• Gaborik adds scoring to LA Kings' playoff plans

    April 16, 2014

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Marian Gaborik's new teammates with the Los Angeles Kings initially wondered whether such a talented goal-scorer could fit into a defense-dominated team when he arrived in a trade last month.Nobody is wondering anymore after Gaborik helped the Kings reach the postseason on a roll.

  • Ducks hope playoff success finally starts vs Stars

    April 15, 2014

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs.Although the veteran defenseman is giving up everything he knows about the wild-card Stars, Robidas realizes his postseason fate rests on the powerhouse Ducks' will, not any special knowledge of an upstart opponent that had Anaheim's number in the regular season.

  • Sabres looking to rebuild quickly

    April 15, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Tim Murray's vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres involves several things.And the rookie general manager doesn't expect it will take long to accomplish.Murray outlined his intentions Tuesday, two days after the Sabres closed one of the worst and most tumultuous seasons in their 44-year history.

  • Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

    April 15, 2014

    NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.In the meantime, chalk up yet another loss for the Buffalo Sabres.The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery held in Toronto.

  • More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

    April 15, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.