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  • Sharks sign veteran forward Joel Ward to 3-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract Friday.Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.''Joel is a quality veteran player who can score but also plays an extremely hard-nosed brand of hockey,'' Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. ''He meshes well with our core group of forwards and has a strong track record of playing his best hockey at crucial times of the season.''

  • O'Reilly signs .5 million, 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a .5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.The Sabres announced the signing, while two people familiar with discussions revealed the value of the contract to The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not disclose the monetary terms.

  • Desjardins stays with Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Andrew Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

  • O'Reilly signs 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres signed newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension on Friday.The team announced the deal with O'Reilly, who was scheduled to make .2 million next season.O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.

  • AP source: O'Reilly agrees to 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres agreed to sign newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension, a person familiar with the discussions said Friday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal. The agreement was reached earlier in the day.

  • Oilers sign No. 1 pick McDavid to 3-year, entry-level deal

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid played 66 junior games for the Erie Otters this season and seven more at the world junior championship. Even when the hockey stopped, there was more to do.McDavid went to Quebec City for the CHL awards, Buffalo for the NHL scouting combine, Edmonton for a visit and finally South Florida for the NHL draft. This week, the No. 1 pick is back in Edmonton for the Oilers development camp, his first time on the ice in orange and blue.

  • Oilers sign Connor McDavid to 3-year, entry-level contract

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract.The 18-year-old star spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.

  • Green movement coloring way sports looks at environment

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman.Ference told Suzuki about all the ways he's environmentally responsible at home. The famous environmentalist responded with a shrug.

  • Ducks sign new D Kevin Bieksa to 2-year extension thru 2018

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver.Bieksa has one year and .6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.

  • Sharks sign McNally, McCarthy, Lerg, Haley to contracts

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals.The Sharks also signed minor league defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year deal as they stocked up the depth in their organization.

  • Ducks re-sign defenseman Korbinian Holzer to 1-year deal

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Korbinian Holzer has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year deal worth 0,000.The Ducks announced the deal Thursday.Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp.

  • Caps get Sochi shootout star Oshie from Blues for Brouwer

    July 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer.''I'd feel kind of like a kid in a candy store, I guess, playing with that caliber of player,'' Oshie said on a conference call.

  • Sharks sign McCarthy, Lerg, Haley to 1-year deals

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year contracts.The Sharks also announced the hiring of Bob Boughner as an assistant coach and Johan Hedberg as goaltending coach for Peter DeBoer's new staff on Thursday. Executive Wayne Thomas also retired after 22 years with the organization.

  • RW Erik Condra signs 3-year contract with Lightning

    July 2, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Free agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Condra appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points.In 299 career games with the Senators, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft, he has 33 goals and 87 points.

  • Canucks fire 2 assistant GMs, director of player personnel

    July 2, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks cleaned out their front office, firing assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford on Thursday.Canucks president Trevor Linden announced the three were let go ''after a thorough review of the team.''

  • Rangers sign G Brandon Halverson to entry-level contract

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed 19-year-old goaltender Brandon Halverson to an entry-level contract.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility.Halverson appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts.

  • LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

    July 2, 2015

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday after pleading no contest to beating his wife after an argument at a Halloween party last year.Voynov, 25, was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse. A felony domestic violence charge that alleged he caused great bodily injury was thrown out in exchange for the plea.

  • Sharks hire 2 assistants for DeBoer's staff

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have hired Bob Boughner as an assistant coach and Johan Hedberg as goaltending coach for Peter DeBoer's new staff.The Sharks announced the moves Thursday.Boughner spent the past four seasons as head coach of Windsor in the OHL. He spent one year as an assistant in the NHL with Columbus in 2010-11.

  • World championships lands defenseman Moore job with Devils

    July 2, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Playing in the recent world hockey championships for the United States might have been the best thing that has happened to defenseman John Moore.Moore impressed New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero in helping the Americans earn a bronze medal in the Czech Republic and it got him a job when NHL free agency opened Wednesday.

  • Blackhawks reach deals with D Schilling, Liambas

    July 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defensemen Cameron Schilling and Michael Liambas.The two-year contract for Schilling runs through the 2016-17 season and Liambas is a one-year deal for next season.Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season. Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.

  • Rangers' Martin St. Louis announces retirement

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.St. Louis made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. He had 21 goals and 31 assists this past regular season, but had one goal and six assists in 19 playoffs games.

  • Longtime Sharks executive Wayne Thomas retires

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Longtime San Jose Sharks executive Wayne Thomas is retiring after 22 years in the organization.The 67-year-old Thomas announced his decision to step down as vice president and assistant general manager on Thursday. He says he wants to spend more time with his family.

  • Predators sign Gabriel Bourque to one-year contract

    July 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth 6,250.The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.

  • Islanders sign 6 players to 2-way, 1-year contracts

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed Joe Whitney, James Wright and four other forwards to one-year, two-way contracts.The team announced the signings Thursday. Justin Florek, Ben Holmstrom, Bracken Kearns and Justin Vaive also joined the team.

  • Capitals lose Green, add Williams on 1st day of free agency

    July 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals were busy on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday.But the biggest move was veteran defenseman Mike Green agreeing to a three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He departs after 10 seasons with Washington, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004.

  • Bruins busy on first day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team's feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league.Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes.

  • Devils sign Moore, Coleman, Thompson, O'Brien

    July 1, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman John Moore to a three-year contract as a free agent.General manager Ray Shero also announced on Wednesday that forward Blake Coleman signed a two-year entry level contract and free agent forwards Paul Thompson and Jim O'Brien received two-way contracts.

  • Capitals add players on first day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals were busy on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday.But the biggest move was veteran defenseman Mike Green agreeing to a three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He departs after 10 seasons with Washington, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004.

  • Panthers land Reilly Smith from Boston for Jimmy Hayes

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A few hours into free agency, Florida general manager Dale Tallon essentially sounded resigned to the fact that there would be no big splash to make this year.That doesn't mean he didn't try to shake up the Panthers' roster.The Panthers bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes on Wednesday, added five players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened and then picked up forward Reilly Smith in a trade with the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.

  • Panthers land Reilly Smith from Boston, for Jimmy Hayes

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers acquired forward Reilly Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard on Wednesday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.Smith has appeared in 203 games with Boston and Dallas, scoring 36 goals and adding 64 assists for 100 points. He had 13 goals and 27 assists last season, plus had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.

  • Red Wings sign defenseman Mike Green, forward Brad Richards

    July 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Mike Green and forward Brad Richards to free-agent contracts.The team announced Wednesday that Green will get a three-year contract and Richards a one-year deal.Green has spent his entire career with Washington, recording 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 games. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NHL over the past eight seasons and will be counted on to quarterback Detroit's power play. Green had 10 goals and 35 assists last season with the Capitals.

  • Wild sign center Mikael Granlund, defenseman Mike Reilly

    July 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that it's worth million.

  • Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

    July 2, 2015

    On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight.The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency.

  • Devils sign John Moore and Blake Coleman

    July 1, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman John Moore to a three-year contract as a free agent.General manager Ray Shero also announced on Wednesday that forward Blake Coleman signed a two-year entry level contract and free agent forward Paul Thompson got a two-year, two-way contract after playing last season with the Devils' AHL team.

  • Ducks sign veterans Matt Hackett, Chris Mueller, Joe Piskula

    July 1, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Goalie Matt Hackett, center Chris Mueller and defenseman Joe Piskula have agreed to one-year contracts with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deals Wednesday.Hackett has played in 26 NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, winning four times. He played for Buffalo and its AHL affiliate in Rochester last season.

  • Boyes bought out, Panthers add 5 to roster

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A year ago, the Florida Panthers made big move after big move on the opening day of free agency.This time, no splashes were to be found.The Panthers bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes on Wednesday and added five players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened, but no huge moves were swung - just like general manager Dale Tallon essentially predicted would be the case in recent weeks when he revealed that Florida is going to give some of its younger players a better chance to make the NHL roster this fall.

  • Blues sign F Jori Lehtera to 3-year contract extension

    July 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.The 27-year-old Lehtera had 14 goals and 30 assists in 75 games in his first NHL season, and ranked second on the team with a plus-21 rating. He had two assists in five playoff games.

  • Jets bring back Burmistrov, agree with Pardy, Halischuk

    July 1, 2015

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Winnipeg Jets started free agency by locking up two of their own players and bringing back another.Winnipeg agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alexander Burmistrov and one-year deals with defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Matt Halischuk on Wednesday.

  • Rangers busy on opening day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Jayson Megna, Matt Lindblad, Viktor Stalberg and Brian Gibbons as free agents.Rangers president Glen Sather announced the moves on Wednesday, the same day he turned over the team's general manager duties to long-time assistant Jeff Gorton. Contract terms were not immediately available.

  • Sather stepping down as Rangers' GM, will stay as president

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Glen Sather didn't get a chance to raise the Stanley Cup as general manager of the New York Rangers, so he'll just have to settle for making them a lot better in his 15 seasons in charge.Sather on Wednesday announced that he was stepping down as the Rangers general manager and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton.

  • Hurricanes buy out Semin's contract, sign Riley Nash

    July 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have officially bought out Alexander Semin's contract.The team announced the buyout Wednesday, after the enigmatic forward cleared irrevocable waivers. Carolina waived him Tuesday with the intent of buying out his deal.

  • Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school

    July 1, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career.Eichel, the 18-year-old center selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey.

  • Flyers sign backup goaltender Neuvirth to multiyear deal

    July 1, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a multiyear contract.Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Philadelphia's No. 2 goalie behind Steve Mason. Terms of Wednesday's deal were not announced.Neuvirth split last season with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders. He went 7-20-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .914 save percentage.

  • Canucks trade Kassian to Canadiens for Prust

    July 1, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Brandon Prust on Wednesday.Kassian, 24, has a year left on his contract at a cap hit of .75 million.Prust, 31, has a year left at a cap hit of .5 million.

  • Penguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade

    July 1, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity.All the goals - 181 of them while wearing a leaf on the front of his sweater - failed to turn Toronto into a contender or quiet the critics who wondered whether the talented forward cared enough or worked hard enough to justify his status as one of the elite players in the NHL.

  • Sharks sign D Paul Martin to open free agency

    July 1, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the San Jose Sharks went into the offseason with a clear focus on becoming tougher defensively.A day after acquiring Martin Jones to be their new starting goaltender, the Sharks opened free agency Wednesday by finding the veteran defenseman they sought when they signed Paul Martin to a .4 million, four-year contract.

  • Stars bringing back veteran forward Eaves on 1-year contract

    July 1, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract Wednesday after a solid first season in Dallas.Eaves had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 47 games last season, leading the Stars with a plus-minus rating of plus-12. He had a career-high six power-play goals.

  • Oilers sign Sekera for 6 years, Letestu for 3 years

    July 1, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have continued their offseason makeover, signing defenseman Andrej Sekera and center Mark Letestu on Wednesday.Sekera's deal is worth million over six years, and Letestu will reportedly earn .4 million over three years.

  • Flames sign Frolik to 5-year deal; Ramo back for 1 year

    July 1, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames have signed right wing Michael Frolik to a five-year contract and brought back goaltender Karri Ramo for another season on Wednesday.Frolik's deal is worth .3 million annually. Ramo will earn .8 million on a one-year deal.

  • Rangers sign Diaz, Megna, Lindblad as free agents

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Jayson Megna and Matt Lindblad as free agents.Rangers general manager and president Glen Sather announced the moves on Wednesday as the NHL kicked off free agency. Contract terms were not immediately available.

  • Avalanche reach deals with Beauchemin, Comeau

    July 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) More leadership for the Colorado Avalanche? Check. Added toughness? A big check - especially in regard to the hard-hitting variety.General manager Joe Sakic wanted to bulk up his team in experience and tenacity on the opening day of free agency. That's why he targeted big-hitting defenseman Francois Beauchemin and versatile forward Blake Comeau, who each signed three-year deals with Colorado on Wednesday.

  • LA Kings sign G Jhonas Enroth to back up Jonathan Quick

    July 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Goalie Jhonas Enroth has signed with the Los Angeles Kings, agreeing to a one-year, .25 million deal to back up Jonathan Quick.The Kings confirmed the deal Wednesday with the unrestricted free agent.Enroth finished last season with the Dallas Stars after spending 6 1/2 years in the system of the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him in 2006. He made the NHL's all-rookie team in 2012 and eventually became Ryan Miller's backup.

  • Boyes bought out, Panthers add 3 to roster

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers have bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes and added three players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened.Boyes was put on waivers earlier in the week and bought out Wednesday once he cleared. He had 21 goals for the Panthers two seasons ago, but dropped to just 14 goals in 78 games this past season.

  • Coyotes sign Richardson, Michalek to start free agency

    July 1, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed forwards Brad Richardson and Steve Downie, added goalie Anders Lindback and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek.That's forward depth, a backup goalie and some blue line stability within a few hours of the free agency period. Later on Wednesday, they also brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago.

  • Coyotes sign Richards, Michalek to start free agency period

    July 1, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Brad Richardson to a three-year contract and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek for a third stint with the team in a two-year deal.Terms of the contracts were not released.The 30-year-old Richardson had eight goals and 13 assists in 45 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He has 62 goals and 87 assists in 10 NHL seasons that include stops with the Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.

  • Islanders sign 3 players, Hickey, Greiss, Petrov

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forward Kirill Petrov.The Islanders announced the moves on Wednesday, the opening day of free agency in the NHL.Hickey got a three-year deal in re-signing with the Islanders. Greiss was given a two-year contract after playing 20 games with the Penguins last season. Petrov, a third-round draft pick in 2008, got a one-year, entry-level deal.

  • Avalanche reach deal with defenseman Francois Beauchemin

    July 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche fortified their blue line by signing defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a three-year deal.The 35-year-old Beauchemin averaged a team-best 22 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game for Anaheim last season. He also ranked second among Ducks defensemen with a career-high 11 goals.

  • Wild sign C Mikael Granlund, D Mike Reilly

    July 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers.

  • Sabres draftee Eichel arrives in Buffalo, could sign deal

    July 1, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres draftee Jack Eichel has arrived in Buffalo, where he's likely to sign a professional contract and skip his final three years of college eligibility.Photos and video taken by WKBW-TV (http://bit.ly/1LDpQSX ) show the No. 2 overall draft pick arriving at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Wednesday. Eichel was greeted by team president Ted Black.

  • Blackhawks agree to 5-year extension with C Anisimov

    July 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The past couple days have been quite a whirlwind for Artem Anisimov. Same for the Chicago Blackhawks.Anisimov and the Blackhawks agreed to a .75 million, five-year contract extension on Wednesday, one day after the Stanley Cup champions acquired the center in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Predators re-sign Mike Ribeiro to 2-year, million deal

    July 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are keeping forward Mike Ribeiro, who signed a two-year, million contract Wednesday on the opening day of free agency.The 35-year-old Ribeiro scored 15 goals to go with 47 assists for the Predators this past season. He was sued in March by a woman accusing him of sexual assault, but Predators general manager David Poile complimented him as a ''good teammate'' on Tuesday and signed him a day later.

  • Flames bring back Karri Ramo, sign goalie to 1-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames are bringing back goaltender Karri Ramo, signing him to a one-year deal.Ramo was 15-9-3 with a 2.60 goals against average and .912 save percentage in his second season in Calgary. He has a 2.92 goals against average and .905 save percentage in 122 NHL games.

  • Coyotes acquire Gordon from Edmonton for Korpikoski

    June 30, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Boyd Gordon never really wanted to leave Arizona, so the veteran forward is thrilled to be back in the desert.The Coyotes filled a need at center on Tuesday, acquiring Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Lauri Korpikoski.

  • Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.Right up until Tuesday afternoon.With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Ducks get Kevin Bieksa from Canucks for 2nd-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When Bob Murray realized Tuesday that he probably couldn't re-sign defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the Anaheim Ducks' general manager moved swiftly to land a veteran replacement.The Ducks acquired defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, continuing their roster restocking while avoiding the hefty price tags of free agency.

  • Islanders sign Anders Lee to 4-year contract

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed forward Anders Lee to a four-year contract.Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced the signing Tuesday.Lee scored 25 goals in 76 games as a rookie last season, finishing second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among NHL rookies.

  • Blue Jackets acquire Saad in trade with Blackhawks

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.Right up until Tuesday afternoon.The Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of NHL free agency, wary of a big offer sheet for the rugged forward that the Blackhawks would be unable to match with their salary cap situation.

  • NHL teams more cautious going into free agency

    June 30, 2015

    Now a decade into the salary-cap era, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be.And the 2015 unrestricted group is one of the weakest in recent memory.''It's not a great group,'' Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said recently. ''Your options are minimal.''

  • Blackhawks agree to one-year extension with goalie Leighton

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with veteran goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year extension through next season.The 34-year-old Leighton went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with the Rockford AHL affiliate last season. Over 105 NHL regular-season games with four teams, he is 35-41-14 with a 2.97 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is 8-4 in the postseason and holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series with three against Montreal in 2010.

  • Jets, Stafford agree to 2-year, .7 million deal

    June 30, 2015

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Drew Stafford gave up long-term security to sign a new deal with the Winnipeg Jets.Stafford signed an .7 million, two-year contract on the eve of free agency to remain in Winnipeg, where he's had success since a trade from the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Devils name Scott Clemmensen goaltending development coach

    June 30, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have hired Scott Clemmensen as their goaltending development coach.General manager Ray Shero announced the hiring Tuesday.The 37-year-old Clemmensen joins the staff after a 14-season playing career, including eight seasons over three stints with the Devils. He played 27 games with Albany (AHL) and three contests with New Jersey last season.

  • Canadiens agree to 2-year deal with forward Brian Flynn

    June 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Forward Brian Flynn agreed to a .9 million, two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.Flynn was acquired by Montreal from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2 for a fifth-round draft pick.He had 17 points in 54 games for Buffalo and no points in nine regular-season games for the Canadiens. He added a goal and two assists, all in Game 1 of the first round against Ottawa, in six playoff starts.

  • Flames sign defenseman Dougie Hamilton to 6-year contract

    June 30, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn't think Dougie Hamilton would have been ''comfortable'' signing long term in Boston.The defenseman was more than comfortable to make that commitment in Calgary.Hamilton signed a .5 million, six-year deal Tuesday with the Flames that adds him to one of the NHL's best defense groups. He'll carry a cap hit of .75 million per season.

  • Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Bruins

    June 30, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose's list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender.As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him.

  • Canes place Semin on waivers, plan to buy out his contract

    June 30, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Alexander Semin's time with the Carolina Hurricanes is over.The Hurricanes on Tuesday placed the enigmatic forward on unconditional waivers with the intent to buy out his hefty contract.The move came the day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. Semin must clear waivers at noon Wednesday before his deal can be bought out.

  • Sharks agree to 5-year deal with D Brenden Dillon

    June 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks agreed to a five-year, .35 million contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon on Monday.Agent Jarrett Bousquet said the two sides reached an agreement before Dillon could become a restricted free agent later this week. ESPN first reported the deal.

  • Pronger, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero among Hockey Hall picks

    June 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Pronger always seemed destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame.Going in this year is unprecedented, however, since he is still under contract as an NHL player. His inclusion took a bylaw change that specifies a player's final game must be three full seasons ago. The fearsome defenseman last played in 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome.

  • Devils give qualifying offers to Larsson, Gelinas, 2 others

    June 29, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have given qualifying offers to forward Stefan Matteau and defensemen Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson and Adam Larsson.The Devils announced the moves on Monday, adding that defenseman Corbin McPherson and goaltender Maxime Clermont did not receive qualifying offers.

  • Coyotes must increase bond; City must make quarterly payment

    June 29, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) A judge has ordered the Arizona Coyotes' ownership to increase its bond payment to Glendale by 0,000 while ordering the city to make its .75 million quarterly payment to the team.Bond was increased from 0,000 to million and Glendale has to make its scheduled fourth-quarter payment by July 1.

  • Blackhawks agree to terms with D David Rundblad

    June 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season.The 24-year-old Rundblad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season along with a career-best plus-17 rating. He saw time in five playoff games as the Blackhawks relied primarily on four defensemen to win the Stanley Cup championship.

  • Stars sign newly acquired goalie Niemi to 3-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Antti Niemi used to live not far from Finnish countryman Kari Lehtonen. Now the pair will share a locker room in Dallas, faced with the persistent question of who will be the No. 1 goalie for the Stars, if they even have one.General manager Jim Nill doesn't see a problem after signing Niemi, a former Stanley Cup winner, to a three-year contract two days before he was set to become a free agent - and two days after acquiring his rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the NHL draft.

