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  • Blackhawks recall defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from minors

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the minors Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville did not rule him out for the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Battle in front of nets key to reaching Stanley Cup final

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • NHL's final 4 fighting for area in front of net

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The road to the Stanley Cup winds through the valuable real estate right in front of the goal.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • Blackhawks recall D van Riemsdyk from minors

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from Rockford of the American Hockey League, and coach Joel Quenneville says he might be able to play in the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Babcock bids emotional farewell in Detroit

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

  • Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

    May 22, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds - or, at least, hoped to.

  • Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

    May 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

  • Ducks bounce back after tough OT loss for 2-1 series lead

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.Any doubts he had about fatigue and his squad's ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier disappeared even before the midday shoot-around.

  • NHL salary cap will climb to million next season

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of million.

  • Versteeg active for Blackhawks in Game 3

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were active for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, replacing Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen in a bit of surprise.Chicago is coming off a triple-overtime victory at Anaheim on Tuesday night, and the insertion of Versteeg and Nordstrom puts two fresh players in the lineup. But Vermette is a strong performer in the faceoff circle, and Teravainen is one of the team's most promising young players.

  • Rangers searching for answers on defense against Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled.The New York Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL's top goalies is at a loss to explain why.If Lundqvist and his teammates can't find answers in a hurry, their chances of overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals don't appear good.

  • Penguins GM: Dan Bylsma free to pursue any coaching job

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening, including the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy.That was the response Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford provided The Associated Press on Thursday, when asked if he granted Buffalo permission to interview Bylsma. Though Bylsma was fired last June, he remains on Pittsburgh's payroll because his contract runs through the end of next season.

  • Senators owner, donor doing well after liver transplant

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant. All his donor wants in return is for the team to win the Stanley Cup.The University Health Network hospital in Toronto said Thursday the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in the intensive care unit after Tuesday's transplant, but he's been awake, smiling and answering questions.

  • Mike Babcock faces 'massive challenge' as Maple Leafs' coach

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan's first conversation with Mike Babcock about the Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching position was more of a disclaimer than a sales pitch. The club president wanted Babcock to know how far away the Leafs are from being a winning team.

  • KHL looks to expand into China

    May 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The Kontinental Hockey League 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 from nothing,'' KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko told the Tass agency. The International Olympic Committee will decide the host July 31.

  • Martin Brodeur becomes Blues' assistant general manager

    May 22, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Record-setting goalie Martin Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the deal Wednesday.The 43-year-old Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis this season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong. Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL's top goalie.

  • Goalies take center stage in Western Conference finals

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The top four defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks carried a heavy load in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. A couple of Chicago's biggest stars were shut out in Anaheim, and the Ducks' fourth line caused a bunch of problems for the Blackhawks.

  • After Babcock's departure, Detroit's focus turns to Blashill

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach - and right now there's only one clear candidate.Jeff Blashill might not end up getting the job, but he's the man general manager Ken Holland will talk to first now that coach Mike Babcock has left for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Sharks sign Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi

    May 22, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed Finnish free agent forward Joonas (YOO-nus) Donskoi to an entry-level contract.The team announced the signing Wednesday.The 23-year-old Donskoi had 19 goals and 30 assists in 58 games for Karpat in Finland's top professional hockey league. He helped his team win the league championship and was voted as the playoff MVP.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

    May 22, 2015

    Mike Babcock moved from one Original Six franchise to another Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year, million deal to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Maple Leafs announced the hiring to put to an end months of speculation about Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the past 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.

  • AP source: Buffalo Sabres out of running for Mike Babcock

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are out of the running to hire Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team is not discussing its coaching search to replace Ted Nolan. The development comes a day after Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray held contract negotiations.

  • Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in 3 years

    May 22, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Like father, like son: Nick Foligno now is an NHL captain just like his dad was.Foligno, who served as a captain for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus in January, was introduced Wednesday as the first Blue Jackets player in three years to wear the ''C'' on his jersey.

  • Senators sign Andrew Hammond to million, 3-year deal

    May 22, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a .05-million, three-year contract.Hammond, whose spectacular late-season run got the Senators into the playoffs, will make .2 million next season, .35 million in 2016-17 and .5 million in 2017-18.

  • Boston Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

    May 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement.''He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,'' Sweeney said Wednesday in a news conference after he was promoted to become the eighth GM in the 81-year history of the Original Six franchise. ''I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person. It's just a matter of lining up things that I believe in.''

  • Senators owner undergoes successful liver transplant

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant, the team announced Tuesday night.The Senators said Melnyk and the anonymous donor are doing well and resting comfortably at Toronto General Hospital.The team announced last week that Melnyk was in need of a live liver transplant and put 12 people through a screening process.

  • Chicago's Shaw heads puck into net for disallowed goal in OT

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw headed the puck into the net during the second overtime in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, but his remarkable goal was illegal.Shaw thought he had ended the Blackhawks' exhausting meeting with the Anaheim Ducks 8:47 into the second OT when he headed home a looping rebound of Patrick Kane's shot in the crease, bouncing the puck off his helmet in an incredible soccer-style play.

