under is 0
Just because the NHL can't release the Kraken until October doesn't mean Seattle wasn't in the mix at the trade deadline.
General manager Ron Francis can't finalize any transactions until ownership makes its final expansion payment to the league, but there is precedent for making a handshake deal or two. That's what George McPhee did at the deadline four years ago with Pittsburgh, setting the table for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to be the face of the Vegas Golden Knights franchise.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored twice to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 7-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
Jonathan Marchessault, William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar, Chandler Stephenson, and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Golden Knights, while Robin Lehner made 22 saves.
After opening a 5-0 lead early in the second period, Vegas survived a third-period rally and improved to 12-5-0 all-time against Arizona, including 4-1-0 this season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington made a season-high 50 saves to help the St. Louis Blues snap a seven-game skid a 3-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Sammy Blais, and Jake Walman scored to help St. Louis end an 0-6-1 stretch. It also gave the Blues their first home victory since an overtime win Feb. 18 against San Jose.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alec Martinez scored two goals and William Carrier added a goal and an assist, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Tomas Nosek, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas.
Vegas coach Pete DeBoer liked what he saw from his team, which had been scuffling in recent games.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kevin Fiala scored in the shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Thursday night.
The victory snapped Minnesota’s five-game road losing streak.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Keegan Kolesar was at the Vegas Golden Knights’ first development camp in 2017. That was long before the franchise had a practice facility, embarked on a wild inaugural season that finished in the Stanley Cup Final, and before captain Mark Stone arrived in town.
On Monday night, Stone scored twice and Kolesar was the star of the show.
The 23-year-old rookie scored his first NHL goal, Robin Lehner made 15 saves and the Golden Knights beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark Stone scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Saturday night.
Shea Theodore, Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch also scored for Vegas, which had not beaten St. Louis in regulation in their previous 11 meetings dating to 2017.
Vegas Golden Knights (17-6-1, first in the West Division) vs. St. Louis Blues (14-8-5, third in the West Division)
St. Louis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis hosts Vegas looking to end its four-game home skid.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Evander Kane scored 41 seconds into overtime and the San Jose Sharks ended a disappointing homestand on a high note by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.
The Sharks had lost five of their first six games on their longest homestand of the season before rallying to beat the Blues.San Jose got a tying goal in the third period from Logan Couture and the winner from Kane off a feed from Erik Karlsson on a 2-on-1 rush.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Everyone knew playing an outdoor game on a golf course near Lake Tahoe instead of in a stadium would provide a unique experience.
Few could have imagined how it all turned out with the game starting with breathtaking views in the sunshine, taking an eight-hour break because of bad ice conditions and ending late at night.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Some players snapped pictures of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains as they came out for their first look at the picturesque outdoor rink that will host a pair of NHL games this weekend.
Others just soaked in the environment before taking the ice for a practice that took them back to their childhood, when many got started playing hockey on frozen ponds and lakes.
The NHL is adding game-day rapid tests for players, team personnel and on-ice officials as part of a series of expanded safety protocols unveiled Thursday in its latest bid to stem potential COVID-19 outbreaks.
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The NHL says Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek has tested positive for COVID-19 after he was removed from playing in a 5-4 win over Anaheim on Tuesday night.
Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in.
Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenseman in the NHL.
It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party.
The effects of a flat salary cap took its toll on the Lightning less than two weeks after winning their second Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay bid farewell to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed with Anaheim, and the team was forced to place center Tyler Johnson on waivers as the NHL’s free agency period opened Friday.
Two Stanley Cup-winning players got traded, a few others got new contracts and almost 200 prospects got to — virtually — live out their dreams by having their names called on the second day of the NHL draft.
The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have been outscored and outshot since getting inside the NHL bubble.
Yet now they are one of only three teams still playing, already set for their first Stanley Cup Final since 2000.
“We’re finding ways to win right now, and that’s all that matters,” captain Jamie Benn said.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought.
