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  • Find an Online Bookmaker for The NHL Stanley Cup Finals

    The NHL has been amazing all season long and it all comes down to one last series but this isn’t just any series, this is the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and this is one for the record books. The Las Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage as they take on the Washington Capitals in […]

  • Crosby’s line shines in Canada’s win

    TORONTO (AP) Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron look as if they have been playing together for years, not weeks. The trio has been unstoppable in the World Cup of Hockey, combining for 22 points in five games. Canada’s top line scored twice in a 3-1 win over Team Europe on Tuesday night, helping […]

  • Canada beats Europe in WC finals opener

    TORONTO (AP) Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos scored in the first period and Canada cruised to a 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals on Tuesday night. Game 2 in the best-of-three series is Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron’s goal midway through the third period created a two-goal […]

  • Europe beats Sweden in OT, into WC final

    TORONTO (AP) Tomas Tatar stuffed in a shot, triggering quite a celebration. Tatar scored his second goal 3:43 into overtime to give Team Europe a 3-2 victory over Sweden on Sunday in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. As Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist lay on the ice with his head down, the Europeans huddled up […]

  • Kirrane, captain of 1960 US team, dies

    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) John ”Jack” Kirrane Jr., the captain of the U.S. hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics, has died. He was 88. The Bell-O’Dea Funeral Home in Brookline, Massachusetts, said Kirrane died Sunday . His son told the Boston Herald his father had Alzheimer’s disease. Kirrane played for […]

  • IIHF prez: NHL players in Olympics 50-50

    TORONTO (AP) Rene Fasel says he feels better about the chances of having NHL players compete at the 2018 Olympics than he did earlier this year. The International Ice Hockey Federation president told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he believes the odds are 50-50 the best hockey players in the world will be in […]

  • Yormark excited about year 2 at Barclays

    NEW YORK (AP) Pleased with the progress made during the New York Islanders’ first season in Brooklyn, Brett Yormark is looking forward to the team’s second year at Barclays Center. ”I thought we ended the year in a much better place than we started,” said Brett Yormark, the Chief Executive Office for Brooklyn Sports and […]

  • Kings F Gaborik out 8 weeks due to foot

    TORONTO (AP) Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik is leaving the World Cup of Hockey and will be out for eight weeks because of a foot injury. Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan says Gaborik was injured during Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the tournament semifinals. The Europeans will miss the high-scoring Slovakian […]

  • Friends Babcock, Krueger now facing off

    TORONTO (AP) Mike Babcock scoffs at the notion that he simply shows up to coach the Canadians and they keep winning best-on-best games, a streak that has run to 14. ”I think that’s what you guys think,” he bristled at reporters. Whatever anyone things, Babcock has helped Canada win gold at the last two Olympics […]

  • Pens G Murray frustrated by hand injury

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Matt Murray’s broken right hand doesn’t hurt in general. Just when the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender tries to get a firm grasp on his stick. And that’s kind of the problem. While the ligament Murray busted diving across the crease while with Team North American in the World Cup of Hockey won’t […]

  • Injured Gaborik may miss World Cup final

    TORONTO (AP) Team Europe’s Marian Gaborik has a lower-body injury, putting his status in doubt for the World Cup of Hockey finals and perhaps the start of the NHL season. Coach Ralph Krueger confirmed the injury Monday but did not elaborate. Game 1 in the best-of-three series against Canada is Tuesday night. The 34-year-old Slovakian […]

  • Sting of playoff loss motivates Capitals

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) When Matt Niskanen contemplated skipping a trip to the gym over the summer, he remembered what happened in May. As the offseason went on, Niskanen thought less and less about the Washington Capitals’ loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Instead, he let the memory of the second-round playoff exit […]

  • Bruins extend Marchand for 8 years, $49M

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension. The team announced the deal on Monday as Marchand prepares to play for Canada in the finals of the hockey World Cup. The 28-year-old Marchand had a career-high 37 goals and 60 points last season. In seven NHL […]

  • Blues sweep Jackets in split-squad games

    Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington combined for 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Blue Jackets 5-0 Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio, to complete a sweep of the teams’ two split-squad games on the opening day of the NHL preseason. Binnington made 12 saves in his 31 minutes, 19 seconds, and Copley […]

  • Campbell enjoying return to Blackhawks

    CHICAGO (AP) Brian Campbell’s 3-year-old daughter had soccer on Saturday morning, so his family skipped the Blackhawks’ scrimmage at the United Center. The grinning defenseman said he wasn’t sure if her team was playing games yet, but she had to be there. No big deal. Campbell will get plenty of opportunities for family time this […]

  • Streaking Canada vs. Europe in WC final

    TORONTO (AP) Sidney Crosby and the Canadians look as if they can’t be stopped. Canada has won 14 straight games in best-on-best hockey tournaments since losing to the U.S. in the preliminary round of the Vancouver Games in 2010. Like the Americans in Olympic basketball, the Canadians simply seem as if they’re on another level […]

  • Blackhawks open camp with Keith on ice

    CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith was back on the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks’ first practice of preseason camp. The two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHLs top defenseman took part in the team’s workout Friday. Keith withdrew from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey to continue rehabbing his right knee, and went through […]