  • Rangers looking to rebound against resilient Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Resilience is one of the keys to any team's success, especially in the NHL playoffs.The Tampa Bay Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it's the New York Rangers' turn to respond yet again.''As a coach, you've got to make adjustments in some areas, and you've got to push buttons. For these guys to keep such a high intensity rate for the whole playoffs, and that goes for every team, it's a hard thing to do,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday after arriving home from the team's 6-2 victory that evened the series at 1-1.

  • Todd McLellan hired as coach of Edmonton Oilers

    May 22, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Todd McLellan is focused on a new beginning with the Edmonton OilersMcLellan was hired as the new coach of Oilers on Tuesday.''We're not going to talk about playoffs here,'' said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement.

  • AP source: Babcock in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Though a deal has not been completed, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday regarding the possibility of becoming their next head coach.The talks took place between Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray and began early in the day, a person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private and the Sabres have not publicly discussed their coaching search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio

    May 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam.John Spano Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery for what authorities say was a scheme that saw him collect nearly ,000 in sales commissions on fraudulent accounts he created. The 50-year-old Spano faces as many as 16 years in prison when sentenced in a Lake County courtroom next month. He remains free on bond. His attorney did not return telephone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

  • Linesman Brad Kovachik hurts leg in Game 2 of Rangers-Tampa

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NHL linesman Brad Kovachik had to leave the ice in the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning after injuring a leg.Kovachik was standing against the side boards near the Lightning blue line when Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay checked Kevin Klein of the Rangers into the linesman. Play continued for a few seconds before the officials stopped play with Kovachik unable to stand. He was helped off the ice.

  • Flyers hire North Dakota's Hakstol as new head coach

    May 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit as if they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue would have given an indication on who was Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Ducks' depth, Hawks' limits in spotlight heading to Game 2

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kyle Palmieri hadn't scored a goal in the Anaheim Ducks' entire playoff run until he beat Corey Crawford in the Western Conference finals opener, sliding on his back in celebration of what turned out to be the game-winner.With Palmieri and several lesser-known Ducks stepping up splendidly in the postseason, the Chicago Blackhawks realize they've got to match that depth.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving for job with Colorado

    May 22, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the same position with the Colorado Avalanche.The Avalanche confirmed the hiring on Monday.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Senators owner, hopeful of liver transplant, thanks public

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thanked the public for its support Monday in what he calls the ''biggest battle'' of his life - his urgent appeal for a liver transplant.The 55-year-old Melnyk was hospitalized three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. His condition is considered critical.

  • Caps GM MacLellan discusses 'empty feeling,' 'right path'

    May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly a year to the day after his promotion to general manager of the Washington Capitals was announced, Brian MacLellan's eyes welled with tears when asked how the time in his current job has been.''It's been a whirlwind. It's flown by. Warp speed. It's been fun,'' MacLellan said Monday, meeting with reporters at the team's practice facility five days after Washington was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the New York Rangers.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving organization for new job

    May 22, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for another position.The club did not disclose on Monday what job McFarland had taken.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Flyers name North Dakota's Hakstol new head coach

    May 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit like they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue have would clued anyone in on Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Canada routs defending champ Russia 6-1 to win hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 Sunday with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.In a meeting of the two most decorated teams in world championship history, Canada claimed its 25th title with another attacking display that Russia simply couldn't cope with.

  • Rangers top defensemen face Tampa Bay's kid line

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been getting the top defensive assignments for the New York Rangers for years.In the opening round of the playoffs, they were asked to shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals came in the second round.

  • Chicago mayor raises stakes in hockey bet with Anaheim mayor

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has upped his friendly bet with his counterpart in Anaheim, California, on the outcome of the NHL's Western Conference finals.The Chicago Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks in a best-of-seven series that starts Sunday.

  • US beats Czechs 3-0 to win bronze at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States blanked the host Czech Republic 3-0 at the ice hockey world championship Sunday to claim a second bronze medal in three years.Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the St. Johns IceCaps made 39 saves for the shutout.''He's our best player,'' New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson said. ''He's the reason why we're here, why we're able to win the medal. He shut the door numerous times.''

  • Man who scammed NHL in 1990s faces another Ohio fraud case

    May 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The man who once tried buy an NHL franchise with loads of chutzpah and not much else could face a return to the judicial penalty box if convicted of what authorities say is yet another scam.John Spano Jr., whose audacious effort to buy the New York Islanders in 1996 landed him in federal prison, is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for an alleged scheme to defraud a company that provides laundry services to health care facilities.

  • Powerful Blackhawks meet rising Ducks in conference finals

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have built a tradition of excellence over the past seven years, winning two Stanley Cup titles and contending almost every spring with a dynamic roster of proven stars.The Anaheim Ducks want everything that the Blackhawks already have, and they finally get a chance to take it in the Western Conference finals.

  • Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals

    May 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players.Putin's team won 18 to 6, with eight of those goals made by the 62-year-old president, most of them on assists from NHL stars Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky.

  • Ryan Callahan back in lineup 5 days after appendectomy

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Five days after having an emergency appendectomy, Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan is in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.Callahan skated with the team in the pregame warmups at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. And the Lightning announced about 20 minutes before the opening faceoff that he would play against his former teammates.

