• Buffalo Sabres home arena changing names to KeyBank Center

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres home arena is undergoing yet another name change, and will soon be referred to as KeyBank Center. Sabres President Russ Brandon announced the pending change on Wednesday after federal regulators approved KeyBank's merger with First Niagara Financial Group. It's the latest name change for the downtown arena that was first called Marine Midland Arena when it opened in 1996. The name has since been altered to keep up with a series of bank mergers and takeovers. The arena eventually became the HSBC Arena in 2000, before becoming the First Niagara Center in 2011.

  • Caps latest Presidents' Trophy champs to go poof in playoffs

    Caps latest Presidents\' Trophy champs to go...

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals became the latest in a long line of NHL teams to discover regular-season dominance doesn't translate into playoff prominence. The Caps went from Presidents' Trophy winners in April to poof in May after being eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series to Pittsburgh. "It's just kind of setting in right now that it's over," Capitals forward Jay Beagle said, following the 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday night. "We had high expectations. The Cup was our goal all year and unfortunately we didn't (make it)." They're not the only ones. Since 2000, when the St.

  • Trio of Kessel, Hagelin and Bonino leading way for Penguins

    Trio of Kessel, Hagelin and Bonino leading way...

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The line that sent the Pittsburgh Penguins full throttle into the Eastern Conference finals wasn't even on the roster a year ago. Phil Kessel was stuck in Toronto, where his undeniable talent but occasionally questionable commitment made the three-time All-Star an easy scapegoat for a organization in freefall. Carl Hagelin was weeks away from getting shipped from the New York Rangers to Anaheim, where a four-year contract extension promised a new beginning that lasted barely half a season. Nick Bonino was finishing up a solid but not spectacular year in Vancouver.

  • Marc Crawford back in the NHL as an assistant with Ottawa

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Marc Crawford just wanted to be back in the NHL. A former NHL coach of the year who spent the last four seasons coaching in Switzerland, Crawford was one of a number of candidates interviewed for the opening with the Ottawa Senators that eventually went to Guy Boucher. Within hours of being hired, Boucher approached Crawford and offered him the opportunity to join his staff as an associate coach. While a Stanley Cup-winning coach joining Boucher's staff as an assistant might have surprised some, the two had actually discussed the possibility before the job was even open. "The preparation for this went a long way back, as much as two and half years ago," Crawford said.

  • Blackhawks agree to 3-year deal with D Gustav Forsling

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks and 19-year-old defenseman Gustav Forsling have agreed to a three-year contract. The Blackhawks announced the contract Wednesday. Forsling had six goals and 15 assists in 48 games last season for Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. He was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and traded to Chicago in January 2015 for defenseman Adam Clendening.

  • Blues go with goalie Brian Elliott as starter for Game 7

    Blues go with goalie Brian Elliott as starter...

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — Brian Elliott will start in goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Coach Ken Hitchcock held off naming a starter until after the morning skate, several hours ahead of the pivotal game. Jake Allen relieved Elliott late in the first period of Game 6 after the Stars scored three goals on seven shots. Before that, Elliott had been in goal the entire postseason for St. Louis, seeking its first trip to the conference finals since 2001. He entered Game 7 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Hitchcock said it was a "no brainer" after he spoke with Elliott and the goalie showed up at the rink Tuesday ready t

  • Penguins edge Capitals 4-3 in OT to win series in 6 games

    Penguins edge Capitals 4-3 in OT to win series...

    Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A three-goal lead gone — and his team's momentum right along with it — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided a reminder heading to overtime of Game 6 of a relentlessly entertaining playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Keep skating. Play fast. Be confident. In the span of a dozen frantic seconds early in the extra period on Tuesday night, Carl Hagelin, Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino did all three, sending their resilient club to the Eastern Conference final in the process. Bonino tapped in a rebound of Hagelin's shot by Braden Holtby 6:32 into overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win to wrap up the series in six games and set up a showdown with Tampa Bay for the right to play for

  • Islanders head into summer with possible changes looming

    Islanders head into summer with possible...

