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N.H.L. Playoffs: What to Watch in the First Round

N.H.L. Playoffs: What to Watch in the First Round

Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in last June’s draft, tied for second in goals scored (40) in his rookie season. He and his Toronto teammates will face the imposing Capitals in the first round of the
Keeping Score: Goalies Are Pulled, but Not Out of Thin Air

Keeping Score: Goalies Are Pulled, but Not Out of Thin Air

Washington’s Karl Alzner (27) playing against Calgary. Of end-of-game strategy, Alzner said, “There’s a lot of talk that goes into it.”
Rangers Will Try to Forget Their Struggles in Montreal

Rangers Will Try to Forget Their Struggles in Montreal

Henrik Lundqvist had an inconsistent year, but he has starred in the postseason.
After Near Playoff Miss, Islanders Reluctantly Look Ahead

After Near Playoff Miss, Islanders Reluctantly Look Ahead

The Islanders’ captain, John Tavares, center, will head into the final year of a six-year, $33 million contract next season.
Even Before N.H.L. Playoffs Start, Canadian Broadcaster Is a Winner

Even Before N.H.L. Playoffs Start, Canadian Broadcaster Is a Winner

Right wing Connor Brown (12) celebrating a goal on Saturday with his teammates on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who clinched only their second playoff berth since 2004.
Islanders 4, Devils 2: Islanders Defeat Devils but Are Eliminated From the Playoffs

Islanders 4, Devils 2: Islanders Defeat Devils but Are Eliminated From the Playoffs

The Islanders’ Anders Lee, left, scored on Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid during Saturday’s game in Newark.
Red Wings End 25-Year Playoff Streak, While Oilers End a Drought

Red Wings End 25-Year Playoff Streak, While Oilers End a Drought

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard defending the goal against the Carolina Hurricanes’ Lucas Wallmark on Tuesday.
News Flash: Warriors Heading to Playoffs (and the Earth Is Round, Too)

News Flash: Warriors Heading to Playoffs (and the Earth Is Round, Too)

Stephen Curry shooting over Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez during the Warriors’ win on Saturday.
On Baseball: Seattle Mariners Add (and Add) to Their Core Strength

On Baseball: Seattle Mariners Add (and Add) to Their Core Strength

Felix Hernandez, front, the Mariners’ ace, who struggled last season, reshaped his lower body with a trainer.
Can We Get a Close Super Bowl? Please?

Can We Get a Close Super Bowl? Please?

The Patriots’ Brandon King, center, celebrated a victory over the Steelers on Sunday that was never really in doubt.
Patriots 36, Steelers 17: Tom Brady and Patriots Overwhelm Steelers and Advance to Super Bowl LI

Patriots 36, Steelers 17: Tom Brady and Patriots Overwhelm Steelers and Advance to Super Bowl LI

Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan caught two of Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes on Sunday, including a 16-yard score in the first quarter.
Falcons Thrash Packers to Reach Second Super Bowl

Falcons Thrash Packers to Reach Second Super Bowl

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson after a Falcons touchdown in the second quarter at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
N.F.L. Live Coverage: It’s the Falcons (2nd Super Bowl) vs. the Patriots (9th Super Bowl)

N.F.L. Live Coverage: It’s the Falcons (2nd Super Bowl) vs. the Patriots (9th Super Bowl)

Falcons receiver Julio Jones signaled a first down in the second half against the Packers.
N.F.L. Playoffs: Who We Think Will Reach the Super Bowl

N.F.L. Playoffs: Who We Think Will Reach the Super Bowl

Vic Beasley Jr. of Atlanta Falcons, the N.F.L. sacks leader, took down Drew Brees of New Orleans on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.
In N.F.L. Betting, Patriots Are Closest to Being a Sure Thing

In N.F.L. Betting, Patriots Are Closest to Being a Sure Thing

Tom Brady and the Patriots don’t just win, they often cover the spread.
Packers 34, Cowboys 31: Packers Thwart Cowboys as Time Expires to Make N.F.C. Title Game

Packers 34, Cowboys 31: Packers Thwart Cowboys as Time Expires to Make N.F.C. Title Game

Mason Crosby (2) and teammates after he sent the Packers to the N.F.C. championship game with a 51-yard field goal as time expired. He had converted a 56-yarder minutes earlier.
Sports Briefing: Sevilla Ends Real Madrid’s Remarkable Run

Sports Briefing: Sevilla Ends Real Madrid’s Remarkable Run

STANDING TALL France’s Martin Fourcade after winning a Biathlon World Cup race in Ruhpolding, Germany.
Packers. Patriots. Steelers. Falcons. Who Has the Edge?

Packers. Patriots. Steelers. Falcons. Who Has the Edge?

Tom Brady and the Patriots meet James Harrison and the Steelers in the A.F.C. Championship game.
DirecTV’s Local N.F.L. Blackout Brings Out Angry Rob Lowe

DirecTV’s Local N.F.L. Blackout Brings Out Angry Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe has done nearly a dozen commercials for DirecTV.
On Pro Football: Patriots (Ho-Hum) Win Again. Dion Lewis (Who?) Shows the Way.

On Pro Football: Patriots (Ho-Hum) Win Again. Dion Lewis (Who?) Shows the Way.

The Patriots’ Dion Lewis, right, put a move on Houston’s Kareem Jackson. “I feel like this was my worst game ever, actually,” Lewis said after his three-touchdown performance. (He also fumbled twice.)