  • Canada makes final at hockey worlds with 2-0 win over Czechs

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza scored Saturday to put Canada into the final of the ice hockey world championship with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.Canada reached its first final since 2009 and will take on either defending champion Russia or the United States as it looks for its first title since 2007.

  • NHL Calendar

    May 22, 2015

    May 1-17 - IIHF World Championship, Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.June 17 - Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals.June 26-27 - NHL draft, Sunrise, Fla.July 1 - Free agency begins.

  • Wide array of experience in NHL conference finals

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen made his NHL debut in 1998, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was 4 years old. Rangers forward Martin St. Louis had played in 1,154 games when forward Jonathan Drouin logged his first appearance with the Lightning in October.

  • Lacking 'killer instinct,' Capitals head into offseason

    May 22, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) While some Washington Capitals professed to not see a pattern in blown playoff series leads over the years or failures to reach the conference finals, forward Troy Brouwer wondered aloud Friday about a possible ''mental block.''''We've got to find a way to be able to get past this little hump of losing in the first or second round, and it starts with closing teams out and not being afraid to succeed,'' Brouwer said at the Capitals' practice facility, two days after the team was eliminated by the New York Rangers with a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7.

  • Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry meet Hawks' Toews, Kane in West final

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf celebrated his 30th birthday last Sunday with the only gift he really wanted: The Anaheim Ducks clinched a trip to the Western Conference finals.His longtime linemate and hockey soulmate, Corey Perry, also turns 30 this Saturday. After nearly half a lifetime together, Getzlaf knows exactly what to get him.

  • St Louis and Callahan focal points for Rangers-Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) There was no bigger deal at the NHL trading deadline in 2014 than Martin St. Louis going from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks.Captain for captain. The face of the Lightning franchise - unhappy as he was at the time - for a homegrown, hard-working blue collar guy the Rangers were not going to be able to re-sign.

  • Montreal cut ties with veterans Gonchar, Weaver, Malhotra

    May 22, 2015

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Veterans Manny Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.General manager Marc Bergevin says he informed all three on Friday. Bergevin says ''they did great service for our team,'' and ''on the leadership side, these guys really helped with the transition.''

  • Dallas Stars players evacuate facility in police lockdown

    May 22, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Three Dallas Stars players were among those evacuated from the NHL franchise's practice facility Friday as police searched for suspects in an armed robbery.Frisco police barricading an area around the Dr. Pepper StarCenter evacuated everyone from the building as they investigated what they believe to be multiple suspects in the arena parking garage. The Dallas Morning News reports the players were Stars left wing Jamie Benn, defenseman Jason Demers and right wing Ales Hemsky.

  • Senators: Good response by liver donors for owner Melnyk

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) More than 400 people had offered Friday to give part of their liver to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, a day after his family and the team made a public appeal.The 55-year-old Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. He's in critical condition.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL this season

    May 22, 2015

    There has been plenty of drama in the NHL playoffs this season.Just not many goals.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84). Credit the big, talented goaltenders, better coaching and shot-blocking and the mentality of the players once they get to this stage of the season.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL

    May 22, 2015

    Scoring is down in the NHL playoffs.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84).

  • Lightning a reminder southern hockey continues to thrive

    May 22, 2015

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) About the same time a new champion hoists the Stanley Cup, players from as far away as Canada, Latvia and Hungary will gather in Tennessee for four days to showcase their hockey talent for college coaches and junior league teams.

  • Bishop a key to Tampa Bay Lightning's deep playoff run

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have a pretty good idea of where they'd likely be without Ben Bishop, and it's not in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals.The league's tallest goaltender is making a name for himself, answering questions about how far he can carry his team with one stellar performance after another in the playoffs.

  • Ducks' Perry misses another practice, but should play Sunday

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Perry has missed his second straight practice with the Anaheim Ducks to rest for the Western Conference finals.Perry stuck to a stationary bike Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau expects him to play when the Ducks open the series Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Protecting home ice could decide NHL's conference finals

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have a sellout streak of 323 games and counting. The New York Rangers play in the world's most famous arena, and the Anaheim Ducks are undefeated at home in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise record with an NHL-best 32 home wins this season.

  • NHL star Ovechkin set to join Russia at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The Washington Capitals say forward Alex Ovechkin should arrive in Prague in time to help Russia play the United States in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday.The Capitals said on Thursday that Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, was travelling on the same day.

  • Lightning's Callahan back on ice after appendectomy

    May 22, 2015

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan was back on the ice Thursday, less than 72 hours after undergoing an emergency appendectomy that sidelined him for Game 6 of the Lightning's second-round playoff series against Montreal.Callahan skated during a light practice coach Jon Cooper held before traveling to New York, where Tampa Bay will meet the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final, beginning Saturday.

  • Hockey semis: Canada vs Czech, defending champ Russia vs US

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and lined up Russia in the semifinals on Saturday.

  • Senators owner Eugene Melnyk needs liver transplant

    May 22, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk urgently needs a liver transplant, and the team put out a call Thursday for potential donors.The team says Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago due to ''liver-related complications.'' His family has reached out to close friends and relatives with the hope of finding a suitable donor candidate, but with no success.

