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  • Sabres re-sign F Larsson
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Buffalo Sabres re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract on Friday.

    • Larsson, 23, set career-high marks in games played (74), goals (10) and points (17) in his first full NHL season in 2015-16. Five of his 10 goals were game-winners, tying Jack Eichel for the team's lead.

      The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Larsson also ranked second among the team's regular faceoff players with a career-best faceoff percentage of 51.1 percent.

      The Lau, Sweden, native has recorded 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 142 games with the Sabres since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on April 3, 2013.

  • Capitals' Wilson fined for kneeing
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary during Game 1 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

    • The amount of the fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

      The incident occurred at 4:01 of the third period on Thursday night as the Capitals defeated the Penguins 4-3 in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

      Before the fine was announced, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he thought the hit was "shin-on-shin."

      "Sheary gives a little shimmy, and it was really shin-on-shin," Trotz said Friday. "We leave everything to the league. Whatever they decide, I think we're fine with. That's what their job is, and we've got to respect what they do. Player safety with the NHL has done, I think, a good job. It's not the easiest job, I know that. Whatever they decide, we're fine with."

      The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Kings sign D LaDue
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Paul LaDue to a one-year entry-level contract on Friday after he helped North Dakota win the NCAA championship.

    • LaDue, 23, appeared in 41 games this season with the University of North Dakota, recording 19 points (five goals, 14 assists), a plus-31 rating and 14 penalty minutes. He led North Dakota to the title this season, recording an assist in a 5-1 win over the top-seeded Quinnipiac University in the national championship game.

      The 6-foot-1, 186-pound native of Grand Forks, N.D., was a sixth-round selection of the Kings in the 2012 NHL draft. LaDue appeared in 123 games over three seasons with North Dakota, registering 62 points (16 goals, 46 assists) and 68 penalty minutes. He helped North Dakota reach the Frozen Four each season.

  • Ducks fire coach Boudreau
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Anaheim Ducks fired head coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday after the team lost a Game 7 again in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    • Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

      "I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise," Murray said in a statement. "This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

      The Nashville Predators eliminated the Ducks from the playoffs with a 2-1 victory in the seventh game of the series Wednesday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,407 at the Honda Center.

      It was the fourth consecutive season that Boudreau led Anaheim to the division title only to lose Game 7 at home each time after holding a 3-2 lead.

      Boudreau was named head coach of the Ducks on Nov. 30, 2011. He compiled a regular-season record of 208-104-40 with Anaheim and helped the franchise to the last four consecutive Pacific Division titles. The Ducks finished atop the Pacific standings with a 46-25-11 record for 103 points in 2015-16.

      "On behalf of the Ducks organization, we would like to express our appreciation to Bruce and his wife Crystal for their commitment to our community," Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli said. "Bruce led us to four division titles with tremendous passion and pride, and we will always be grateful for his contributions both on and off the ice."

      Prior to joining the Ducks, Boudreau was head coach of the Washington Capitals from 2007-11, winning the Jack Adams award in 2007-08. He has an all-time head coaching record of 409-192-80.

  • Bergeron, Kesler, Kopitar selected as Selke finalists
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings were named Thursday as the finalists for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward on Thursday.

    • Bergeron is a three-time winner (2012, 2014, 2015) of the award, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. He also finished second in 2013.

      "Being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy is a tremendous honor and one I am very grateful for," said Bergeron. "While it is an individual award, my teammates and coaches deserve a lot of credit as well.

      "Ryan and Anze are two elite players who both had great seasons and it is a privilege to be a finalist alongside them. Thanks to all of those who voted and I look forward to the NHL Awards Show on June 22."

      A four-time Selke Trophy finalist, Kesler previously won the award as a member of the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010-11 season. The 6-2, 202-pound center appeared in his second season with Anaheim in 2015-16, scoring 21 goals while adding 32 assists with a plus-5 rating and 78 penalty minutes in 79 games.

      On top of his defensive prowess, Kopitar, a three-time finalist, led the Kings in points (74), assists (25), game-winning goals (8), overtime goals (4; franchise record), ranked second in goals (25) and in plus/minus (plus-34).

      The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Draft lottery scheduled for Saturday
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The 2016 NHL draft lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL draft, will be held on Saturday, at Sportsnet's Hockey Central Studio in Toronto.

