Penguins and Lightning exits show playoff hockey differences

First-round sweeps of the NHL-best Lightning and two-time champion Penguins show just how different playoff hockey is from the regular season

Can Anything Stop Tampa Bay From Winning the…

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the heavy title favorites heading into the NHL playoffs, but will they take home Lord Stanley's cup? SI senior writer Alex Prewitt joins SI Now to discuss what, if anything, could slow the Lightning down.

Lightning GM BriseBois not overreacting to…

Lightning GM vows not to overreact after Tampa Bay's quick postseason ouster, says he still has confidence in coach Jon Cooper

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Will Ferrell takes over commentary of LA Kings…

Will Ferrell took over the commentary box at the Staples Centre on Friday

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Hockey Player PUNCHES Ref & KNOCKS Him OUT During…

Referee’s ACROSS THE BOARD have been hot garbage these last few years, and this guy has had enough! Fights are allowed in hockey, but is fighting the ref? Let’s get to the news right now, stay tuned!

What now? Penguins face crucial offseason after…

Pittsburgh Penguins have plenty to think about following their first-round playoff loss to the New York Islanders

Golden Knights one win from advancing to 2nd…

The Vegas Golden Knights are on the brink of reaching the second round for the second time in their two-year history

Islanders prove they're for real in sweep of Penguins

The New York Islanders insist they aren't done after winning just the franchise's second playoff series in 26 years

Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty…

The Columbus Blue Jackets made history, sweeping the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs in four straight games

Net gains: Andersen, Grubauer, Rinne stepping up…

Goalies Philipp Grubauer of Colorado, Pekka Rinne of Nashville and Frederik Andersen of Toronto step up in first round

LA Kings hire former Sharks, Oilers coach Todd…

Todd McLellan has been hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings

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Ovechkin punch puts Carolina rookie into…

Ovechkin punch to the face of Hurricanes' Svechnikov sends rookie into concussion protocol

NHL suspends Leafs' Kadri for rest of first round…

NHL suspends Leafs' Kadri for rest of first round vs Bruins

Lightning, Penguins look to avoid surprising…

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves on the brink of elimination just three games into the postseason

'No easy shifts' as first-round series get tight…

The series between the Predators and Stars, Capitals and Hurricanes, Bruins and Maple Leafs and Avalanche and Flames are already proving to be tight, intense matchups

Williams ready for Canes' 1st home playoff game in a decade

Justin Williams is ready for Raleigh's first playoff game in a decade

Blue Jackets surge sets tone for unpredictable…

NHL playoffs conventional thinking been thrown on its head with early wins

Lightning's Kucherov suspended for Game 3 for…

NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay suspended for Game 3 against Columbus for boarding

Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup…

Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen, Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov and Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner are among the young players making big impacts early in the Stanley Cup playoffs

16 wins! And a number of other things for the NHL…

Welcome back to the playoff party, New York Islanders. Same to you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. A by-the-numbers glance at the postseason.

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NHL suspends Voynov for 2019-20 season for…

The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence

Trading places: NHL deadline deals' effect on playoff teams

Deal or no deal: The start of the playoffs will begin determining which teams took the right approach by either making deals or standing pat at the NHL trade deadline in February

'Good luck!' Lightning carry burden of Presidents' Trophy

The NHL-best Lightning carry the burden of winning the Presidents' Trophy that has become something like a curse over the years