ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Connor McDavid is about to get to know Ryan Kesler very well.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Stevens spent the past seven seasons as Darryl Sutter's assistant coach while the Los Angeles Kings rose to two Stanley Cup titles and then slipped to three straight disappointing seasons.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Before Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent and leave San Jose after nearly 12 years, he had more pressing business.
It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL's divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round.
BOSTON (AP) — After five extra periods in four overtime games, the Ottawa Senators will get a chance to rest before meeting the New York Rangers in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
On paper, it looked as if the Washington Capitals could cruise past the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets beat each other up on the other side of the bracket.
BOSTON (AP) — Clarke MacArthur spent almost two full seasons recovering from a concussion, wondering if he would ever be able to return to the Senators.
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Johansson came through to help the Washington Capitals get another big overtime win in a series that had five go games go beyond regulation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After going through the handshake line of an early playoff loss, an emotional Patrick Marleau stood by the San Jose bench and looked up at the crowd at the Shark Tank.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have promoted associated head coach John Stevens to become their next head coach.
NEW YORK (AP) — After pulling out a tough first-round series with three straight wins, the New York Rangers get a couple days to regroup for the next round.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After a more than a decade-long playoff drought in Edmonton, the Oilers are in no hurry to leave the NHL's postseason party.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Louis Blues were reveling in their Game 5 win at Minnesota to clinch the first-round series when coach Mike Yeo was greeted by a familiar face in the office inside the visiting team locker room.
NEW YORK (AP) — With his team trailing after a lackluster effort in the first 20 minutes, Mats Zuccarello came through in the second period to help the New York Rangers get a big series-clinching win.