    • The results of the lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

      All clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those nonplayoff clubs, will participate.

      For the first time, the lottery will assign the top three slots in the first round of the draft.

      As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.

      The Toronto Maple Leafs, with the worst regular-season record, have the highest odds of securing the first pick.

  • Latest Game 7 failure could spark breakup of Ducks
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite some unforeseen plot complications, the script for the Anaheim Ducks' season ended just as it did for the past three: losing a seventh game in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    • Yet those complications intensified the pain of the Ducks' latest playoff disappointment, a 2-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

      According to Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, the Wednesday loss contained a stronger sting than the previous years' finales.

      "With the way the score was and the way we were pushing, I'd say yes, especially with how hard we had to push from November just to get to where we were," Boudreau said. "We did everything the hard way."

      Expected by many to win this year's Stanley Cup, the Ducks compiled the NHL's worst record through November before changing their emphasis from speed to physical power. As a result, Anaheim nullified a 16-point deficit to win the Pacific Division and finish with more than 100 points for the third consecutive year.

      However, maintaining that pace will depend on how the Ducks spend their money during the offseason.

      Four of the Ducks' key players -- defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen, goalie Frederik Andersen and center Rickard Rakell -- become restricted free agents. General manager Bob Murray has about $7 million to spend under the salary cap and likely will sacrifice several veteran unrestricted free agents to increase his flexibility.

      Likely to leave are left wingers David Perron and Jamie McGinn, who arrived at the trading deadline, and centers Mike Santorelli and Shawn Horcoff. Their absence would give two young forwards, 20-year-old Nick Ritchie and 24-year-old Chris Wagner, the chance to establish themselves.

      Ritchie and Wagner would lower the overall age of a forward corps whose youngest player under contract is 25-year-old Jakob Silfverberg, who finished with a career-high 20 goals. Rakell, 22, added another 20 goals as a center and a left winger.

      Youth will be important because Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry -- the team's biggest stars -- will turn 31 in May. Ryan Kesler, arguably the Ducks' most valuable player this season because of his two-way contributions, will be 32 when training camp begins. All three remain effective, yet all three are watching their chances to win a Stanley Cup diminish with time.

  • NHL roundup: Predators top Ducks in Game 7
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period as the Nashville Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory in the seventh game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,407 at the Honda Center.

    • Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots for the Predators, who will face the San Jose Sharks on Friday night in the first game of the conference semifinals after winning the best-of-seven series against Anaheim, 4-3.

      Ryan Kesler scored the only goal for the Ducks, who received 18 saves from goalie Frederik Andersen.

      Islanders 5, Lightning 3

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Shane Prince scored twice in the final three minutes of the first period, and New York held on for a road win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the second-round series at Amalie Arena.

      Travis Hamonic, John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders and Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

      The Lightning got goals from Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula.

  • Holtby, Quick, Bishop up for Vezina Trophy
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy that goes to the NHL's top goalkeeper, the league announced Wednesday.

    • The finalists were determined by a vote of the 30 general managers, and the top three vote-getters are designated as finalists. The winner will be announced June 22, during the NHL Awards.

      Bishop shared fourth place in the league with 35 wins this season. He led the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average and ranked second with a .926 save percentage, both career highs and single-season franchise records. His six shutouts also were a career high and tied for second place in the league.

      Holtby equaled a single-season NHL record with 48 wins, tying the mark set by New Jersey's Martin Brodeur in 2006-07. He ranked fifth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.20) and eighth in save percentage (.922).

      Quick led all NHL goaltenders in appearances (68), starts (68) and minutes (4,034). He ranked second in wins (40), fifth in saves (1,671) and tied for fifth in shutouts (five). He had a 2.22 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

  • Penguins sign D Bengtsson
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman Lukas Bengtsson to a two-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

    • The two-way contract will begin with the 2016-17 season.

      Bengtsson, 22, recently helped his Swedish Elite League club, Frolunda, win the championship, contributing seven points (two goals, five assists) in 12 postseason games.

      The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Bengtsson logged his first full season in the SHL with Frolunda in 2015-16, recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 30 regular-season games.

      Last year, the Stockholm, Sweden native joined Frolunda during the playoffs, with one goal and four points in nine SHL postseason games.

