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In 17 Seconds, Blackhawks Stun Bruins, Win Cup

Chicago scores two late goals to win 3-2

(Newser) - One of the best Stanley Cup finals in memory is in the books, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the new champs. The Blackhawks stunned the Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 tonight by scoring two goals 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16, reports AP . They did so on Boston'... More »

Bruins Eke Out 2-1 OT Win

Chicago's home ice advantage gone as finals head to Boston

(Newser) - All those missed shots added up to one big blown opportunity for the Chicago Blackhawks. They couldn't bury the Boston Bruins in the early going and paid for it in the end. Now, home-ice advantage is gone. So is their lead over the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.... More »

Blackhawks, Bruins Head to 'Original 6' Stanley Cup

First such matchup since 1979 begins Wednesday night

(Newser) - The Chicago Blackhawks have joined the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, featuring Original Six NHL franchises for the first time since 1979. Chicago eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Kings with a 4-3, double-overtime victory last night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, bouncing back to... More »

Kings Win Stanley Cup

Party time in LA as 6-1 win ends 45-year drought

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history in style Monday night with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on home ice. Captain Dustin Brown, who had a goal and two assists, became only the second American-born captain to lift the cup—in... More »

Devils Stay Alive in Stanley Cup

3-1 win in LA takes series to Game 5

(Newser) - Los Angeles Kings fans went to the Staples Center last night ready to celebrate their team's first Stanley Cup, but the Devils spoiled the party. The New Jersey team beat the Kings 3-1, taking the series to a Game 5 on their home turf. The game was 0-0 at... More »

Panthers Ban Rat Sales

Rogue rat-chuckers were Devils fans, team says

(Newser) - The Florida Panthers are taking steps to cool down one of the NHL's stranger traditions as their playoff run continues. Plastic rats—which fans have been chucking on the ice by the hundred—will no longer be sold at the team's souvenir shops, reports the Miami Herald . The... More »

Dear NHL Owners, Do You Know Kids Are Watching?

One dad points out there's a difference between tough play and savage play

(Newser) - Dave Banks is thrilled that his 10-year-old son started playing hockey this year, absorbing all the great lessons that team sports can bring to a kid. Too bad the adults playing the game are such lousy role models, he writes for the GeekDad blog at Wired . In an open letter... More »

Flyers Beat Bruins in Stunning Game 7 Comeback

Become 3rd team to overcome 0-3 series deficit

(Newser) - Down 3-0 in the series, then down 3-0 in Game 7. It looked as if the Philadelphia Flyers had finally run out of rallies against the Boston Bruins. Turns out Simon Gagne and his teammates were just warming up. Taking advantage of a too-many-men-on-the-ice call, Gagne scored on a power... More »

Lord Stanley's Top Game 7s

(Newser) - With the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins to decide the Stanley Cup finals tonight, David Schoenfield takes a look at the best Game 7s in NHL championship history for ESPN. Some highlights:
  • 1950: Red Wings 4, Rangers 3 (2 OT). Pete Babando’s goal 8½ minutes into the second
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Hockey Holiness: Penguins Force Game 7

(Newser) - It may not have the audience or star power of the other big-sport championships, but the Red Wings and Penguins are plugging away in a great Stanley Cup finals. Pittsburgh eked out a 2-1 win tonight to tie the series at 3 and set up those two words so beloved... More »

Stanley Cup Could Use Spell Check

(Newser) - As hulking as NHL players may seem on ice, they can be even more daunting to etch in silver, reports the Wall Street Journal in a look at the quirky typos that decorate hockey's storied Stanley Cup. An influx of Eastern European and Scandinavian players has the league's official silversmith... More »

It's Magic vs. Bird—On Ice

Alex Ovechkin faces Sidney Crosby in 'nail-biting playoff'... but no one's watching

(Newser) - The Capitals-Penguins playoff series, with its two budding superstars, is what the beleaguered NHL has been waiting for, writes Reed Albergotti in the Wall Street Journal. In contrast to the disciplined play of Sidney "Wayne Gretzky" Crosby, Russian phenom Alex Ovechkin is both a firebrand and a goofball. But... More »

Loyalty Is the Wind Beneath These Wings

Detroit's Stanley Cup didn't simply come from mining European talent

(Newser) - Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Finals MVP Henrik Zetterberg both learned their hockey skills in Sweden, but it's not Detroit's strategy of drawing European talent that secured them this year's Stanley Cup. The team's success, writes Scot Burnside for ESPN, is due to management's willingness to gamble on older... More »

Wings Bring Familiar Fury to Stanley Cup Ice

Overlooked Detroit stars have eclipsed young Pens all series

(Newser) - If the Red Wings are marching inexorably toward possession of another Stanley Cup, it's thanks in large part to their remarkable composure, writes Bob Wojnowski for the Detroit News. Henrik Zetterberg and Co. kept their cool last night despite an early deficit and potential peril of a long 5-on-3, making... More »

Wings 1 Win Away From Cup

Detroit beats Pittsburgh to take a 3-1 lead in the series

(Newser) - Detroit is just one game away from yet another meeting with Lord Stanley. The Red Wings beat Pittsburgh 2-1 tonight to take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Jiri Hudler broke a 1-1 tie early in the third, and goalie Chris Osgood turned in one of his best... More »

Crosby Nets Two; Pens Take Game 3

Crosby scores twice; Detroit now leads series 2-1

(Newser) - Sid the Kid saved his team from the brink tonight. Teen phenom Sidney Crosby scored twice to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over Detroit in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Post-Gazette reports. The Penguins finally found their offense after being shut out in the... More »

Pens Blast Philly 6-0, Advance to Cup Finals

Young guns from Pittsburgh seek first championship since 1992

(Newser) - Ryan Malone, the one Penguins player with firsthand memories of the team's two previous Stanley Cup appearances, scored twice and set up a third goal as Pittsburgh routed rival Philadelphia 6-0 Sunday to win the Eastern Conference championship and a trip to the NHL finals. Pittsburgh will play the winner... More »

Retailers Also Have Stock in Playoffs

Having the right merchandise on hand can be a gamble

(Newser) - Fans aren't the only ones rooting for particular teams in the NHL and NBA playoffs: Retailers are hedging their bets as well, getting ready to print different shirts and hats depending on games' outcomes. If Pittsburgh clinches the NHL Eastern Conference today, thousands of commemorative garments will hit the stores... More »

Flyers Force Game 5

Philly fends off sweep with 4-2 win

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Penguins' road to the Stanley Cup finals along the Pennsylvania Turnpike took an unexpected detour. The smooth ride through 12 playoff games got a bit bumpier when the Philadelphia Flyers staved off elimination from the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory Thursday night, forcing a Game 5... More »

Penguins Move to Brink of Cup Finals with 4-1 Win

(Newser) - Quick strikes by Ryan Whitney and Marian Hossa raised the Pittsburgh Penguins to heights not reached since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr donned the black and gold. Whitney and Hossa scored less than 3 minutes apart in the first period, and the Penguins held the Philadelphia Flyers to 18 shots... More »

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