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Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) during the third period of Game 5 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Comeback Cats do it again, rally to top Capitals in Game 5

- Associated Press

Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 and take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.

U.S. hockey player Haley Skarupa, front, demonstrates a drill during a hockey clinic presented by the Washington Capitals and the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Arlington, Va. The growth of girls and women's hockey in the Washington area is still a work in progress almost two decades into a boom of youth participation in the sport credited to Alex Ovechkin and the NHL's Capitals.(AP Photo/Nick Wass). **FILE**

Women’s hockey programs show promise in nontraditional markets

- Associated Press

NHL playoff hockey started last week in Dallas, Tampa, Nashville, Raleigh and the District, where girls hockey has expanded over the past decade but still lags far behind traditional hotbeds like New England and the Midwest.

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New York Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (93) and Tyler Motte (64) begin the celebrate the winning goal by Chris Kreider (not shown) during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Comeback Rangers ready to face Penguins in Game 7

- Associated Press

When the New York Rangers came back from Pittsburgh earlier in the week, they were on the brink of being eliminated by the Penguins after two bad losses on the road.