  • Canada, Russia, US advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited Russia.

  • Planned US-Canada bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A planned .1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Thursday in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as ''Mr. Hockey,'' was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships.

  • US, Canada advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Forward Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited either defending champion Russia or Sweden.

  • US beats Switzerland 3-1 to reach semis at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.Smith tied the game for the Americans with a wrist shot 10:17 into the second period, and Coyle deflected in a slap shot by defensemen Seth Jones for the go-ahead goal.

  • Rangers head to NHL conference finals to face Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the New York Rangers.First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals: Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and, if he recovers quickly enough from an appendectomy, former captain Ryan Callahan.

  • Capitals squander 3-1 series lead in losing to Rangers

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alexander Ovechkin did everything but deliver on his predication of a Game 7 victory by the Washington Capitals.The NHL's leading goal scorer tallied early to give the Capitals the lead, launched six shots at Henrik Lundqvist, played almost 22 minutes and was Washington's biggest threat Wednesday night.

  • Sochi hockey players start legal battle for pay

    May 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Players at the Sochi hockey club that forms a major part of the legacy of last year's Winter Olympics are to start a legal battle over months of unpaid wages.HC Sochi plays in the Kontinental Hockey League, widely regarded as the strongest competition outside the NHL, and features some of the competition's biggest average crowds. But the club has hit major financial problems in its debut season.

  • Blackhawks get time to recharge for showdown with Ducks

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks had a few days away from the ice after advancing to the Western Conference final. Winger Bryan Bickell made the most of it.He found time to go bass fishing. He took his 8-month-old daughter for some walks.''She's growing like a weed,'' Bickell said. ''She's crawling and she's climbing things. That's what it's all about.''

  • Lightning back in Eastern finals for 1st time in 4 years

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) So much for all those questions about what's happened to Steven Stamkos in the NHL playoffs.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in four years after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens ended their second-round series in six games.

  • Ducks coach Boudreau finally gets his playoff redemption

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the Anaheim Ducks stormed the ice to celebrate Corey Perry's series-clinching overtime goal, Bruce Boudreau looked up and saw his two sons and his wife, Crystal, hugging and hopping in the frenzied Honda Center stands.They turned and locked eyes with Boudreau, maniacally pointing at him. So Boudreau pointed back, and unadulterated joy flooded over a face that usually registers only concern when he's at work.

  • US tops Slovakia in OT at world championship

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Jack Eichel scored on a wrist shot with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Slovakia at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.The Americans finished first in Group B with six wins and one loss.The result means the U.S. will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

  • Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival has ankle surgery

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival has undergone surgery on his fractured left ankle and should return in 3-4 months.The team termed the procedure successful on Tuesday and said the 36-year-old veteran should return to ''full hockey activities'' in 12-16 weeks.

  • Lundqvist and Rangers face Ovechkin and Capitals in Game 7

    May 22, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers weren't wasting any time on Alexander Ovechkin's prediction of a Game 7 win for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Ovechkin said it on Monday and the Rangers didn't care Tuesday. The only thing they talked about after practice was being prepared for winner-take-all game Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Belarus grabs last spot in quarters; US, Canada, Finland win

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • 1st-round draft pick Brandon Scherff signs with Redskins

    May 22, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Brandon Scherff has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday.All 10 of Washington's draft choices are under contract.Scherff, an offensive lineman from Iowa, was the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. The Redskins hadn't taken a player in the first round since 2012, when they chose Robert Griffin III after sending a bevy of picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in the draft.

  • Belarus grabs last quarterfinal spot; US, Canada win

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Autopsy: NHL's Steve Montador had degenerative brain disease

    May 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador had a degenerative brain disease that's been linked to repeated blows to the head, according to researchers who autopsied his brain.Montador died in February at age 35 of an undisclosed cause at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He had multiple concussions during his career with six NHL teams and had been exhibiting signs of a possible brain disorder, including depression, memory problems and erratic behavior.

  • Ex-nanny for Penguins player to stand trial on theft charges

    May 22, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The former nanny for the family of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz is set to stand trial on charges she stole ,000 diamond earrings from his wife, then sold them to jewelry stores.The investigation of 26-year-old Andrea Forsythe began when her rental home burned down in June. She faces separate federal charges of setting that fire and filing false insurance claims to collect on jewelry she said was lost in the blaze.

  • Canada to face Belarus in quarterfinals of hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus clinched the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 Tuesday.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Chris Kreider leading Rangers' comeback vs. Capitals

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) In a thrilling series featuring two of the NHL's top goal scorers and two of the league's best goaltenders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers is stealing the spotlight.The 24-year-old power forward who is one of fastest skaters in the league has been the biggest reason why the Rangers are still going and heading to a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Lightning's Callahan out for Game 6 vs. Canadiens

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan will miss Game 6 of the team's playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.The team said Monday night that Callahan, who has no goals and three assists in 12 postseason games, was sent to Tampa General Hospital after experiencing abdominal pain earlier in the day.