  • Glendale takes arena management away from Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The City of Glendale took management of Gila River Arena away from the Arizona Coyotes and awarded it to AEG on Tuesday night.

    • The move to let AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Kings, run the Coyotes' home arena is another decision made by Glendale that could prompt the team to leave the city.

      The Coyotes took the high road Tuesday night, however, issuing the following statement from team president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc: "AEG is a company we know well and are in fact partners in the National Hockey League. We look forward to working with them, and will now await official notice from the city of their plans to transfer management of the arena. At that point, we will begin the 90 days (or less) transfer process.

      "The Coyotes are committed to playing the 2016-17 NHL regular season at Gila River Arena and remain focused on securing a long term arena solution in the Valley that is based upon a true partnership."

      The AEG deal is for five years with a five-year option.

      Glendale city manager Kevin Phelps said the new contract has the city less on the hook for any potential operating losses or costs at the arena, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

      Steedman also told the Business Journal that AEG hopes to bring in more concerts and other events to the arena by helping to coordinate the booking for acts and creating a $500,000 fund to recruit more Live Nation events to the arena.

  • Ducks aim to change their Game 7 history
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    The Nashville Predators have never played in a Game 7. Ever. The Anaheim Ducks have not won a Game 7 since 2006.

    • When the teams meet in the deciding game of their first-round Western Conference playoff series Wednesday night in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., one club is going to change its recent history.

      The Ducks will be trying not to think about last year's playoffs, when they faced a similar scenario. Leading the Chicago Blackhawks three games to two, Anaheim lost Game 6 on the road and came back home to drop Game 7 in the Western Conference finals.

      On Monday night, the Ducks went on the road and lost 3-1 to the Predators, evening the series at three wins each. The Ducks now head home again. See the pattern?

      "It's a new team, new time," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Every year is different. Every day is different. We're looking forward to the game."

      The Ducks' last Game 7 win came against the Calgary Flames in 2006. They are 1-5 in similar situations. Boudreau has served as their coach for the last three of those and is 1-6 overall in Game 7s including his time with the Washington Capitals.

      "It's a different year, it's a different team with different players, new guys who haven't been here for what we've gone through in the past," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "You've just got to go out and play hockey and not worry about all the other extra (stuff). You've just got to go out and play and keep pushing."

      The team that gets off to a good start could have a leg up. The Ducks are 0-4 in Game 7s when they give up the first goal.

      "We need to come out and be willing to out-compete them," Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said. "Waiting for something to happen, you lose."

      Perry has struggled in the series, producing four assists but no goals after scoring a team-best 34 goals during the regular season. He failed to connect on a close-range shot late in the third period Monday night with the score tied.

      On the other side, the Predators might not be feeling as much pressure after never having been to this point in a series. However, their coach by no means is a stranger to the situation.

      Nashville coach Peter Laviolette can draw upon his 4-1 record in Game 7s at previous stops, including a 3-1 win with the Carolina Hurricanes over the Edmonton Oilers in the decisive game of 2006 Stanley Cup finals.

      "I don't think there's anything better in the Stanley Cup (playoffs) than a Game 7 when everything means something," Laviolette said. "It's a big game, our guys will be excited."

      The winner will move into the Western Conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks, who eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

      The Predators haven't advanced past the first round since 2012, but they figure to have gained confidence from Monday night. It was Nashville's first win after going up 2-0 and then losing three straight to the Ducks.

      All-Star goaltender Pekka Rinne has played a key role in the series for the Predators. He made 26 saves Monday, including the critical one against Perry with 6:40 remaining.

      Six Predators players have played in Game 7s with other teams.

      "(The) mindset is a little bit different," Rinne said. "Just facing Game 7, you know what it means and what's at stake."

      Ducks goaltender Frederik Anderson has a 1.26 goals-against average in the series but has unpleasant memories from last year's Game 7 against the Blackhawks, when he gave up two first-period goals in a 5-3 loss.

  • Flyers' Schenn suspended three games
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will sit out the first three games of the 2016-17 season.

    • Schenn was suspended Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie during Game 6 of a first-round playoff series on Sunday.

