Nick Bonino flopping incident puts focus on embellishment in hockey

With one head-snap motion, Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins reminded everyone about hockey’s dirty little secret of embellishment. It’s not the same kind of flopping that occurs in, say, the NBA, and it’s certainly not done as frequently as in soccer, where diving is used effectively at the highest levels even as it is […]

The Oilers are better than you think

After missing the playoffs in 10 straight seasons, which tied the Florida Panthers for the NHL’s longest drought, the Edmonton Oilers are not only back in the playoffs but also in the second round, in which they are up 2-1 over the highly respected Anaheim Ducks. With a win tonight, the Western Conference finals will […]

Rockets win series highlighted by Beverley’s battles with Westbrook

HOUSTON — When these two young middleweights get old, maybe they will sit down and sip sweet tea and laugh together about their battles. For now, basketball needs Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley. Tuesday night was such great theater at the Toyota Center, as Westbrook and Beverley fought for 94 feet. Sure, Beverley had some […]

Kristaps Porzingis wants to stay with Knicks, but winning most important

In a late March interview with a Latvian sports magazine, Kristaps Porzingis said he wanted to spend the rest of his career with the New York Knicks — but he provided an important caveat. “Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career. You never know what will happen. At the end of the day […]

Predators Ardivsson-Johansen-Forsberg line is dominating the Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs are a great time for hockey minutiae. When the same teams play again and again, trends start to develop. Matchups are exposed. Coaches’ decisions, such as who to play together or who to play against, become paramount. The biggest decision comes in the construction of lines, and the success of a […]

David Krejci, Noel Acciari return to lineup with Bruins for Game 3

BOSTON — Bruins veteran forward David Krejci returned to the lineup Monday for Game 3 of Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Senators. Krejci, who missed the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury, was centering a line with wingers David Backes and Drew Stafford. Krejci also was expected to return to […]

David Krejci last-minute scratch from Bruins’ lineup vs. Senators

The Boston Bruins, who were already missing two top-four defensemen for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, found themselves also without one of their top offensive threats when center David Krejci was scratched just before the opening faceoff with an upper-body injury. The Bruins had said earlier in the day that Krejci and left […]

Warriors’ Kevin Durant returns from knee injury with double-double

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant registered 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night in his first game since he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise five weeks ago. “I felt good putting my jersey on, running out with the […]

Bruins’ Brad Marchand ejected for spearing Lightning’s Jake Dotchin in groin

BOSTON — With a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup playoff berth, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was given a five-minute major, a game misconduct and ejected for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin in the groin at 19:20 of the first period Tuesday night at TD Garden. The puck was in Tampa’s zone […]

Auston Matthews sets Leafs rookie scoring mark with goal No. 35

TORONTO — Wendel Clark knew his record might be in jeopardy a little more than 20 minutes into Auston Matthews’s first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in a debut that October night against Ottawa and on Tuesday broke Clark’s 31-year-old franchise rookie […]