Rossi: Appreciate Penguins' long-awaited return to Stanley Cup Final

Matt Murray is so new to the Stanley Cup playoffs that he couldn't possibly grasp how hard it is to get where he's going.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Jones: Lightning falls just short of goal

Yet there is plenty of hope remaining, plenty of reason to believe the Lightning can make more postseason runs in the near future. Key pieces such as Johnson, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov lead a young, but playoff-tested, core of talented players.

Lightning falls to Pens in Game 7 of East final (video)

PITTSBURGH — One by one, starting with captain Steven Stamkos, Lightning players slowly and somberly skated over to embrace goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the only reason Thursday's riveting Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final was even close.

5/27/2016 7:15 AM

NHL Three Stars: Bryan Rust is Game 7 hero

Reminder: Bryan Rust went as Phil Kessel's hot dog for Halloween so we should all love him— Auston Miketthews (@50_MissionCap) April 23, 2016No. 1 Star: Bryan Rust, Pittsburgh PenguinsJust as everyone predicted, rookie...

In disarray in December, resilient Pittsburgh in Cup Final

During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance. ''I said, 'I think we have great players,''' Sullivan...

Lightning coach Cooper laments penalties in Game 7 loss

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, thanks in large part to special teams, according to Lightning head coach Jon Cooper."In the end, penalties hurt us," Cooper said, according to Puck Daddy's Greg...

Rust scores twice as Penguins advance to Stanley Cup Final

Before he was chosen in the 2010 NHL Draft, during his four years of college hockey at Notre Dame and while he served a one-year apprenticeship in the minors, the scouting report on Bryan Rust always was the same: Not much of a finisher.

5/27/2016 6:47 AM

The fast and the furious

With an emphatic 9-1 victory over the Houston Aeros 40 years ago Friday, the Winnipeg Jets celebrated the first major hockey trophy for the city in more than seven decades.

2 long series wins might have exhausted Blues

A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis who will have to settle for its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001. ''I think if you're going to look at one aspect, it's our...

5/27/2016 7:15 AM

Stanley Cup Final Series Preview: Sharks vs. Penguins

The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are your two Stanley Cup Finalists this season in what should be an excellent series. So who will come out on top as this year’s champion? We break down the series.

Steven Stamkos emotional after storybook Game 7 spoiled by Penguins

PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos has three scars from his surgery two months ago to correct an issue with a blood clot. Two on his neck, and one on his shoulder. Reminders of what coach Jon Cooper referred to as a “catastrophic” injury to the Tampa Bay...

Why Sidney Crosby touched Prince of Wales Trophy despite jinx

PITTSBURGH – You don’t touch the trophy. The San Jose Sharks didn’t, avoiding the Clarence Campbell Bowl like it was radioactive after winning the Western Conference title on Wednesday night.But after the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Tampa Bay...

Wild's Parise rehabbing back injury without surgery

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September. Parise joined teammates Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Nate Prosser, Jared Spurgeon and Jason...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hochman: Fiery Sharks put Blues to bed

David Backes came into the media interview with puffy, saddened eyes — possibly like the eyes reading this column were Wednesday night — and he broke down again when describing his team’s character.

Purdy: San Jose Sharks and their fans unleash 25 years of emotion

The demon of not-getting-it-done-when-it-counts? Gone. The demon that taunted franchise stalwarts Thornton & Marleau for never reaching the final? Banished. The demon of winning so much in the regular season and then flopping in the postseason? Adios.

5/26/2016 7:12 AM

2016 USA Hockey Annual Award Winners Announced

Lured by a friend who coached hockey at Quincy High School, Zona soon found himself volunteering ... In the decades to follow, he served Milton, and also Massachusetts Hockey, in …

5/26/2016 7:23 AM

Blues' banner season ends on a flat note

SAN JOSE, CALIF. This might have been one of the Blues’ best seasons in franchise history, certainly in the last 15 seasons, but like all of the others, it ended in disappointment Wednesday night in San Jose.

Report reignites Las Vegas NHL speculation

Las Vegas is still patiently awaiting word about being granted an NHL expansion franchise. Neither the league nor potential owner Bill Foley have commented on the issue in weeks. …

St. Louis Blues' tank hits empty in Game 6 of conference final

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The St. Louis Blues started to run out of gas in the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks.Then the second-round against the Dallas Stars took another toll on them. By the time they reached Game 6...