      The play took place at 12:24 of the second period in the Flyers' 1-0 loss to the Capitals, who advanced to the next round of the playoffs to face the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Oshie left the game but returned moments later. Schenn was not penalized on the ice by game officials.

      "It is important to note that this is not a case where a player comes off the ice as a result of the force of the hit," the NHL said in a video explaining the suspension. "Schenn approaches Oshie as he pulls the puck out of the corner and both players are low and in athletic position.

      "Oshie sees Schenn coming and braces himself for shoulder-to-shoulder contact. Rather than staying low and delivering a hit into Oshie's shoulder or chest, Schenn launches himself up and into Oshie, making substantial contact with Oshie's head."

      In 2013, Schenn received a one-game league suspension for charging New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov and a fine later that year for cross-checking Kris Versteeg.

  • NHL roundup: Blues KO Blackhawks in Game 7
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    ST. LOUIS -- Troy Brouwer scored midway through the third period to break a tie and give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday in Game 7 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series.

    • The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks were eliminated.

      Brouwer, the only Blues player to have appeared in more than two Game 7s in his career, got a rebound off the post and slid the puck into the net at 8:31 of the third period. It was his first goal of the series and the eighth playoff goal of his career.

      The Blues, who won an opening-round series for the first time since 2012, will play the Dallas Stars, who finished two points ahead of them in the Central Division in the regular season, in the Western Conference semifinals.

      It was the first Game 7 win for the Blues since 1999, when current Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was the St. Louis coach, and their first Game 7 win at home since 1991.

      Predators 3, Ducks 1

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Goals from Mattias Ekholm and James Neal, along with a bounce back effort by goalie Pekka Rinne, gave Nashville a 3-1 win and evened the best-of-seven series at three games each.

      The series-decider is Wednesday night in Anaheim, the first Game 7 in Predators history. The Ducks have been eliminated in Game 7s each of the last three seasons, including last May in the conference finals at home against Chicago.

      Rinne, who entered the game with a pedestrian save percentage of .889 in the series, came up with 26 saves. His biggest was a pad stop on a Grade A chance from Corey Perry in the slot with 6:40 remaining in the game. Shea Weber sealed the win with a late an empty-net goal.

  • NHL roundup: Caps, Stars, Isles advance
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 24, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA -- In a series that highlighted their offensive inefficiencies, the Philadelphia Flyers did everything they could in the final 10 minutes Sunday to change the narrative and stave off elimination for the third-straight game.

    • But Braden Holtby never broke.

      The Washington goalie stopped all 26 shots the Flyers threw his way, including all 11 in the third period, and the Capitals escaped Wells Fargo Center with a 1-0 win after finally getting a puck past Michal Neuvirth.

      Washington moves on to the second round, where the Pittsburgh Penguins await.

      The Capitals finally solved Neuvirth 8:59 into the second period. Alex Ovechkin made a strong play to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The Capitals captain moved the puck to the slot to Marcus Johansson as Nicklas Backstrom camped out and readied a one-timer on the right wing. Johansson wasted no time and fed Backstrom for a 1-0 Washington lead.

      Stars 5, Wild 4

      SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Dallas built a big lead and needed all of it to clinch their first-round playoff series with Minnesota.

      John Klingberg, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp, Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski scored and Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves as the Stars advanced past Round 1 for the first time since 2008.

      The Wild got 19 saves from Devan Dubnyk, a pair of goals from Jared Spurgeon and single goals from Jonas Brodin and Jason Pominville.

      Islanders 2, Panthers 1 (2OT)

      NEW YORK -- John Tavares forced overtime by scoring in the final minute of regulation and then scored the game-winning goal with 9:19 left in second overtime as the New York eliminated Florida in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Barclays Center.

      The Islanders won in overtime three times on their way to taking the series 4-2. New York will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference semifinals beginning later this week.

      Thomas Greiss made 41 saves for the Islanders. Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period for the Panthers while Roberto Luongo made 49 saves.

  • Kings' Lecavalier confirms he is retiring
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Los Angeles Kings center Vincent Lecavalier confirmed Sunday that he plans to retire, ending his 17-year NHL career.

    • Lecavalier had said previously that this would probably be his final NHL season, and he confirmed that as he left the Kings' training complex.

      The Kings' season ended with a five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the postseason.

