3 Keys: Rangers at Hurricanes, Game 5 of Eastern Second Round

(2M) Rangers at (1M) Hurricanes Eastern Conference Second Round, Game 5 Best-of-7 series tied 2-2 7 pm ET; ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS The Carolina Hurricanes will try to stay perfect at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and move within one win of the Eastern Conference Final when they play Game 5 of the … Read more

Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat to lead series 3-2

The Boston-Miami series has set humanity back 20 years.Image: Getty Images A lot of sports fandom and analysis is about feel vs. facts, which can go pretty haywire at times. It definitely “feels” like these NBA playoffs have been uniquely blowout-heavy, but it kind of turns out they haven’t been. There just hasn’t been any … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Takeaways after four games in each second-round series

We’re past the halfway point of each second-round series in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and one conference semifinalist has already begun its offseason, as the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Florida Panthers were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. What have the first four games of each series taught us? And how will those lessons impact the … Read more

Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri embraces ‘being the villain’ with Game 4 hat trick

ST. LOUIS – Nazem Kadri stared down middle fingers. He silenced the booing crowd. He celebrated. He shoved. And, most problematically for his opponents, he scored. Quite a bit. “I think he liked being the villain tonight,” teammate Erik Johnson said after the Avalanche’s 6-3 Game 4 win against the Blues on Monday. “He certainly … Read more

NHL playoffs results daily: Kadri’s hat-trick powers Avalanche, Lightning sweep Panthers

Game 4: Lightning 2, Panthers 0 | Tampa Bay wins 4-0 Who was the guy? Well, it was a close-out game, so the answer is the same as it’s been in seemingly every other Lightning close-out game for the last three postseasons. Andrei Vasilevskiy put up yet another shutout – his sixth in the Lightning’s … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – How Connor McDavid has somehow taken his game to another level

EDMONTON – Connor McDavid is putting on a masterclass of postseason performance, and it’s pushing the Edmonton Oilers to greater heights. Take, for example, McDavid’s play in Game 2 of Edmonton’s second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames. The Oilers were trailing 3-1 after a disallowed goal and McDavid had just set up … Read more

Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri records hat trick in Game 4 to push St. Louis Blues to brink of elimination

Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, who over the previous 48 hours was the subject of racist attacks and threats following his injurious collision with Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, recorded his first career playoff hat trick in Colorado’s 6-3 Game 4 road win on Monday night, pushing St. Louis to the brink of elimination. “Unfortunately, I’ve been … Read more

Nazem Kadri is innocent. Craig Berube’s a clown. Would St. Louis fans like some cheese to go with their whining over Avalanche’s Game 3 comeback?

If the Avs’ Nazem Kadri truly wanted to hurt Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington, don’t you think he would’ve done a better job than that? The hit was legal to the last. An accident. A hockey play. An unfortunate hockey play, but a hockey play nonetheless. “Look at Kadri’s reputation,” Louis coach Craig Berube told reporters … Read more