The Core Of The San Jose Sharks Comes Through

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun, The Sharks did it with a core group of players that have long been questioned for their inability to go deep into the playoffs. One thing that’s occasionally overlooked is that many of those Sharks teams...

5/26/2016 7:28 AM

You might not recognize anyone on the Rangers next season

Regarding the Rangers, on the cusp of Reconstruction: The Post has learned the Blueshirts do not intend to buy out the remainder of Dan Girardi’s contract, which has four years remaining at an annual $5.5 million cap charge. In addition, sources...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Blues-Sharks Preview

Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the San Jose Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one. All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of...

Crosby schools Lightning for huge goal (video)

The naysayers are awfully quiet right now.Sidney Crosby scored a critical goal Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, and he did it in typical highlight-reel fashion.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain gained the puck in the neutral...

Did Mike Sullivan rush Marc-Andre Fleury?

Scott Burnside tackels whether Penguin Coach Mike Sullivan was too fast in replacing Fleury for Matt Murray. Barry Melrose weighs in on if Ben Bishop should be on bench when he is healthy.

Penguins’ stars back up big game talk to force Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins talked a big game before delivering a big game, riding strong performances from Crosby, Kessel, Murray, Letang, and Malkin to even their best-of-seven series with the Lightning and force a Game 7.

Rust kills Lightning rally with breakaway dangle (video)

Bryan Rust crushed any hopes of a Tampa Bay Lightning comeback.After Brian Boyle responded with two third-period goals to narrow the Pittsburgh Penguins lead to 3-2, Rust halted the club's rally, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy with a gorgeous...

Hockey East: Bradley and Puskarich Named Co-Captains for 2016-17 Catamounts

Bradley also finished the season tied for third in the league with four game-winning goals, including the game-winner in Game 2 of the Hockey East Quarterfinals at No. 3 Boston College. Puskarich, who was named an assistant captain last season, …

Friday, May 27, 2016

NCHC: UMD Bulldog Schedule 2016-17

The next two weekends have the Bulldogs taking on a pair of Hockey East powers and 2016 NCAA Tournament participants in the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Oct. 7-8 in Lowell, …

NCAA: Tyler Nanne - Hockey Is Where His Heart Is

Nanne won two state championships at Edina high school, but has yet to play a game of college hockey after nearly losing his life ... He has transferred to the University of Minnesota and …

Thursday, May 26, 2016

AHA: Chris McKelvie Joins Army Hockey Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army West Point hockey head coach Brian Riley has announced the hiring of new assistant coach Chris McKelvie.McKelvie is the id... - AHL Albany Devils

5/26/2016 7:41 AM

NCAA: Where Are College Hockey’s Late-Bloomers Coming From?

Several programs have been applauded in recent years for their ability to find the late-blooming talent, yet it’s incredibly hard to pinpoint where these players are coming from. Over the last few days, I’ve tried to come up with some...

NCHC: What We Learned From Year in Review was a success The league made almost $250,000 from their ... which perhaps aren't truly "national," but are certainly more widely watched among college hockey fans. 4. Media went …

WCHA: 'Five' thoughts

When writing my Tuesday column earlier this week about the new WCHA playoff format (read it here), it dawned on me that the conference could have kept the well-known Final Five name for its tournament, considering teams need to win five league...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ECAC: Geiger Signs with AHL's Rochester Amerks

Paul Geiger, who completed his collegiate career with the Clarkson University Hockey team this past season, has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rochester …

NCAA: College hockey coaches remain hesitant to change overtimes

The 3-on-3 or shootout count solely for conference points. Four leagues — Hockey East, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, Atlantic Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association — end their games in a tie after the 5-on-5 …

WCHA: Mavs pick up Robertson Cup MVP

Minnesota State's most recent verbal commit is Reggie Lutz of the NAHL's Fairbanks Ice Dogs. It's been quite a week for Lutz, an Elk River native, as he recently led the Ice Dogs to the Robertson Cup championship. He was named MVP of the NAHL finals...

CHL: Is Knights' top line the best the Memorial Cup has seen?

No trio in recent years has dominated the way Marner, Dvorak and Tkachuk are now

Friday, May 27, 2016

5/27/2016 6:32 AM

RBC Cup: The Long Road

Rylan Ferster, Head Coach of the West Kelowna Warriors, just led his team to the franchise’s first national championship. Anyone familiar with Junior Hockey knows that the path to the finals is gruelling...

