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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Awarded Third Career Hart Trophy, Isles Center Tavares Finishes Third Place

It wasn’t John Tavares’ year as Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals was awarded his third career Hart Trophy.

06/15/2013

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby skates off the ice after being defeated by the Bruins 1-0 in Boston in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on June 7, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins Allow Just 2 Goals In Stunning East Finals Sweep Of Penguins

Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series, and the Boston Bruins swept their way to the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

06/07/2013

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara after scoring the game winning goal in double overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final at the TD Garden on June 5, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Game 3 Of Bruins-Penguins Was Everything Hockey Fans Desire

I hope you stayed up to watch the double overtime finish. Game 3 between the Bruins and Penguins had all the hallmarks of what makes playoff hockey truly remarkable.

06/06/2013

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Bruins Show Off New Defensive Pairings Before Departing For Pittsburgh

The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.

05/31/2013

John Tavares of the Islanders skates in warmups prior Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Center John Tavares Named Hart Trophy Finalist

Tavares is among the three finalists for the NHL’s prestigious Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player “adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

05/10/2013

Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders scrambles to get back into position against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penguins’ Crosby Turns Up Heat As Islanders Now Face ‘Two Game 7s’

Sidney Crosby’s eye-popping goal provided the exclamation point in a 4-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday night as the Penguins took a 3-2 series lead.

05/10/2013

The Penguins’ Douglas Murray checks the Islanders’ Matt Moulson in front of goalie Tomas Vokoun during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on May 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Islanders Wilt Under Pressure, Nabokov Awful In Game 5 Loss To Penguins

Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

05/10/2013

Mark Streit celebrates a power-play goal by John Tavares at 6:19 of the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 7, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Keep Moving Forward, Win Wild Game 4 To Even Series

Leads aren’t safe in the wild first-round playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. Suddenly, neither are the top-seeded Penguins.

05/08/2013

Brian Strait of the Islanders takes a holding penalty in overtime against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Sorry Islanders, But The Best Actor In Black Always Wins Oscar

The Islanders have no choice but to stay out of the penalty box if they entertain any thoughts of winning this series. The problem is, they may not have a choice in the matter.

05/06/2013

Beau Bennett and Jarome Iginla of the Pittsburgh Penguins watch a shot by Douglas Murray enter the net at 17:10 of the second period against Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Refuse To Give In To Doom And Gloom After Deflating Loss At Coliseum

The Islanders’ rallying cry is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following Sunday’s home loss to the Penguins.

05/06/2013

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Lose Game 3 Thriller In Overtime, Penguins Take 2-1 Series Advantage

The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.

05/05/2013

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson after the Islanders scored to take the lead 4-3 over the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Fluke Win? Lively Boards Helped Islanders Even Series

The Islanders evened their first-round series with the Penguins with a little help from the boards behind the net of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

05/04/2013

The Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Grow Up In A Hurry, Smack Penguins Upside Helmet And Even Series

Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.

05/03/2013

Sidney Crosby (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby To Return To Action Against Islanders In Game 2

The Islanders, already down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the mighty Penguins, got some troubling news on Friday morning. After defeating New York, 5-0, on Wednesday, Pittsburgh will get Sidney Crosby back for Game 2.

05/03/2013

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Josh Bailey Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tavares, Islanders Look To Solve Penguins’ Pesky ‘D’ In Game 2

Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away. He never thought it would disappear entirely.

05/03/2013

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