When Don Lucia, one of U.S. collegiate hockey’s most decorated head coaches, spoke about the most underrated part of Erik Haula’s game, he handed out a series of gold stars for the Vegas Golden Knights forward.
A man on a mission, Alex Ovechkin helped send the Washington Capitals to their second Stanley Cup Final, and first in his 13-season tenure, with an early goal that stood as the game-winner in a 4-0 blanking of the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night.
With the Washington Capitals facing elimination, T.J. Oshie came through for his team with a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 victory that forced Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The stunningly successful expansion squad is headed to the Stanley Cup Final after beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday to win the Western Conference final series in five games.
Alex Tuch scored his sixth goal of the postseason and earned the game's first star Sunday as he helped guide the Vegas Golden Knights to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5, to win the series and reach the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural campaign.
Ryan Callahan tallied the go-ahead goal while posting his first multi-point outing of the postseason to help the Tampa Bay Lightning take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Final as part of a 3-2 Game 5 win over the Washington Capitals Saturday night.
Reilly Smith buried the game-winner at 13:02 of the third period to move the Vegas Golden Knights within one win of the Stanley Cup Final after a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Friday night.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stole the show and another win on the road for the Tampa Bay Lightning with 36 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals to even the Eastern Conference Final Thursday.
Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 10th win of the postseason by making 33 saves in a 4-2 win for the Golden Knights to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final.
Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs to extend his point streak (1-10–11) to eight games in a 4-2 Game 3 win over the Washington Capitals to cut their opponent’s Eastern Conference Final series lead in half.
Who are the big shots (on the teams still competing for hockey’s top team trophy) when it comes to taking the most shots in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs?
Brayden Point was determined to make a point when he was added to the Team Orr squad. And did he ever.
Jonathan Marchessault scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Monday's 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets to even the Western Conference Final to one game apiece.
John Carlson picked up a pair of assists for his 11th this postseason, to lead all defencemen in the category, while helping the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night.
Mark Scheifele scored his league-best 12th goal of the postseason, as part of his eighth multi-point effort, to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night.
Alex Ovechkin helped the Washington Capitals start their Eastern Conference Final on the right foot with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night.
Paul Stastny posted a three-point night Thursday, which included the series-clinching goal in a 5-1 win that sent the Winnipeg Jets to the first Western Conference Final in franchise history.
The 50 rookie skaters in these playoffs are the most since teams used 54 in 2005-06. That could be a reflection of teams having greater trust in young players arriving from junior hockey or college, or the need to stock rosters with cheap talent as a greater percentage of the salary cap is devoted to the elite.
The “student of the game” has graduated to NHL stardom. It was something one of Mark Scheifele’s former coaches saw coming a long time ago.
Who has the best shot-stopping stats so far in the 2017-18 postseason? Hint: Three Washington Capitals made the cut.