  • Canadiens confident they can force Game 7 against Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hold the pep talks, motivational ploys and all the statistics that support Tampa Bay feeling good about its chances of closing out Montreal in the second round of the NHL playoffs.The resilient Canadiens have won two straight to trim a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. And the suddenly reeling Lightning said it is time to match the opposition's desperation and finish the job.

  • Re-signing Dubnyk tops Wild's offseason to-do list

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild were humbled by their four-game sweep in the second round of the NHL playoffs by division rival Chicago.That doesn't mean they'll be moved to make major changes to their roster this summer.As they gathered at the arena on Monday for the last time for a while, Wild players and leaders said they believed they had enough skill, grit and depth to win that Western Conference semifinal series against the nemesis Blackhawks.

  • With Blackhawks, Ducks there's no shortage of star power

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No team in the NHL is on a bigger roll than the Anaheim Ducks and none is more tested than the Chicago Blackhawks.These two powerhouses are about to meet in a Western Conference final full of star power and intriguing matchups.''It's going to be one heck of a series,'' Ducks captain Corey Perry said. ''They're a great team. When you put two teams together, it's going to be a great series. They're a skating club, and they're kind of similar to Calgary. They've got a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and you've got to be ready to step in front of them and eliminate their time and space, and if we do that, we'll be all right.''

  • Austria, Finland earn shootout wins at hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Konstantin Komarek scored the winning penalty to give Austria a 3-2 win over Germany after a shootout at the hockey world championships Monday, a result that sent Switzerland into the quarterfinals.Austria's win means Switzerland became the fourth team from Group A to advance to the quarters, joining Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Austria needed a win in regulation to keep alive its slim chances of advancing.

  • Trotz OK with Ovechkin saying Caps will win Rangers series

    May 22, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin certainly can talk the talk, from his ''All series, baby'' jab aimed at Henrik Lundqvist during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, to his assertion that the Washington Capitals will eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 7.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    May 22, 2015

    NBACHICAGO (AP) LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play - and then nixed it.''Give me the ball and get out of the way,'' he said.James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt's idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, evening the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

  • Kreider scores 2, Rangers hold off Caps 4-3 to force Game 7

    May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Once merely 101 seconds from having their season end, then forced to hold off a furious Game 6 rally, Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers are now one victory away from returning to the Eastern Conference finals.Kreider scored 40 seconds after the opening faceoff and with 0.3 seconds left in the first period Sunday night, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the Rangers barely held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 and force a Game 7 in the second round.

  • Babcock declines comment after meeting with Sabres owner

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Mike Babcock's coaching interview tour took him to Buffalo on Sunday for a meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula.The Detroit Red Wings coach declined comment to The Associated Press, and referred questions to Pegula when the two got out of an SUV at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Pegula said ''Hello,'' before making a remark on how much rain had fallen. The two then walked away and boarded a private jet.

  • US, Czechs, Russia make quarterfinals at hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist Sunday as the United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.The Czech Republic and defending champion Russia also advanced to the knockout stage, while already-qualified Canada maintained a perfect record by trashing Switzerland 7-2 to clinch first place in its group.

  • Rundblad set to step in for Blackhawks defense

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Rundblad slated to step in for Blackhawks defense

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Ducks' Boudreau, Caps' Trotz close to their 1st conf. finals

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bruce Boudreau and Barry Trotz have heard the rap for their entire NHL coaching careers. They both realize they've been labeled as outstanding regular-season tacticians who just can't lead teams deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Babcock Watch: Weighing Red Wings coach's options

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) From San Jose to Philadelphia, Mike Babcock has no shortage of NHL coaching options after the Detroit Red Wings granted him permission to speak to other teams.Buffalo and Toronto are in the mix. So could be Edmonton, where the focus of attention is already turning with the anticipated arrival of center Connor McDavid in next month's draft.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor signs with Ottawa Senators

    May 22, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted college free-agent goalie Matt O'Connor signed with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor agrees to terms with Ottawa Senators

    May 22, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted free-agent goaltender Matt O'Connor has come to terms with the Ottawa Senators, signing a two-year deal with the maximum bonuses allowed on an entry-level contract.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA national championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Canada makes quarterfinals at worlds with 4-3 win vs France

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada overcame France 4-3 Saturday to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship and become the first team to secure a quarterfinal spot.Defending champion Russia thrashed Belarus 7-0 for its fourth win at the tournament.

  • Lease extension would keep Sharks at SAP until 2025

    May 22, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks expect to call SAP Center their home for at least the next 10 years.Sharks owner Hasso Plattner and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Friday that the team and the city have reached a lease extension agreement at SAP Center through May 8, 2025, subject to approval by the City Council.

  • Lightning look to close out Canadiens in Montreal

    May 22, 2015

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are 5 for 5 this year in Montreal. Now they need one more road win against the Canadiens.The Lightning had a chance to sweep the Canadiens on Thursday night, but goaltender Ben Bishop was pulled in the second period of Montreal's 6-2 victory. Now the second-round series is headed back to Canada for Game 5 on Saturday night (NBCSN, 7 p.m. EDT).