  • LA Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract for "breach"

    June 29, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards' contract Monday, claiming the underachieving forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms.The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings' prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in 2008.

  • Predators sign forward Austin Watson to 2-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year contract.Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 0,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, 5,000 contract in 2016-17.

  • Capitals re-sign Jay Beagle to .25M, 3-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Center Jay Beagle has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a .25 million, three-year contract.The team announced the deal Monday.The 29-year-old Beagle set career highs with 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points last season.

  • AP source: Sabres place forward Cody Hodgson on waivers

    June 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Once heralded as a key part of the Buffalo Sabres future, Cody Hodgson's career in Western New York will soon be over.A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Monday that the Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

  • Hurricanes reach deal with Nestrasil for 2-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year deal with forward Andrej Nestrasil.The deal will pay Nestrasil 5,000 this season and 0,000 in the 2016-17 season.In a statement, general manager Ron Francis says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nestrasil has good size and is ''a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do.''

  • Penguins re- sign defenseman Cole to 3-year deal

    June 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new contract.The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of .1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season.Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.

  • Former Coach recalls first Chinese NHL draft Song Andong

    June 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Song Andong made sports history last week as the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft. To his old coach, though, he's just a nice kid who keeps his head and shows the proper respect.''(Song) was very clever, learnt things very fast,'' Fu Lei, who coached Song from 2003 to 2007, said in an interview Monday. ''Meanwhile, he was very nice and polite to his coaches and teammates.''

  • Lidstrom strong favorite to headline 2015 Hockey Hall class

    June 28, 2015

    Nicklas Lidstrom cherished just being on the ice.The seven Norris Trophies as the best defenseman of his era and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Detroit Red Wings make him a strong favorite to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in his first year of eligibility.

  • AP source: LA Kings place Richards on unconditional waivers

    June 28, 2015

    Forward Mike Richards' career with the Los Angeles Kings is coming to an abrupt end.The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining five years of his contract, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person added that Montreal forward P.A. Parenteau and Anaheim defenseman Mark Fistric have also been placed on unconditional waivers.

  • Devils take goaltender, 2 forwards and defenseman in day 2

    June 27, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Hours after finishing his first draft with the New Jersey Devils, general manager Ray Shero has already turned his attention toward free agency next week.The Devils don't have a lot of money for the major free agents, but Shero says the team has already made some decisions.

  • Rangers acquire goalie Raanta from Blackhawks

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The New York Rangers have acquired goaltender Antti Raanta in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ryan Haggerty.The Rangers also traded Cam Talbot to Edmonton on Saturday, leaving an opening at goaltender behind Henrik Lundqvist. The 26-year-old Raanta was 7-4-1 with a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks last season.

  • Penguins focus on forward prospects during NHL draft

    June 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Daniel Sprong did his best to avoid the draft projections. Some NHL experts thought the talented winger would go in the top 20. Others weren't sure Sprong would even go in the first round.One day passed. So did half of the second round. And suddenly Sprong's ability to block it out vanished.

  • Wild agree to terms on 6-year deal with goalie Devan Dubnyk

    June 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild have been searching for a reliable goalie for years, an issue that almost cost them dearly before Devan Dubnyk arrived to save their season.They're investment in Devan Dubnyk shows they don't believe his stellar play over the final four months of last season was a fluke.

  • Ducks get Hagelin, Khudobin; ship out Etem, Palmieri, Wiz

    June 27, 2015

    The Anaheim Ducks' busy draft weekend demonstrated they're still determined to improve a team that finished a game short of the Stanley Cup Final last month.The Ducks acquired forward Carl Hagelin and goalie Anton Khudobin in trades Saturday while shipping out defenseman James Wisniewski and forwards Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri, creating salary cap flexibility and adding a proven scorer to their lineup.

  • Sharks still searching for starting goalie following draft

    June 27, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks ended the NHL draft with one of the biggest needs they had entering the weekend: finding a starting goaltender.Instead of acquiring one of the several goalies who changed teams this weekend, the Sharks instead traded the negotiating rights to their former starter Antti Niemi to Dallas for a seventh-round pick Saturday.

  • Arizona sends Gagner to Philadelphia for Grossman

    June 27, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Sam Gagner and a draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger.The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017.

  • For Jeremy Roy, the wait at draft was both long and short

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) This much is certain: Jeremy Roy waited long enough to hear his name called at the NHL draft.The actual length of that wait depends on perspective.Was it 12 years, the amount of time he's been playing hockey? Was it 17 hours, the time that passed between the draft opening Friday night and his name being called as the 31st overall pick when festivities resumed Saturday morning? Or was it really just the 90 seconds that spanned the formal opening of the second round and the actual announcement?

  • Andong Song becomes 1st Chinese player taken in NHL draft

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL draft.Andong Song was chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft Saturday. The defenseman, who goes by the name ''Misha,'' started playing hockey on a smaller-than-normal rink in Beijing when his mother was trying to find him a sport. Once his talent was spotted, his family moved to Canada and he quickly excelled when he began playing as a 10-year-old.

  • Senators trade defenseman Eric Gryba to Oilers

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Ottawa Senators traded Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers for prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick in the draft on Saturday.With their second-day picks, the Senators drafted right-winger Gabriel Gagne at No. 36, center Filip Chlapik at No. 48, defenseman Christian Wolanin at No. 107, left-winger Filip Ahl at No. 109 and defenseman Christian Jaros at No. 139.

  • For Roy, the wait to be drafted was both long and short

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) This much is certain: Jeremy Roy waited long enough to hear his name called at the NHL draft.The actual length of that wait depends on perspective.Was it 12 years, the amount of time he's been playing hockey? Was it 17 hours, the time that passed between the draft opening Friday night and his name being called as the 31st overall pick when festivities resumed Saturday morning? Or was it really just the 90 seconds that spanned the formal opening of the second round and the actual announcement?

  • Stars acquire rights to champion goalie Niemi from Sharks

    June 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to former Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks.Dallas sent San Jose its seventh-round selection (193th overall) in Saturday's draft. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

  • Canes sent Khudobin to Ducks for Wisniewski

    June 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski.The move came shortly after the Hurricanes added goalie Eddie Lack in a trade with Vancouver.Carolina general manager Ron Francis says Wisniewski is ''a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively'' and says he'll be a big part of the team's power play and defensive units.

  • Oilers get goaltender Cam Talbot, trade picks to Rangers

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Edmonton Oilers got their goaltender, acquiring Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers.On a busy day of trades Saturday at the NHL draft, the Oilers sent the 57th, 79th and 184th picks to New York for Talbot and the 209th pick. Talbot has just 57 games of NHL experience, but at age 27 he could still blossom into a starter.

  • Penguins nab forward Daniel Sprong in 2nd round of NHL Draft

    June 27, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected forward Daniel Sprong with the 46th overall pick in the NHL Draft.The 18-year-old Sprong had 39 goals and 49 assists for Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. Sprong added seven goals and four assists in the playoffs as Charlottetown won a postseason series for the first time since 2004.

  • Canucks trade Lack to Hurricanes for 2 draft choices

    June 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have traded goaltender Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks.The Canucks acquired Carolina's third-round pick in this weekend's draft as well as a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.Shortly after announcing the trade, the Hurricanes dealt goalie Anton Khudobin to Anaheim for defenseman James Wisniewski, leaving Lack and starter Cam Ward as the organization's top two netminders.

  • Dallas Eakins to coach Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego

    June 27, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Former Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was hired Friday to coach the Anaheim Ducks' relocated American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego.The San Diego Gulls hired the former NHL defenseman for their inaugural AHL season. The Ducks moved their AHL franchise from Norfolk, Virginia, to Southern California to begin play in the fall.

  • Devils acquire Kyle Palmieri from Ducks for draft picks

    June 26, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have acquired forward Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks.The NHL announced the deal late Friday as the first round of the draft was coming to an end in Sunrise, Florida.New Jersey shipped the 41st overall pick in the draft and a third-round choice next year to Anaheim for Palmieri. The Devils acquired the 41st pick earlier this year in a deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida.

  • Devils take Czech C Pavel Zacha with No. 6 pick in draft

    June 27, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New general manager Ray Shero is delivering on his promise to make the struggling New Jersey Devils a more exciting team.The Devils filled a big need on offense Friday night, taking Czech center Pavel Zacha with the sixth pick overall in the NHL draft and acquiring right wing Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks.

  • Colorado trades O'Reilly to Buffalo

    June 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche traded center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.The move Friday for the trio of young players and the 31st overall selection Saturday comes just days after Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic insisted that re-signing O'Reilly to a long-term deal was his ''first priority.''

  • Bruins deal veterans Lucic, Hamilton on draft day

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins' makeover that began in the front office has reached the front line on offense and the top pairing on defense.The Bruins traded left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. The return included the 13th and 15th picks in the NHL draft Friday night.

  • No surprise: Connor McDavid goes No. 1 in NHL draft

    June 26, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid's favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby. His favorite non-skating athlete is LeBron James.He's now in their club, forever to be known as a No. 1 pick.McDavid's journey toward widely expected NHL superstardom officially began Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed him with the top overall selection in the draft. No player has entered the league with such hype since Crosby a decade ago, and McDavid's level of celebrity within the game already may rival what James was dealing with when he joined the NBA in 2003.

  • Edmonton Oilers select Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with first pick in NHL draft

    June 26, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Edmonton Oilers select Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with first pick in NHL draft.

  • Detroit's Datsyuk has surgery on ankle

    June 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on his right ankle and is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.The Detroit Red Wings confirmed Datsyuk's operation Friday, saying it was to repair ruptured tendons in the ankle.Datsyuk, who turns 37 next month, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games last season. He hasn't played 80 games in a season since 2010.

  • Bruins send Lucic to Kings for Miller, Jones, draft pick

    June 26, 2015

    Milan Lucic thought the Los Angeles Kings were going to draft him in 2006. A year later, he scored his first NHL goal at Staples Center for the Boston Bruins.When Lucic joined the Kings in a trade Friday, he thought back to all of his prior connections with Southern California - and the fact that he had just been at Disneyland with his daughter earlier in the week before this deal sent him back to the Happiest Place on Earth.

  • Bruins trade defenseman Hamilton to Flames for 3 draft picks

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks, including the 15th in the first round.Boston also picked up the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the deal.Hamilton was the No. 9 selection in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 178 games for the Bruins, scoring 22 goals with 61 assists.

  • LA Kings re-sign F Tyler Toffoli to .5M, 2-year deal

    June 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Forward Tyler Toffoli has agreed to a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Kings.The Kings announced the deal Friday with Toffoli, who would have become a restricted free agent next month.Toffoli established career highs with 23 goals, 26 assists, a plus-25 rating and five short-handed goals last season for the Kings. He was Los Angeles' third-leading scorer and led the NHL in short-handed points and goals.

  • Sabres trade 1st-round pick to Senators for goalie Lehner

    June 26, 2015

    Before selecting Buffalo's forward of the future with the No. 2 draft pick, Sabres general manager Tim Murray addressed another need: goalie.Murray traded the 21st pick - the second of Buffalo's two first-round selections - to the Ottawa Senators to acquire goalie Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand on Friday morning. The deal was announced hours before the first-round of the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida.

  • Predators' Fisher signs 2-year deal to stay in Nashville

    June 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher signed a two-year, .8 million contract Friday.The contract will pay Fisher .8 million in 2015-16 and million in 2016-17.''It's a great organization, a great team, good guys,'' Fisher said. ''There's no better situation for me. I'm grateful for that.''

  • NHL draft day arrives for expected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid

    June 26, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid has spent the last few days in South Florida. He's been to the beach. He's gone to a baseball game. Given by the red hue of his face and skin, he's spent far more time in the sun than usual.It only seems like vacation.

  • Playoff starved Devils have sixth pick overall in draft

    June 25, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils are coming into the NHL draft with a new look.Ray Shero has replaced Lou Lamoriello as general manager. John Hynes has been hired as the new coach and the team has a chance to get some much-needed help.Barring a trade, the Devils (32-36-14) will have the sixth pick overall and three in the top 41, the last one coming in the trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida.

  • Senators agree to terms with Stone, Zibanejad

    June 25, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators agreed to contracts with restricted free-agent forwards Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad on Thursday.Stone got a three-year, .5 million deal, and Zibanejad a two-year, .25 million contract.The 23-year-old Stone had 26 goals and 38 assists last season and finished second in rookie-of-the-year voting to Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad. The 22-year-old Zibanejad had 20 goals and 26 assists.

  • Avalanche acquire forward Carl Soderberg from Bruins

    June 25, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche acquired Swedish forward Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins on Thursday for a sixth-round pick in 2016.The 29-year-old Soderberg had 13 goals and 31 assists last season. He adds depth to a Colorado front line that already includes Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla.

  • Wild enter offseason, again, with goalie atop to-do list

    June 25, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) It's summer, so the Minnesota Wild must be trying to solve their goaltending situation again.General manager Chuck Fletcher's goal, no pun intended, is to keep the stability in the net that was missing until Devan Dubnyk arrived.

  • Blackhawks host Rangers in NHL opener Oct. 7

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will host the New York Rangers on Oct. 7 in the NHL season opener. The Blackhawks will be raising their third championship banner in six seasons.The league announced its 2015-16 schedule Thursday, and in other games opening night it's San Jose at Los Angeles, Montreal at Toronto and Vancouver at Calgary.

  • Hockey player pleads guilty to misdemeanors in cocaine case

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll pleaded guilty to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool.Defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld appeared in court Thursday for the 33-year-old Stoll to submit a written plea to breach of the peace and trespassing.

  • Canadian prime minister lauds Quebec City for NHL

    June 25, 2015

    QUEBEC CITY (AP) Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Quebec City is the ideal place for an NHL expansion team.''If you're looking at markets, I would certainly say to the NHL, to anyone, there is no better place for an expansion team in the National Hockey League than this city, Quebec, which is a great hockey center,'' he said in the provincial capital Thursday after an unrelated news conference.

  • McDavid's NHL draft moment - going No. 1 - finally is here

    June 25, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) For Connor McDavid, this is only the beginning.And he's eager to see what comes next.There's no mystery, no drama, no guessing about what will happen when the Edmonton Oilers make the first pick in Friday night's NHL draft. It's going to be McDavid's moment, as hockey's latest heir apparent - a 6-foot-1 center who's already been compared to the game's royalty - takes his first steps on the road to what many expect will be a rapid rise to professional stardom.

  • Calgary's Jiri Hudler ditches shoes, wins Lady Byng Trophy

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jiri Hudler won the Lady Byng Trophy and lost his shoes in Vegas.The Calgary Flames forward was shoeless when he took the stage to accept the trophy honoring the NHL's most sportsmanlike player Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show.Hudler just couldn't stand the pinch of his new shoes any longer, and he took them off shortly before he went on stage. His funny acceptance speech and his orange-and-blue socks were among the hits of the NHL's postseason party.

  • Carey Price wins Hart, Vezina, Lindsay honors at NHL Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price came away from the NHL Awards show with a hat trick.The Montreal Canadiens' record-setting goalie claimed the Hart Trophy, the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award at the NHL's annual postseason bash Wednesday night.Price also shared the already-announced Jennings Trophy with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, and his hefty haul of hardware capped one of the greatest regular seasons for a goalie in NHL history.

  • Calgary's Jiri Hudler wins Lady Byng Trophy at NHL Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames has won the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most sportsmanlike player.Hudler accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Hudler received 52 first-place votes to beat Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar in the voting.

  • Montreal's Carey Price wins Vezina Trophy as top goalie

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.Price accepted his second major trophy Wednesday night during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Price also won the Ted Lindsay Award for the league's top player as selected by the players, and he is a candidate for the Hart Trophy as the league MVP.

  • Florida's Aaron Ekblad wins Calder Trophy as top NHL rookie

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.Ekblad accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas after winning a tight three-man race with Ottawa's Mark Stone and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau.

  • Chicago's Jonathan Toews wins Messier Leadership Award

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for his commitment to charities and service.Toews accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Toews participates in several off-ice endeavors with the Blackhawks, including Make-A-Wish Foundation activities and other charities back home in Winnipeg. On the ice, Toews led Chicago to its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons earlier this month.

  • Tampa Bay's Yzerman named NHL's general manager of the year

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lighting has been named the NHL's general manager of the year.Yzerman accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.The Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004 after a steady franchise rise under Yzerman, the Detroit Red Wings' Hall of Fame center. Tampa Bay set franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points before winning Game 7 twice on the way through the East bracket.

  • Calgary's Hartley wins Jack Adams Award as NHL's top coach

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.Hartley accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Hartley led the Flames to a 20-point improvement in his third season behind their bench, finishing third in the Pacific Division with a 45-30-7 record. Calgary also earned its first postseason berth since 2009 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

  • Ottawa's Karlsson wins 2nd Norris Trophy as NHL's top D-man

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the second time.Karlsson accepted his second trophy in four years at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Karlsson had 66 points to lead all defensemen in scoring for the third time in four years. He ranked third in the NHL in total ice time and scored 30 power-play points, tying for the league lead among defensemen.

  • Boston's Bergeron wins Selke Trophy as top defensive forward

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward for the third time in four years.Bergeron accepted the trophy at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Bergeron also won the award in 2012 and 2014. He beat Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar in the voting.

  • LA Kings suspend D Slava Voynov, already suspended by NHL

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have suspended defenseman Slava Voynov, who missed the final 76 games of the regular season under an NHL suspension.A Kings spokesman confirmed Wednesday night that the move was made several weeks ago after Voynov was injured outside normal hockey training.

  • Montreal G Price wins Lindsay Award as players' top player

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has won the Ted Lindsay Award, chosen as the NHL's most outstanding player by his fellow players.Price accepted the trophy to open the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Price also is a candidate for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player, and the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie.

  • NHL will explore expansion, with Las Vegas among candidates

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is officially exploring expansion.The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding new franchises to its 30-team league, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday.Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City are the markets that have expressed the most serious interest. A second team in the Toronto area leads the list of additional possibilities for any prospect owner with the likely 0 million expansion fee and a passion for hockey.

  • Ducks GM Murray doesn't think he can re-sign Matt Beleskey

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Ducks general manager Bob Murray thinks forward Matt Beleskey is probably on his way out of Anaheim.After the NHL general managers' meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Murray said Beleskey's camp recently rejected the Ducks' latest contract offer ''immediately.'' After scoring a career-best 22 goals, Beleskey will hit the free-agent market on July 1 unless he reaches a deal with Anaheim.

  • NHL planning move to 3-on-3 overtime period next season

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL plans to play three-on-three in overtime next season.The league's general managers and players agreed Tuesday to change the regular-season overtime period from five minutes of four-on-four hockey to three-on-three.The Board of Governors still must approve the change Wednesday when it meets in Las Vegas. The Board also will consider a recommendation to allow coaches to challenge goals on the basis of goalie interference calls or offside calls.

  • Hockey world is open to an NHL expansion gamble in Las Vegas

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is thinking about expanding to Las Vegas, and Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has already considered the challenges he might face bringing 25 young hockey players to Sin City.''We would need one giant room to sleep the entire team in,'' Hartley said with a laugh Tuesday. ''And the coach sleeps right at the door.''

  • Bishop hits 4 BP homers before Rays game

    June 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop can hit the long ball, too.Bishop hit four home runs, including two in a row at one point, in batting practice before the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.''I got a couple lucky swings,'' he said. ''You can definitely feel it when you hit it on the sweet spot and it goes. It was fun.''

  • Hockey players open to an NHL expansion gamble in Las Vegas

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) If the NHL decides to gamble on an expansion franchise in the Nevada desert, most of the world's top hockey players are cautiously optimistic that the ice wouldn't melt.The growing possibility of NHL expansion to Las Vegas is a popular topic among players and executives this week with the league in town for its postseason awards show and executive meetings. The league could even announce the opening of a formal expansion process Wednesday.

  • Nielsen's top programs for June 15-21

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. NBA Finals: Golden State vs. Cleveland, Game 6, ABC, 23.25 million.2. ''America's Got Talent,'' NBC, 10.18 million.

  • Basketball finals a winner for ABC

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The showdown between Stephen Curry and LeBron James proved to be the most popular NBA Finals on television since Michael Jordon was winning his sixth championship back in 1998.The Nielsen company said the six-game series won by the Warriors averaged just under 19.9 million viewers. It didn't come close to the average of 29 million people who watched Jordan's last stand but, then again, nothing has. The Warriors' clinching game last week had more than 23 million viewers.