      The 36-year-old Lecavalier scored 949 points and won a Stanley Cup in a career that began with being the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      He was a member of the Lightning team that captured the 2004 championship, and he was the NHL's top goal-scorer in 2007.

      He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013, and was acquired by the Kings in January. He had 10 goals and seven assists in 42 regular-season games with the Kings this season, but did not record a goal or an assist in the series against the Sharks.

  • Capitals 1, Flyers 0
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 24, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA -- In a series that highlighted their offensive inefficiencies, the Philadelphia Flyers did everything they could in the final 10 minutes Sunday to change the narrative and stave off elimination for the third-straight game.

    • But Braden Holtby never broke.

      The Washington goalie stopped all 26 shots the Flyers threw his way, including 11 in the third period, and the Capitals escaped Wells Fargo Center with a 1-0 win after finally getting a puck past Michal Neuvirth.

      Washington moves on to the second round, where the Pittsburgh Penguins await.

      The Capitals, who outshot the Flyers 44-11 in Friday's Game 5, outshot the Flyers, 29-26, in Game 6.

      Holtby was at his best in the third period. The 26-year-old stopped chances from Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds midway through the period and stood tall when the Flyers pulled Neuvirth for an extra attacker with 1:38 to go.

      The Capitals finally solved Neuvirth 8:59 into the second period. Alex Ovechkin made a strong play to keep the puck in the offensive zone. The Capitals captain moved the puck to the slot to Marcus Johansson as Nicklas Backstrom camped out and readied a one-timer on the right wing. Johansson wasted no time and fed Backstrom for a 1-0 Washington lead.

      The goal broke a shutout streak of 106:21 for Neuvirth, who had stopped 93 of 94 shots prior to that after being inserted into the lineup for Steve Mason after Game 3.

      Prior to the Capitals' goal, the Flyers had a great chance to get on the board first. After Backstrom was whistled for a double-minor high-sticking penalty, Matt Niskanen was immediately sent to the box for hooking Simmonds off the faceoff.

      The Flyers had two full minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage, but their dormant offense failed to capitalize.

      As the second half of Backstrom's minor was being killed, Ryan White was called for holding the stick of Niskanen, who had been out of the box for 30 seconds.

      The momentum had shifted, and Washington pounced on the opportunity.

      The Flyers scored just six goals in the six-game series.

      NOTES: The loss in Game 5 marked the first time all season Washington lost back-to-back games in regulation. ... Capitals F Jason Chimera was not subject to a disciplinary hearing from the NHL Department of Player Safety for his boarding penalty against Flyers RW Jake Voracek in the third period Friday night. ... The Flyers forced a Game 6 after being down 3-0 for the second time in franchise history. The first was in 2010, when they came all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins. ... Philadelphia entered Sunday having killed off five straight Washington power plays after the Capitals went 8-for-17 with the man advantage in the first three games.

  • NHL roundup: Penguins take out Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 23, 2016

    PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Rust scored two goals and set up another, fellow rookie Conor Sheary added a goal during Pittsburgh's four-goal second period and the Penguins overwhelmed the New York Rangers with their youth and speed, closing out the first-round series with a 6-3 rout on Saturday.

    • Rookie goaltender Matt Murray won his third straight game by making 38 saves as the Penguins won their 18th in 21 overall, needing just five games to eliminate the Metropolitan Division rival that put them out of the playoffs the last two seasons.

      Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin and 39-year-old Matt Cullen also found the net as the Penguins shook off two early deficits before steamrolling the Rangers 4-0 during a dominant and decisive second period.

      Rick Nash, Dominic Moore and Chris Kreider all scored goals on deflected shots for the Rangers.

      Ducks 5, Predators 2

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Perron and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim over Nashville in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

      Ryan Garbutt, Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler also scored, Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg contributed two assists apiece and Frederik Anderson stopped 27 shots for his third successive playoff victory, giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series as they return to Nashville for Game 6.

      Ryan Johansen and Miikka Salomaki scored their first playoff goals for the Predators, who received 27 saves from goalie Pekka Rinne.

      Garbutt broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth career playoff goal at 16:23 of the second period.

  • Kings assign D Gavel to Ontario
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 23, 2016

    The Los Angeles Kings assigned defenseman Kevin Gravel to the Ontario Reign of the AHL Saturday.

