NHL playoffs

Marc-Edouard Vlasic defends Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during Game 4. Vlasic is no stranger to putting his body on the line against a speeding slapshot. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

NHL defenders put team above human nature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The only good thing about taking a puck to…


Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic, center, works next to the goal against San Jose Sharks' Paul Martin (7) and goalie Martin Jones during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Monday in San Jose. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pearson’s OT goal helps Kings beat Sharks 2-1 in Game 3

SAN JOSE — Tanner Pearson scored 3:47 into overtime and the Los…


Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, stops a shot next to Tomas Hertl (48) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 1-0. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks aim to shed identity of playoff collapsers

SAN JOSE — After a one-year hiatus, the San Jose Sharks are…


Chris Carlson/APKings right winger Justin Williams

Sharks unable to eliminate Kings in Game 4

Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik scored two goals apiece, and the Los…

Chris Carlson/APKings right winger Justin Williams