Considering what happened in the city less than two weeks ago, the home debut of the new hockey team in Las Vegas is trivial. But the Golden Knights used the moment on Tuesday night to help the healing process. Then they played with passion and purpose. More»
Are we destined for another Penguins title or can another team unseat them? Can the Predators take the next step? Will the Red Wings continue to languish? We make our best guesses with 45 bold predictions for the NHL season. More»
The Las Vegas Golden Knights began constructing their roster on Wednesday in an expansion draft. While some names drew some applause, the main goal for the NHL's newest team is compiling assets to compete later on. More»
The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second consecutive Stanley Cup this week, and so now that the season is over, it's time for a Sports on Earth tradition: Our annual ranking of the league's franchises based on how tortured their fan bases are. More»
Sidney Crosby is the rare athlete who began his career with the expectation that he'd finish it as one of the all-time greats. He's the even rarer athlete who's lived up to those expectations, a legacy further secured by the Penguins' second straight Stanley Cup. More»
Pittsburgh is now one win away from becoming back-to-back champions after a 6-0 blowout of Nashville on Thursday night. But the Pens will have to head to the Predators' home turf to close it out, which has been no easy task in this year's playoffs. More»
The crowds in Nashville during the Stanley Cup Final have been electric and the city has embraced the team. Now, the Predators are matching the hype, tying up the series at two games apiece with a 4-1 win over the Penguins on Monday. More»
Despite the Predators' 2-0 series deficit, the party in Nashville on Saturday began early and the Preds responded to the positive energy, bombarding the Penguins on home ice, 5-1, in Game 3 on Saturday night. More»
Pekka Rinne is a big reason the Predators are about to play their first June game in franchise history. But it was hard to watch him skate to the bench after being pulled during the Penguins' 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. More»
A team as good as the Penguins will rarely be dominated as thoroughly as they were for much of Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final, and Nashville still couldn't capitalize and steal a road game. But there were positive signs for the Predators. More»
Overtime playoff hockey is can-barely-look-at-the-TV tense, and the Penguins' double-OT, 3-2 victory against the Senators on Thursday in Game 7 to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final was almost too much. But we loved every second. More»
Certain NHL teams and markets get more visibility and promotional love. But sometimes it's just as important for one of the league's non-preferred members to enjoy the spotlight. Say hello to the Predators, winners of the West. More»
The Penguins raised a few eyebrows when they replaced Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray in goal for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators. But the main question for Pittsburgh may be: Can the team continue to score? More»
The Capitals have been here before. So many times, in fact, that it's impossible not to compare the relative disappointments of their many early playoff exits. Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Penguins in the second round may be the worst of them all. More»
A 3-2 Washington Capitals victory over the Penguins on Monday kept the Eastern Conference semifinal series from turning into a laugher. But the visual of Sidney Crosby leaving the ice with what appeared to be a head injury was a nightmare. More»
The margin for error in the first round of the playoffs was ridiculously small for New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. But it didn't matter. The King posted a .947 save percentage and a 1.70 goals-against average, showing that he's not quite finished being dominant. More»
"Mike and the Mad Dog," ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, does a fine job establishing why "Mike and the Mad Dog," the radio show, mattered so much, and why it resonated with New Yorkers. But there are some holes in the narrative. More»
Washington's been through so much disappointment over the past decade that fans could be forgiven for preparing themselves for the worst, no matter how good the team looks on paper. A Game 4 win against the Maple Leafs helped ... for now. More»
The Predators beat the Blackhawks in overtime on Monday, 3-2. But that OT may not have happened at all if not for a controversial moment late in the third period -- one that will be dissected by many fans trying to better understand goalie interference rules. More»
Meet the new NHL playoffs -- same as before? Not quite. Yes, the league's top two teams in the regular season were led by a couple of guys named Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. But there's also plenty of fresh blood. Let's drop the puck. More»
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