Men's hockey

St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) is congratulated by Robby Fabbri (15) and Robert Bortuzzo (41) after his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
April 08, 2019 - 10:57 am
Dead last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues looked like underachievers who cost their head coach his job and wouldn't remain together for long. Then the Blues did the improbable, winning 30 of their final 45 games to become the seventh team since the expansion era began in 1967 to go...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2017 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville speaks at a news conference during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday, April 8, 2019, to coach the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam, File)
April 08, 2019 - 9:51 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It's...
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Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 8:34 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights struggled when they opened the season and wound up in last place in the Western Conference at one point, a humbling stumble for a team that was just a few months removed from a charmed run to the Stanley Cup Final in its first year of existence. With the...
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In this, March 28, 2019, photo, Don Logan, president of the Las Vegas Aviators, stands in front of a new baseball park in Las Vegas. Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city. (AP Photo/John Locher)
April 08, 2019 - 5:12 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don Logan spent years trying to get a new minor league ballpark in this gambling city, so the president of the Las Vegas Aviators understands what the Oakland Athletics are going through in their quest for new digs in the Bay Area. After all, he's had sewage in his dugout, too. The...
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Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, has his shot deflected by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 07, 2019 - 11:37 pm
Mike Smith and David Rittich helped the Calgary Flames finish first in the Western Conference. Yet there are still questions about how far those goalies can carry their team in the playoffs. Smith and Rittich sounds more like a law firm than the goaltending tandem anyone expected the NHL's second-...
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Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, top, Sam Reinhart (23), Zemgus Girgensons (28) and Kyle Okposo (21) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. "Today certainly wasn't an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there. We were very...
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Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 07, 2019 - 3:56 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Tom Wilson tries not to read everything about him on social media. You'd think being on the receiving end of endless tweets and messages that are, well, not suitable for work would be reason enough to skip them. But Wilson can't just ignore it all because sometimes it goes...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) scores on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 07, 2019 - 1:11 pm
The team expected to win it all faces an opponent that loaded up for the same thing, the defending champions go up against a playoff newcomer and the wild West is wide open in the quest for the Stanley Cup. The NHL playoffs open Wednesday when the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning host...
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Calgary Flames forward Derek Ryan (10) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. Flames won 7-2. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
April 07, 2019 - 12:49 pm
Whenever Eric Desjardins reunites with his 1993 Montreal Canadiens teammates, the topic of Canada's ongoing Stanley Cup drought doesn't come up in conversation. "We don't see it that way. Canadian team, American team, it's just that we were part of the NHL," the former star defenseman said. "Sure,...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2019 file photo Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) prepares to take a face-off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are headed to the NHL playoffs for the 13th straight year thanks in large part to Crosby's ability to help prevent goals as easily as he scores them, making him a dark-horse candidate for the Selke Trophy, the award given annually to the top defensive forward in the NHL. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar/File)
April 07, 2019 - 12:22 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Casey DeSmith has seen it at every stop of his hockey career. Practice comes, the focus shifts to defending and the guys paid lavishly to score goals take their foot off the gas. "I've had people on every single team I've ever played on like that, obviously," the Pittsburgh...
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