  • Sabres locked onto Eichel at No. 2, open in rest of draft

    June 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are all but certain to select Boston University center Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft.''I figured you guys knew that, so I wondered why I had to come here,'' Buffalo general manager Tim Murray joked last week at a news conference previewing the draft.

  • NHL salary cap to increase to .4 million for next season

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL's salary cap for the upcoming 2015-16 season will increase to .4 million, allaying some concerns about a weak Canadian dollar's impact on the hockey pay scale.The NHL and the Players' Association announced the figure Tuesday as the league's general managers met in Las Vegas.

  • Armstrong selected as Canada GM for 2016 hockey World Cup

    June 23, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The World Cup will be a whole new experience for Hockey Canada.Doug Armstrong was selected as general manager of Team Canada on Monday and he said that there are advantages and challenges to the eight-team event that will be held in Toronto Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016.

  • Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky leaving

    June 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the team to pursue other opportunities.The announcement Monday comes a week after Tampa Bay was beaten in the Stanley Cup Final by the Chicago Blackhawks.Gwozdecky was on coach Jon Cooper's staff the past two seasons. He joined the Lightning on Aug. 9, 2013, after serving as the head coach at the University of Denver for 19 seasons.

  • Kings' Jarret Stoll charged with felony cocaine possession

    June 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from his April 17 arrest at a Las Vegas Strip pool.The Clark County district attorney's office charged 32-year-old Stoll on Monday with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

  • AHL player Paetsch pleads guilty to role in gambling ring

    June 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A professional hockey player pleaded guilty Monday to being part of an illegal sports betting business that took wagers from other players.Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Nathan Paetsch will be sentenced to probation, 400 hours of community service and eight months of home confinement. He also must forfeit 5,000.

  • Las Vegas welcomes NHL for awards, meetings

    June 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) With talk of expansion to Las Vegas percolating, the city welcomes the NHL this week for another awards show while general managers and the board of governors set the league's short- and long-term future.This is the first time the general managers are meeting in Las Vegas - previously, they met at the Stanley Cup Final. The gathering provides an opportunity for trade talk leading to this weekend's draft in Sunrise, Florida.

  • Fake NHL gear worth 0,000 seized around Stanley Cup final

    June 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Federal authorities say they seized counterfeit NHL merchandise worth an estimated 0,000 in the days surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory.The operation was handled by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It focused on catching illegal vendors near the Blackhawks' home ice at the United Center and Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Calgary Flames sign center Backlund to multiyear deal

    June 20, 2015

    CALGARY (AP) Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund has been signed to a multiyear contract.Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.Backlund scored 10 goals and 27 points in 52 regular-season games last season after missing 30 games because of injury.

  • Nanny provides new details of alleged assault by Ribeiro

    July 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A woman accusing Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro of sexually assaulting her has provided more details in an amended complaint.The complaint filed Thursday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas says the then-18-year-old woman was asked to help the Ribeiro family settle into their new home in McLean, Virginia, in August 2012 after working as their babysitter for six years while he played for the Dallas Stars.

  • Sharks to let John Scott, Scott Hannan leave as free agents

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks will let forward John Scott and defenseman Scott Hannan leave as unrestricted free agents next month but have not made a final decision about the fate of Antti Niemi.General manager Doug Wilson said Friday he has told Scott and Hannan that the Sharks will not look to sign them when the free agency period opens July 1.

  • Maple Leafs land Zach Hyman from Panthers for Greg McKegg

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Zach Hyman and a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from the Florida Panthers for forward Greg McKegg on Friday.Hyman was an All-American at Michigan. He led the Big Ten in scoring last season with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists).

  • New Jersey Devils retain Terreri as goaltending coach

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have retained Chris Terreri as their goaltending coach.General manager Ray Shero made the announcement Friday in completing John Hynes' staff.The Devils hired Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches earlier this week.

  • Man who once scammed NHL gets 10 years for forgery charges

    July 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once tried to pull off an audacious scam to buy the National Hockey League's New York Islanders was sentenced to 10 years in prison for another fraud case in northeast Ohio.John Spano Jr., 50, pleaded guilty last month to 16 counts of forgery after being accused of collecting thousands of dollars in commissions from false accounts he'd created while working as a salesman for a company that provides linens to health care facilities. Spano, who was born in New York City, was raised in northeast Ohio.

  • City: 2 million attended Chicago Blackhawks parade, rally

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Crowd estimates are in and the city of Chicago says about 2 million people attended the parade and rally honoring the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win.The Chicago Fire Department says its responders treated 41 patients, mostly for heat issues. The fire department had medical buses and other equipment on scene during the Thursday festivities.

  • Wild waive veteran Cooke, will buy out last year of contract

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed veteran left wing Matt Cooke on waivers, for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.The Wild announced Thursday they will buy out the final season of Cooke's contract, provided his clearance through waivers. He will become an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team except Minnesota. The 36-year-old was set to make million in 2015-16.

  • Canucks sign goaltender Joe Cannata

    July 3, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have signed goaltender Joe Cannata.The 25-year-old posted a record of 3-2-0, a goals-against average of 1.99, and a save percentage of .932 in five games with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets last season.

  • With NHL draft looming, Panthers eager to make splash

    July 3, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Dale Tallon's hands were not on the Stanley Cup during the Chicago Blackhawks' victory celebration earlier this week.His fingerprints, one could argue that they were.Much of the groundwork for Chicago's run as the NHL's dominant team - three Cups in six years, in challenging salary-cap times no less - was laid by Tallon when he was the Blackhawks' general manager. He's tried to mimic the same philosophy as Florida's GM, building through the draft, adding free agents when the time is right and swinging smart deals when opportunities knock.

  • City wants to skip 4th quarter payment to NHL's Coyotes

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale is seeking court approval to skip a .75 million quarterly payment to the Arizona Coyotes.An attorney hired by the city filed a motion Wednesday asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to allow Glendale to either withhold the fourth-quarter payment due July 1 to IceArizona or deposit the money in an escrow account.

  • Senators coach Dave Cameron gets 2-year extension

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year contract extension Thursday.Cameron is under contract to the NHL club through the 2016-17 season.Cameron, 56, was promoted to head coach last December after Paul MacLean was fired. The Senators were 32-15-8 under Cameron, rallying from a 14-point deficit to secure an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot.

  • Sakic says he still wants to sign O'Reilly

    July 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic says it's still his desire to sign Ryan O'Reilly to a long-term contract before the start of next season.In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Sakic said he's not out to trade his star center.

  • The Latest: Confetti ends Blackhawks' Stanley Cup rally

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:15 p.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg ended the team's Stanley Cup championship rally with song.Nordstrom and Versteeg took the microphone and started singing the lyrics to Macklemore's ''And We Danced'' and asked the crowd to sing and dance along with the team as red and white confetti fell from the sky.

  • After championship hat trick, Chicago celebrates Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews kissed and hoisted the Stanley Cup as he was introduced toward the end of the latest raucous rally honoring the Chicago Blackhawks. Then the captain headed toward the back of the stage at Soldier Field.The roaring crowd wanted more and, as usual, he delivered.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks thank fans at Stanley Cup rally

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:55 p.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players took turns lifting the Stanley Cup and addressing fans at their championship rally in Soldier Field.Goalie Corey Crawford told the fans ''you guys made this unbelievable.'' Duncan Keith hinted at another win saying, ''four sounds better than three.''

  • The Latest: Blackhawks coach 'never been more proud' of team

    July 3, 2015

    12:30 p.m. CDTBlackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took the stage at the Chicago championship rally to fans yelling ''Q'' at Soldier Field.Quenneville told fans he's ''never been more proud of a team'' then he has been of this year's Stanley Cup-winning squad.

  • Sabres coach hires Murray, Barr to coaching staff

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former NHL players Terry Murray and Dave Barr will be joining Buffalo's coaching staff, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday.Bylsma announced the hiring of the veteran coaches Thursday during the team's pre-draft news conference.

  • The Latest: Toews lifts Stanley Cup at Soldier Field rally

    July 3, 2015

    11:55 a.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane introduced team captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) to kick off the team's championship rally at Soldier Field.Toews walked onto the stage holding the Stanley Cup high. He kissed the trophy as fireworks went off in the background. Toews then handed it off to Kane as tens of thousands of fans cheered in the audience.

  • The Latest: Chicago Blackhawks arrive at Soldier Field rally

    July 3, 2015

    11:35 a.m. CDTCrowds are cheering at Soldier Field as the Chicago Blackhawks arrive at the stadium for the Stanley Cup championship rally.Blackhawks players rode on double-decker buses from the United Center along a parade route lined with tens of thousands of fans.

  • The Latest: Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer as parade goes by

    July 3, 2015

    10:55 a.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players are waving to cheering fans as their double-decker red buses travel along a crowd-lined downtown parade route to a Stanley Cup championship rally.Defenseman Brent Seabrook leaned against the back rail atop of one of the buses as he hoisted the Stanley Cup Thursday morning. Left wing Patrick Sharp and Blackhawks owner and chairman Rocky Wirtz were nearby.

  • The Latest: Sharp carries Stanley Cup to 'Hawks parade buses

    July 3, 2015

    10:15 a.m. CDTWhere's the Stanley Cup?Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp has it.Sharp carried the Stanley Cup out of the United Center on Thursday morning and toward two rows of double-decker buses in the stadium parking lot. Players climbed onto the buses for a parade leading to a championship rally at Soldier Field.

  • The Latest: Governor wears Toews jersey at Blackhawks party

    July 3, 2015

    10:05 a.m. CDTIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is at the United Center wearing a Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) black replica jersey.Rauner told reporters it's a ''great day for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.'' The governor said Thursday that the parade and rally at Soldier Field are ''fantastic (ways) to celebrate one of the greatest franchises in all of sports.''

  • The Latest: Blackhawks readying to board parade buses

    July 3, 2015

    10:00 a.m. CDTChants of ''We want the Cup! We want the Cup!'' rang out from fans outside the United Center as Chicago Blackhawks players prepared to board red double-decker buses for their Stanley Cup championship parade.Two rows of buses are in the stadium's south parking lot awaiting Blackhawks players, coaches and staff. Nearby, fans waited behind metal fences by the statue of another athlete who brought a championship dynasty to Chicago: Michael Jordan.

  • Penguins hire former NHL coach Mike Sullivan as AHL coach

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former Boston Bruins coach Mike Sullivan to lead their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.The 47-year-old Sullivan replaces John Hynes, who left to become the head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Sullivan spent 11 years as a center for four different teams before retiring in 2002 and getting into coaching. He went 70-56-38 while coaching the Bruins from 2003-06.

  • The Latest: Storms don't stop soggy Chicago Blackhawks fans

    July 3, 2015

    9:15 a.m. CDTDowntown Chicago is filled with soggy Blackhawks fans after a thunderstorm moved over the area just hours before the team's Stanley Cup championship festivities were scheduled to start.Organizers at Soldier Field, where the team's rally will take place Thursday, asked attendees to take shelter under covered areas of the stadium until the storm passed. When the rain stopped, thousands of fans ran out from the concourse to grab the closest spots to the stage.

  • The Latest: Storms headed toward Blackhawks festivities

    July 3, 2015

    08:25 a.m. CDTThe National Weather Service says a line of thunderstorms with winds of between 30 and 40 mph and occasional lightning is headed toward downtown Chicago where thousands of Blackhawks fans are gathered for the team's Stanley Cup celebration.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks fans arrive at 4:30 a.m. for rally

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 07:50 a.m. CDTThe rally doesn't start for hours, but hundreds of Chicago Blackhawks fans are already lined up outside Soldier Field in preparation for the team's Stanley Cup celebration.Some fans arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. - six and a half hours before the scheduled 11 a.m. start. A parade to the stadium through the city's Loop and to Michigan Avenue starts at 10 a.m.

  • The Latest: Fog, chance of storms for Blackhawks parade

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 07:15 a.m. CDTThe thousands of Blackhawks fans already out in the streets to get good spots for Thursday's parade are probably going to get wet.National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says a line of thunderstorms will more than likely sweep across downtown Chicago between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

  • The Latest: Security priority at Chicago Blackhawks' parade

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 06:30 a.m. CDTThe Chicago Police Department is taking security measures to ensure the safety of the thousands of Blackhawks fans expected to attend a parade and rally celebrating the team's Stanley Cup win.Police say anyone carrying a backpack or large bag to Thursday's events will be screened. Coolers will not be allowed at the Soldier Field rally and drinking alcohol or tailgating are not allowed.

  • 5 Chicago stops the Stanley Cup probably should have skipped

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Over the course of its 122 years, Lord Stanley's Cup has been a few places it shouldn't have.That won't be a problem for at least four hours Thursday, when it serves as the centerpiece of a parade featuring players and coaches from the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks. They beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday to reclaim ownership of the 35-pound, 3-foot high silver trophy.

  • The Latest: Chicago parade to honor Blackhawks' Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:30 a.m. CDT.The streets of downtown Chicago will be lined with hockey fans as the city celebrates the Blackhawks' third Stanley Cup win in six years.Team members such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will ride on double-decker buses during a parade stretching through the city's Loop neighborhood to Michigan Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to greet the team when the buses arrive at Soldier Field for a rally starting at 11 a.m. Fans needed to get free tickets online for the event.

  • Stanley Cup run leaves Lightning hungry for more success

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning came within two victories of hoisting the Stanley Cup during an impressive playoff run that's heightened expectations for one of the NHL's youngest teams.The challenge now not only is to get back to the playoffs, but return to the championship round - and win.

  • Obama phones coaches of Warriors, Blackhawks with congrats

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has phoned the coaches of the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks to congratulate the teams on winning the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup.The White House says Obama told Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr it was exciting to see the team's perseverance in winning in its first title in 40 years. He singled out Stephen Curry and Andre Igoudala for praise.

  • Blackhawks bask in latest Stanley Cup win

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) General manager Stan Bowman recalled the Chicago Blackhawks' championship rally and parade falling on his birthday two years ago.The Stanley Cup celebration comes a little earlier this year. The scene figures to be just as wild.''This is why we get together back in September,'' Bowman said Wednesday. ''We always point toward the moment when you get to win the Cup and have that moment to celebrate it with your friends, family and the entire city. Definitely excited for (Thursday). Those are days you never forget. The last time we had the parade, it was on my birthday.''

  • Schmidt signs .6M, 2-year contract to stay with Capitals

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Defenseman Nate Schmidt has signed a .6 million, two-year contract to stay with the Washington Capitals.The team announced the deal Wednesday. Schmidt, who was a pending restricted free agent, will make 0,000 during the 2015-16 season and 5,000 in 2016-17.

  • Devils name Ward, Nasreddine assistant coaches for Hynes

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches for John Hynes.General manager Ray Shero announced the hirings on Wednesday. There was no word on whether Adam Oates, Scott Stevens and Chris Terreri would be retained from last year's staff.

  • Glendale willing to renegotiate arena lease with NHL team

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale says it's willing to renegotiate an arena lease for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, but stands by its conflict-of-interest reasoning for canceling it in the first place.''Let's be clear. This isn't about hockey,'' Glendale Interim Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing said after the City Council held an executive session Tuesday. ''We want the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale and we want to see them succeed. As we've consistently indicated to the team, we are prepared to negotiate a mutually beneficial approach to address concerns.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Mayor outlines celebration plans

    July 3, 2015

    9:45 p.m. CDTMayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field.Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team's third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

  • Maple Leafs hire 3 assistant coaches

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have filled out new head coach Mike Babcock's staff.Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith and Andrew Brewer were hired as assistant coaches Tuesday, the NHL team said.Hiller and Brewer worked as assistants under Babcock last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Stanley Cup Final is 2nd most-watched on record

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This year's Stanley Cup Final is the second most-watched on record.The series won by the Chicago Blackhawks over the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games averaged nearly 5.6 million viewers on NBC and NBCSN. It trails only the six-game 2013 series between Chicago and the Boston Bruins, which averaged almost 5.8 million. NBC said Tuesday the audience was up 11 percent from the 5 million for last year's five-game series between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Cup arrives at Wrigley Field

    July 3, 2015

    7:30 p.m. CDTThe Stanley Cup has arrived at Wrigley Field.The cup arrived Tuesday night before the Chicago Cubs played the Cleveland Indians. Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane carried it to the mound.The cup is making the rounds after the Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Chicago parade set for Thursday

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 4:30 p.m. CDTMayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field.Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team's third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

  • Predators sign goalie Juuse Saros of Finland to 3-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Finland native expected to play in North America next season.The Predators announced the deal Tuesday.Saros, 20, was the 99th selection in the 2013 draft by Nashville. He ranked in the top five of HPK's 60 Finnish Elite League this season with six shutouts, minutes played and save percentage at .929 and a 2.14 goals-against average. He was the Finnish Elite League's rookie of the year in 2013-14.

  • Saad's new deal key part of Blackhawks' offseason

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Moments after Chicago won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons, Stan Bowman went back to work.The general manager of the Blackhawks found forward Brandon Saad on the ice at the United Center and made plans for more big parties in June. Saad is eligible for restricted free agency this summer, and his contract situation is a key part of the shortened offseason for the champions.

  • Stanley Cup begins its own celebration around Chicago

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) This time, the Stanley Cup didn't have to catch a flight before hitting Chicago hot spots for a victory tour.The Chicago Blackhawks won their third championship in six years on Monday night, but it marked the team's first on home ice since 1938. That allowed players to bring the cup to a nightclub as they painted the town Blackhawks red only hours after parading it victoriously before the United Center crowd after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

  • Penguins move assistant Martin to new role

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jacques Martin has a new job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.The team announced Tuesday that Martin will serve as special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston. The 62-year-old Martin, the NHL's Coach of the Year in 1999 while leading the Ottawa Senators, spent last season in an advisory capacity with the club.

  • Goalie Philipp Grubauer looks to take next step with Caps

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer knows the next step on his career path could involve significant time sitting on the bench.Grubauer has signed a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Capitals and hopes to be Braden Holtby's backup next season.

  • The Latest: Illinois lawmakers pay tribute to Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:45 p.m.Illinois lawmakers have congratulated the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the team's third championship in six years.Several members of the Legislature wore red Chicago jerseys and t-shirts Tuesday in honor of the Blackhawks' Monday night Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup appears at Chicago eatery, nightclub

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:35 p.m.The Stanley Cup has been spotted at a popular Chicago restaurant.Hours after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the cup for the third time in six years, team officials showed it off Tuesday to fans at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush.Many fans have been tracking the cup's whereabouts on Twitter and word quickly spread that it was on display in the restaurant's window for all to see.

  • The Latest: Emanuel promises parade 'worthy of a dynasty'

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:30 p.m.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he only had four hours of sleep after watching the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup at the United Center.Emanuel said at a news conference Tuesday that the city is planning a victory parade for the team that is ''worthy of a dynasty.''

  • The Latest: Ardent Blackhawks fan sad Mikita can't enjoy win

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:55 a.m. CDTBob Gertenrich isn't the only Chicago Blackhawks fan throwing around the word `dynasty' after the team hoisted the Stanley Cup for the third time in the last six years.But he may be the only one who can say he's seen every home game since January of 1966 - 2,264 of them, to be exact.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks fans track Stanley Cup's whereabouts

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:25 a.m. CDTWhere's the Stanley Cup?That's the question of the moment in Chicago after the Blackhawks won their third championship on Monday night.By Tuesday morning, the city's hockey fans were posting on Twitter using hashtags like (hash)cuptracker and following accounts like (at)WheresTheCup trying to find the trophy.

  • The Latest: Mayor vows 'world class' party for Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:45 a.m. (CDT)Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will host a ''world class'' celebration for the Blackhawks in the coming days to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.Emauel called the Blackhawks ''hockey's new dynasty'' in a statement released after Monday night's 2-0 Game 6 win, which was the team's third in the past six seasons.

