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  • Lightning strike: Tampa Bay heads to Cup finals

    NEW YORK (AP) — One thing to count on when the Tampa Bay Lightning play for the Stanley Cup: They won’t be intimidated by anything. Not by the surroundings after handing the New York Rangers…

  • Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

    NEW YORK (AP) — The only history the Tampa Bay Lightning were interested in was what they would create. Such as handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden,…

  • Rangers come up a game short of playoff for The Cup again

    NEW YORK (AP) — After losing the Stanley Cup final to the Los Angeles Kings last season, the New York Rangers came into the season with a simple motto: “Change the finish.” The goal was…

  • Lightning-Rangers Sum

    Tampa Bay 0 0 2—2 N.Y. Rangers 0 0 0—0 First Period_None. Second Period_None. Third Period_1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 7 (Carle, Filppula), 1:54. 2, Tampa Bay, Palat 7 (Johnson, Bishop), 11:17. Shots on Goal_Tampa Bay…

  • Lightning-Rangers Sums

    Tampa Bay 0 0 2—2 N.Y. Rangers 0 0 0—0 First Period_None. Penalties_None. Second Period_None. Penalties_Morrow, TB (hooking), 3:41; Tampa Bay bench, served by Callahan (too many men), 7:46. Third Period_1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 7…

  • Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn’t really go away. Instead, good players use that failure to get…

  • Red Wings won’t announce coach until Griffins done

    DETROIT (AP) — Don’t expect any major announcements from the Detroit Red Wings about their next coach as long as their Grand Rapids affiliate is still playing. General manager Ken Holland says the Red Wings…

  • Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn’t really go away. Instead, good players use that failure to get…

  • NHL combine shifts from ballroom to arena with Buffalo move

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel’s presence alone at the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine next week is enough to spur league-wide buzz. There’s more. Aside from having two highly touted players included…

  • New Jersey Devils sign F Sergey Kalinin to entry-level deal

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Sergey Kalinin to an entry-level contract. General Manager Ray Shero announced the deal without disclosing details on Friday. The 24-year-old spent the previous five…

  • Hurricanes’ CFO out after nearly 35 years with team

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mike Amendola is out as the Carolina Hurricanes’ chief financial officer. Team spokesman Kyle Hanlin said Thursday night that Amendola is no longer with the company. Amendola was the team’s longest-tenured…

  • Coyotes sign Plachta to 1-year deal out of Germany

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed German forward Matthias Plachta to a one-year entry-level contract Thursday. The 24-year-old Plachta had 14 goals and 21 assists in 47 games this season with Adler…

  • Ducks, Blackhawks roll into Game 7 in memorable conf. finals

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Someday the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks will relish the stories they’ll be able to tell about playing in a postseason series as good as these Western Conference finals. Not…

  • Bylsma faces big rebuilding challenge in taking over Sabres

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The circumstances have changed for Dan Bylsma in taking over as coach of the young and rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. The expectations have not for someone previously accustomed to coaching the Sidney…

  • Sharks officially announce Peter DeBoer hired as new coach

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose general manager Doug Wilson was so impressed by Peter DeBoer when he interviewed in 2008 that he moved to the top of the list when the Sharks had…