    • Gravel played in five games with the Kings in the regular season. In 55 games with Ontario, he had seven goals and 13 assists, with a plus-4 rating and 30 penalty minutes.

  • NHL roundup: Neuvirth, Flyers stun Capitals
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 23, 2016

    WASHINGTON -- Michal Neuvirth made a playoff career-high 44 saves and Ryan White scored a second-period goal that deflected off the skate of a defenseman as the Philadelphia Flyers stayed alive in their first-round series against the Washington Capitals with a 2-0 victory Friday.

    • Despite being outshot 44-11, the Flyers closed the margin in the best-of-7 series to 3-2 with Game 6 on Sunday in Philadelphia. It was the Flyers second straight win after falling behind in the series 3-0.

      Neuvirth had one of the most outstanding playoff performances in recent memory, holding the fort with the Capitals outshooting the Flyers 30-5 over the last 40 minutes before Chris Vandevelde put the icing on the victory with an empty-net goal with 30.8 seconds left.

      Washington goalie Braden Holtby took the loss while making just nine saves on the night as the Capitals lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

      Sharks 6, Kings 3

      LOS ANGELES -- Joonas Donskoi scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and San Jose eliminated Los Angeles from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory at Staples Center.

      Joe Pavelski added a goal -- his fifth of the series -- at 12:24 of the third as the Sharks advanced to the second round, where they meets Anaheim or Nashville. That series is tied 2-2.

      Melker Karlsson, Chris Tierney and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, and Logan Couture and Brent Burns each had three assists. The Kings got second-period goals by Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Kris Versteeg.

      Islanders 2, Panthers 1 (2 OT)

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Alan Quine scored the game-winning goal 16 minutes into the second overtime as New York defeated Florida at the BB&T Center to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

      Frans Nielsen also scored for New York and Thomas Greiss made 47 saves.

      Aleksander Barkov was awarded a penalty shot in the first overtime, but his backhand move was stopped by Greiss. Barkov did score the regulation goal for the Panthers.

      Wild 5, Stars 4 (OT)

      DALLAS -- Mikko Koivu scored the game-tying goal late in regulation and also scored the game-winner 4:55 into overtime for Minnesota, which remains alive with an overtime win against Dallas in Game 5 of their first round series at American Airlines Center.

      Mikael Granlund, Jordan Schroeder and Nino Niederreiter also had regulation goals for the Wild and Devan Dubnyk stopped 20 of 24 shots.

      Johnny Oduya, Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza and Alex Goligoski scored for the Stars in regulation and John Klingberg had two assists.

  • Hurricanes sign F Nordstrom, D Chelios
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 22, 2016

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Joakim Nordstrom to a two-year contract extension on Friday, the club announced.

    • Carolina also announced the signing of defenseman Jake Chelios to a one-year deal. He is the son of NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios.

      Nordstrom, 24, had 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games this season. He will receive $1.25 million in 2016-17 and $1.3 million the following season.

      "Joakim took a major step forward in his career last season," general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "We expect him to continue to grow as both a player and a leader on our team."

      Chelios, 25, signed a split contract that pays $575,000 at the NHL level or $70,000 if he is a member of the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League.

      He played in 73 games for Charlotte in 2015-16 and had 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists).

      "Jake was a steady presence for Charlotte last season in his first full season playing defense," Francis said. "He showed that he can contribute offensively and, at 25, he fits in well with our organization's young defensemen."

  • Jets don't renew contract of AHL head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 22, 2016

    The Winnipeg Jets did not renew the contract of Keith McCambridge as head coach of the Manitoba Moose, the team's American Hockey League affiliate.

    • Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced the decision Friday after the Moose finished 26-41-4 this season.

      "This morning we informed Keith McCambridge that we will not be renewing his contract for the 2016-17 season as head coach of the Manitoba Moose," Cheveldayoff said. "We thank Keith for his professionalism, leadership, and coaching over the past five seasons as well as for his previous years of service as a Moose assistant coach. His commitment and hard work during two separate periods of transition for our AHL franchise should not be overlooked and is greatly appreciated. We wish Keith and his family all the best."

      The Jets also did not renew the contract of Moose video coach Will Craig.

  • NHL playoff roundup: Blackhawks stay alive vs. Blues
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane scored 3:07 into the second overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series.