  • Europe beats Sweden in OT, into WC final

    TORONTO (AP) Tomas Tatar scored his second goal 3:43 into overtime, lifting Team Europe to a 3-2 win Sunday over Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. The eight-nation European team will begin a best-of-three series against Canada on Tuesday night. Europe will be heavy underdogs against the host Canadians, who have won two […]

  • Canada downs Russia to reach WC final

    TORONTO (AP) Brad Marchand scored twice off assists from Sidney Crosby, including a go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Canada beat Russia 5-3 on Saturday night in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. The Canadians will face the winner of the Sweden-Team Europe game Sunday in the best-of-three finals. Crosby scored first 7:40 […]

  • Jets D Trouba wants trade, to skip camp

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested a trade and plans to skip training camp. Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, released a statement Saturday saying that the 22-year-old American defender wants an opportunity to play somewhere else, citing Winnipeg’s logjam at the position. ”Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg […]

  • Datsyuk’s North American swan song over

    TORONTO (AP) Pavel Datsyuk’s North American magic show had one final act. Months after deciding to leave the NHL and go home to Russia, the Detroit Red Wings great showed off his fanciful skillset one last time on this side of the ocean at the World Cup of Hockey. A lower-body injury may have cut […]

  • Sens F Stone diagnosed with concussion

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a concussion. Senators coach Guy Boucher said Saturday that Stone will be evaluated on a daily basis. The 24-year-old Stone had 23 goals and 38 assists in 75 games for the Senators last season. Ottawa opens the regular season at home against Toronto […]

  • Europe savors unexpected spot in semis

    TORONTO (AP) When the World Cup of Hockey started, Team Europe was not picked as a team to beat. In fact, the unique team made up of eight nations outside of the continent’s traditional hockey powers was expected to be out of the best-on-best tournament. Team Europe had other plans. The blended group of players […]

  • Last hurrah for Sweden’s old guard?

    When Henrik Lundqvist carried a Swedish flag around the ice at the 2006 Turin Olympics with a gold medal dangling from his neck, he was a fresh-faced kid days shy of his 24th birthday. A seventh-round pick in 2000, Lundqvist was in his first season in the NHL with the New York Rangers and still […]

  • Pens G Murray breaks hand, out 3-6 weeks

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced the injury Saturday on the second day of training camp. Murray broke his right hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Murray said he jammed his thumb in […]

  • Boudreau era begins for Wild

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Bruce Boudreau era has begun for the Minnesota Wild. For the players, the demands will be many. The expectations will be as straightforward as can be. The experience also promises to be a lot of fun. ”Sometimes he doesn’t even know what’s coming out of his mouth when he’s talking,” […]

  • ‘Canes focus on ending playoff drought

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) To finally make the playoffs again, the Carolina Hurricanes know they need a strong start to the season. That sense of urgency was in the air at their first practice. ”It all starts right now,” center Andrej Nestrasil said Friday. The Hurricanes began preseason camp with a focus on ending the season […]

  • Canada rolling into semifinal vs. Russia

    TORONTO (AP) Ryan Getzlaf doesn’t remember a single thing from Canada’s last matchup with Russia in a tournament featuring the best hockey players in the world. ”I couldn’t even tell you what the score was or when we played them or what happened,” Getzlaf said. Canada coach Mike Babcock, however, remembers the nerves of his […]

  • Sedins relishing chance for major title

    TORONTO (AP) Daniel Sedin knows the World Cup of Hockey may be his final chance to represent Sweden at a best-on-best tournament along with twin brother Henrik. With that in mind, there’s no shortage of motivation for the 35-year-old Vancouver Canucks forwards heading into Sunday’s semifinal meeting with Team Europe. ”We realize as we get […]

  • Matthews turning heads at Leafs camp

    TORONTO (AP) Brooks Laich has seen top draft picks blossom in the NHL. With the Washington Capitals, he watched Alex Ovechkin burst onto the scene in 2005. Now with the Toronto Maple Leafs some 11 years later, he has a ringside seat for Auston Matthews’ debut. The 19-year-old forward, the No. 1 overall pick this […]

  • Blackhawks open camp with Keith on ice

    CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith was back on the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks’ brief first practice of preseason camp. The two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHLs top defenseman took part in the team’s roughly 25-minute workout Friday. Keith withdrew from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey to continue rehabbing his right knee. […]

  • Pens’ Crosby to get own postage stamp

    TORONTO (AP) Sidney Crosby and five former Canadian hockey greats are being immortalized on their own postage stamps. Canada Post unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series Friday at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The series also features Hall of Famers Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman. […]

  • Sharks try to build on trip to Cup final

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) If Joel Ward needed any reminder of how close the San Jose Sharks came to winning the Stanley Cup, it was right there in front of him one night this summer in his hometown of Toronto. While Ward was out getting dinner with his girlfriend, he ran right into a Stanley […]

  • Kessel walks back critical US team tweet

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Phil Kessel returned to work on Friday hoping to talk about his blessedly short summer after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup in June. Instead, the forward ended up walking back a critical tweet about Team USA following its disappointing performance in the World Cup of Hockey. Kessel, […]