The Stars are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.
“I've been in a couple rinks where we've clinched to go to the finals, and it erupts," interim coach Rick Bowness said. “Tonight, you're so excited, you don't even notice. ... All you're thinking about is your team.”
Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Chandler Stephenson won a Stanley Cup title two seasons ago with the Washington Capitals, the team he was still playing with at the start of this season.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders left the familiar confines of the NHL's Toronto bubble last weekend, they masked up to board physically distanced buses and then flew west across Canada on separate charter flights.
The New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights will try again to close out their respective playoff series and advance to the conference finals.
The Islanders will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia that cut their series lead to 3-2 when they face the Flyers in Game 6 (7p.m. EDT, NBCSN) on Thursday night in Toronto.
TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, as the Washington Capitals rallied from two goals down to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 Tuesday night and avoid a sweep in their first-round series.
The New York Islanders won just one playoff series in a 25-year stretch before 2019. Now, they have a chance to get a first-round sweep for the second straight year.
However, they know it won’t be easy to finish off the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night (NBCSN, 8 p.m. EDT)
New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz knows just how capable the Washington Capitals are in coming back from an 0-2 series deficit.
They did it two years ago in the first round against Columbus when he was the Capitals' coach and they were on their Stanley Cup championship run.
Now, with the Islanders holding a 2-0 lead over the Capitals heading into Game 3 on Sunday (noon EDT, USA), he's going to make sure his players are aware of it but he won't dwell on it too much.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin became the eight NHL player to score 700 career goals, reaching the milestone in the third period of the Washington' Capitals' 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Ovechkin scored on a slap shot from the right circle that went in off the left post 4:50 into the third period, tying the game at 2. It was his 42nd goal of the season and came on his second shot on goal of the game.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights fire Gerard Gallant, name Peter DeBoer coach.
The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs.
The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go.
Not long after, the guys in stripes weren't so lax, whistling a disputed foul that sent the Cavaliers to the line for the winning free throws.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he expects to welcome the hometown Washington Capitals hockey team to the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. But he adds: "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unafraid of the impending closing of the subway, Capitals fans partied in the streets Thursday night and into Friday morning to celebrate the franchise's first Stanley Cup and the city's first title in the major four professional sports since 1992.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration.
And right before Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup, the Washington captain put both hands on his head again in a gesture of disbelieving ecstasy.
You can believe it, Ovi. So can the Washington fans whose championship drought is finally over.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup.
With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the verge of capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.
Washington's goalie stretched back and lunged to his right with his stick, thrusting the paddle into the exact 4-inch slot of air through which Tuch's shot was headed for the net.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Capitals have waited nearly 44 years to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time.
Their only remaining obstacles are some desert-dwelling misfits who refuse to wait for anything.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are just four wins away from an astounding championship when they host Alex Ovechkin's long-striving Caps on Monday night to open a thoroughly improbable Stanley Cup Final.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Welcome to Impossible.
Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets were in rhythm and the Vegas Golden Knights looked rusty.
Or, maybe the Jets are just that good.
Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and Winnipeg built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat Vegas 4-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Another game, another record for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Alex Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights pulled away for a 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
The win moved the Golden Knights back atop the NHL standings with 84 points — a record for an expansion team in its inaugural season — one point ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oscar Dansk earned his third win in three career games and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-0 on Friday night to extend the best start by an NHL expansion team.
The Golden Knights improved to 8-1-0. They've won five straight, matching the longest winning streak by a team in its inaugural season, joining the New York Rangers (1926-27) and Edmonton Oilers (1979-80), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.
Once looked on with disdain by major sports leagues, this gambling city is now just 24 votes away from cashing in on one of the biggest sports jackpots ever.
The Raiders made it official Thursday by filing for relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the culmination of a whirlwind romance to bring an NFL team to a city that the league had previously gone out of its way to shun because of sports betting fears.