  • It's official: 3rd Cup in 6 seasons marks Hawks a dynasty

    July 3, 2015

    The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way.The last team standing had just put away a tough young Tampa Bay squad 2-0 in Game 6 and earned the right to call itself a dynasty after winning its third NHL title in six seasons. But only minutes later, Quenneville recalled the sting they all felt barely a year ago, when the Los Angeles Kings elbowed Chicago out of their way by converting a fortunate bounce in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

  • The Latest: Chicago celebrates its latest Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:49 a.m.Thousands of fans turned Chicago into a giant party after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.Streets in the Wrigleyville neighborhood north of downtown were packed with celebrating fans and even the ice at the United Center remained filled with players, friends and family 90 minutes after the Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Kimmo Timonen will retire a champion with Chicago Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kimmo Timonen got the Stanley Cup from Jonathan Toews and raised it high above his head, unleashing a cathartic roar in concert with the raucous United Center crowd.In the final game of a 16-year NHL career and a lifetime in hockey, the 40-year-old defenseman became a champion at last.

  • Stamkos comes up empty, Lightning fall to Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) His eyes a bit glazed and a blue Lightning cap pulled tight over his head, Steven Stamkos looked like someone who took his best shots only to absorb the knockout blow.He hit a crossbar. He got stopped on a breakaway.He came away empty-handed and so did Tampa Bay.

  • Keith caps Conn Smythe performance with game-winning goal

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith rarely tired and never wavered during one of the most dominant postseason performances in NHL history.And with a masterful finale for the Chicago Blackhawks, the defenseman etched his name on two trophies.Keith capped his indefatigable two-month surge with the winning goal in Chicago's Stanley Cup-clinching 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 on Monday night.

  • Tampa Bay falls just short, loses the Cup in Game 6 shutout

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper looked around his dressing room at his exhausted Lightning while the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup celebration pulsated through the walls.Cooper saw anguish and disappointment on his players' faces. He also saw the roots of a valuable experience.

  • Blackhawks beats Lightning 2-0 for Stanley Cup title

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Showing off their grit and determination, the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.The city of broad shoulders, strong enough to carry the silver trophy once again. A Windy City party 77 years in the making.

  • The Latest: Chicago beats Tampa Bay 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Make that a championship hat trick for these Chicago Blackhawks.Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith scored, and the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night.Chicago clinched a championship at home for the first time since 1938 and won its third title with Jonathan Toews, Kane and coach Joel Quenneville leading the way.

  • Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win Stanley Cup in 6 games

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win Stanley Cup in 6 games.

  • The Latest: Kane breaks drought, Chicago on verge of Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---9:41 p.m.Finally, a two-goal lead.Patrick Kane scored with 5:13 remaining to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning and bring them to the edge of their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

  • The Latest: Chicago takes 1-0 lead vs Tampa into 3rd

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---9:07 p.m.The Chicago Blackhawks are 20 minutes away from their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons.Duncan Keith knocked in his own rebound with 2:47 left in the second period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the final. Chicago leads the series 3-2 and can win the Cup with a victory.

  • The Latest: Keith goal gives Chicago 1-0 lead vs Tampa

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---8:49 p.m.Duncan Keith knocked in his own rebound with 2:47 left in the second period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Chicago, Tampa locked in tense, scoreless Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8:41 p.m.The Blackhawks continue to apply the pressure - and come away empty-handed.The Blackhawks had a three-on-one just over six minutes into the third, only to have Andrew Shaw's pass go just a tad too long for Andrew Desjardins.

  • The Latest: Tampa's Stamkos stopped on breakaway, hits post

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8:20 p.m.Another near miss for Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos, who was stopped on a breakaway just under a minute into the second period.He slowed down and then faked Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who went down and stuck out his left pad to make the save and keep the game scoreless.

  • The Latest: Near misses, 0-0 as Chicago, Tampa play Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8 p.m.Ben Bishop made 13 saves for Tampa Bay and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks through the first period.Bishop stood his ground in goal, with the Blackhawks, leading the series 3-2, trying to lock up their third Stanley Cup in six years.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay pressing hard early in Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---7:39 p.m.The teams got off to a cautious start in Game 6 and then Tampa Bay started to turn up the pressure.Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos just missed his first goal of the series, hitting the crossbar with a slapshot just under seven minutes into the game.

  • Torrey Mitchell signs 3-year deal with Montreal Canadiens

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Center Torrey Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.The 30-year-old Mitchell had six goals and eight assists in 65 regular-season games between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal. He had a goal and four assists in 12 playoff games for the Canadiens.

  • Penguins sign defenseman Andersen to entry-level contract

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Swedish defenseman Niclas Andersen to a one-year contract.The 27-year-old Andersen was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2006 but never signed with the club. Andersen has spent his entire professional career playing exclusively in Europe, most recently with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.

  • The Latest: Tornado warning ahead of Game 6, Mikita ailing

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---6:30 p.m.This has been one unbelievably close Stanley Cup Final.Neither team has enjoyed a two-goal lead through five games for the first time in the history of the series. It is only the second final to begin with five one-goal games, joining Toronto's 4-1 win over Montreal in 1951.

  • The Latest: Tornado warning in Chicago ahead of Cup's Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---5:45 p.m.A tornado warning was issued in the Chicago area less than two hours before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Devils sign defenseman Vojtech Mozik to entry-level contract

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed Czech free agent defenseman Vojtech Mozik to an entry-level contract.General manager Ray Shero announced the signing Monday.The 22-year-old Mozik spent the previous three seasons with Plzen and was a member of its 2012-13 league championship squad. Last season, he led all defensemen in the Czech Extraliga with a career-high 10 goals. He also established career highs with 19 assists, 29 points and 94 penalty minutes.

  • Grubauer signs .5M, 2-year contract to stay with Capitals

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Goalie Philipp Grubauer has signed a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Washington Capitals.The team announced the deal Monday. It will pay Grubauer 0,000 next season, then 0,000 in the 2016-17 season.The 23-year-old Grubauer won Game 2 of the Capitals' first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, becoming the first German-born goalie to start an NHL playoff game.

  • Tampa Bay's Kucherov takes morning skate before Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov participated in the Lightning's morning skate Monday before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, two days after he was injured early in Game 5.''I'm going to take warmup, and then it's up to the coach if I play or not,'' Kucherov said in the Lightning's dressing room.

  • Former defensive partners Timonen, Coburn vying for Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn played together for years in Philadelphia. Now the defensemen are competing against each other for the Stanley Cup title they were unable to win with the Flyers.Timonen's Chicago Blackhawks lead Coburn's Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday night. A victory would put Timonen's name on the Stanley Cup for the first time in the final season of a solid 16-year NHL career.

  • Vermette is Blackhawks' unlikely goal-scoring hero in Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Antoine Vermette paid little attention when he was labeled a bust of a late-season acquisition for the Chicago Blackhawks. He didn't get discouraged when he was scratched three times earlier in the NHL postseason.With two game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final, Vermette has answered every question about what the Blackhawks were getting when they paid a steep price to pick up the veteran forward from Arizona at the trade deadline.

  • Blackhawks return home just 1 win away from title

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kris Versteeg could have sulked or pouted when he was pulled out of the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead, the veteran forward proved he belonged on the ice.While Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have struggled to find any room in the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, the Blackhawks have used their depth to move within one victory of their third NHL title in six seasons. Playing alongside two other players who have been a healthy scratch this postseason, Versteeg assisted on Antoine Vermette's winning goal in Chicago's 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

  • Smallest margins put Blackhawks on brink of Cup in Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop and his Chicago counterpart, Corey Crawford, both made atrocious mistakes less than a minute apart in Game 5 of this impossibly close Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.Bishop's blunder ended up in his net when he collided with defenseman Victor Hedman and sent the puck to Patrick Sharp, who scored the Blackhawks' first goal in a 2-1 victory.

  • The Latest: Chicago's Vermette adds 2nd Cup game-winner

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final:---11:15 p.m.Antoine Vermette has scored twice in the Stanley Cup Final series against Tampa Bay. And both have been third-period, game-winners.

  • The Latest: Chicago holds off Tampa 2-1 for 3-2 series lead

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Antoine Vermette converted a rebound two minutes into the third period to secure the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win and a 3-2 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who are one win from their sixth championship in franchise history, and third in six years. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period.

  • The Latest: Chicago clings to 2-1 lead late 3rd vs Tampa

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10:36 p.m.Now it's goalie Ben Bishop's turn to make some big stops to keep the Lightning in a game they trail Chicago 2-1 with 7 minutes left in the third period.

  • The Latest: Chicago jumps to 2-1 lead early 3rd vs Tampa

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10:29 p.m.The Tampa Bay Lightning have an 9-2 edge in shots eight minutes into the third period, but have been able to cash in against Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago tied 1-1 after 2 in a 2-2 series

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10 p.m.Buckle up! The Blackhawks and Lightning are delivering yet another barnburner in a series in which the first four games were decided by one goal.

  • The Latest: Tampa ties it up on Filppula goal, 1-1 after 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:52 p.m.It's 1-1 after two periods. No surprise the Lightning have pulled even in a series that has yet to have either team enjoy a two-goal lead.

  • The Latest: Tampa ties it up on Filppula goal, 1-1 in 2nd

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:40 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula scored 10:53 into the second period to tie the game against the Blackhawks at 1-1.

  • The Latest: Chicago leads Tampa 1-0 as pace picks up in 2nd

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:25 p.m.The Lightning's bumbling ways have carried over into the second period.Chicago nearly took advantage of another miscue in the opening minute when Tampa Bay defenseman Braydon Coburn was attempting to skate the puck out of the corner when he slipped and fell in the circle 47 seconds in. Chicago's Brandon Saad pounced off the loose and got off a shot that was stopped by Ben Bishop.

  • The Latest: Chicago takes 1-0 lead into 2nd period of Game 5

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:10 p.m.Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop's fine after stopping 13 of 14 shots in the opening 20 minutes. He's not getting much support from the rest of the team in his return after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

  • The Latest: Chicago scores first on Tampa miscue in Game 5

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---8:53 p.m.The Lightning are down a forward after Nikita Kucherov crashed headfirst into post of the Blackhawks' net during a scoring chance in the first period.

  • The Latest: Stars looking to break out in Game 5

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) 8:03 p.m. EDTThere has been little star power during the Stanley Cup Final.Captain Jonathan Toews (a goal and assist) and Patrick Kane (one assist) have combined for three points for the Blackhawks.Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has one assist in his past six games dating to the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers.

  • The Latest: Bishop in goal for the Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) 7:55 p.m.Goalie Ben Bishop has led the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, indicting he will start.Bishop missed Game 4 and skipped Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but spent 15 minutes on ice during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5.

  • Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop set to start Game 5 in Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Goalie Ben Bishop has led the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, indicating he will start on Saturday night.Bishop missed Game 4 and skipped Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but spent 15 minutes on ice during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5.

  • K donation nets hockey fan chance to use Taser on mayor

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) An Arizona Coyotes fan got to take out her frustration on the mayor behind the decision to send the hockey team packing.KPNX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1FSCfwn) that disgruntled fan Ronda Pearson used a stun gun on Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Saturday as part of a charity pledge.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign 2nd-round pick Marcus Pettersson

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Marcus Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.The club announced the deal with its Swedish second-round draft pick on Saturday.Anaheim selected Pettersson last summer with the 38th overall pick. He spent last season with Skelleftea AIK in the Swedish Hockey League, going scoreless in 14 games while also playing for the under-20 team.

  • Canadiens sign Beaulieu to million, 2-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has signed a million, two-year contract, the Montreal Canadiens said Saturday.Beaulieu, 22, had one goal and eight assists in 64 games this past season.The 6-foot-1 185-pound Beaulieu is set to earn million per season, a slight increase on the 5,000 he made in 2014-15 in the final season of a three-year entry-level contract. He can become a restricted free agent in 2017-'18.

  • Injured Tampa Bay goalie Bishop still uncertain for Game 5

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lightning goalie Ben Bishop spent 15 minutes on the ice Saturday during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.The Lightning haven't decided whether the injured 53-game winner will play against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Star players hope to provide edge in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The tightest Stanley Cup Final is 47 years is coming down to the wire.The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning both feel confident about their ability to win two of a possible three games remaining in the best-of-7 matchup that resumes Saturday night.

  • Ducks' Nate Thompson out 5-6 months after shoulder surgery

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will be out for five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair two labral tears in his left shoulder.Thompson had surgery Thursday, and the Ducks announced the sobering results Friday.Thompson will be sidelined well into next season after playing through a serious injury for the Pacific Division champion Ducks, who fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final. Anaheim lost the Western Conference finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last month.

  • Judge grants restraining order in Coyotes lease dispute

    July 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday requested by the Arizona Coyotes to prevent the city of Glendale from dissolving its arena lease agreement with the team.The order does not address whether the city must make the next payment due to IceArizona, the Coyotes' owner, for operating the arena.

  • Killorn's strong play helps propel Lightning in playoffs

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Killorn doesn't have any qualms about graduating from a prestigious college and not pursuing a cushy job that might pay a lot of money but also keep him behind a desk in the office all day.No, he's doing quite well wearing the uniform of the Tampa Bay Lightning and skating on a line with one of the NHL's biggest stars in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Coyotes seek court order to stop city from voiding lease

    July 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Coyotes are seeking a restraining order to prevent the city of Glendale from dissolving its arena lease agreement with the team.The team said in a statement Friday that it had filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against the Glendale City Council and other city officials.

  • Defensemen starring in a tight, tense Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) After Steven Stamkos stepped off the Lightning's practice rink on a 90-degree June day, the Tampa Bay captain calmly made it clear he is well aware that he hasn't scored a goal yet in his first Stanley Cup Final.''Keep playing the game the right way, and eventually you're going to get rewarded,'' Stamkos said Friday.

  • Cooper unsure if Bishop will play Game 5 of final

    July 3, 2015

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper is unsure if injured goalie Ben Bishop will return for Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.Bishop sat out the Lightning's 2-1 loss in Game 4 Wednesday night with an undisclosed lower body injury. The series is tied 2-2.

  • In Montador's memory, Hawks' Carcillo speaks out for players

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Carcillo didn't get a chance to grieve for Steve Montador, his close friend and former teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks.When Montador died in mid-February, Carcillo attended the funeral in Ontario and went right back to work, trying to keep his lineup spot on a championship-contending club.

  • Obama stays neutral in NBA, roots for NHL's Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The avid sports fan who occupies the Oval Office is refusing to take sides as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors battle for the NBA championship.President Barack Obama told the entertainment news show ''Extra'' on Thursday that both teams are playing incredible basketball.

  • Game 4 draws 3rd-best NBCSN Stanley Cup Final audience

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 4 has drawn the third-largest audience for the Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN.The Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night averaged more than 3.9 million viewers.NBC said Thursday that was up 16 percent from the nearly 3.4 million for last year's Game 4 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, which was a potential clincher.

  • Obama says neutral in NBA, roots for NHL's Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The avid sports fan who occupies the Oval Office is refusing to take sides as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors battle for the NBA championship.President Barack Obama tells the entertainment news show ''Extra'' that both teams are playing incredible basketball.

  • Coyotes start legal processes following city's arena vote

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes are used to having an uncertain future. Unlike the four years of waiting for a new owner to step forward, the team has gone on the offensive in the latest twist to this ongoing saga.The Coyotes on Thursday began mapping out their response to the Glendale City Council's decision to dissolve an arena lease agreement with the team. It will include a variety of legal maneuvers, but no immediate plans to relocate the team and certainly no renegotiation of the existing agreement.

  • Chicago, Tampa Bay all even again in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.These two conference champions have two victories, nine goals and 24 penalty minutes apiece, while Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 107-104.

  • Penguins forward Dupuis cleared for return after blood clots

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pascal Dupuis is good to go.The Pittsburgh Penguins forward has been cleared to return to full-contact workouts after missing most of the 2014-15 season due to blood clots. General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday the blood clot has dissolved and that doctors say Dupuis can play, though he will continue to take blood-thinning medication.

  • Mad-scientist Quenneville finds right formula for Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville's postgame news conferences are generally dry affairs. He usually displays about as much emotion as a puck.Even he couldn't stifle a smile at the end of this one.Chicago goalkeeper Corey Crawford had just turned back a handful shots in the final, furious two minutes - triggered when Tampa Bay pulled goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, a surprise starter in goal in place of front-liner Ben Bishop - to preserve a 2-1 victory and even the Stanley Cup series at 2-2. Quenneville didn't need reminding that for all his mad-scientist maneuvering behind the bench, he'd just gotten away with one.

  • Wednesday Sports In Brief

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has phoned the coaches of the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks to congratulate the teams on winning the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup.The White House says Obama told Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr it was exciting to see the team's perseverance in winning in its first title in 40 years. He singled out Stephen Curry and Andre Igoudala for praise.

  • Crawford stifles Tampa, Blackhawks tie Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The idea that he could be standing in net as the Chicago Blackhawks clinch a championship at home certainly occupies a corner of Corey Crawford's mind.It hasn't happened since 1938, when they were known as the ''Black Hawks.'' But that could be about to change.

  • Gamesmanship in full bloom in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Goaltender Ben Bishop participated in Tampa Bay's morning skate, and was missing when the Lightning warmed up for Game 4. The Chicago Blackhawks hid their completely different lines until the game started.The race is on between coaches Jon Cooper of the Lightning and Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks for every little inch in one of the tightest Stanley Cup Finals in decades.

  • The Latest: Chicago beats Tampa 2-1, evens Final at 2-2

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored, Corey Crawford withstood a furious barrage in the closing minute and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to tie the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 on Wednesday night.Toews scored his first goal of the series in the opening period. Saad broke a 1-1 tie in the third when he knocked in his own rebound and Crawford made it stand as time expired.

  • Glendale votes to cancel lease deal with Coyotes

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Glendale City Council has voted to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, thrusting the franchise's future further into doubt.The council voted 5-2 Wednesday night to end a 15-year, 5 million lease agreement signed by Glendale and IceArizona shortly after the team was purchased from the NHL in 2013.

  • The Latest: Saad gives Chicago 2-1 lead in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:25 p.m.Brandon Saad scored at 6:22 of the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 lead in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.Saad came in from the left side. He got stopped by Andrei Vasilevskiy's stick, then corralled the skittering puck and knocked it between the goalie's legs to put Chicago on top.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago tied 1-1 after 2 in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:15 p.m.The third period is underway in a 1-1 Game 4.Through two periods, Chicago's Corey Crawford has 16 saves. Andrei Vasilevskiy has 13 for Tampa Bay. The Lightning are 0 for 4 on the power play while the Blackhawks are 0 for 2.

  • The Latest: Tampa evens it up, 1-1 vs Chicago in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:49 p.m.The Blackhawks' lead didn't last long.Alex Killorn scored on a slick feed from Steven Stamkos behind the net to tie it at 1-1 with 8:13 left in the second - just 5:07 after Chicago opened the scoring.

  • The Latest: Toews gives Chicago 1-0 lead vs Tampa in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:26 p.m.Chicago scores first in a tense, rugged Game 4.Jonathan Toews broke through early in the second period with his first goal of the series to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago scoreless after 1 in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:09 p.m.Andrei Vasilevskiy made a surprise start in goal for Tampa Bay, and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks after the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago come up empty early in Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:09 p.m.Andrei Vasilevskiy made a surprise start in goal for Tampa Bay, and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks after the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay protecting new goalie well early

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:36 p.m.The Lightning are doing a good job protecting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy so far after his surprise start in goal for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks did not have a shot on goal through the first eight minutes and Tampa Bay had three blocked shots early.

  • Vasilevskiy in goal for Tampa Bay for Game 4 vs Chicago

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy was the surprise starter in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.The 20-year-old Vasilevskiy is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to make his first career playoff start in the final, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He had made just 19 appearances this season, counting the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Surprise goalie change for Tampa Bay for Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:05 p.m.Something to look out for tonight - slow pucks and tricky bounces.That could be an issue on a humid day when temperatures hit the 90s. They had dropped to the mid-70s by game time.

  • The Latest: Tampa takes 8-3 playoff road record into Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:6:40 p.m.The Lightning have been playing well on the road, and the Blackhawks have a history of playing better as series progress.For Tampa Bay, it's been a remarkable turnaround after a subpar regular season in that area. The Lightning came into Wednesday's game with an 8-3 road record in the playoffs after going 18-16-7. They had won four straight away from home, beating the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 3 on a late goal by Cedric Paquette to go up 2-1 in the series.

  • Timonen gets another chance to play in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:6 p.m.With his career winding down, Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is getting another chance to play in a Stanley Cup Final.The 16-year veteran was in the lineup for Wednesday night's Game 4 between Chicago and Tampa Bay for the first time since Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.

  • Julien says keeping Bruins job doesn't guarantee stability

    July 3, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) Claude Julien knows that just because he's now the NHL's longest-tenured coach doesn't mean his stint with the Boston Bruins has more stability.''It just means that I'm probably the next one to fall off the totem pole, right?'' Julien said Wednesday. ''I'm going to try to make it last as long as I can.''

