Why the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs set a new empty-net goals record

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NEW YORK — With two minutes remaining in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and his team down by a goal, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen sprinted to his team’s bench. About a minute and a half later, Gabriel Landeskog sent the puck into that abandoned net. It clinched the win for the Colorado Avalanche. But it also added to an unexpected

Injury forces Hurricanes goalie Raanta from G7

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta was forced to leave Game 7 against the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury on Monday night. Raanta exited the game 15:37 into the second period, with the Hurricanes trailing the Rangers 2-0. As New York put the pressure on in the offensive zone, center Mika Zibanejad tried to get a stick on a

Kings' Quick authors 1st playoff shutout since '14

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick redeemed himself with his first postseason shutout since June 2014, leading the Kings to a 4-0 home-ice victory on Sunday night that tied their first-round series with the Edmonton Oilers at 2-2. Quick was pulled in Game 3 after giving up four goals on 17 shots. He responded with a 31-save shutout in Game 4. It was Quick’s

Rangers, hoping for 'spark,' pull Shesterkin in loss

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said pulling star goaltender Igor Shesterkin after the first period in Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night was meant to spark the team and give the netminder some rest. The Rangers would go on to lose the game in Pittsburgh 7-4 and now trail the Penguins 2-1 in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Gallant

OT hero Domingue gets Game 2 start for Pens

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Louis Domingue, who made 17 saves in their Game 1 victory after entering in the second overtime, will start Game 2 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Coach Mike Sullivan said that Game 1 starter Casey DeSmith is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Goalie Alex D’Orio was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the backup.

Flames-Stars off to heated start as 2 tossed in 1st

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Calgary and Dallas wasted no time getting acquainted in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The second-seeded Flames and 7-seed Stars faced off in Game 1 of their first-round matchup on Tuesday, and fists were flying before the first period ended. The initial melee started with a punishing hit by Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk on Dallas defenseman John Klingberg behind the Stars’ net

NHL eyes cross-check by Spurgeon, source says

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The NHL Department of Player Safety is reviewing a cross-check delivered by Wild captain Jared Spurgeon in Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, a source told ESPN. With 1:46 left in the third period and the Blues leading 4-0, Spurgeon battled with St. Louis winger Pavel Buchnevich in the Wild’s

What to watch on the final day of the NHL regular season

Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. We’ve made it to the final day of the regular season — save for a makeup game between the lottery-bound Winnipeg Jets and Seattle Kraken on Sunday — with a number of questions remaining to be answered. Sure, we know all 16 Stanley Cup playoff teams, but only half of them are locked into

Players poll: Love-hate with Bruins Marchand

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NHL players hate competing against Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand but they’d love him as a teammate, according to a new NHL Players Association poll. The NHLPA released its annual player poll Wednesday, an anonymous survey of 566 players on all 32 teams. One of the questions asked: “Which player do you least enjoy playing against, but would like to have on your

Panthers lock up Atlantic title, home ice in East

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers are champions of the NHL’s Atlantic Division. They look like a team that’s ready to win even more. Aleksander Barkov scored his 38th goal of the season, and the Panthers tied a franchise record with their 12th straight win, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night. That, combined with Tampa Bay’s 8-1 win over Toronto later Thursday, locked up the Atlantic title