  • US beats Denmark, Czechs blank Austria at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States rebounded from a loss to Belarus with a 1-0 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to stay on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.Also, the Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1, and Germany rallied to edge Latvia 2-1 for its second victory.

  • Blackhawks defenseman Rozsival out for rest of playoffs

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a broken left ankle.Rozsival was hurt when he lost his balance and fell backward in the second period of Chicago's 4-3 series-ending victory at Minnesota on Thursday night. The Blackhawks will face Anaheim or Calgary in their third consecutive appearance in the Western Conference finals.

  • Wild again left with bad feeling in loss to Blackhawks

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the third straight year, the Minnesota Wild were forced out of the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks.This defeat felt as bad as ever.''Right now, we're a good team,'' coach Mike Yeo said, ''and we have to find a way to be the best team.''

  • Red Wings give Babcock permission to test market

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock can start testing the open market.The Detroit Red Wings have granted a request from the highly respected coach for permission to speak with other teams. Babcock's contract is expiring this offseason, and his status is the main question facing the Red Wings as they try to figure out their plans for the future.

  • Czech Republic blanks Austria 4-0 at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, and Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1.The Czechs wasted a two-man advantage before they struck with middle-period goals from Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic and Vladimir Sobotka, who all scored 7:59 apart. Captain Jakub Voracek added the fourth seven seconds into the final period.

  • Blackhawks finish sweep to reach conference finals - again

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have reached the Western Conference finals.They're eight wins away from topping that feat with a third Stanley Cup.Stellar saves by Corey Crawford, another timely goal by Patrick Kane and a composed finish despite a frenzied attempt by Minnesota to send Game 4 into overtime all helped the Blackhawks complete a sweep of the Wild in their second-round playoff series with a 4-3 victory on Thursday night.

  • Goal-starved Rangers facing elimination in second round

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Being on the brink is familiar territory for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.The Caps have a history of being in position to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and finding a way to squander it.The Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers are next in line. The Capitals lead their series 3-1 and can eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night in New York.

  • Fan arrested after bringing gun to Tampa Bay Lightning game

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Police say a 27-year-old St. Petersburg man faces misdemeanor charges after bringing a gun to the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens.Someone saw Lucas Cassidy drop the gun inside a bathroom at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday night and notified authorities. When a Tampa police officer confronted Cassidy, he told her he had a gun in his pocket.

  • Wild, Canadiens hope to prevent sweeps in 2nd round

    May 22, 2015

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Wild seeking secret to beating Blackhawks

    May 22, 2015

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Vigneault, Hartley, Laviolette are Jack Adams finalists

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers' Alain Vigneault, Calgary's Bob Hartley and Nashville's Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year.Mmbers of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

  • Predators sign goalie Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract

    May 22, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract.Mazanec's contract will be worth 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 0,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. The Predators announced the signing Wednesday.

  • Steven Stamkos relieved to end playoff scoring drought

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos is relieved, but hardly satisfied.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner was able to end a frustrating playoff scoring drought last weekend, however the Lightning captain knows there's still plenty of work ahead in his team's series against Montreal.

  • Canada beats Sweden 6-4 to stay perfect at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada rallied to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship by beating Sweden 6-4 on Wednesday for its fourth straight victory.In other matches, defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark and Latvia and Norway ended their three-game losing streaks by edging Switzerland 2-1 and Slovakia 3-2 respectively.

  • Kane, Crawford settle back into form for surging Blackhawks

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The original prognosis for Patrick Kane's surgically repaired collarbone dictated his return for some point during the Western Conference finals, if the Chicago Blackhawks were to advance that far.The superstar right wing came back in almost half that time and his reintegration with the Blackhawks has been as quick as one of his vintage rushes along the perimeter to set up a display of his deft touch for scoring.

  • Defending champion Russia beats Denmark 5-2 at hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Wednesday.Also, Latvia ended a three-game losing streak by edging Switzerland 2-1.Sergei Mozyakin scored two goals to help Russia to its third win in four games.

  • NHL Capsules

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime and the New York Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.Chris Kreider breathed life into the Presidents' Trophy winners by scoring with 1:41 left in regulation to force the overtime.

  • NHL commissioner Bettman can be deposed in lawsuit

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can be deposed to give testimony in a concussion lawsuit, a U.S. District Court ruled Tuesday.Former players suing the NHL over concussion-related problems have accused the league of blocking access to Bettman for testimony in the case. The court told the plaintiffs they could depose Bettman as early as July.

  • Power outage forces restoration of ice for Blackhawks-Wild

    May 22, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) An overnight power outage in downtown St. Paul created a challenge for the maintenance crew at Xcel Energy Center before Game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild.Without electricity, ice preservation wasn't possible, making the rink rather slushy early Tuesday morning. The Wild said arena staff acted quickly to use backup power and restore the ice to playable condition.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref, is fined ,000

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined ,000 by the NHL for comments he made to referee Brad Watson following Game 2.Prust, who was fined Tuesday, also apologized to Watson.''Brandon Prust's postgame comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the league has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management,'' said NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell.