  • City set to vote on cancelling arena deal with Coyotes

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale issued a statement Wednesday saying it would be open to renegotiating an arena lease deal with the Arizona Coyotes, hours before the City Council was scheduled to vote on cancelling the existing deal.''The City Council has scheduled a discussion and possible vote regarding Glendale's contract with the Arizona Coyotes,'' the statement said. ''Discussions and negotiations regarding the contract have been ongoing for months. Specifically, the City is open to a resolution but it must be one that provides certainty and fairness to both parties, especially the taxpayers. The Council has agreed to stand for transparency and the highest standards of ethics for any future agreement with the Coyotes.''

  • D Timonen, F Versteeg in lineup for Blackhawks for Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) At the end of a 16-year NHL career, Kimmo Timonen is going to play in another Stanley Cup Final.The respected veteran is in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks for Game 4 on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 40-year-old Timonen, who was acquired in a February trade with Philadelphia, missed most of the season while recovering from blood clots in his leg and lungs. He plans to retire after the playoffs.

  • Anaheim Ducks fire assistant coach, but Boudreau will return

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Coach Bruce Boudreau will return to the Anaheim Ducks next season, although he'll be without one of his assistants.Assistant coach Brad Lauer was fired Tuesday after general manager Bob Murray completed his postseason evaluation of the three-time Pacific Division champion Ducks. They lost the Western Conference Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games last month.

  • Coyotes facing council vote on arena lease agreement

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The City of Glendale has called for a special meeting on Wednesday to determine whether to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, further clouding the team's future in the desert.The meeting agenda calls for the city council to consider whether to cancel the professional services and arena lease agreement between Glendale and IceArizona, which co-owns the Coyotes with Andrew Barroway.

  • Game 3 draws 3rd-best NBCSN Stanley Cup Final audience

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 3 has drawn the third-largest audience for the Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN.The Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night averaged nearly 3.9 million viewers.NBC said Tuesday that was up 35 percent from the nearly 2.9 million for last year's Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

  • Coyotes owner says team intent on staying in Arizona

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Just when the Arizona Coyotes seem to have found stable ground, a new report or rumor surfaces, leading to more speculation that the team will leave the desert.The latest: The team is in breach of its arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale.

  • Keith carrying impressive load for Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Between his production and the amount of time he is spending on the ice, the numbers this postseason for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sure are impressive.With his boundless energy, the two-time Norris Trophy winner is playing a huge role for a team eyeing its third Stanley Cup in six years.

  • Lightning's road success becoming a key to Stanley Cup hopes

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Thousands of fans crowded Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa to watch Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, braving both rain and 92-degree Florida heat while celebrating another victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning more than 1,000 miles to the north.

  • Blackhawks draw on history, experience in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews remembers his first postseason series in 2009, and the emotions that went along with each game. These days, the playoffs are a much different experience for the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.There was no panic for Toews and company on Tuesday, a day after a 3-2 loss to steady Tampa Bay shoved Chicago into a 2-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final. No outward display of frustration.

  • Voice of hockey Emrick to get Vin Scully Award

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Emrick, the voice of hockey in America, will receive the Vin Scully Award for lifetime achievement.Emrick, currently calling the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago, becomes the eighth recipient of the prestigious honor given by WFUV Radio. He will be presented with the award on Nov. 2.

  • Detroit Red Wings hire Jeff Blashill to replace Babcock

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The moment Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill was the obvious candidate to replace him.In fact, this coaching hire seemed more like a succession plan that was in place for about a year before Babcock's departure.The 41-year-old Blashill was introduced Tuesday as Detroit's new coach, an announcement that felt almost inevitable ever since Babcock left last month to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons.

  • Rookie Paquette comes through again for Lightning in Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cedric Paquette didn't make the Lightning's roster out of training camp. He didn't nail down a permanent job in Tampa Bay until January, when general manager Steve Yzerman told him to move out of a hotel.The 21-year-old rookie then began the Stanley Cup Final as the Lightning's designated pest against Jonathan Toews, tasked with hounding the Chicago captain all over the ice and talking a little trash.

  • Lightning beat Blackhawks in Game 3 of Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) So much for Ryan Callahan's quiet postseason. The veteran forward is making a lot of noise in the Stanley Cup Final.Callahan had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Monday night. He has four points in the series after totaling four points in his first 19 games in the playoffs.

  • Despite mystery ailment, Bishop steals win for Tampa Bay

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Ben Bishop's long white goalie pads were laid face down in front of his empty locker, a skate left splayed behind each one. To say it looked like the Tampa Bay netminder was in a hurry to escape the scene of a crime would hardly be an exaggeration.

  • Chicago can't cash in chances, trail Stanley Cup Final 2-1

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane came up empty-handed for the Chicago Blackhawks. Marian Hossa missed a wide open net, too, against a goalie who looked like he was having trouble moving.It all added up to a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals and one big missed opportunity for the Blackhawks.

  • Tampa beats Chicago 3-2, takes 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:10 p.m.Cedric Paquette scored the tiebreaking goal on an exceptional pass from Victor Hedman with 3:11 to play, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Tampa grabs 3-2 lead late in tense 3rd period

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:52 p.m.Cedric Paquette has put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 3:11 to play, but Victor Hedman made it possible. Tampa Bay's sublime Swedish defenseman took the center spot on an odd-man rush and drew the defense before getting a perfect pass to Paquette, who put it between defenseman Kyle Cumiskey's legs for his second goal of the series. United Center is very quiet.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 2-2 late in tense 3rd period

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:42 p.m.The United Center is tense, but neither team has taken a lead in the waning minutes of Game 3. Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop keeps stopping pucks despite an apparent nagging injury, crossing 30 saves early in the period. Tampa Bay is trying quick changes and plenty of work from its Triplets line to attack Corey Crawford, looking for an open net. Steven Stamkos just swung and fouled off a spinning puck in the slot right in front of Crawford.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 2-2 as 3rd period gets rolling

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:29 p.m.Chicago finally takes a 2-1 lead, and it lasts 13 seconds.After Marian Hossa got the puck to Brandon Saad alone in the slot, he buried his shot for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The United Center hadn't even announced his goal when Ondrej Palat followed the puck into Corey Crawford's crease and knocked it past the goalie's outstretched glove for his eighth goal of the postseason. It's 2-2 with 13:24 left in the third period.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 1-1 as 3rd period begins in Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:18 p.m.Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya is back on the ice as the third period begins in a tense, tied Game 3.He had missed the final 7:44 of the second period, and he was upset before he went to the dressing room, kicking the bench in frustration.

  • Chicago kills 2-man advantage, tied with Tampa 1-1 after 2

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:59 p.m.We head to intermission tied 1-1 after a furious finish to the second period.The Lightning got a two-man advantage for 86 seconds after Brandon Saad was called for goaltender interference when he made contact with Ben Bishop's head on a drive to the crease. Bishop got up slowly, but stayed in the game while the Chicago crowd and coach Joel Quenneville vocally disagreed with the call. None of it mattered: Tampa Bay couldn't score and even struggled to set up in the Blackhawks' zone.

  • Tampa comes out firing in 2nd, 1-1 vs Chicago in Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:43 p.m. CDTChicago's second power play of Game 3 was as bad as its first was good. Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman ended it by artfully lofting the puck off the boards and behind the Blackhawks to create a breakaway for Nikita Kucherov coming out of the box, but Corey Crawford stopped him. Still 1-1 midway through the second.

  • Chicago power play goal evens Game 3 vs Lightning after 1st

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:16 p.m.Patrick Kane may be warming up, which is no surprise and is welcome news to Chicago fans. He had three shots in the first period of Game 3 after getting held without a shot in Game 2 in Tampa.

  • Chicago power play goal evens Game 3 vs Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:50 p.m.The Blackhawks are finally rewarded for 10 minutes of dominance when Brad Richards' shot on the power play escapes the web of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop's glove and drops in the net, tying Game 3. Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 17-1 since the opening four minutes.

  • Tampa Bay grabs early lead in Game 3 in Chicago

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:7:39 p.m.Four-on-four hockey after coincidental minors in Game 3 has led to numerous chances for the Blackhawks, but they can't score. Teuvo Teravainen had a shot at a nearly open net, but couldn't get it in for his third goal of the series. Moments later, a close chance by Andrew Shaw is denied by Ben Bishop. The Blackhawks are outshooting Tampa Bay 12-5 after getting outshot 4-0 in the first 4 minutes.

  • Bishop starts for Lightning in Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop got the start for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.Bishop participated in the morning skate, but there was no definitive word on his status until he was announced as the starter right before the game.

  • Bishop starting for Lightning; Kane, Toews breakup?

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:---7:15 p.m.Ben Bishop is listed as Tampa Bay's starting goalie on the official lineup sheet, so the Lightning's single-season victories record-holder will play in Game 3 after leaving Game 2 twice in the final minutes.

  • Bishop leads Lightning onto ice, Kane, Toews breakup?

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:6:59 p.m.The Blackhawks appear to be breaking up captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to start Game 3. They're skating on different lines during warmups after starting Game 2 in Tampa together. Coach Joel Quenneville broke them up in the third period of Game 2, and Toews swiftly set up a goal. Neither star has a goal in the Final, and Kane didn't record a shot in Game 2.

  • Bishop leads Lightning onto ice before Game 3 of Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:6:41 p.m.Ben Bishop led the Lightning onto the ice for pregame warmups before Game 3, finally providing the answer to the biggest mystery of the past two days.After Bishop left Game 2 twice during the third period for unclear reasons, Tampa Bay has been incredibly tight-lipped about the identity of its starting goalie for Game 3. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished up the victory, but Tampa Bay has refused to say what was wrong with Bishop.

  • Blackhawks ready to host Lightning in Game 3 of Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:---6:30 p.m. EDTBlackhawks fans haven't seen their team at home since May 25, so they're more than slightly hyped for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Not even a few intense bursts of rain could dampen the spirits of these famously loyal fans, who filled the United Center's halls with cheers and chants more than an hour before faceoff.

  • Bishop practices with Lightning ahead of Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Ben Bishop practiced with Tampa Bay on Monday morning, and that basically was the only statement from the Lightning about their situation in goal.Marshawn Lynch would have been proud.The Lightning are staying quiet about who will be in net when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. There has been no word from the team on why Bishop left two different times during the third period of Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory on Saturday night, and the Lightning continued to deflect any inquiries about his status for Monday night.

  • What to watch for in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Stanley Cup Final is back in Chicago. And it brought along all sorts of questions.It is unclear who will start in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 on Monday night. The Blackhawks could make a couple of changes to their lines and defensive pairings after a 4-3 loss on Saturday night left the best-of-seven series tied at a game apiece.

  • Big stars held in check so far in Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) One point. That is the combined total for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos through two games of the Stanley Cup Final.The biggest stars for the Blackhawks and Lightning are looking to break out with the deadlocked series shifting to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday night.

  • Cooper follows unconventional path to Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The tale of Jon Cooper's journey to the Stanley Cup Final is almost too good to be true.A former criminal defense attorney who played lacrosse in college and gave up practicing law to pursue a career in hockey, the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't take a traditional path to landing a job in the NHL and guiding his team within three victories of the sport's most coveted trophy.

  • Cooper not sure who will start in goal for Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper says he isn't sure who will start in goal for the Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.Ben Bishop left midway through the third period of Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory over Chicago on Saturday night. He returned for a brief stretch and then left for good. Andrei Vasilevskiy made five saves to help close out the win.

  • Bickell, van Riemsdyk could be back for Blackhawks in Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could return to the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Tampa Bay on Monday night, coach Joel Quenneville said.He did not say if they will play, however.

  • Lightning confident in both goalies as Final goes to Chicago

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Whether Ben Bishop or Andrei Vasilevskiy is in net for the Lightning when the Stanley Cup Final continues in Chicago, their Tampa Bay teammates are confident they can chase a championship in front of either goalie.That trust was earned over a long season, and it was cemented in the wacky third period of Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay evens Stanley Cup Final with 4-3 win

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---10:00 p.m.Tyler Johnson scored his NHL playoff-leading 13th goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy came off the bench to make a big save in the closing minutes Saturday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning evened the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • The Latest: Bishop exits, TB takes 4-3 lead on Garrison goal

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:48 p.m.Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has exited Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final again with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

  • The Latest: Chicago ties it at 3, goal reviewed and upheld

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:33 p.m.Chicago's Brent Seabrook scored at 3:38 of the third period to make it 3-3 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • The Latest: Chicago splits two stars at start of 3rd period

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:22 p.m.Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has split up his two stars for the third period, putting captain Jonathan Toews on a line with Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa.

  • The Latest: Goal flurry, 2 quick lead changes in 2nd period

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:15 p.m.The Lightning lead Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 after 40 minutes, following a fast-paced second period in which each team scored twice.

  • The Latest: Chicago scores 2 quick goals, but TB responds

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---8:35 p.m.Chicago scored two quick goals to flip a deficit into a one-goal lead, but Tampa Bay responded quickly with a goal of its own to tie the second game of the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 midway through the second period.

  • The Latest: TB up 1-0 after 20 minutes in Stanley Cup Game 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---8:10 p.m.The Blackhawks didn't dress young defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, but they're still essentially relying on four blueliners.

  • The Latest: TB's Paquette scores first in Stanley Cup Game 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:56 p.m.Cedric Paquette scored an unassisted goal on a wrist shot from the right circle to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It's his second goal of the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final excites from start

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:50 p.m.Game 2 is off to a rousing start with both teams playing aggressively and working for scoring chances.

  • The Latest: Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final underway

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:30 p.m.Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is underway after a rousing pregame ceremony featuring video highlights of the Lightning's playoff run to the championship round and Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • The Latest: Chicago treating Game 2 of final as must-win

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:30 p.m.Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is underway after a rousing pregame ceremony featuring video highlights of the Lightning's playoff run to the championship round and Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • NHL combine move to Buffalo prompts on-ice testing proposal

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL scouting combine's move out of a convention center and into an actual hockey facility has prompted a discussion of what the next step might be in its evolution beyond bench-presses and stationary bikes.What about on-ice testing?

  • Blue Jackets still in the mix to sign Reilly, GM says

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says prospect defenseman Mike Reilly still may sign with Columbus.Kekalainen says Saturday at the NHL scouting combine that Reilly has had discussions with other teams, but he also informed the Blue Jackets they remain in the mix.

  • Lightning learn from opening loss, prepare for big Game 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) After surviving 21 tumultuous playoff games over the past seven weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning weren't about to get discouraged after losing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.That doesn't mean the Lightning haven't spent the past two days stewing about how to improve when the series continues in Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • Top 2 NHL prospects McDavid, Eichel finally meet at combine

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have been linked as the NHL's two top draft prospects since September.It wasn't until this week at the league's pre-draft scouting combine in Buffalo when the two finally had a chance to sit down and chat.

  • Stanley Cup goalies have had their ups and downs in playoffs

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) No team wins Stanley Cup without reliable goaltending, so Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop finds it laughable when he reads or hears criticism about Chicago's Corey Crawford.Although the starting goalies in the finals series that resumes Saturday night have had their ups and downs this postseason, there's no question Bishop's Lightning and Crawford's Blackhawks wouldn't be here if they couldn't depend on them.

  • While other Sun Belt clubs falter, Tampa is a hockey town

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Phil Esposito swells with parental pride when he sees the Tampa Bay Lightning chasing the Stanley Cup in an arena largely packed with Florida fans who have converted to his beloved game.The Hall of Famer who co-founded the franchise 23 years ago realizes just how unlikely it was for this team in this city to reach this magical moment. Outside the sold-out Amalie Arena, thousands more brave the June humidity to watch playoff games on an oversize screen, gathering around a bronze statue of Esposito in the plaza.

  • Rangers defensemen Staal, Girardi have ankle surgery

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi have had ankle surgery, and the team says they should be ready for training camp.Both played throughout the playoffs, which ended with a Game 7 loss last week to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. New York did not announce that either was injured while the team was playing.

  • TB's Hedman wants to move past likely bite from Hawks' Shaw

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman isn't interested in talking about the bite he believes he received from Chicago right wing Andrew Shaw in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Shaw also refused to speak directly about the first-period altercation, and both players seemed determined to forget about it before Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • Bruins GM Sweeney: Julien to return as coach for 9th season

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Making no apologies for how long it took to reach a decision, Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney is confident that retaining coach Claude Julien for a ninth season is best for his team.Sweeney made the announcement Friday, ending nearly two months of uncertainty over Julien's future after the Bruins underwent a front-office shake up this spring.

  • Blackhawks' Teravainen is Finnish Cold, but off to hot start

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Although Teuvo Teravainen is already nicknamed ''Turbo,'' Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa came up with another evocative way to describe the 20-year-old's smooth, clinical approach to hockey.''He's Finnish cold,'' Hossa said after Teravainen scored a goal and assisted on another in the Stanley Cup Final opener.

  • Oilers drop Keith Acton, Craig Ramsay from coaching staff

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers dropped associate coach Keith Acton and assistant Craig Ramsay from new coach Todd McLellan's staff Thursday.Acton spent two seasons with Edmonton, and Ramsay was hired at the beginning of last season. Both were brought in under former coach Dallas Eakins and stayed on with interim coach Todd Nelson after Eakins was fired in December.

  • Blackhawks fans unhappy with Lightning ticket policy

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't apologizing for wanting to fill seats for home games during the Stanley Cup Final with their own fans, rather than thousands hoping to root for the Chicago Blackhawks.The team instituted a policy at the start of the playoffs last month of not selling tickets on the Internet to out-of-state residents, and the club has been hearing from fans of visiting NHL teams who feel slighted ever since.

  • Game 1 of Stanley Cup averaged 5,547,000 viewers on NBC

    July 3, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 5,547,000 viewers and drew a 3.34 rating Wednesday night on NBC.Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay was most-watched Game 1 that did not require overtime in 18 years and NBC's second-most-watched Game 1 ever, the network said Thursday.

  • NHL step closer to a coaches' challenge system

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL is a step closer to a coaches' challenge system.The joint NHL/NHL Players' Association competition committee said Thursday that it recommended coaches' challenges for goals involving goalie interference and offside plays.If approved by the NHLPA executive committee and board of governors, goalie interference challenges would be handled by referees at ice level and offside plays by the situation room in Toronto.

  • Top NHL prospect McDavid lands sponsorship deal with CCM

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid casually slipped his hands into his pockets and turned to watch the big screen behind him, where the next chapter of hockey's top prospect began to unfold Thursday in the form of a commercial.At 18, and a little over three weeks before he's expected to be chosen first in the NHL draft, McDavid has already landed his first major sponsorship deal. It's with CCM Hockey, where McDavid joins a high-profile stable of stars, including Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Pavel Datsyuk and Montreal goalie Carey Price.

  • Tampa's Steven Stamkos pushing to win 1st Stanley Cup title

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos grew up imagining what it would be like to hoist the Stanley Cup. Now that he and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a shot at it, the team captain says he will do whatever is necessary make it reality.The three-time All-Star already is one of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, but aspires to be much more. He is working to become a complete player who leads on both ends of the ice.

  • Stamkos chasing dream in pursuit of first Stanley Cup title

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos grew up imagining what it would be like to hoist Stanley Cup. Now that he and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a shot at it, the team captain says he's driven to do whatever is necessary make it reality.The three-time All-Star already is one of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, but aspires to be much more. He's working on other aspects of his game with intentions of becoming a complete player who leads on both ends of the ice.

  • With belief and depth, Chicago gets early jump on Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) When the Chicago Blackhawks were seven minutes away from losing the Stanley Cup Final opener, it wasn't Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane or Duncan Keith who stepped up and perpetuated this team's reputation for big-game grit.Teuvo Teravainen, a 20-year-old Finn who suited up for the Blackhawks for the first time this season in January, scored the tying goal. He then set up the winner by Antoine Vermette - who didn't pull on a Blackhawks sweater until March. Corey Crawford, the goalie who briefly lost his job six weeks ago, quietly shut out Tampa Bay for the final 55 minutes of a one-goal win.

  • McKenzie, Nickson to be honored by Hockey Hall

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) TV analyst Bob McKenzie and Los Angeles Kings radio broadcaster Nick Nickson will be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.McKenzie, who works for TSN in Canada, is the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

  • Blackhawks plead ignorance about Shaw possibly biting Hedman

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks pleaded ignorance Thursday about the possibility that right wing Andrew Shaw bit Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.''I have no idea,'' Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette said one day after Chicago won the series opener 2-1 over the Lightning. ''I read about that. There was a little question about that. I didn't see it. I don't know about it.''