USHL: Steel Acquire Walker Duehr

GENEVA, ILLINOIS - The Chicago Steel announced Thursday the completion of a prior trade with the Tri-City Storm, acquiring right wing Walker Duehr. Th... - USHL Chicago Steel

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5/26/2016 7:06 AM

CHL: Rebels advance, end Wheaties’ season

Two ex-WHLers caught up in Panthers' purge.       F Colin Smith (Kamloops, 2008-13) was taken by Dinamo Riga (Latvia) in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2016 KHL entry draft on Monday. This season, he had 13 goals and 21 assists...

5/26/2016 7:07 AM

CHL: Sutter really loves his Red Deer Rebels team

During a timeout when playing the Huskies at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, coach Brent Sutter told his team that he loved them. Heading into overtime, Sutter reminded his team of their pride.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/25/2016 6:20 AM

CHL: Marner shoved around, but still dominated Huskies

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies really took it to Mitch Marner physically, taking hard shots and shoving him around all game long. Marner not only absorbed the abuse, but turned around and collected four points against them.

USHL: Slaker Announces Commitment to Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois - The Bloomington Thunder captain is the second player in less than a week that revealed his commitment to a Division I program.... - USHL Bloomington Thunder

AHL: Monsters heading to Calder Cup Finals

For the first time in half a century, the Calder Cup Finals are returning to Cleveland. (more...) More... (

Friday, May 27, 2016

AHL: Marlies-Bears Game 4 on SiriusXM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that SiriusXM NHL Network Radio will be airing Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Hershey Bears and the Toronto Marlies on Friday night....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5/26/2016 6:51 AM

AHL: Bears dismantle Marlies, go up 3-0

Zach Sill and Jakub Vrana each scored twice and Hershey erupted for seven unanswered goals en route to an 8-2 thumping of Toronto in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday night. (more...) ...

AHL: A-Devils player retires to become assistant coach at Army

“McKelvie’s experience as a Frozen Four participant whileA playing for Bemidji State as well as playing in the American Hockey League … enables him to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to not only our players but our staff as well.

5/26/2016 6:55 AM

ECHL: 2015-16 Rink Wrap - Stanislav Galiev

At his age, there may be some untapped upside yet. In 2013-14, Galiev wasn't able to crack the Bears' roster and spent most of the year in the ECHL. Yet in 2014-15, he became a top-liner for …

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/25/2016 6:06 AM

ECHL: Stingrays Fall in league Conference Finals

Three unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the third period were enough for the Wheeling Nailers to defeat the South Carolina Stingrays and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. The 5-2 …

World Cup: Burns, Giordano, Hall among those deserving of World Cup spots

Final roster for September tournament to be announced Friday

Friday, May 27, 2016

World Cup: Laine, Haula added to Finland's final World Cup roster

Team Finland announced their final roster decisions for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey tournament.High-end prospect Patrik Laine stood out amongst Finland’s picks. He is considered one of the top players available in the 2016 NHL Draft and a...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/25/2016 6:07 AM

Blackhawks sign Czech defenseman Michal Kempny

Kempny is 6-foot, 174 pounds and will be 26 when the next National Hockey League season opens. At 25, Kempny just misses the cutoff to sign an entry-level deal, so he'll cost more than …

5/25/2016 6:21 AM

KHL: Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes - May 24th, 2016

Time to get caught up on some of the non-World Championship news of the past seven days or so! The KHL’s draft was held on Monday, as we have already mentioned here, and on Tuesday the league turned its attention to the pleasant business of...

MI H.S.: Witt returns to alma mater as Midland Chemics' hockey coach

Albright added that Witt’s experience in working with high school-aged players was also a ... “There’s (hardly) a town in Michigan or Ohio where I don’t know someone through hockey. Hockey people stick together.” Away from hockey, Witt …

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5/26/2016 7:11 AM

MA H.S.: Road to the NHL - Mike Condon

Condon during his recent visit to his former school Belmont Hill High ... MA native straight out of training camp. By the end of his first NHL season, Condon – who was most recently called …

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

PA H.S.: New PIHL commissioner brings wealth of experience

Barnett, who coached Erie Cathedral Prep's hockey team the past three seasons ... In addition, he was assistant athletic director and hockey director at Lake Forest Academy in Chicago and athletic director at Becker College in Worcester, …

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