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Blackhawks top Ducks in Game 7, earn shot at Stanley Cup

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks dealt with Game 7 pressure in the same way they’ve handled just about everything during their incredible seven-year playoff run. Like champions. And after ending a remarkable Western Conference finals with a blowout victory, the Blackhawks get another chance to raise the Stanley Cup. ...

May 29, 2015

Sharks bring DeBoer as new coach

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 ...

Keith stars as Chicago forces Game 7

May 28, 2015

Keith stars as Chicago forces Game 7

It is really hard to wear out Duncan Keith. He just keeps going and going and going. Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a ...

May 28, 2015

Bylsma meets with Sabres brass

Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres’ vacancy Wednesday. A person familiar with the discussions said the talks took place in Buffalo and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The person spoke on the ...

Rangers thrash Lightning to force Game 7

May 27, 2015

Rangers thrash Lightning to force Game 7

Henrik Lundqvist had lots of help in another season-saving performance for the New York Rangers. The star goalie stopped 36 shots and Derick Brassard had a hat trick for the Presidents’ Trophy winners, who forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a ...

Ducks sink Blackhawks in OT, take 3-2 lead

May 26, 2015

Ducks sink Blackhawks in OT, take 3-2 lead

The Anaheim Ducks stumbled back to their dressing room after regulation in disbelief. Jonathan Toews had just scored two improbable goals in 72 seconds, and Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was headed into an overtime where everything seemed tilted toward Chicago. Anaheim ...

Lightning move closer to Stanley Cup finals

May 25, 2015

Lightning move closer to Stanley Cup finals

Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams this season. Playing defense for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. Steven Stamkos ...

Blackhawks beat Ducks on double-OT winner

May 24, 2015

Blackhawks beat Ducks on double-OT winner

Antoine Vermette turned a huge disappointment into a moment of pure joy. That is how it goes for the Chicago Blackhawks when the playoffs go to overtime. Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second extra session, and the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 ...

Lundqvist, Rangers even series

May 23, 2015

Lundqvist, Rangers even series

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two poor performances, and helped the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Friday night and square the NHL Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing ...

Ducks edge Blackhawks

May 22, 2015

Ducks edge Blackhawks

Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago. Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night ...

May 21, 2015

KHL eyes expansion into China

The Kontinental Hockey League says it 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 ...

Lightning strike in OT to edge ahead over Rangers in series

May 21, 2015

Lightning strike in OT to edge ahead over Rangers in series

The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov’s overtime goal. Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his ...

Kruger scores winner in third overtime to lift Blackhawks

May 20, 2015

Kruger scores winner in third overtime to lift Blackhawks

The Blackhawks tried just about everything to get a puck past Frederik Andersen while Game 2 of the Western Conference finals wound through three overtime periods and deep into the night, eventually becoming the longest game in Chicago’s 89-year history. Andrew Shaw even headed ...