    • The win cut the Blues' lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2 and sent the series back to Chicago for Game 6 on Saturday.

      Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs when he deked through the slot and flipped a shot on goal that Brian Elliott got a piece of to knock wide. But Kane swooped around the net and swept the rebound in on the backhand for his 49th career playoff goal.

      Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa scored the regulation goals for the Blackhawks, while Robby Fabbri, David Backes and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues.

      Lightning 1, Red Wings 0

      TAMPA, Fla. -- For 58 minutes, a scoreless tie persisted at Amalie Arena, then with 1:43 left, Tampa Bay caught a loose puck behind the net as Petr Mrazek went back to clear it for Detroit.

      Ryan Callahan fed a pass to Alex Killorn in front of the net and he flicked it in for the game-winning goal, giving the Lightning a 1-0 win in Game 5 to eliminate the Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

      Ben Bishop outdueled Mrazek, making 34 saves in his first shutout this postseason.

      Penguins 5, Rangers 0

      NEW YORK -- Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists as Pittsburgh demolished New York in Game 4 of their first-round series at Madison Square Garden.

      The Penguins hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch a spot in the second round by winning Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

      Patric Honrqvist, Eric Fehr and Connor Sheary also scored for the Penguins while Sidney Crosby had two assists. Matt Murray made 31 saves for his first career postseason shutout in his second career postseason start, both wins.

      Antti Raanta stopped 13 of 14 shots for the Rangers after relieving Henrik Lundqvist midway through the second period. Lundqvist allowed four goals on 18 shots.

      Ducks 4, Predators 1

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Anaheim equaled the Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece with a win in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.

      Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots for Anaheim, who host Game 5 on Saturday before the teams return to Nashville for Game 6 Monday night. Pekka Rinne came up with 21 saves for the Predators, who are trying to win a playoff series for just the third time in franchise history.

      Ryan Getzlaf, Nate Thompson, Jamie McGinn and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, while Mike Fisher scored the Predators' lone goal.

  • NHL notebook: Flyers C Laughton released from hospital
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton was released from the hospital Thursday after suffering a hard hit into the boards during Wednesday's playoff game against the Washington Capitals.

    • The Flyers announced that tests came back negative.

      General manager Ron Hextall said in a statement that Laughton is progressing but wouldn't travel to Washington for Friday's Game 5.

      Laughton was stretchered off the ice and taken to a hospital after Wednesday's hit.

      Laughton crashed hard into the boards behind the Washington net with 3:49 left in the first period after what appeared to be incidental contact with Capitals defenseman John Carlson. Laughton was face-down on the ice for a few minutes and lay motionless as team doctor Jimmy McCrossin tended to him.

      ---The St. Louis Blues recalled defenseman Chris Butler from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the team announced.

      Butler, 29, has 84 points (13 goals, 71 assists) in 387 career NHL games. He was scoreless in five regular-season games with the Blues this season.

      ---The Nashville Predators signed forward Adam Payerl to a one-year contract, the club announced.

      The deal is worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 if Payerl is in the American Hockey League.

      The Predators also assigned defenseman Alex Carrier to Milwaukee. The 19-year-old was Nashville's fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

  • Flyers C Laughton released from hospital
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton was released from the hospital Thursday after suffering a hard hit into the boards during Wednesday's playoff game against the Washington Capitals.

    • The Flyers announced that tests came back negative.

      General manager Ron Hextall said in a statement that Laughton is progressing but wouldn't travel to Washington for Friday's Game 5.

      Laughton was stretchered off the ice and taken to a hospital after Wednesday's hit.

      Laughton crashed hard into the boards behind the Washington net with 3:49 left in the first period after what appeared to be incidental contact with Capitals defenseman John Carlson.

      Laughton was face-down on the ice for a few minutes and lay motionless as team doctor Jimmy McCrossin tended to him. McCrossin summoned a stretcher, and Laughton was stabilized, placed in a neck brace and taken off the ice. He was conscious and talking to medical staffers.

      Laughton, 21, played 71 regular-season games in 2015-16, compiling seven goals and 14 assists. He has no points in three playoff games against Washington.

      The Flyers trail 3-1 in the series despite winning 2-1 on Wednesday.