  • Less 'panic' helps Capitals in 1-goal games against Rangers

    May 22, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green thinks his team is better equipped now to handle tight, low-scoring games than it used to be.Which is a good thing, because their opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the New York Rangers, have played in an NHL-record 10 consecutive postseason games decided by one goal heading into Wednesday night's Game 4 at Washington.

  • Slovakia strike late for 3rd win at worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Slovakia struck late to overcome Slovenia 3-1 for its third victory at the ice hockey world championship and France ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Austria on Tuesday.Earlier, Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the tournament.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref for comments

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to ''apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for.''

  • Switzerland, Belarus earn 2nd victories at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday.The defeat is another blow for Germany's campaign after a humiliating 10-0 loss to Canada in its previous game on Sunday.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    May 22, 2015

    NBAOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried.He had felt this way in the past - when he barely received any scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate from tiny Davidson College to the NBA, when he sat in a doctor's office searching for answers on how to fix his troublesome right ankle.

  • Blackhawks, Ducks could take 3-0 series strangleholds

    May 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be steamrolling toward a meeting in the Western Conference finals, they're only halfway there.The Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames both must climb out of an 0-2 series hole at home Tuesday night to give themselves much of a chance to turn the tide.

  • Canada, US, earn 3rd straight wins at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby scored again as Canada beat host Czech Republic 6-3 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday, and the United States bested defending champion Russia 4-2.It was the third win in three games for both North American teams and Sweden equaled their record by routing Latvia 8-1. Last year's runner-up Finland blanked Norway 5-0 for its second win.

  • Shero hired as New Jersey Devils' general manager

    May 22, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) After a 28-year run, Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as the New Jersey Devils general manager and handing the job to Ray Shero.The 72-year-old Lamoriello announced the change Monday, noting that he will remain as president of hockey operations.

  • US beats defending champ Russia 4-2 at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States beat defending champion Russia 4-2 Monday for its third straight win at the ice hockey world championship.Sweden also made it three victories from three games with an 8-1 rout of Latvia.The young U.S. team leads Group B in Ostrava with nine points, three more than Russia, and plays Belarus next on Thursday.

  • Canadiens' Prust says ref Brad Watson insulted him

    May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal forward Brandon Prust said referee Brad Watson insulted him repeatedly in the first period after a roughing penalty in the Canadiens' 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night.''I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let (Watson) know on the way to the penalty box,'' said Prust, who ended the game with 31 minutes of penalties and a game misconduct. ''He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book.''

  • Ovechkin can still dazzle amid tight-checking postseason

    May 22, 2015

    Even in defeat, Alexander Ovechkin produced the goal of the weekend, squeezing through two opposing players and falling to his stomach while whipping a wrist shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.''They took as much space as they wanted. He still got it done,'' Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ''Great players will do that.''

  • Wild go with Haula to replace injured Fontaine

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Erik Haula replaced injured right wing Justin Fontaine for the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.Coach Mike Yeo says Haula's speed and some of his past performances against the Blackhawks were the main factors. Haula had three goals and two assists in last year's playoff series against Chicago.

  • Canadiens' Desharnais misses Game 2 vs. Lightning with flu

    May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal center David Desharnais was scratched from the lineup Sunday night for Game 2 of the Canadiens' playoff series against Tampa Bay because of the flu.He was replaced by Brian Flynn, who sat out the previous two games.Desharnais has no goals and two assists in seven playoff games this season.

  • Canada beats Germany 10-0 at ice hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada eased to another high-scoring victory at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday by overwhelming Germany 10-0.Edmonton forward Taylor Hall had a hat trick for Canada, which produced an even more dominant performance than in its opening 6-1 victory over Latvia in Group A.

  • Wild will be without Fontaine for Game 2 vs. Hawks

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Minnesota Wild right wing Justin Fontaine will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks because if a lower-body injury.Fontaine was hurt Friday night in Game 1. Coach Mike Yeo said Saturday that Fontaine's recovery timetable was unclear, either ''day to day or it might be a week.''

  • Tampa Bay, Chicago, Anaheim try to take 2-0 lead

    May 22, 2015

    The Montreal Canadiens have had six opportunities, and they haven't beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.When the Atlantic Division rivals meet next in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Canadiens will still bring plenty of confidence to their home ice.

  • Russian injuries: Zaripov out, Datsyuk not joining team

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Russia's campaign at the ice hockey world championship has received a blow after forward Danis Zaripov was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.The defending champion announced on the Russia ice hockey federation website that Zaripov picked up an injury in the opening 6-2 win over Norway on Friday. Zaripov scored a goal in the match.

  • Austria, Slovakia open ice hockey worlds with shootout wins

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Austria and Slovakia needed penalty shootouts to win their opening games at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday.Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marko Dano scored the decisive goal for Slovakia in the shootout to beat Denmark 4-3.

  • Developers file details on proposed Seattle suburb arena

    May 22, 2015

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) Developers of a privately funded arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila have filed an environmental application containing details of the proposed facility.RLB Holdings Sports and Entertainment LLC filed the application with the city of Tukwila on Friday for the ''Northwest Arena.''

