• Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Predators edge Ducks 2-1 in Game 7, advance to 2nd round

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period and the Nashville Predators hung on to win the franchise’s first Game 7, advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

  • New York Islanders' John Tavares, center, is congratulated by Frans Nielsen (51), of Denmark, and Brock Nelson (29), after Tavares scored a goal during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tavares, Prince lead Islanders past Lightning 5-3 in Game 1

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Islanders know they’ve yet to see the best of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop.

  • In this March 20, 2016 file photo, Washington Capitals' Mike Weber (6) and Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) collide in the goal cage behind Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. But the second-round playoff series between the Penguins and Capitals goes beyond the two NHL superstars.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Bishop, Holtby, Quick are Vezina Trophy finalists

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Washington’s Braden Holtby and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie.

  • Game 7 sets Fox Sports Midwest record

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Game 7 of the Blackhawks-Blues first-round series drew the largest TV audience for Fox Sports Midwest.

  • In this April 7, 2016 file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, loses the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) pursues in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Washington. Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. But the second-round playoff series between the Penguins and Capitals goes beyond the two NHL superstars. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Penguins vs. Capitals is more than just Crosby vs. Ovechkin

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin will be the headline of most stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals playoff series.

  • In this March 13, 2009 file photo, Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, shakes hands with Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) following Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, in Washington. After dispatching the New York Rangers in five games, Pittsburgh faces top-seed Washington in the second round, their ninth postseason clash but the first since 2009. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool, File)

    After 7-year wait, “Sid vs. Ovi” is back on

    The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they’d rather not talk about it.

  • Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates with left wing James Neal (18) after Neal scored against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period of Game 6 in an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 3-1 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Predators, Ducks will close 1st round after 2nd round begins

    The NHL and NBA have their playoffs at roughly the same time. When it comes to nail-biters, it’s no contest in terms of volume.

  • Flyers F Schenn suspended for 3 games for charging

    NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been suspended by the NHL for three games for a high hit on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.

  • Teammates mob New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) after he scored a goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Florida Panthers in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Stamkos skates, but not close to returning for Lightning

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos is serving as an inspiration for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the defending Eastern Conference champions attempt to make a deep playoff run without him.

  • In this photo taken Feb. 26, 2016, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) collide against the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington. The Washington Capitals' only major injury in the first round was to defenseman Brooks Orpik. As they prepare to face Orpik's former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, his status is uncertain. He makes a major impact. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Capitals’ Orpik could be difference-maker vs. Penguins

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Jay Beagle’s sharpest memory of the Washington Capitals’ 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins was when he tried to run over Brooks Orpik and instead got flattened at center ice.