  • Capitals center Eric Fehr has elbow surgery

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals center Eric Fehr has had elbow surgery and could be ready for the start of the next season.The Capitals say the procedure was done on Wednesday.The team adds in a statement that ''according to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season.''

  • Former NHL coach Ron Wilson takes over US Junior team

    July 3, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) Former NHL coach Ron Wilson is taking over the United States Junior National team for next year's world championships.Wilson was hired as the team's coach by USA Hockey on Thursday. His 648 wins split over 18 seasons with Toronto, San Jose, Washington and Anaheim rank eighth on the NHL coaching list.

  • Blackhawks' depth a problem for Lightning in Game 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) And to think, Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette were healthy scratches for the Chicago Blackhawks less than two weeks ago.In the Stanley Cup Final opener, those two complementary forwards took starring roles for the Blackhawks when they roared from behind to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Latest: 'Finnish cold' Teravainen comes up big

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---11:42 p.m. EDTTeuvo Teravainen looked right at home in his first Stanley Cup Final.The 20-year-old forward powered Chicago to a 2-1 victory at Tampa Bay in Game 1. He had the tying goal with 6:32 remaining, snapping a shot through a screen, and then set up Antoine Vermette's winning score two minutes later.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:45 p.m. EDTTeuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.

  • The Latest: Teravainen keys Blackhawks rally

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:45 p.m. EDTTwo minutes was all it took for the Blackhawks to erase Tampa Bay's lead and grab a 2-1 lead in the third period.And on a team that includes clutch players such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, leave it to rookie Teuvo Teravainen to have a hand in both goals.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay leads Chicago with 12 minutes left

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:27 p.m. EDTThe Lightning are a perfect 8-0 this postseason when holding a lead entering the third period, and had a 26-1-4 record in such games during the regular season.The Blackhawks are 1-4 this postseason when trailing after two periods. Their lone win came in the early hours of April 22. That is when Chicago overcame a 2-1 deficit to pull out a 3-2 triple-overtime win over Nashville in Game 4 of its first-round series. The Blackhawks were 7-15-1 when trailing after two in the regular season.

  • The Latest: Bishop takes shutout streak to 100 minutes

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:10 p.m. EDTBen Bishop's shutout streak has hit 100 minutes since the Tampa Bay goaltender was yanked after allowing five goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • The Latest: Lightning lead Blackhawks 1-0 after 2

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---9:56 p.m. EDTThe Lightning turned up the pressure on the Blackhawks at the end of the second and carried a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. Tampa Bay had 18 shots on goal, compared to 13 for Chicago.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks D Keith plays 9 minutes in 1st period

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---9:12 p.m. EDTBlackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith entered the Stanley Cup Final leading the NHL while averaging more than 31 minutes of ice time per game, and very little has changed in Game 1.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay leads Chicago 1-0 after 1

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:57 p.m. EDTTampa Bay has a 1-0 lead over Chicago after one period in Game 1. The Blackhawks struggled to hold onto the puck for much of the early going, but picked up their play when coach Joel Quenneville tried a line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad with five minutes to go.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay tough to beat when scoring first

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:49 p.m. EDTThe Lightning were outshooting the Blackhawks 10-3 through 14 minutes of the first period, and also have the 1-0 edge on the scoreboard.Tampa Bay is 9-0 this postseason when scoring the opening goal. It was 35-7-4 in such games during the regular season in winning a franchise-best 50 games.

  • The Latest: Killorn puts Tampa Bay in front

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:38 p.m. EDTTampa Bay's Alex Killorn scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final. The versatile forward has emerged as an elite forward with eight goals so far in the postseason, continuing his rapid rise since his four-year career at Harvard.

  • Bettman soothes worries over Coyotes, Panthers before Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Commissioner Gary Bettman sees few glaring problems with the NHL as the Stanley Cup Final gets underway in a model Sun Belt hockey market, and he is eager to soothe any worries about two of his league's other warm-weather teams.Bettman insisted Wednesday night that the Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers are in good shape, downplaying reports of financial troubles for the two struggling franchises.

  • The Latest: Game 1 huge in race for Cup

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.---8:18 p.m. EDTWhen it comes to the race for the Stanley Cup, Game 1 is an important one.Since 1939, the winner of the opening game has gone on to claim the Cup 58 times, while the Game 1 loser has rallied to win just 17, according to STATS. The Game 1 winner has taken each of the last three finals and seven of the past nine.

  • The Latest: Bickell out for game 1

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.---7:58 p.m. EDTBlackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, who got hurt in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, has been ruled out for the Stanley Cup opener. Assistant coach Mike Kitchen tells NHL Network it is a precautionary move, and Kris Versteeg will take his place.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup, Worth Noting

    July 3, 2015

    The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa, Florida.---7:20 p.m. EDTAnd now for some notes:-The Lighting became the first team to team in the NHL's expansion era to beat three Original Six franchises (Detroit, Montreal and the New York Rangers) to reach the Stanley Cup Final. There is only one left standing in their way, Chicago, after the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the postseason.

  • Penguins owners hire Morgan Stanley to explore options

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle helped rescue the Pittsburgh Penguins, buying the floundering franchise out of federal bankruptcy court in 1999 and eventually turning the team into one of the NHL's marquee destinations replete with superstars and a glistening new arena.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup, Southern Style

    July 3, 2015

    The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa, Florida.---6:45 p.m. EDTIt's almost time for the opening faceoff in Tampa.The streets and plazas around Amalie Arena began filling with hockey fans several hours before the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final opener Wednesday.

  • Senators owner leaves hospital after liver transplant

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators team owner Eugene Melnyk has been discharged from a Toronto hospital after undergoing a liver transplant last month.The team says in a statement Wednesday that the anonymous donor also been discharged.Melnyk's post-transplant recovery will require weekly follow-up with his transplant team. He's been transferred to a facility that will provide daily rehabilitation services.

  • Bowman's response to Kane injury helped Blackhawks reach Cup

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NHL trade deadline was just days away when everything changed for the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane broke his left collarbone in a win over Florida, and general manager Stan Bowman had to make some difficult choices in a hurry.

  • Tyler Johnson leads young high-scoring Lightning Triplets

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tyler Johnson's path to the Stanley Cup Final is hardly the one he envisioned.The budding Tampa Bay Lightning star began his pro career as an undrafted prospect supposedly too small to succeed. He's rapidly making a name for himself as part of the exciting young ''Triplets'' line that's been one of the keys to his team's strong playoff run.

  • Disappointed by playoff ouster, Ducks look to solid future

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Perry woke up Tuesday morning feeling like he should be preparing for the Stanley Cup Final.Instead, the Anaheim Ducks trudged back into Honda Center to clean out their lockers and hold exit interviews after losing a Game 7 for the third consecutive season.

  • Canadiens agree to 6-year contract to D Petry

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Jeff Petry liked Montreal so much he decided to stay.The 27-year-old defenseman has agreed to a million, six-year contract with the Canadiens. He was eligible for unrestricted free agency.''Once I started negotiating with the Canadiens, my wife and I made a decision we really strongly wanted to come back,'' Petry said Tuesday on a conference call from West Bloomfield, Michigan. ''Everything from the day I got there to the playoff run, the environment at the Bell Centre, the players in the locker room, the organization just being first class - that all played into it and played a big part in ultimately signing the deal.''

  • Blackhawks' Brad Richards gets chance for 2nd Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brad Richards wanted another chance at his second Stanley Cup after the New York Rangers lost to Los Angeles in last season's final.An offseason phone call from Chicago general manager Stan Bowman helped make it happenRichards and the Blackhawks play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Tampa Bay, where the 35-year old forward and the Lightning won their only NHL title back in 2004.

  • Veteran Blackhawks, young Lightning open Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks headed south this week to secure a dynasty, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only obstacle left.Jonathan Toews and his teammates have raised the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, compiling a wealth of big-game accolades in seven years as an elite team. They're just four wins away from a third NHL title that would establish them as the most accomplished club of their era.

  • Rangers goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has hip surgery

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has had hip surgery and is expected to be sidelined four to five months.The Rangers announced Tuesday that Skapski had surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip.The 20-year-old Skapski appeared in two games with the Rangers in 2014-15, posting a 2-0-0 record. He earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Feb. 20 at Buffalo, becoming the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a win in his debut.

  • New Jersey Devils hire John Hynes as new head coach

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) John Hynes was hired Tuesday as coach of the New Jersey Devils, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 years old.General manager Ray Shero said under Hynes, the Devils will be a fast, attacking team that knows how to play defense.

  • NHL playoffs: Stanley Cup Final preview capsule

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) STANLEY CUP FINALTAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs CHICAGO BLACKHAWKSCONFERENCE FINALS: Lightning beat New York Rangers in 7. Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks in 7.SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay won 1-0-1.STORY LINE: The Blackhawks are on the brink of a coronation as the greatest team of their era if they can claim their third Stanley Cup title in six years, while the Lightning hope to establish themselves as the best young team in hockey by knocking off the big dogs. Chicago's championship experience and Tampa Bay's youthful hunger provide a fascinating contrast in the first playoff meeting for these teams, both still buzzing from impressive road wins in Game 7 of their respective conference finals. Chicago stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith are in position to cement their legacy after grinding through the West bracket, while the Lightning have already persevered through 20 postseason games to earn their franchise's first trip to the Final since 2004. Tampa Bay was the NHL's highest-scoring team in the regular season, but has played remarkable defensive games in the postseason, capped by two shutout victories at Madison Square Garden to close out the conference title. Chicago is the NHL's second-best defensive team in the regular season, but doesn't struggle for scoring - particularly not when Toews and Kane play on the same line, as they did to finish off the Ducks. Both powerhouses have weaknesses: Tampa Bay's lineup is extraordinarily front-loaded, with its top six forwards accounting for 45 of its 55 postseason goals, while the Blackhawks' lack of defensive depth was exposed in the Western Conference finals as they largely relied on just four blueliners.

  • AP Source: Devils to hires John Hynes as head coach

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey general manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils' next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night.Shero has chosen the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to run the once-proud team that has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

  • Veteran leadership key to young Lightning's success

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to rejoin hockey royalty after a decade-plus absence. The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing their third NHL title in six seasons.While Steven Stamkos is downplaying the idea of youth versus experience for the Stanley Cup, the captain of the Lightning understands the challenge presented by the Blackhawks beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • Coyotes beef up front office staff with pair of hires

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have hired John Chayka as assistant general manager of analytics and promoted Chris O'Hearn to assistant general manager of hockey operations.Arizona also announced Monday that senior vice president and assistant general manager Darcy Regier will serve as general manager of the team's new AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

  • Rangers' best regular season fails to lead to Stanley Cup

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Three days after squandering a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, the New York Rangers' disappointment and frustration was still there for all to see.They not only failed to score with the final just 20 minutes away in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night, they allowed two goals in a 2-0 loss. They played a horrible period with hockey's biggest prize on the horizon.

  • Quenneville plays it coy on Blackhawks lineup for Game 1

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks could go in a couple of different directions when it comes to their last two defensemen for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane could play together on their top line.Then again, they might be split up against Tampa Bay.

  • Columbus signs 2 defensemen to entry-level contracts

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed two young defensemen to entry-level contracts.The team announced Monday that 19-year-old Blake Siebenaler, a 2014 draft pick, has agreed to a three-year deal. The 6-foot-1 right-hander scored 12 goals and had 25 assists in 66 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15. He also had one assist in 11 playoff games.

  • Rangers' Zuccarello was sidelined by small skull fracture

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello could not speak for four days after being hit in the head by a shot in the opening round of the playoffs and sustaining a small skull fracture and some bleeding.Three days after the Rangers lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Zuccarello discussed his injury for the first time on Monday.

  • Young Lightning prove they belong on hockey's biggest stage

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NHL playoffs have been a roller coaster of excitement, punctuated by a pair of Game 7s over the weekend to decide the Stanley Cup finalists.It'll be Tampa Bay vs. Chicago in the best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday night, with the tradition-rich Blackhawks aiming for a third title in six years.

  • Blackhawks, Lightning to face off in Stanley Cup Final

    July 3, 2015

    Between the Chicago Blackhawks' veteran poise and the Tampa Bay Lightning's young stars, the Stanley Cup Final will have no shortage of dynamic offensive talent playing on hockey's biggest stage.The Blackhawks begin the final series in their quest for a third NHL championship in six seasons when they visit Amalie Arena on Wednesday to face the Lightning, who are going for the second Stanley Cup title in franchise history after streaking through the Eastern Conference bracket with a series of gutsy victories.

  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    July 3, 2015

    NHLNEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup, winning their third straight game at Madison Square Garden 2-0 to beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games.Ben Bishop, pulled from a Game 6 loss after allowing five goals, outplayed Henrik Lundqvist in handing New York its first loss ever in a Game 7 at the Garden. Alex Killorn scored early in the third period and Ondrej Palat iced it.

  • Lightning strike: Tampa Bay heads to Cup finals

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) One thing to count on when the Tampa Bay Lightning play for the Stanley Cup: They won't be intimidated by anything.Not by the surroundings after handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden to win the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Rangers captain McDonagh had broken foot

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh played ''a couple games'' with a broken foot, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday night after New York was eliminated from the playoffs by Tampa Bay.McDonagh did not start Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, which the Lightning won 2-0. The defenseman missed the first 12:41 before taking the ice.

  • Red Wings won't announce coach until Griffins done

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Don't expect any major announcements from the Detroit Red Wings about their next coach as long as their Grand Rapids affiliate is still playing.General manager Ken Holland says the Red Wings will not announce a new coach until the Griffins are finished with the playoffs.

  • Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn't really go away.Instead, good players use that failure to get better while they wait for another chance to take hockey's ultimate test.

  • Coyotes reinstate radio analyst Nick Boynton

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes reinstated radio analyst Nick Boynton on Friday, two months after the former NHL defenseman was suspended following his arrest at a Buffalo, New York, casino.Boynton pleaded guilty May 8 to disorderly conduct charges and agreed to perform 100 hours of community service as well as continue with alcohol counseling. Police said Boynton was abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino, became belligerent and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue him.

  • NHL combine shifts from ballroom to arena with Buffalo move

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel's presence alone at the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine next week is enough to spur league-wide buzz.There's more. Aside from having two highly touted players included among the 120 prospects scheduled to attend, the combine is finally entering the 21st century.

  • New Jersey Devils sign F Sergey Kalinin to entry-level deal

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Sergey Kalinin to an entry-level contract.General Manager Ray Shero announced the deal without disclosing details on Friday.The 24-year-old spent the previous five seasons playing in Russia. He had set career highs this past season with 12 goals and 13 assists in 58 games, while serving as the club's captain. The 6-foot-3 forward scored 31 goals and 38 assists in 213 career KHL games. He added three goals and two assists in 39 playoff contests.

  • Jackets re-sign defenseman Justin Falk to 1-year, 2-way pact

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2015-16 season.The 26-year-old Falk had a goal and an assist in 18 games last season. He was picked up from Minnesota at the trade deadline along with a fifth-round pick for defenseman Jordan Leopold.

  • Hurricanes' CFO out after nearly 35 years with team

    July 3, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mike Amendola is out as the Carolina Hurricanes' chief financial officer.Team spokesman Kyle Hanlin said Thursday night that Amendola is no longer with the company.Amendola was the team's longest-tenured front-office employee, joining the organization in 1981 when the franchise was in Hartford, Connecticut.

  • Coyotes sign Plachta to 1-year deal out of Germany

    July 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed German forward Matthias Plachta to a one-year entry-level contract Thursday.The 24-year-old Plachta had 14 goals and 21 assists in 47 games this season with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

  • Ducks, Blackhawks roll into Game 7 in memorable conf. finals

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Someday the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks will relish the stories they'll be able to tell about playing in a postseason series as good as these Western Conference finals.Not just now, though. They've still got to determine whether this tale has a happy ending or a brutal punchline.

  • Bylsma faces big rebuilding challenge in taking over Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The circumstances have changed for Dan Bylsma in taking over as coach of the young and rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.The expectations have not for someone previously accustomed to coaching the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins.Bylsma's first objective is developing a winning attitude in Buffalo, on a team that has finished last in the standings in each of the past two seasons.

  • Blue Jackets sign Goloubef to 2-year contract extension

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, locking him up before he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.The 25-year-old Goloubef had nine assists with 19 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating, while averaging 15:33 of ice time in 36 games with the Blue Jackets in 2014-15.

  • Lightning face Rangers with trip to Cup finals on the line

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) It's one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals and the chance to play for hockey's biggest prize.That's what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Sharks officially announce Peter DeBoer hired as new coach

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose general manager Doug Wilson was so impressed by Peter DeBoer when he interviewed in 2008 that he moved to the top of the list when the Sharks had to search for a new head coach.The experience DeBoer gained in those intervening years coaching Florida and New Jersey only made Wilson more certain of his decision to hire DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan.

  • Lightning vs Rangers with trip to Stanley Cup Final on line

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) It's one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and the chance to play for hockey's biggest prize.That's what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Buffalo Sabres hire ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A week after losing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres went with another experienced Stanley Cup winner by hiring Dan Bylsma to become their next coach.The hiring was announced Thursday, after the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach spent a second consecutive day meeting with Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray in Buffalo. The hiring was delayed briefly after the Sabres were required under NHL rules to compensate the Penguins for hiring Bylsma because he was still under contract with Pittsburgh after being relieved of his duties a year ago.

  • NHL: Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Stanley Cup Final will open on Wednesday with Game 1 in New York, Tampa or Anaheim.The NHL announced Thursday that Game 1 will be at Madison Square Garden if the Rangers beat the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night.

  • AP source: Sabres agree in principle to hire Dan Bylsma

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement in principle to hire former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Thursday.The one holdup is a discussion over whether the Penguins are due compensation from the Sabres for hiring a coach who is still under contract with Pittsburgh, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not disclosed details of their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has hip surgery

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has had hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season.The Capitals say the arthroscopic procedure was done Wednesday. The club adds in a statement Thursday that it is ''confident'' he will be ''completely healthy'' before the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

  • AP source: Ex-Penguins coach Bylsma meet again with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions says former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is meeting with the Buffalo Sabres for a second straight day regarding their coaching vacancy.The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday because the Sabres have not disclosed details of their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • AP Source: Sabres interview ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's interview for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy extended into Wednesday night, though a deal had not been reached.A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that while talks ''were heating up,'' but there was no ''definitive'' agreement. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Blackhawks bench D Kimmo Timonen for Game 6

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is inactive for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Chicago acquired the 40-year-old Timonen in a trade with Philadelphia in February, but he has struggled to come back after missing most of the season while recovering from blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer. He had a minus-two rating in eight minutes of ice time in the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss in Game 5 on Monday night.

  • AP Source: Sabres interviewed ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy Wednesday.A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press the talks took place in Buffalo and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Lightning and Rangers headed to Game 7 in wild series

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Six games into the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning have taught hockey fans to expect the unexpected.Two of the league's best offensive teams, they've played tight defensive games, had blowouts and even a shootout. They have looked good at times, bad at others. They have shown skill and made ugly mistakes.

  • AP source: Sabres interviewing ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for their head-coaching vacancy.The meeting was taking place in Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon, and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and general manager Tim Murray, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Devils sign forward Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed forwards Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila to entry-level contracts.General manager Ray Shero announced the signings Wednesday.Kujawinski had 21 goals and 15 assists in 34 games with North Bay (OHL) following a trade from Kingston. He had a league-leading two overtime game-winners, while adding three assists in 15 playoff games. The 20-year-old, 2013 third-round draft pick also had 13 goals and 10 assists in 27 games with Kingston this season.

  • AP Source: Sharks to hire Peter DeBoer as head coach

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks will hire former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan.A person familiar with the search said Wednesday that DeBoer will be formally introduced at a news conference Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire yet. ESPN first reported the move.

  • Ducks Ds causing problems for Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks' defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks.The Ducks got four points from their defensemen in Monday night's 5-4 overtime win that moved them within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. It was their best total since their defensemen accounted for six points in a 6-1 victory over Calgary in Game 1 of their second-round series on April 30, according to STATS.

  • Seattle arena investor says no hockey-first plan yet

    July 3, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Throughout the process, Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen has remained open to the idea of a hockey team being the first tenant for a proposed facility in the city's stadium district even if his focus is on basketball.One problem: Even with indications that Seattle could be a viable expansion market for the NHL, no one has come to Hansen's group with a proposal for a hockey franchise to be the initial occupant.

