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Wild oust Blues to reach next round

Apr 27, 2015

Wild oust Blues to reach next round

Minnesota was killing an early penalty when Zach Parise snagged a loose puck in the neutral zone, raced away from St. Louis and triggered a huge roar from the home crowd with his highlight-reel goal off a bad-angle shot. That was a bad sign ...

Apr 27, 2015

Pens star Crosby to play for Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been added to Canada’s roster for the upcoming world hockey championship. The move gives the Canadian team a boost as it seeks to win its first gold medal since 2007. Crosby became available after the New York Rangers ...

Blackhawks clinch series

Apr 26, 2015

Blackhawks clinch series

Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded. Another big goal for Chicago’s top defenseman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs. Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on ...

Rangers put away Penguins

Apr 25, 2015

Rangers put away Penguins

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hagelin skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short ...

Next NHL expansion may cost $500 million

Apr 25, 2015

Next NHL expansion may cost $500 million

NHL NHL commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind. How’s $500 million sound? Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors ...

Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

Apr 24, 2015

Lightning top Red Wings in OT to even series

The Tampa Bay Lightning spent all season showing they could score goals in bunches, and with a first-round playoff series seemingly slipping away, Tyler Johnson led their most important flurry yet. Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory ...

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

Apr 23, 2015

Ducks finish sweep of Jets

The Anaheim Ducks wiped out the Winnipeg Jets in front of another raucous whiteout crowd. Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period and Anaheim beat Winnipeg 5-2 on Wednesday night to sweep the Western Conference first-round series. “Obviously it’s a building that I ...

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

Apr 22, 2015

Chicago wins 3OT thriller

They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning. The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games. Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenseman ...

McLellan done after seven seasons with Sharks

Apr 21, 2015

McLellan done after seven seasons with Sharks

After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change. The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after ...

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

Apr 20, 2015

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

John Tavares can be excused if the Islanders captain doesn’t recall the previous time New York won a playoff game in overtime. “I was only 3 years old then,” Tavares said, when informed it’s been 22 years since that happened. He’ll certainly remember this ...

Crosby helps Penguins even series

Apr 19, 2015

Crosby helps Penguins even series

Sidney Crosby woke up, and so did the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby scored twice and the Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night. The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping ...

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

Apr 18, 2015

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

So what if the Washington Capitals’ goalie was a last-minute rookie replacement, making his second NHL appearance all season? So what if Alex Ovechkin’s club had played nearly 5½ periods without ever holding a lead, and was facing a two-goal hole that was getting ...