Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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NHL sends clear message to players with Brooks Orpik's suspension

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - The Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series is a highly competitive, entertaining playoff matchup where every check, play and decision seems critical. But the importance of the series doesn't give players a license to act dangerously in the name of winning.

NHL draft lottery winners: Maple Leafs aren't the only ones

usatoday.com — Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan earned three Stanley Cup rings as a player and now can have Auston Matthews to prove he knows how to lose effectively. Toronto's winning of the draft lottery is a reminder that Shanahan is laying out the blueprint for how to properly rebuild an NHL team.

Penguins' depth lifts them past Capitals in Game 2

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have put so much energy into shutting down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin that they have forgotten that the Pittsburgh Penguins' bottom six forwards can be nearly as dangerous.

T. J. Oshie's hat trick puts Capitals over Penguins in Game 1 overtime

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - General manager Brian MacLellan traded for T.J. Oshie last summer because he believed the Washington Capitals needed player who could deliver big goals. The move looked prophetic Thursday when Oshie scored three goals, including the game-winner at 9:33 of overtime, to help the Capitals post a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Sharks' Joe Thornton, even at 36, is NHL's most underappreciated star

usatoday.com — When Peter DeBoer accepted the head coaching job with the San Jose Sharks last July, the first player he ran into was Joe Thornton. In the middle of the offseason, DeBoer discovered Thornton in the weight room. "He truly loves being at the rink, being around the guys," DeBoer told USA TODAY Sports.

St. Louis sends Chicago packing in thrilling Game 7 victory

usatoday.com — ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks' quest for a fourth Stanley Cup since 2010 was halted thanks to a goal by a player who was with them when they won their first title. Troy Brouwer, a forward on the Blackhawks' 2010 championship team, scored at 8:31 of the third period to provide the St.

NHL playoffs 2016: Who will win Blues vs. Blackhawks Game 7

usatoday.com — With their backs against the wall as they faced a 3-1 first-round series deficit, the Chicago Blackhawks have pulled even to force Game 7 with the St. Louis Blues. It all comes down to this game in St. Louis (8:30 p.m.

Rangers, GM Jeff Gorton face critical offseason

usatoday.com — Jeff Gorton has been the New York Rangers' general manager since July 1 and this summer it's truly going to become his team. The Glen Sather era ended with the Rangers' five-game series loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Penguins' high-tempo offense leads to quick success

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - When general manager Jim Rutherford began adding speed and high-tempo performers to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster this season, players quickly realized that success could be found in a hurry. "Piece by piece we got faster as the year went on and the style we are playing right now is allowing us to play fast," center Matt Cullen said.

Penguins rout Rangers in Game 5 to eliminate New York from playoffs

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - When the Pittsburgh Penguins were lighting up the opposition for four or five goals on most nights during their late-season surge, the league-wide sentiment was that it would be a different story in the postseason. But it has been the same story.
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May 01, 2016

Five winners from the NHL draft lottery - Leafs aren't the only ones: usat.ly/1TnxRLZ pic.twitter.com/Vx2BI70FgP

May 01, 2016

RT @jhascup22: Capitals need to clean up their game, show more desperation moving forward: usat.ly/1NLSUv4 pic.twitter.com/eXFwn2UdDF

Apr 30, 2016

With 5:51 left, the Penguins have out-shot Washington 11-1 here in Game 2With 5:51 left, the Penguins have out-shot Washington 11-1 here in Game 2

Apr 30, 2016

Maatta looked like he needed to go somewhere quiet after that hit. He was helped back to the dressing room.Maatta looked like he needed to go somewhere quiet after that hit. He was helped back to the dressing room.

Apr 30, 2016

I'm sure the new GM from Arizona will be calling the Oilers to talk about a No. 4 for No. 7 deal. The Coyotes could use Tkachuk.I'm sure the new GM from Arizona will be calling the Oilers to talk about a No. 4 for No. 7 deal. The Coyotes could use Tkachuk.

Apr 30, 2016

1. Toronto; 2. Winnipeg; 3. Columbus. All three of them are winners1. Toronto; 2. Winnipeg; 3. Columbus. All three of them are winners

Apr 30, 2016

A quick video interview with NBC's Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk before Game 2. Just scroll down: facebook.com/usatodaysports…

Apr 29, 2016

RT @jhascup22: Ducks fire Bruce Boudreau after another Game 7 loss, more playoff disappointment: usat.ly/1N7lff6 pic.twitter.com/ckIiiIgxG0gxG0


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