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article June 22, 2017

Golden Goal: Building a Vegas Winner

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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»
mapleleafs article June 20, 2017

2017's Most Tortured NHL Fan Bases

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»
GettyImages-695024306 article June 12, 2017

Crosby Secures All-Time Great Status

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»
pensgame5 article June 9, 2017

Penguins Have Their Way With Preds

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»
PredsPensGm4 article June 6, 2017

Four Score! Preds Get Even Vs. Pens

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»
PredPensG3 article June 4, 2017

Preds Have Fiesta, Feast On Penguins

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»
PensPreds2 article June 1, 2017

For Preds: When It's Rinne, It's Poor

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»
PensPreds1 article May 30, 2017

Pen-sational: Pittsburgh Takes Game 1

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»
PenguinsWin7 article May 26, 2017

7th Heaven! Pens Write Classic

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»
Preds-Clinch article May 23, 2017

Pred of the Class! The West's Best

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»
PensSens-5 article May 21, 2017

Penguins' Netminder Over Matter

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»
GettyImages-681680326 article May 11, 2017

Caps Heartbreak Is Worse Every Year

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»
SidneyInjury article May 2, 2017

Crosby Injury Mars Pens-Caps Series

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»
GettyImages-671672274 article April 27, 2017

King Henrik Still Rules The Ice

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»
MikeDog1 article April 22, 2017

Mike & the Mad Dog Movie: It's Yuge

"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»
CapsLeafs4 article April 20, 2017

Caps On, But For How Long?

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»
PredsHawks1 article April 18, 2017

Pred Dawn: Nashville's Crazy OT Win

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»
PlayoffNHL17 article April 12, 2017

Cup and Away: NHL Playoff Preview

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»
JLD-Northwestern article March 17, 2017

Julia & The Best Sports Parents Ever

Julia Louis-Dreyfus belongs in the pantheon of great sports parents, as evidenced by her reactions during Northwestern's run to the NCAA Tournament. As the Wildcats prepare for the Round of 32, here are some other folks who've earned some screen time. More»
GettyImages-154233305 article March 14, 2017

Q&A With Team Israel's Shlomo Lipetz

Team Israel has some out of nowhere, winning four out of five games at the WBC so far to become the most surprising and compelling story of the tournament. Before the WBC began, I caught up with Shlomo Lipetz, the only member of the team born in Israel. More»

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