  • “Canes focus on ending playoff drought

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) To finally make the playoffs again, the Carolina Hurricanes know they need a strong start to the season. That sense of urgency was in the air at their first practice. ”It all starts right now,” center Andrej Nestrasil said Friday. The Hurricanes began preseason camp with a focus on ending the season […]

  • New-look Isles hope to build on playoffs

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Coming off their deepest playoff run in 23 years, the New York Islanders open training camp hoping to build on that success and go even further. The Islanders overcame injuries down the stretch last season to earn a playoff berth for the second straight year, and third in the past four, while […]

  • Winless US falls to Czechs in WC finale

    TORONTO (AP) The United States wrapped up a disappointing, winless performance at the World Cup of Hockey with a 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic on Thursday night. Previous losses to Team Europe and Canada eliminated the U.S. from contention, and its round-robin finale had no meaning for either team. With an 0-3-0 record and […]

  • North Stars founder Bush dies at 86

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Walter Bush, the former USA Hockey president and primary founder of the Minnesota North Stars, died Thursday. He was 86. USA Hockey confirmed Bush’s death, saying: ”Hockey mourns tonight the passing of USA Hockey’s Walter Bush, a pioneer in the game and one of the most beloved figures in the sport.” The Minneapolis […]

  • Canada prepares for Russia in semifinals

    TORONTO (AP) One by one, the Canadian players strolled into the media room at Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for an off-day availability at the World Cup of Hockey. The team’s semifinal opponent had yet to be decided so questions and answers were broad in nature. There was talk about the process, doing the […]

  • Russia blanks Finland to reach WC semi

    TORONTO (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Telegin scored 1:19 apart in the second period and Russia beat Finland 3-0 on Thursday to set up a World Cup of Hockey semifinal against Canada – and knock out Team North America. Evgeni Malkin scored in the third period for Russia (2-1-0), and Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves. […]

  • Subban big draw as Predators open camp

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) P.K. Subban hasn’t even taken the ice yet in his new Predators’ sweater, yet the defenseman keeps hearing the same thing over and over. No, he’s not being asked about winning the Stanley Cup even though his acquisition has raised expectations higher in Nashville than they’ve ever been. He’s being showered with […]

  • Avalanche start camp under Bednar

    DENVER (AP) The shock and surprise of Patrick Roy’s departure is wearing off. Now it’s time to get back to business for the Colorado Avalanche, who open training camp Friday under first-time NHL coach Jared Bednar after Roy’s stunning decision to walk away last month. ”Everybody in here liked (Patrick),” said defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who […]

  • Lombardi, Tortorella defend US roster

    TORONTO (AP) Dean Lombardi pounded the table and tried to explain it all. His eyes darting back and forth, the Team USA general manager tried to explain the Americans’ unexpected and disappointing early exit from the World Cup of Hockey. Along the way, Lombardi blamed himself for plenty. The hockey veteran with two Stanley Cup […]

  • Team North America provides hope for US

    TORONTO (AP) The United States scored two goals in two losses at the World Cup of Hockey before being eliminated. In the first period of Team North America’s game against Sweden, U.S.-born players scored three goals all by themselves. The players – Auston Matthews, Vincent Trocheck and Johnny Gaudreau – weren’t eligible to be picked […]

  • Panthers’ Luongo good to go from surgery

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Roberto Luongo showed up for Florida Panthers training camp on Thursday sporting a thick beard, a stark contrast from the goaltender’s usual look. ”Too lazy to shave,” Luongo quipped. A more likely reason is that he was too busy rehabbing. The Panthers have already gotten their first win of the season. Luongo, […]

  • Sabres’ Kane: I’m targeted as an athlete

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane says he needs to be more careful when putting himself in situations that might lead to off-ice trouble. He says it’s about ”picking my spots better.” At the same time, Kane blames his latest legal problems on something that ”happens to athletes or people in a position […]

  • Toews has 3 points, Canada tops Europe

    TORONTO (AP) Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist and Team Canada easily beat Europe 4-1 on Wednesday night in its final preliminary round game in the World Cup of Hockey. Canada won Group A and will face North America or Russia in the first semifinal Saturday night. Sidney Crosby and Logan Couture also […]

  • Former NHL D Dunn dies at 59

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn died Tuesday at his home in Akron, New York. He was 59. The Buffalo Sabres confirmed Dunn’s death Wednesday, though the cause of death was not immediately known. Dunn, from Boston, played 12 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Calgary and Hartford. He had 36 goals and 140 assists […]

  • Stars announcer Strader has rare cancer

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader plans to work as many games as possible this season while undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer in his bile duct. Strader released a statement through the team Wednesday saying there is no cure for cholangiocarcinoma. But he said the cancer is treatable […]

  • Draisaitl OT goal gets Europe by Czechs

    TORONTO (AP) Europe coach Ralph Krueger was well aware of the odds against his team in the World Cup of Hockey. His players didn’t focus on that and instead listened to his message. The speed at which Europe (2-0) has bought into what Krueger was preaching has them sitting atop Group A following a 3-2 […]