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — Two days after getting knocked out of the second round of the playoffs, the New York Islanders were still dealing with the sting of their loss as they prepared to head into an offseason of uncertainty. "It's still really hard to decompress," captain John Tavares said Tuesday at the team's practice facility. "Still a lot of thoughts replaying over, obviously the series and how it went. (I) could have been a lot better and the team as well." The Islanders just completed a successful first season in Brooklyn's Barclays Center after spending the franchise's first 43 years at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum.

  • Home ice may not be advantage for Stars in Game 7 vs Blues

    Home ice may not be advantage for Stars in Game...

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — Home ice belongs to the Dallas Stars for Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. The advantage? Well, the visiting team has dominated so far. "I have the benefit of the match at home," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I don't know if that's going to make any difference in the game, though." Dallas hosts Game 7 on Wednesday night (8 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) after avoiding elimination with a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Monday. The Stars led 3-0 in the first period and held on for the third consecutive victory in the series by the visiting team — and fourth overall. "We've been able to put some good road games together, some simple road games together," Blues right wing Troy Brouwe

  • AHL board approves sale, relocation of Coyotes' affililate

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — The American Hockey League board of governors has granted conditional approval to the Arizona Coyotes to buy the Springfield Falcons and relocate the franchise to Tucson, Arizona. The board unanimously approved the sale and move at a meeting on Tuesday. The Coyotes still must work out a deal with Tucson and get City Council approval before the franchise can be relocated from Springfield, Massachusetts. If all conditions of the transaction are met, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate will play at the Tucson Convention Center Arena for the 2016-17 season. The AHL board also is considering an application to transfer ownership of the Portland Pirates and relocate that franchise from Maine to Massachusetts.

  • Boudreau in Minnesota: 'This is the last place I'm going'

    Boudreau in Minnesota: \'This is the last place...

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau's teams have been remarkably consistent and successful over nearly a decade on the bench in the NHL. They've also had a history of early exits from the playoffs. Otherwise, the 61-year-old coach would not have been available to the Minnesota Wild. Though the Wild have qualified for the postseason four straight times, this is a bunch that is badly in need of stability after several years of sudden sharp turns along the chase for a championship. "They need a different voice," general manager Chuck Fletcher said, "and Bruce's experience, as well as his tremendous passion for the game and his hockey IQ, I believe will allow him to push this group to heights they haven't been to yet.

  • Red Wings hire assistant coach Houda, don't re-sign Bedard

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings hired assistant coach Doug Houda on Tuesday after agreeing to a three-year contract. Houda was drafted by Detroit in 1984 and was one of its defensemen for parts of six seasons. He had been a Boston Bruins assistant coach the previous 10 seasons. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also said goaltending coach Jim Bedard won't be re-signed after 18 seasons in Detroit. Holland says another assistant for coach Jeff Blashill will be hired and the team hasn't decided if assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler will work behind or away from the bench.

  • 'The Goldbergs' creator talks love affair with Flyers

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Barry Goldberg has come to say goodbye to a close-knit friend at a Flyers funeral. Resting in a box were the tattered remains of Goldberg's cherished Philadelphia Flyers T-shirt he named Big Orange. "All my greatest memories were in that shirt," Goldberg says at his personal requiem for a team. "Dad, I was wearing it when we went to our first Flyers game." "It's a shirt," his irritable fathers bellows from across the room. Again, the Flyers are mined this week for laughs on the ABC sitcom, "The Goldbergs." ''The Goldbergs" draws on the childhood and videotaped domestic life of series creator Adam F. Goldberg, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, whose family were devoted Philly sports nuts and Fly

  • Predators force another Game 7 by beating Sharks 4-3 in OT

    Predators force another Game 7 by beating...

    Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson's first playoff goal of his young career certainly is a moment to remember. The rest of the Nashville Predators are just grateful he scored so quickly after surviving a triple-overtime thriller in Game 4. Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night. "That was the second most exciting part of him scoring was that it was in the first three minutes," Predators left wing Colin Wilson said. "We get to get to bed at a regular time. It's big to get that out of the way early. I'm happy for Arvy.

  • Lehtonen makes 35 saves, Stars force Game 7 with 3-2 win

    Lehtonen makes 35 saves, Stars force Game 7...

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — This time it was Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen's turn to shine. Lehtonen made 35 saves to bring the series home to Dallas for Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Monday night. Brian Elliott, a standout throughout the postseason, was pulled in the first period. "We can just flip the script and say how well Elliott played, and just change the name to Lehtonen now," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. Rookie Mattias Janmark ignited a three-goal first period and Lehtonen made key saves the rest of the way, the biggest on Jaden Schwartz with about 20 seconds left. "I just try to stay as relaxed as I can and just follow the puck and not try to play it any other way than I've done last 59 and a ha

  • Crosby in search of scoring touch as Game 6 looms

    Crosby in search of scoring touch as Game 6 looms

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby hovered in the left circle, waited for the pass from assistant coach Rick Tocchet before firing a laser into the far corner of the empty net. Then the Penguins captain did it again. And again. And again, once rifling the puck with so much velocity it became lodged between the twine, a reminder that Crosby's shot — when fully unleashed — remains one of the NHL's best. The trick is finding the time, the room — and just as important, the initiative — to let it loose during a game. It's not happening with any great regularity for Crosby during his team's hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington.

  • Sens GM Dorion says Boucher was first choice to fill vacancy

    Sens GM Dorion says Boucher was first choice to...

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Pierre Dorion said he knew he had found the next Ottawa Senators head coach after his first meeting with Guy Boucher. The new Senators GM said Boucher was the first candidate he interviewed for the position and was his front-runner from the start, countering reports that the Senators were snubbed by new Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau. "I want to make it clear to everyone that this was my candidate," Dorion said Monday at a news conference to introduce Boucher. "No doubt in my mind, from the first time that I met him I felt this would be the guy to lead the Ottawa Senators." Boucher becomes the Senators' 12th head coach, replacing Dave Cameron who was fired April 12.

  • Florida Panthers, Erik Gudbranson agree on 1-year deal

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers and defenseman Erik Gudbranson have agreed on a one-year contract. The Panthers announced the deal on Monday. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Gudbranson is an "important part of our young core." Gudbranson was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft and has spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound Gudbranson has 11 goals, 32 assists and 346 penalty minutes in 309 games for Florida. He played in 64 games this season, helping the Panthers win the Atlantic Division title.

  • Penguins sticking with rookie Murray in Game 6 vs. Capitals

    Penguins sticking with rookie Murray in Game 6...

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with rookie goaltender Matt Murray. Coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday that Murray will remain in the net for Game 6 of his team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals. Murray has started eight straight playoff games for the Penguins, going 6-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average to help Pittsburgh take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The 21-year-old Murray gave up three goals on 19 shots in a 3-1 loss in Game 5. Sullivan, however, has praised Murray's play while filling in for veteran Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury hasn't played since suffering a concussion on March 31.

  • Elliott has Blues 1 win from Western Conference finals

    Elliott has Blues 1 win from Western Conference...

    Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brian Elliott's postseason play is the biggest reason the St. Louis Blues are one win away from their first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 2001. Game after game, the goalie has been handled the pressure. Protecting a two-goal lead in Game 5 at Dallas on Saturday, the 31-year-old Elliott came up big when needed. The key stop among the 12 saves he made in the third period was thwarting Cody Eakin alone in front of the net. "Just poised," forward Alexander Steen said Sunday. "Just comes across, makes himself big, stops the puck. And it's like, it's business as usual, get the puck and go the other way.