  • Babcock says he's still uncertain about coaching future

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock says he's not rushing into any decisions about his future.The Detroit coach, whose contract is expiring, expects to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland at some point in the next 10 days to talk things over, and Babcock said Friday he also needs to consult his wife as he figures out where he wants to coach next season.

  • Rangers look to bounce back from tough Game 1 loss to Caps

    May 22, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Putting a brutal, last-second loss to the Washington Capitals in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals behind them isn't something the New York Rangers are worried about.Playoff hockey is all about short-term memory. You win, you forget about it. You lose, you forget about it faster.

  • Buffalo Sabres fire AHL Rochester coach Cassidy

    May 22, 2015

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are embarking on yet another coaching search after firing Chadd Cassidy, the coach of their minor-league affiliate in Rochester.The decision was announced by the Sabres on Friday, two weeks after the Rochester Americans missed the playoffs by finishing 14th out of 15 teams in the American Hockey League's Western Conference standings. The move comes three weeks after the Sabres fired their head coach Ted Nolan.

  • Canada opens hockey worlds with 6-1 win over Latvia

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada showed its attacking power with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Friday in the first game of the world hockey championship, while the United States beat 2014 runner-up Finland 5-1.Defending champion Russia opened with a 6-2 victory over Norway, and Sweden beat host Czech Republic 6-5 in a shootout.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    May 22, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- LAS VEGAS - When the two best pound-for-pound boxers of the century finally get in the ring, what will the fight look like? First, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have their weigh-in at 6 p.m.

  • Faceoffs can provide a big lift in the NHL playoffs

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks were down by one in the final seconds of the first period when Brad Richards approached the faceoff circle on the right side of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. The veteran center made a small motion to Duncan Keith to move up to his left side, and then got ready for the draw.

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the playoffs and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Nikita Kucherov scored twice on power plays, Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and J.T. Brown added goals, and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Lightning.

  • Babcock's future the focus as Red Wings head into offseason

    May 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) For the Detroit Red Wings, early exits from the postseason are becoming all too common.That's not something that sits well with the storied franchise.The Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in the first round when the Lightning edged Detroit 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The focus will now turn to the future of coach Mike Babcock, who was in the last year of his contract - but in the immediate aftermath of their defeat, the Red Wings were left to look back on what might have been.

  • Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang finalists for Masterton

    May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

  • Canadiens hoping to reverse struggles against Lightning

    May 22, 2015

    The Montreal Canadiens held off Tampa Bay by two points to win the Atlantic Division during the regular season, an impressive accomplishment given what a thorn in the side the Lightning had been.Turns out Montreal hadn't seen the last of high-scoring Tampa Bay.

  • AP sources: McLellan on list of Sabres coaching candidates

    May 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and minor-league coach Luke Richardson are among the initial candidates being considered by the Buffalo Sabres, two people familiar with the coaching search tell The Associated Press.And the list is expected to grow in what is anticipated to be a lengthy coaching search process, said the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres are not commenting on their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired a day after the season ended on April 12.

  • Wild look for playoff breakthrough against Blackhawks

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Five games in 2013, a small speed bump in Chicago's run to the Stanley Cup title. Six games in 2014, a more difficult challenge for the Blackhawks.Now the Minnesota Wild are in the second round for the second straight postseason, and standing in the way is their usual playoff roadblock. And even they are interested to see how they respond, beginning with Game 1 on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Sidney Crosby to lead Canada at hockey worlds

    May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Unlike previous editions, this year's hockey world championship is bringing out the best.While the Olympic tournaments have been drawing the top players on the planet, the worlds do not usually see an abundance of stars because many of them are still busy in the NHL playoffs.

  • Little time to celebrate, Lightning look ahead to Canadiens

    May 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are eager to take another shot at the Montreal Canadiens.A year after being swept by their Atlantic Division rivals in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, the confident Lightning will be looking for redemption when the teams meet again in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Ducks, Rangers back in action after short postseason break

    May 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The next playoff opponent for Washington, Minnesota and Tampa Bay is a reminder of painful losses for each team. It's the second round that brings back bad memories for Anaheim.Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night, and the Ducks host the Calgary Flames in their series opener on the West Coast. Devan Dubnyk and the Wild begin their conference semifinal against the Blackhawks on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Wild D Scandella suspended 2 games by NHL for hit

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.The ban was handed down by the league's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild's 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

  • Hockey stars say goodbye to Jean Beliveau

    December 10, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) - ''Le Gros Bill'' would have been touched.Hundreds of fans, many clad in his famed No. 4 jersey, and a who's who of hockey stars and politicians paid an emotional farewell to Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on a snowy Wednesday.

  • Coyotes recall defenseman David Schlemko

    December 10, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman David Schlemko from Portland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.The 27-year-old Schlemko has a goal and three assists in 15 games for the Coyotes this season. He had a goal and three assists in two games for Portland.

  • Wild's Ballard has facial fractures, concussion

    December 10, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards.The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.

  • Blue Jackets activate Goloubef, send Rychel to AHL

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off injured reserve and have loaned him on a conditioning assignment to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.The club also assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.