NHL opens season with Lighting-Rangers rematch

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. The NHL will open its 2022-23 regular season on Oct. 11 with a heavyweight double-header, featuring an Eastern Conference Final rematch between Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers and Pacific Division clash of Los Angeles and Vegas. That and more

Avs a win away from the Cup: What we learned in the Game 4 OT thriller

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Following two straight blowouts in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, Game 4 was an absolute thriller between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation. Then at

What the Lightning need to do to get back in the Stanley Cup Final

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. DENVER — Steven Stamkos answered question after question, dark circles under his eyes above an unkempt playoff beard. He stared straight ahead. He certainly wasn’t going to look behind him at the smoldering mess that was Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Lightning after G2 rout: ‘Lost game, not series’

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. DENVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning said their confidence hasn’t been shaken despite a 7-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, the most lopsided playoff defeat in franchise history. “At the end of

Avalanche F Burakovsky (hand) ‘making progress’

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. DENVER — Andre Burakovsky is close to feeling 100 percent again, days ahead of the Colorado Avalanche facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. The Avalanche forward blocked a shot off his hand

MSG bans Rangers fan over ‘abhorrent assault’

Madison Square Garden says it has banned a New York Rangers fan for life after he was seen punching a Tampa Bay Lightning fan in the face following Thursday’s Game 5. According to video posted on social media, the Rangers fan turned and punched the Lightning fan, sending the person

Why the Stanley Cup Final-bound Avalanche must be seen to be believed

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. After dominating three rounds of their postseason competition, the Colorado Avalanche are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The Avs’ superstars have delivered, as Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are both making strong cases for the Conn Smythe. But they’ve gotten

St. Louis named Habs HC, agrees to 3-year deal

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Martin St. Louis has been named the 32nd head coach for the Montreal Canadiens, after being hired on an interim basis last season without any previous NHL coaching experience. St. Louis, 46, has signed a three-year extension through the 2024-25 season. The Canadiens

MacKinnon downplays match: McDavid ‘the best’

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. DENVER — All eyes will be on the superstar matchup of Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid when the NHL’s Western Conference Final opens with Game 1 on Tuesday. At least, that’s what MacKinnon’s hoping for. But it’s got nothing