  • Blues retain Ken Hitchcock as coach for another season

    July 3, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After careful deliberation, the St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season.The Blues and Hitchcock on Tuesday announced a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.''This is unfinished business for me,'' Hitchcock said. ''I don't want to coach to coach, I want to coach to win. I couldn't find a better spot.''

  • Stamkos, Lightning on verge of spot in Stanley Cup finals

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos knows what it's like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL's biggest stage.It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away.

  • Ducks must shake off OT loss to Hawks before pivotal Game 5

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After 17 grueling periods crammed into just four games, the Anaheim Ducks have no doubt they can play at hockey's highest level with the Chicago Blackhawks.Heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Monday in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks also realize their two gut-wrenching overtime losses were missed opportunities to take out their veteran, playoff-tested opponents - and they can't afford two more.

  • Blackhawks stay patient and perfect in postseason overtime

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) One lucky bounce.It might not sound like much of a strategy for playing sudden-death hockey, but patience has kept the Chicago Blackhawks perfect in overtime this postseason.They've now gone into extra time four times and won them all, including a 5-4 decision Saturday night that marked their second overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks and evened their Western Conference finals series at 2-2.

  • Vermette, Teravainen return to Blackhawks lineup for Game 4

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forwards Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen are active for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.Vermette and Teravainen were healthy scratches for Chicago's 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking for fresh legs after a triple-overtime victory at the Ducks in Game 2.

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop on spot after giving up 10 goals

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Take the spotlight off goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals and put it on Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.If it sounds fickle, that's the way it's been for the goaltenders in this series between two of the NHL's top-scoring teams.

  • Blackhawks recall defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from minors

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the minors Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville did not rule him out for the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Battle in front of nets key to reaching Stanley Cup final

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • NHL's final 4 fighting for area in front of net

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The road to the Stanley Cup winds through the valuable real estate right in front of the goal.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • Blackhawks recall D van Riemsdyk from minors

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from Rockford of the American Hockey League, and coach Joel Quenneville says he might be able to play in the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Babcock bids emotional farewell in Detroit

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

  • Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

    July 3, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds - or, at least, hoped to.

  • Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

    July 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

  • Ducks bounce back after tough OT loss for 2-1 series lead

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.Any doubts he had about fatigue and his squad's ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier disappeared even before the midday shoot-around.

  • NHL salary cap will climb to million next season

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of million.

  • Versteeg active for Blackhawks in Game 3

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were active for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, replacing Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen in a bit of surprise.Chicago is coming off a triple-overtime victory at Anaheim on Tuesday night, and the insertion of Versteeg and Nordstrom puts two fresh players in the lineup. But Vermette is a strong performer in the faceoff circle, and Teravainen is one of the team's most promising young players.

  • Rangers searching for answers on defense against Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled.The New York Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL's top goalies is at a loss to explain why.If Lundqvist and his teammates can't find answers in a hurry, their chances of overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals don't appear good.

  • Penguins GM: Dan Bylsma free to pursue any coaching job

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening, including the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy.That was the response Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford provided The Associated Press on Thursday, when asked if he granted Buffalo permission to interview Bylsma. Though Bylsma was fired last June, he remains on Pittsburgh's payroll because his contract runs through the end of next season.

  • Senators owner, donor doing well after liver transplant

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant. All his donor wants in return is for the team to win the Stanley Cup.The University Health Network hospital in Toronto said Thursday the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in the intensive care unit after Tuesday's transplant, but he's been awake, smiling and answering questions.

  • Mike Babcock faces 'massive challenge' as Maple Leafs' coach

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan's first conversation with Mike Babcock about the Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching position was more of a disclaimer than a sales pitch. The club president wanted Babcock to know how far away the Leafs are from being a winning team.

  • KHL looks to expand into China

    July 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The Kontinental Hockey League wants to expand into China, hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid to conquer the vast market.Beijing is the front-runner to host the 2022 Olympics and if successful, ''will essentially be forced to develop hockey from nothing,'' KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko told the Tass agency. The International Olympic Committee will decide the host July 31.

  • Martin Brodeur becomes Blues' assistant general manager

    July 3, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Record-setting goalie Martin Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the deal Wednesday.The 43-year-old Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis this season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong. Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL's top goalie.

  • Goalies take center stage in Western Conference finals

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The top four defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks carried a heavy load in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. A couple of Chicago's biggest stars were shut out in Anaheim, and the Ducks' fourth line caused a bunch of problems for the Blackhawks.

  • After Babcock's departure, Detroit's focus turns to Blashill

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach - and right now there's only one clear candidate.Jeff Blashill might not end up getting the job, but he's the man general manager Ken Holland will talk to first now that coach Mike Babcock has left for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Sharks sign Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed Finnish free agent forward Joonas (YOO-nus) Donskoi to an entry-level contract.The team announced the signing Wednesday.The 23-year-old Donskoi had 19 goals and 30 assists in 58 games for Karpat in Finland's top professional hockey league. He helped his team win the league championship and was voted as the playoff MVP.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

    July 3, 2015

    Mike Babcock moved from one Original Six franchise to another Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year, million deal to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Maple Leafs announced the hiring to put to an end months of speculation about Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the past 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.

  • AP source: Buffalo Sabres out of running for Mike Babcock

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are out of the running to hire Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team is not discussing its coaching search to replace Ted Nolan. The development comes a day after Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray held contract negotiations.

  • Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in 3 years

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Like father, like son: Nick Foligno now is an NHL captain just like his dad was.Foligno, who served as a captain for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus in January, was introduced Wednesday as the first Blue Jackets player in three years to wear the ''C'' on his jersey.

  • Senators sign Andrew Hammond to million, 3-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a .05-million, three-year contract.Hammond, whose spectacular late-season run got the Senators into the playoffs, will make .2 million next season, .35 million in 2016-17 and .5 million in 2017-18.

  • Boston Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

    July 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement.''He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,'' Sweeney said Wednesday in a news conference after he was promoted to become the eighth GM in the 81-year history of the Original Six franchise. ''I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person. It's just a matter of lining up things that I believe in.''

  • Senators owner undergoes successful liver transplant

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant, the team announced Tuesday night.The Senators said Melnyk and the anonymous donor are doing well and resting comfortably at Toronto General Hospital.The team announced last week that Melnyk was in need of a live liver transplant and put 12 people through a screening process.

  • Chicago's Shaw heads puck into net for disallowed goal in OT

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw headed the puck into the net during the second overtime in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, but his remarkable goal was illegal.Shaw thought he had ended the Blackhawks' exhausting meeting with the Anaheim Ducks 8:47 into the second OT when he headed home a looping rebound of Patrick Kane's shot in the crease, bouncing the puck off his helmet in an incredible soccer-style play.

  • Rangers looking to rebound against resilient Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Resilience is one of the keys to any team's success, especially in the NHL playoffs.The Tampa Bay Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it's the New York Rangers' turn to respond yet again.''As a coach, you've got to make adjustments in some areas, and you've got to push buttons. For these guys to keep such a high intensity rate for the whole playoffs, and that goes for every team, it's a hard thing to do,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday after arriving home from the team's 6-2 victory that evened the series at 1-1.

  • Todd McLellan hired as coach of Edmonton Oilers

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Todd McLellan is focused on a new beginning with the Edmonton OilersMcLellan was hired as the new coach of Oilers on Tuesday.''We're not going to talk about playoffs here,'' said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement.

  • AP source: Babcock in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Though a deal has not been completed, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday regarding the possibility of becoming their next head coach.The talks took place between Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray and began early in the day, a person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private and the Sabres have not publicly discussed their coaching search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio

    July 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam.John Spano Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery for what authorities say was a scheme that saw him collect nearly ,000 in sales commissions on fraudulent accounts he created. The 50-year-old Spano faces as many as 16 years in prison when sentenced in a Lake County courtroom next month. He remains free on bond. His attorney did not return telephone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

  • Linesman Brad Kovachik hurts leg in Game 2 of Rangers-Tampa

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NHL linesman Brad Kovachik had to leave the ice in the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning after injuring a leg.Kovachik was standing against the side boards near the Lightning blue line when Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay checked Kevin Klein of the Rangers into the linesman. Play continued for a few seconds before the officials stopped play with Kovachik unable to stand. He was helped off the ice.

  • Flyers hire North Dakota's Hakstol as new head coach

    July 3, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit as if they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue would have given an indication on who was Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Ducks' depth, Hawks' limits in spotlight heading to Game 2

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kyle Palmieri hadn't scored a goal in the Anaheim Ducks' entire playoff run until he beat Corey Crawford in the Western Conference finals opener, sliding on his back in celebration of what turned out to be the game-winner.With Palmieri and several lesser-known Ducks stepping up splendidly in the postseason, the Chicago Blackhawks realize they've got to match that depth.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving for job with Colorado

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the same position with the Colorado Avalanche.The Avalanche confirmed the hiring on Monday.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Senators owner, hopeful of liver transplant, thanks public

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thanked the public for its support Monday in what he calls the ''biggest battle'' of his life - his urgent appeal for a liver transplant.The 55-year-old Melnyk was hospitalized three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. His condition is considered critical.

  • Caps GM MacLellan discusses 'empty feeling,' 'right path'

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly a year to the day after his promotion to general manager of the Washington Capitals was announced, Brian MacLellan's eyes welled with tears when asked how the time in his current job has been.''It's been a whirlwind. It's flown by. Warp speed. It's been fun,'' MacLellan said Monday, meeting with reporters at the team's practice facility five days after Washington was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the New York Rangers.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving organization for new job

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for another position.The club did not disclose on Monday what job McFarland had taken.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Flyers name North Dakota's Hakstol new head coach

    July 3, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit like they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue have would clued anyone in on Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Canada routs defending champ Russia 6-1 to win hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 Sunday with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.In a meeting of the two most decorated teams in world championship history, Canada claimed its 25th title with another attacking display that Russia simply couldn't cope with.

  • Rangers top defensemen face Tampa Bay's kid line

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been getting the top defensive assignments for the New York Rangers for years.In the opening round of the playoffs, they were asked to shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals came in the second round.

  • Chicago mayor raises stakes in hockey bet with Anaheim mayor

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has upped his friendly bet with his counterpart in Anaheim, California, on the outcome of the NHL's Western Conference finals.The Chicago Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks in a best-of-seven series that starts Sunday.

  • US beats Czechs 3-0 to win bronze at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States blanked the host Czech Republic 3-0 at the ice hockey world championship Sunday to claim a second bronze medal in three years.Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the St. Johns IceCaps made 39 saves for the shutout.''He's our best player,'' New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson said. ''He's the reason why we're here, why we're able to win the medal. He shut the door numerous times.''

  • Man who scammed NHL in 1990s faces another Ohio fraud case

    July 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The man who once tried buy an NHL franchise with loads of chutzpah and not much else could face a return to the judicial penalty box if convicted of what authorities say is yet another scam.John Spano Jr., whose audacious effort to buy the New York Islanders in 1996 landed him in federal prison, is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for an alleged scheme to defraud a company that provides laundry services to health care facilities.

  • Powerful Blackhawks meet rising Ducks in conference finals

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have built a tradition of excellence over the past seven years, winning two Stanley Cup titles and contending almost every spring with a dynamic roster of proven stars.The Anaheim Ducks want everything that the Blackhawks already have, and they finally get a chance to take it in the Western Conference finals.

  • Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals

    July 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players.Putin's team won 18 to 6, with eight of those goals made by the 62-year-old president, most of them on assists from NHL stars Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky.

  • Ryan Callahan back in lineup 5 days after appendectomy

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Five days after having an emergency appendectomy, Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan is in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.Callahan skated with the team in the pregame warmups at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. And the Lightning announced about 20 minutes before the opening faceoff that he would play against his former teammates.

  • Canada makes final at hockey worlds with 2-0 win over Czechs

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza scored Saturday to put Canada into the final of the ice hockey world championship with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.Canada reached its first final since 2009 and will take on either defending champion Russia or the United States as it looks for its first title since 2007.

  • NHL Calendar

    July 3, 2015

    May 1-17 - IIHF World Championship, Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.June 17 - Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals.June 26-27 - NHL draft, Sunrise, Fla.July 1 - Free agency begins.

  • Wide array of experience in NHL conference finals

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen made his NHL debut in 1998, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was 4 years old. Rangers forward Martin St. Louis had played in 1,154 games when forward Jonathan Drouin logged his first appearance with the Lightning in October.

  • Lacking 'killer instinct,' Capitals head into offseason

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) While some Washington Capitals professed to not see a pattern in blown playoff series leads over the years or failures to reach the conference finals, forward Troy Brouwer wondered aloud Friday about a possible ''mental block.''''We've got to find a way to be able to get past this little hump of losing in the first or second round, and it starts with closing teams out and not being afraid to succeed,'' Brouwer said at the Capitals' practice facility, two days after the team was eliminated by the New York Rangers with a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7.

  • Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry meet Hawks' Toews, Kane in West final

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf celebrated his 30th birthday last Sunday with the only gift he really wanted: The Anaheim Ducks clinched a trip to the Western Conference finals.His longtime linemate and hockey soulmate, Corey Perry, also turns 30 this Saturday. After nearly half a lifetime together, Getzlaf knows exactly what to get him.

  • St Louis and Callahan focal points for Rangers-Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) There was no bigger deal at the NHL trading deadline in 2014 than Martin St. Louis going from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks.Captain for captain. The face of the Lightning franchise - unhappy as he was at the time - for a homegrown, hard-working blue collar guy the Rangers were not going to be able to re-sign.

  • Montreal cut ties with veterans Gonchar, Weaver, Malhotra

    July 3, 2015

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Veterans Manny Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.General manager Marc Bergevin says he informed all three on Friday. Bergevin says ''they did great service for our team,'' and ''on the leadership side, these guys really helped with the transition.''

  • Dallas Stars players evacuate facility in police lockdown

    July 3, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Three Dallas Stars players were among those evacuated from the NHL franchise's practice facility Friday as police searched for suspects in an armed robbery.Frisco police barricading an area around the Dr. Pepper StarCenter evacuated everyone from the building as they investigated what they believe to be multiple suspects in the arena parking garage. The Dallas Morning News reports the players were Stars left wing Jamie Benn, defenseman Jason Demers and right wing Ales Hemsky.

  • Senators: Good response by liver donors for owner Melnyk

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) More than 400 people had offered Friday to give part of their liver to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, a day after his family and the team made a public appeal.The 55-year-old Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. He's in critical condition.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL this season

    July 3, 2015

    There has been plenty of drama in the NHL playoffs this season.Just not many goals.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84). Credit the big, talented goaltenders, better coaching and shot-blocking and the mentality of the players once they get to this stage of the season.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL

    July 3, 2015

    Scoring is down in the NHL playoffs.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84).

  • Lightning a reminder southern hockey continues to thrive

    July 3, 2015

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) About the same time a new champion hoists the Stanley Cup, players from as far away as Canada, Latvia and Hungary will gather in Tennessee for four days to showcase their hockey talent for college coaches and junior league teams.

  • Bishop a key to Tampa Bay Lightning's deep playoff run

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have a pretty good idea of where they'd likely be without Ben Bishop, and it's not in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals.The league's tallest goaltender is making a name for himself, answering questions about how far he can carry his team with one stellar performance after another in the playoffs.

  • Ducks' Perry misses another practice, but should play Sunday

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Perry has missed his second straight practice with the Anaheim Ducks to rest for the Western Conference finals.Perry stuck to a stationary bike Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau expects him to play when the Ducks open the series Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Protecting home ice could decide NHL's conference finals

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have a sellout streak of 323 games and counting. The New York Rangers play in the world's most famous arena, and the Anaheim Ducks are undefeated at home in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise record with an NHL-best 32 home wins this season.

  • NHL star Ovechkin set to join Russia at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The Washington Capitals say forward Alex Ovechkin should arrive in Prague in time to help Russia play the United States in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday.The Capitals said on Thursday that Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, was travelling on the same day.

  • Lightning's Callahan back on ice after appendectomy

    July 3, 2015

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan was back on the ice Thursday, less than 72 hours after undergoing an emergency appendectomy that sidelined him for Game 6 of the Lightning's second-round playoff series against Montreal.Callahan skated during a light practice coach Jon Cooper held before traveling to New York, where Tampa Bay will meet the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final, beginning Saturday.

  • Hockey semis: Canada vs Czech, defending champ Russia vs US

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and lined up Russia in the semifinals on Saturday.

  • Senators owner Eugene Melnyk needs liver transplant

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk urgently needs a liver transplant, and the team put out a call Thursday for potential donors.The team says Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago due to ''liver-related complications.'' His family has reached out to close friends and relatives with the hope of finding a suitable donor candidate, but with no success.

  • Canada, Russia, US advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited Russia.

  • Planned US-Canada bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A planned .1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Thursday in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as ''Mr. Hockey,'' was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships.

  • US, Canada advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Forward Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited either defending champion Russia or Sweden.

  • US beats Switzerland 3-1 to reach semis at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.Smith tied the game for the Americans with a wrist shot 10:17 into the second period, and Coyle deflected in a slap shot by defensemen Seth Jones for the go-ahead goal.

  • Rangers head to NHL conference finals to face Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the New York Rangers.First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals: Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and, if he recovers quickly enough from an appendectomy, former captain Ryan Callahan.

  • Capitals squander 3-1 series lead in losing to Rangers

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alexander Ovechkin did everything but deliver on his predication of a Game 7 victory by the Washington Capitals.The NHL's leading goal scorer tallied early to give the Capitals the lead, launched six shots at Henrik Lundqvist, played almost 22 minutes and was Washington's biggest threat Wednesday night.

  • Sochi hockey players start legal battle for pay

    July 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Players at the Sochi hockey club that forms a major part of the legacy of last year's Winter Olympics are to start a legal battle over months of unpaid wages.HC Sochi plays in the Kontinental Hockey League, widely regarded as the strongest competition outside the NHL, and features some of the competition's biggest average crowds. But the club has hit major financial problems in its debut season.

  • Blackhawks get time to recharge for showdown with Ducks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks had a few days away from the ice after advancing to the Western Conference final. Winger Bryan Bickell made the most of it.He found time to go bass fishing. He took his 8-month-old daughter for some walks.''She's growing like a weed,'' Bickell said. ''She's crawling and she's climbing things. That's what it's all about.''

  • Lightning back in Eastern finals for 1st time in 4 years

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) So much for all those questions about what's happened to Steven Stamkos in the NHL playoffs.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in four years after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens ended their second-round series in six games.

  • Ducks coach Boudreau finally gets his playoff redemption

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the Anaheim Ducks stormed the ice to celebrate Corey Perry's series-clinching overtime goal, Bruce Boudreau looked up and saw his two sons and his wife, Crystal, hugging and hopping in the frenzied Honda Center stands.They turned and locked eyes with Boudreau, maniacally pointing at him. So Boudreau pointed back, and unadulterated joy flooded over a face that usually registers only concern when he's at work.

  • US tops Slovakia in OT at world championship

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Jack Eichel scored on a wrist shot with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Slovakia at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.The Americans finished first in Group B with six wins and one loss.The result means the U.S. will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

  • Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival has ankle surgery

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival has undergone surgery on his fractured left ankle and should return in 3-4 months.The team termed the procedure successful on Tuesday and said the 36-year-old veteran should return to ''full hockey activities'' in 12-16 weeks.

  • Lundqvist and Rangers face Ovechkin and Capitals in Game 7

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers weren't wasting any time on Alexander Ovechkin's prediction of a Game 7 win for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Ovechkin said it on Monday and the Rangers didn't care Tuesday. The only thing they talked about after practice was being prepared for winner-take-all game Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Belarus grabs last spot in quarters; US, Canada, Finland win

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • 1st-round draft pick Brandon Scherff signs with Redskins

    July 3, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Brandon Scherff has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday.All 10 of Washington's draft choices are under contract.Scherff, an offensive lineman from Iowa, was the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. The Redskins hadn't taken a player in the first round since 2012, when they chose Robert Griffin III after sending a bevy of picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in the draft.

  • Belarus grabs last quarterfinal spot; US, Canada win

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Autopsy: NHL's Steve Montador had degenerative brain disease

    July 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador had a degenerative brain disease that's been linked to repeated blows to the head, according to researchers who autopsied his brain.Montador died in February at age 35 of an undisclosed cause at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He had multiple concussions during his career with six NHL teams and had been exhibiting signs of a possible brain disorder, including depression, memory problems and erratic behavior.

