• Kucherov, Lightning beat Devils 3-1, end first-round series

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning understand what it takes to be successful in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Wild eliminated early from Stanley Cup playoffs, yet again

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — No team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference has made the playoffs more times in a row than the Minnesota Wild, with six straight appearances to share the current streak lead with the Anaheim Ducks.

    Updated: 6:04 pm

  • Jets beat Wild 5-0 in Game 5 to advance to second round

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal got right to the point.

  • Caps’ Burakovsky to have surgery, out rest of first round

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to repair an upper-body injury and miss the rest of the first-round series against Columbus.

  • Carolina coach Bill Peters resigns after 4 seasons with club

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bill Peters has not been able to lead the Carolina Hurricanes back to the NHL playoffs and after coming up short following his fourth season with the club, announced Friday that he is resigning.

  • Bruins’ Bergeron late scratch vs. Maple Leafs

    TORONTO (AP) — Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was sidelined against the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game 4 of their playoff series with an upper-body injury.

  • Penguins, Predators look to lock up second round spots

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mario Lemieux had one question for Sidney Crosby after the Pittsburgh star slipped past his boss as the Penguins’ career playoff scoring leader during a Game 4 romp over Philadelphia.

  • ‘Seinfeld’ actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom “Seinfeld” showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan.

  • Lightning take 3-1 lead over Devils, Kucherov leads the way

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey’s top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils’ first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.

  • Crosby leads Penguins past Flyers for 3-1 lead in playoffs

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins’ career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.