Serendipitous Sharks shrug off controversy up 2-1 vs Blues

Sports 05/16/19, 17:45

Don't tell San Jose coach Peter DeBoer his Sharks have gotten lucky during their playoff run."It irks me when you use words like that because this is a team that we've played four or five elimination games, not moments, games, 12 to 15 periods of elimination hockey against Vegas and ...

Fellow coaches expect Krueger to thrive, adjust with Sabres

Hockey 05/16/19, 14:51

Mike Babcock and Ralph Krueger's relationship goes back to 2004 and countless conversations since about coaching in the NHL.The Toronto Maple Leafs coach just wishes Krueger hadn't join ed the rival Buffalo Sabres to make his job more difficult."It didn't thrill me that he's just down the road, but that's ...

Predators, Nashville agree to 30-year arena lease extension

Sports 05/16/19, 13:46

The Nashville Predators finally have the kind of security the former expansion franchise has been wanting for years after agreeing to a new 30-year arena lease that runs through 2049.The Predators announced the agreement Thursday for Bridgestone Arena at a Metro Nashville Sports Authority meeting. The sports authority is expected ...

Canada tops France at hockey worlds, Sweden routs Austria

Hockey 05/16/19, 11:45

Anthony Mantha scored twice to lift Canada to a 5-2 victory over France at the hockey world championship on Thursday.Mantha opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play with a slap shot in the opening period and added his second for a 4-2 lead in the final frame. Mantha now ...

Stars defenseman Lindell signs new $34.8M, 6-year contract

Sports 05/16/19, 11:00

Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has signed a $34.8 million, six-year contract that will run through the 2024-25 season.The deal with an average value of $5.8 million per year was announced Thursday, a week before Lindell's 25th birthday. The 6-foot-3 Finn was a restricted free agent.Lindell had a plus-14 rating ...

Karlsson, Sharks beat Blues 5-4 after controversial no-call

Sports 05/15/19, 22:35

Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.Meier used his right hand to knock a loose ...

Rask’s roll has Bruins a win away from Stanley Cup Final

Sports 05/15/19, 15:03

Tuukka Rask is stopping just about any puck playoff opponents can shoot his way — even the ones he doesn't see.The goaltender has been dominant in the Boston Bruins' six-game postseason winning streak that has them on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup Final. Just don't expect him to make ...

Patrick Kane sets US-scoring record at world championship

Sports 05/15/19, 12:29

Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States' all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday.The NHL star and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark ...

Ralph Krueger returns to NHL as Sabres coach

Hockey 05/15/19, 11:41

Ralph Krueger changed his mind on returning to coaching in the NHL just in time to give the Buffalo Sabres the experience they wanted behind the bench.Krueger was named Sabres coach on Wednesday after spending the past five years as chairman of English Premier League soccer club Southampton FC. Krueger ...

4 arrested in connection with assault after playoff game

Hockey 05/15/19, 08:44

Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault just hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game.Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police posted surveillance images of five suspects online, many wearing Bruins clothing, and announced Wednesday that based on ...

NHL players forget outside world during long playoff runs

Sports 05/15/19, 01:56

Two minutes after wrapping up a conversation with his wife, Lars Eller couldn't remember anything."She would be, like a half-hour later, 'Remember what we just talked about?'" Eller recalled. "I'm like: 'No, I'm sorry. I completely forgot.'"A lot of things were forgotten during the Washington Capitals' 2018 Stanley Cup run ...

source: Sabres hire Ralph Krueger as coach

Sports 05/14/19, 22:26

The Buffalo Sabres are hoping Ralph Krueger can turn around the once-proud franchise in the midst of an eight-year playoff drought.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Sabres have hired Krueger as coach. The person spoke to the AP on Tuesday night on condition of ...

Bruins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead

Sports 05/14/19, 22:03

Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight postseason games for the ...

Carolina starts McElhinney in Game 3 vs Bruins

Sports 05/14/19, 19:10

The Carolina Hurricanes are changing starting goalies, going with Curtis McElhinney for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins.Coach Rod Brind'Amour did not disclose his starter in the lead-up to Tuesday night's game. McElhinney led the team onto the ice for pregame warmups and was listed ...

Sakic has Avs trending up after 2 straight playoff seasons

Hockey 05/14/19, 15:35

Back in his Colorado Avalanche playing days, Joe Sakic's approach was pretty much title or bust.As the team's general manager, a similar feeling is beginning to develop.Sakic and the Avalanche took a little time for reflection following a Game 7 loss to San Jose in the second round. That page ...

Defensive switch helps Blues even West final vs. Sharks

Hockey 05/14/19, 13:42

With the game - and perhaps the season - in the balance, assistant coach Mike Van Ryn of the St. Louis made a decision.With the Blues battling with the Sharks in San Jose in Game 2 on Monday night, Van Ryn decided to tweak his defensive pairings. He put Alex ...

‘Play Gloria!’ Blues celebration song has Philly bar origins

Sports 05/14/19, 02:14

The Boston Red Sox have "Sweet Caroline," the Chicago Blackhawks have "Chelsea Dagger" and the old Hartford Whalers had "Brass Bonanza."The St. Louis Blues?They have "Gloria," the 1982 hit song for Laura Branigan that has improbably become the celebration song for a team that won 29 of 43 games to ...

Blues defense fuels offense in 4-2 Game 2 win over Sharks

Sports 05/13/19, 22:39

Defensemen Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo scored second-period goals that helped the St. Louis Blues overcome another big game from San Jose's Logan Couture with a 4-2 victory Monday night that tied the Western Conference final at one game apiece.Dunn's second goal of the postseason gave the Blues a 2-0 ...

Down 2-0, ‘Canes seek special-teams spark against Boston

Hockey 05/13/19, 16:47

It doesn't matter which team goes on a power play. The Carolina Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage.Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league's worst —when they're up a man or when they're ...

Sooey! Pig named Hamilton bringing Hurricanes playoff luck

Hockey 05/13/19, 01:49

The Carolina Hurricanes have been rolling at home ever since their newly acquired grunter named Hamilton started hogging the corner.Not defenseman Dougie Hamilton — Hamilton the pig.The 90-pound Juliana potbelly who catches games from behind the boards in a personalized wagon has shown plenty of chops during his three-week run ...

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