  • Ex-nanny for Penguins player to stand trial on theft charges

    July 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The former nanny for the family of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz is set to stand trial on charges she stole ,000 diamond earrings from his wife, then sold them to jewelry stores.The investigation of 26-year-old Andrea Forsythe began when her rental home burned down in June. She faces separate federal charges of setting that fire and filing false insurance claims to collect on jewelry she said was lost in the blaze.

  • Canada to face Belarus in quarterfinals of hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus clinched the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 Tuesday.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Chris Kreider leading Rangers' comeback vs. Capitals

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) In a thrilling series featuring two of the NHL's top goal scorers and two of the league's best goaltenders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers is stealing the spotlight.The 24-year-old power forward who is one of fastest skaters in the league has been the biggest reason why the Rangers are still going and heading to a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Lightning's Callahan out for Game 6 vs. Canadiens

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan will miss Game 6 of the team's playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.The team said Monday night that Callahan, who has no goals and three assists in 12 postseason games, was sent to Tampa General Hospital after experiencing abdominal pain earlier in the day.

  • Canadiens confident they can force Game 7 against Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hold the pep talks, motivational ploys and all the statistics that support Tampa Bay feeling good about its chances of closing out Montreal in the second round of the NHL playoffs.The resilient Canadiens have won two straight to trim a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. And the suddenly reeling Lightning said it is time to match the opposition's desperation and finish the job.

  • Re-signing Dubnyk tops Wild's offseason to-do list

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild were humbled by their four-game sweep in the second round of the NHL playoffs by division rival Chicago.That doesn't mean they'll be moved to make major changes to their roster this summer.As they gathered at the arena on Monday for the last time for a while, Wild players and leaders said they believed they had enough skill, grit and depth to win that Western Conference semifinal series against the nemesis Blackhawks.

  • With Blackhawks, Ducks there's no shortage of star power

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No team in the NHL is on a bigger roll than the Anaheim Ducks and none is more tested than the Chicago Blackhawks.These two powerhouses are about to meet in a Western Conference final full of star power and intriguing matchups.''It's going to be one heck of a series,'' Ducks captain Corey Perry said. ''They're a great team. When you put two teams together, it's going to be a great series. They're a skating club, and they're kind of similar to Calgary. They've got a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and you've got to be ready to step in front of them and eliminate their time and space, and if we do that, we'll be all right.''

  • Austria, Finland earn shootout wins at hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Konstantin Komarek scored the winning penalty to give Austria a 3-2 win over Germany after a shootout at the hockey world championships Monday, a result that sent Switzerland into the quarterfinals.Austria's win means Switzerland became the fourth team from Group A to advance to the quarters, joining Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Austria needed a win in regulation to keep alive its slim chances of advancing.

  • Trotz OK with Ovechkin saying Caps will win Rangers series

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin certainly can talk the talk, from his ''All series, baby'' jab aimed at Henrik Lundqvist during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, to his assertion that the Washington Capitals will eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 7.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    July 3, 2015

    NBACHICAGO (AP) LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play - and then nixed it.''Give me the ball and get out of the way,'' he said.James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt's idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, evening the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

  • Kreider scores 2, Rangers hold off Caps 4-3 to force Game 7

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Once merely 101 seconds from having their season end, then forced to hold off a furious Game 6 rally, Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers are now one victory away from returning to the Eastern Conference finals.Kreider scored 40 seconds after the opening faceoff and with 0.3 seconds left in the first period Sunday night, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the Rangers barely held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 and force a Game 7 in the second round.

  • Babcock declines comment after meeting with Sabres owner

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Mike Babcock's coaching interview tour took him to Buffalo on Sunday for a meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula.The Detroit Red Wings coach declined comment to The Associated Press, and referred questions to Pegula when the two got out of an SUV at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Pegula said ''Hello,'' before making a remark on how much rain had fallen. The two then walked away and boarded a private jet.

  • US, Czechs, Russia make quarterfinals at hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist Sunday as the United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.The Czech Republic and defending champion Russia also advanced to the knockout stage, while already-qualified Canada maintained a perfect record by trashing Switzerland 7-2 to clinch first place in its group.

  • Rundblad set to step in for Blackhawks defense

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Rundblad slated to step in for Blackhawks defense

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Ducks' Boudreau, Caps' Trotz close to their 1st conf. finals

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bruce Boudreau and Barry Trotz have heard the rap for their entire NHL coaching careers. They both realize they've been labeled as outstanding regular-season tacticians who just can't lead teams deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Babcock Watch: Weighing Red Wings coach's options

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) From San Jose to Philadelphia, Mike Babcock has no shortage of NHL coaching options after the Detroit Red Wings granted him permission to speak to other teams.Buffalo and Toronto are in the mix. So could be Edmonton, where the focus of attention is already turning with the anticipated arrival of center Connor McDavid in next month's draft.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor signs with Ottawa Senators

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted college free-agent goalie Matt O'Connor signed with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor agrees to terms with Ottawa Senators

    July 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted free-agent goaltender Matt O'Connor has come to terms with the Ottawa Senators, signing a two-year deal with the maximum bonuses allowed on an entry-level contract.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA national championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Canada makes quarterfinals at worlds with 4-3 win vs France

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada overcame France 4-3 Saturday to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship and become the first team to secure a quarterfinal spot.Defending champion Russia thrashed Belarus 7-0 for its fourth win at the tournament.

  • Lease extension would keep Sharks at SAP until 2025

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks expect to call SAP Center their home for at least the next 10 years.Sharks owner Hasso Plattner and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Friday that the team and the city have reached a lease extension agreement at SAP Center through May 8, 2025, subject to approval by the City Council.

  • Lightning look to close out Canadiens in Montreal

    July 3, 2015

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are 5 for 5 this year in Montreal. Now they need one more road win against the Canadiens.The Lightning had a chance to sweep the Canadiens on Thursday night, but goaltender Ben Bishop was pulled in the second period of Montreal's 6-2 victory. Now the second-round series is headed back to Canada for Game 5 on Saturday night (NBCSN, 7 p.m. EDT).

  • US beats Denmark, Czechs blank Austria at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States rebounded from a loss to Belarus with a 1-0 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to stay on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.Also, the Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1, and Germany rallied to edge Latvia 2-1 for its second victory.

  • Blackhawks defenseman Rozsival out for rest of playoffs

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a broken left ankle.Rozsival was hurt when he lost his balance and fell backward in the second period of Chicago's 4-3 series-ending victory at Minnesota on Thursday night. The Blackhawks will face Anaheim or Calgary in their third consecutive appearance in the Western Conference finals.

  • Wild again left with bad feeling in loss to Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the third straight year, the Minnesota Wild were forced out of the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks.This defeat felt as bad as ever.''Right now, we're a good team,'' coach Mike Yeo said, ''and we have to find a way to be the best team.''

  • Red Wings give Babcock permission to test market

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock can start testing the open market.The Detroit Red Wings have granted a request from the highly respected coach for permission to speak with other teams. Babcock's contract is expiring this offseason, and his status is the main question facing the Red Wings as they try to figure out their plans for the future.

  • Czech Republic blanks Austria 4-0 at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, and Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1.The Czechs wasted a two-man advantage before they struck with middle-period goals from Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic and Vladimir Sobotka, who all scored 7:59 apart. Captain Jakub Voracek added the fourth seven seconds into the final period.

  • Blackhawks finish sweep to reach conference finals - again

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have reached the Western Conference finals.They're eight wins away from topping that feat with a third Stanley Cup.Stellar saves by Corey Crawford, another timely goal by Patrick Kane and a composed finish despite a frenzied attempt by Minnesota to send Game 4 into overtime all helped the Blackhawks complete a sweep of the Wild in their second-round playoff series with a 4-3 victory on Thursday night.

  • Goal-starved Rangers facing elimination in second round

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Being on the brink is familiar territory for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.The Caps have a history of being in position to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and finding a way to squander it.The Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers are next in line. The Capitals lead their series 3-1 and can eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night in New York.

  • Fan arrested after bringing gun to Tampa Bay Lightning game

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Police say a 27-year-old St. Petersburg man faces misdemeanor charges after bringing a gun to the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens.Someone saw Lucas Cassidy drop the gun inside a bathroom at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday night and notified authorities. When a Tampa police officer confronted Cassidy, he told her he had a gun in his pocket.

  • Wild, Canadiens hope to prevent sweeps in 2nd round

    July 3, 2015

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Wild seeking secret to beating Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Vigneault, Hartley, Laviolette are Jack Adams finalists

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers' Alain Vigneault, Calgary's Bob Hartley and Nashville's Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year.Mmbers of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

  • Predators sign goalie Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract

    July 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract.Mazanec's contract will be worth 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 0,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. The Predators announced the signing Wednesday.

  • Steven Stamkos relieved to end playoff scoring drought

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos is relieved, but hardly satisfied.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner was able to end a frustrating playoff scoring drought last weekend, however the Lightning captain knows there's still plenty of work ahead in his team's series against Montreal.

  • Canada beats Sweden 6-4 to stay perfect at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada rallied to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship by beating Sweden 6-4 on Wednesday for its fourth straight victory.In other matches, defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark and Latvia and Norway ended their three-game losing streaks by edging Switzerland 2-1 and Slovakia 3-2 respectively.

  • Kane, Crawford settle back into form for surging Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The original prognosis for Patrick Kane's surgically repaired collarbone dictated his return for some point during the Western Conference finals, if the Chicago Blackhawks were to advance that far.The superstar right wing came back in almost half that time and his reintegration with the Blackhawks has been as quick as one of his vintage rushes along the perimeter to set up a display of his deft touch for scoring.

  • Defending champion Russia beats Denmark 5-2 at hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Wednesday.Also, Latvia ended a three-game losing streak by edging Switzerland 2-1.Sergei Mozyakin scored two goals to help Russia to its third win in four games.

  • NHL Capsules

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime and the New York Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.Chris Kreider breathed life into the Presidents' Trophy winners by scoring with 1:41 left in regulation to force the overtime.

  • NHL commissioner Bettman can be deposed in lawsuit

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can be deposed to give testimony in a concussion lawsuit, a U.S. District Court ruled Tuesday.Former players suing the NHL over concussion-related problems have accused the league of blocking access to Bettman for testimony in the case. The court told the plaintiffs they could depose Bettman as early as July.

  • Power outage forces restoration of ice for Blackhawks-Wild

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) An overnight power outage in downtown St. Paul created a challenge for the maintenance crew at Xcel Energy Center before Game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild.Without electricity, ice preservation wasn't possible, making the rink rather slushy early Tuesday morning. The Wild said arena staff acted quickly to use backup power and restore the ice to playable condition.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref, is fined ,000

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined ,000 by the NHL for comments he made to referee Brad Watson following Game 2.Prust, who was fined Tuesday, also apologized to Watson.''Brandon Prust's postgame comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the league has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management,'' said NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell.

  • Less 'panic' helps Capitals in 1-goal games against Rangers

    July 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green thinks his team is better equipped now to handle tight, low-scoring games than it used to be.Which is a good thing, because their opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the New York Rangers, have played in an NHL-record 10 consecutive postseason games decided by one goal heading into Wednesday night's Game 4 at Washington.

  • Slovakia strike late for 3rd win at worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Slovakia struck late to overcome Slovenia 3-1 for its third victory at the ice hockey world championship and France ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Austria on Tuesday.Earlier, Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the tournament.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref for comments

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to ''apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for.''

  • Switzerland, Belarus earn 2nd victories at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday.The defeat is another blow for Germany's campaign after a humiliating 10-0 loss to Canada in its previous game on Sunday.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    July 3, 2015

    NBACHICAGO (AP) The Bulls plan to introduce Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

  • Blackhawks, Ducks could take 3-0 series strangleholds

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be steamrolling toward a meeting in the Western Conference finals, they're only halfway there.The Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames both must climb out of an 0-2 series hole at home Tuesday night to give themselves much of a chance to turn the tide.

  • Canada, US, earn 3rd straight wins at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby scored again as Canada beat host Czech Republic 6-3 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday, and the United States bested defending champion Russia 4-2.It was the third win in three games for both North American teams and Sweden equaled their record by routing Latvia 8-1. Last year's runner-up Finland blanked Norway 5-0 for its second win.

  • Shero hired as New Jersey Devils' general manager

    July 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) After a 28-year run, Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as the New Jersey Devils general manager and handing the job to Ray Shero.The 72-year-old Lamoriello announced the change Monday, noting that he will remain as president of hockey operations.

  • US beats defending champ Russia 4-2 at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States beat defending champion Russia 4-2 Monday for its third straight win at the ice hockey world championship.Sweden also made it three victories from three games with an 8-1 rout of Latvia.The young U.S. team leads Group B in Ostrava with nine points, three more than Russia, and plays Belarus next on Thursday.

  • Canadiens' Prust says ref Brad Watson insulted him

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal forward Brandon Prust said referee Brad Watson insulted him repeatedly in the first period after a roughing penalty in the Canadiens' 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night.''I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let (Watson) know on the way to the penalty box,'' said Prust, who ended the game with 31 minutes of penalties and a game misconduct. ''He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book.''

  • Ovechkin can still dazzle amid tight-checking postseason

    July 3, 2015

    Even in defeat, Alexander Ovechkin produced the goal of the weekend, squeezing through two opposing players and falling to his stomach while whipping a wrist shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.''They took as much space as they wanted. He still got it done,'' Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ''Great players will do that.''

  • Wild go with Haula to replace injured Fontaine

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Erik Haula replaced injured right wing Justin Fontaine for the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.Coach Mike Yeo says Haula's speed and some of his past performances against the Blackhawks were the main factors. Haula had three goals and two assists in last year's playoff series against Chicago.

  • Canadiens' Desharnais misses Game 2 vs. Lightning with flu

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal center David Desharnais was scratched from the lineup Sunday night for Game 2 of the Canadiens' playoff series against Tampa Bay because of the flu.He was replaced by Brian Flynn, who sat out the previous two games.Desharnais has no goals and two assists in seven playoff games this season.

  • Canada beats Germany 10-0 at ice hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada eased to another high-scoring victory at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday by overwhelming Germany 10-0.Edmonton forward Taylor Hall had a hat trick for Canada, which produced an even more dominant performance than in its opening 6-1 victory over Latvia in Group A.

  • Wild will be without Fontaine for Game 2 vs. Hawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Minnesota Wild right wing Justin Fontaine will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks because if a lower-body injury.Fontaine was hurt Friday night in Game 1. Coach Mike Yeo said Saturday that Fontaine's recovery timetable was unclear, either ''day to day or it might be a week.''

  • Tampa Bay, Chicago, Anaheim try to take 2-0 lead

    July 3, 2015

    The Montreal Canadiens have had six opportunities, and they haven't beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.When the Atlantic Division rivals meet next in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Canadiens will still bring plenty of confidence to their home ice.

  • Russian injuries: Zaripov out, Datsyuk not joining team

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Russia's campaign at the ice hockey world championship has received a blow after forward Danis Zaripov was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.The defending champion announced on the Russia ice hockey federation website that Zaripov picked up an injury in the opening 6-2 win over Norway on Friday. Zaripov scored a goal in the match.

  • Austria, Slovakia open ice hockey worlds with shootout wins

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Austria and Slovakia needed penalty shootouts to win their opening games at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday.Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marko Dano scored the decisive goal for Slovakia in the shootout to beat Denmark 4-3.

  • Developers file details on proposed Seattle suburb arena

    July 3, 2015

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) Developers of a privately funded arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila have filed an environmental application containing details of the proposed facility.RLB Holdings Sports and Entertainment LLC filed the application with the city of Tukwila on Friday for the ''Northwest Arena.''

  • Babcock says he's still uncertain about coaching future

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock says he's not rushing into any decisions about his future.The Detroit coach, whose contract is expiring, expects to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland at some point in the next 10 days to talk things over, and Babcock said Friday he also needs to consult his wife as he figures out where he wants to coach next season.

  • Rangers look to bounce back from tough Game 1 loss to Caps

    July 3, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Putting a brutal, last-second loss to the Washington Capitals in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals behind them isn't something the New York Rangers are worried about.Playoff hockey is all about short-term memory. You win, you forget about it. You lose, you forget about it faster.

  • Buffalo Sabres fire AHL Rochester coach Cassidy

    July 3, 2015

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are embarking on yet another coaching search after firing Chadd Cassidy, the coach of their minor-league affiliate in Rochester.The decision was announced by the Sabres on Friday, two weeks after the Rochester Americans missed the playoffs by finishing 14th out of 15 teams in the American Hockey League's Western Conference standings. The move comes three weeks after the Sabres fired their head coach Ted Nolan.

  • Canada opens hockey worlds with 6-1 win over Latvia

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada showed its attacking power with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Friday in the first game of the world hockey championship, while the United States beat 2014 runner-up Finland 5-1.Defending champion Russia opened with a 6-2 victory over Norway, and Sweden beat host Czech Republic 6-5 in a shootout.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    July 3, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he already has started the process of reforming soccer's governing body. These are his first public comments since announcing his resignation two days ago.

  • Faceoffs can provide a big lift in the NHL playoffs

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks were down by one in the final seconds of the first period when Brad Richards approached the faceoff circle on the right side of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. The veteran center made a small motion to Duncan Keith to move up to his left side, and then got ready for the draw.

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    July 3, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the playoffs and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Nikita Kucherov scored twice on power plays, Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and J.T. Brown added goals, and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Lightning.

  • Babcock's future the focus as Red Wings head into offseason

    July 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) For the Detroit Red Wings, early exits from the postseason are becoming all too common.That's not something that sits well with the storied franchise.The Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in the first round when the Lightning edged Detroit 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The focus will now turn to the future of coach Mike Babcock, who was in the last year of his contract - but in the immediate aftermath of their defeat, the Red Wings were left to look back on what might have been.

  • Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang finalists for Masterton

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

  • Canadiens hoping to reverse struggles against Lightning

    July 3, 2015

    The Montreal Canadiens held off Tampa Bay by two points to win the Atlantic Division during the regular season, an impressive accomplishment given what a thorn in the side the Lightning had been.Turns out Montreal hadn't seen the last of high-scoring Tampa Bay.

  • AP sources: McLellan on list of Sabres coaching candidates

    July 3, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and minor-league coach Luke Richardson are among the initial candidates being considered by the Buffalo Sabres, two people familiar with the coaching search tell The Associated Press.And the list is expected to grow in what is anticipated to be a lengthy coaching search process, said the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres are not commenting on their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired a day after the season ended on April 12.

  • Wild look for playoff breakthrough against Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Five games in 2013, a small speed bump in Chicago's run to the Stanley Cup title. Six games in 2014, a more difficult challenge for the Blackhawks.Now the Minnesota Wild are in the second round for the second straight postseason, and standing in the way is their usual playoff roadblock. And even they are interested to see how they respond, beginning with Game 1 on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Sidney Crosby to lead Canada at hockey worlds

    July 3, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Unlike previous editions, this year's hockey world championship is bringing out the best.While the Olympic tournaments have been drawing the top players on the planet, the worlds do not usually see an abundance of stars because many of them are still busy in the NHL playoffs.

  • Little time to celebrate, Lightning look ahead to Canadiens

    July 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are eager to take another shot at the Montreal Canadiens.A year after being swept by their Atlantic Division rivals in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, the confident Lightning will be looking for redemption when the teams meet again in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Ducks, Rangers back in action after short postseason break

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The next playoff opponent for Washington, Minnesota and Tampa Bay is a reminder of painful losses for each team. It's the second round that brings back bad memories for Anaheim.Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night, and the Ducks host the Calgary Flames in their series opener on the West Coast. Devan Dubnyk and the Wild begin their conference semifinal against the Blackhawks on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Wild D Scandella suspended 2 games by NHL for hit

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.The ban was handed down by the league's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild's 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

  • Hockey stars say goodbye to Jean Beliveau

    December 10, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) - ''Le Gros Bill'' would have been touched.Hundreds of fans, many clad in his famed No. 4 jersey, and a who's who of hockey stars and politicians paid an emotional farewell to Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on a snowy Wednesday.

  • Coyotes recall defenseman David Schlemko

    December 10, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman David Schlemko from Portland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.The 27-year-old Schlemko has a goal and three assists in 15 games for the Coyotes this season. He had a goal and three assists in two games for Portland.

  • Wild's Ballard has facial fractures, concussion

    December 10, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards.The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.

  • Blue Jackets activate Goloubef, send Rychel to AHL

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off injured reserve and have loaned him on a conditioning assignment to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.The club also assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.