From No. 1 pick through his rookie of the year selection, Auston Matthews has had a season that he and win-starved Maple Leaf fans will remember.
NASHVILLE — They say dynasties don’t exist anymore.
PITTSBURGH — The problem was never Sidney Crosby. It never is.
In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of operations Brian Burke said the much-loved NHL team will leave the city if they don't get the new arena they've been seeking.
NASHVILLE — It was prior to Game 4 when word filtered down that the National Hockey League would not be accepting Conn Smythe Trophy ballots with two names on them.
PITTSBURGH — They don’t ask how. They don’t even ask how many.
In the end, a set of crutches — not hockey sticks — might provide the most telling symbol of whether the Nashville Predators win the Stanley Cup.
Craig Anderson delivered some good news before heading home for the summer.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
It’s a team leader who has won pretty much everything there is to win, often courtesy of the magic that rests in his own stick blade.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had yet another “thank you” to Canadian hockey fans Sunday, running the Senators-Penguins Game 5 at the same time as the World Hockey Championship gold medal game.
NASHVILLE — Back when he was coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, Randy Carlyle had “Burn The Boats” painted on the inside of the team’s dressing room.
Guy Boucher wouldn't tip his hand but he may have to make one change Sunday afternoon at the PPG Paints Arena.
OTTAWA — Never a dull moment.
Voices are howling in the annual critique and analysis regarding the relative merits and flaws of the NHL and NBA playoffs.
Because it’s the Cup.
So the ping-pong balls fell out of the water cooler again Saturday, and like a certain young Russian defenceman, they bounced away from the Vancouver Canucks.
And then there were two.
The Maple Leafs kids were more than all right during the 2016-17 season.