Men's hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets' Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, carries the puck past New Jersey Devils' Pavel Zacha, of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
October 03, 2019 - 9:40 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to Sweden to help fill the scoring void left by departed star forward Artemi Panarin. More specifically, the Blue Jackets are relying on a quartet of Swedes _ two of them rookies who haven’t played in North America before _ for some...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 24, 2019 file photo, Minnesota's Taylor Heise (9) controls the puck during the third period in the NCAA Division I women's Frozen Four hockey championship game against Wisconsin in Hamden, Conn. A viable professional hockey league for women is the goal of the current crop of veteran players, and the youngsters who dream of playing the sport professionally when they get older are behind the current efforts being made. Sophomore Taylor Heise of the University of Minnesota, says having them fight for players like her “is amazing.” (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)
October 02, 2019 - 10:40 pm
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Debbie Osborne eased into a seat inside Herb Brooks Arena and stared out at her 17-year-old daughter, Kayle, as a hockey game between the United States and Canada featuring girls under age 18 was set to get under way. A single mother who has a full-time job in the Canadian...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Alex Galchenyuk (18) is congratulated by Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
October 02, 2019 - 11:49 am
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins began the franchise’s longest offseason in more than a decade with general manager Jim Rutherford talking about the need for its stars to get past the complacency he feared had crept in during consecutive Stanley Cup title runs in 2016 and 2017...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan is shown during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Fla. Callahan was interested in going into management after his NHL playing career ended because of degenerative disk disease in his back. Because he still has a year left on his contract, the 34-year-old couldn’t do that and decided to move into television instead with NHL Network. It’s a move that could create a road map for other injured players to stay in hockey. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 02, 2019 - 6:41 am
Ryan Callahan figured he would visit a specialist and learn how to fix the back issues that plagued him last season. Instead, two doctor visits brought the diagnosis of degenerative disk disease and the end of his playing career. Once Callahan came to grips with that, he decided he would like to go...
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New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin celebrates his empty net goal during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)
October 02, 2019 - 6:31 am
The St. Louis Blues will look a lot like the team that won the franchise's first Stanley Cup when the puck drops for the NHL's season-opening game against the 2018 champion Washington Capitals. Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, knows the season won't be quite the same...
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New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of the team's preseason NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 01, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Whether it involves New Jersey rookie center Jack Hughes or any other prospect, Devils general manager Ray Shero says the most important aspects of a prospect's development must be in place before first stepping into the locker room. Simply put, the key is culture, and how it rubs off on an...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, left, checks San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 01, 2019 - 11:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season for abuse of an official. The punishment handed out Tuesday comes after a run-in Kane had with Vegas' Deryk Engelland in a preseason game on Sunday. Kane responded with a slash after...
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Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with teammate Chandler Stephenson (18) and Jakub Vrana (13) of Czech Republic during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
September 30, 2019 - 1:52 pm
The NHL could be on the way to its version of "Are You Ready For Some Football?" The league is announcing a two-year partnership with Green Day that includes an opening song for NBC Sports' "Wednesday Night Hockey." The song, "Ready, Fire, Aim" isn't custom-made for the NHL and will be on Green Day...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, the St. Louis Blues celebrate with the Stanley Cup after they defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Boston. The ebb and flow of recent champions from fast and skilled to physical and punishing illustrates how many different blueprints there are to win a championship in today’s NHL and the importance of tailoring style of play to personnel and perfecting that chemistry. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
September 28, 2019 - 9:10 am
Had the night of June 12 gone differently, maybe NHL rivals would be looking to the Boston Bruins as the model to follow to win the Stanley Cup. "We were one game away to change the narrative of how teams should be structured," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. The Bruins lost Game 7 of the final...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube carries the Stanley Cup after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, in Boston. The NHL 2019-20 regular season begins Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
September 25, 2019 - 12:16 pm
When the Tampa Bay Lightning woke up on Jan. 3 atop the NHL standings, the St. Louis Blues were dead last. Tampa had won 31 of its first 39 games, while St. Louis had won just 15 of its first 37. The Lightning staked themselves to 30-point lead on the Blues before the season's halfway mark. The...
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