Star-laden Penguins hope longer summer equals faster start

Hockey 09/25/18, 11:55

Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups.And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the last 35 years to capture three straight titles — they ...

All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo

Hockey 09/25/18, 11:45

BUFFALO SABRESLAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G ...

Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

Hockey 09/24/18, 23:21

The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with ...

Vinni Lettieri’s OT goal sends Rangers past Devils

Hockey 09/24/18, 22:30

Vinni Lettieri scored at 3:53 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.Steven Fogarty, Timothy Gettinger and Chris Kreider also scored for New York, which built a 3-1 lead 31 seconds into the third period. Nico Hischier and Taylor ...

source: Brian Gionta set to retire after 16 NHL seasons

Hockey 09/24/18, 11:54

Forward Brian Gionta is retiring at age 39 after 16 NHL seasons, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Gionta hasn't disclosed what he plans to announce during a news conference Monday at the Buffalo Sabres' arena.Gionta is ...

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno."There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want to rush. You don't want ...

Former youth hockey treasurer sentenced for embezzlement

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

The former treasurer for an Anchorage youth hockey association has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for embezzlement.Thirty-four-year-old Jennifer Suchan, also known as Jennifer Kerr, was sentenced for embezzling more than $150,000 from the Mustang Hockey Association in the Eagle River area.Suchan had pleaded guilty to three counts ...

Erik Karlsson looks to fit in on 1st day with Sharks

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Erik Karlsson was handed a teal San Jose Sharks sweater and immediately proclaimed: "It fits."Karlsson's first day with the Sharks went off without a hitch Wednesday. He paired up with Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense in practice, took part in 3-on-3 drills with fellow Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns and began ...

Fast-skating Avs center MacKinnon speeds toward success

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Mention a topic, just about any topic, and sharp-shooting Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon takes his elusiveness to a whole new level.Not appearing on the cover of the NHL's latest video game? "Don't care," he responds. The pressure of becoming one of league's top stars after a 97-point season? "Feels ...