Blackhawks, prospect Luke Johnson agree to three-year deal

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The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Luke Johnson agreed to terms on a three-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Johnson, 21, was a fifth-round pick of the Hawks in the 2013 entry draft and played college hockey at North Dakota, where he contributed to North Dakota's national title this season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 43 games.

Johnson ...Read more

Ducks fire Bruce Boudreau as coach after five seasons

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Bruce Boudreau won everything with the Ducks but the game he had to win. And it would result in his dismissal.

The Ducks fired Boudreau as their coach on Friday after five seasons marked by tremendous success during the 82-game schedule and failures in the playoffs made memorable by Game 7 losses at Honda Center.

Murray met with owners Henry ...Read more

Oshie's hat trick powers Capitals past Penguins in Game 1

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WASHINGTON -- T.J. Oshie scored his third goal of the game at 9:33 in overtime to lead Washington to a 4-3 victory over the Penguins at the Verizon Center Thursday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Oshie scored on a wraparound, and the goal was verified after a lengthy video review.

Game 2 will be played at 8:25 p.m. ...Read more

Elliott is 'the rock' the Blues lean on

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Brian Elliott remembers that the clock at Scottrade Center had two heart-pounding seconds left when he glanced at it late Monday night. His eyes dropped back to the ice, where he recalls captain David Backes was the first teammate skating toward him to begin the celebration.

The Blues had held on for a 3-2 win over Chicago in Game 7, finally ...Read more

New Red Wings home to be named Little Caesars Arena

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DETROIT -- By naming the new home of the Detroit Red Wings the Little Caesars Arena, the Ilitch family, which owns both the team and the pizza company, may have foregone a multimillion-dollar source of cash from an outside bidder. But that's OK, said Christopher Ilitch, CEO of the family's Ilitch Holdings.

"For our organization, this is more ...Read more

Predators ride Pekka Rinne to 2-1 win as Ducks suffer another Game 7 elimination

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The preseason pick by many to play for the Stanley Cup and even pass the silver chalice never got within shouting distance of it, trudging dejectedly off the ice just like previous versions did.

Game 7 is the bogeyman that terrorizes the Ducks in the night and the supposed Cup favorite once again couldn't rid it from their ...Read more

'Irreplaceable' Andrew Shaw doesn't want Blackhawks to replace him

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Andrew Shaw wants to remain with the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville called Shaw "irreplaceable" and wants him back too.

The man who must traverse the rocky landscape that is the Hawks' salary-cap situation is noncommittal.

"I don't have an answer for you right now," general manager Stan Bowman said Wednesday as the Hawks cleared out their ...Read more

Penguins' Crosby, Capitals' Ovechkin collide in Round 2

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They are considered to be among the most bitter of rivals.

Kind of like their teams, actually.

And when Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington left winger Alex Ovechkin cross paths in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs -- something that figures to happen quite often -- they will be exchanging snarls and slashes, not smiles.

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Flyers' Schenn suspended for three games next season

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Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate.

Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced on Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season.

"I know they were obviously ...Read more

From new additions to veterans, Ducks know they can't play timid in Game 7 vs. Predators

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender Frederik Andersen was a member of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League when the Ducks lost Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center on May12, 2013. He made his Ducks debut in 2013-14.

Ryan Kesler was a center with the Vancouver Canucks when ...Read more

From start to finish, Blackhawks 2015-16 season never felt quite 'right'

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After the Blackhawks lost to the Blues on Monday night, winger Patrick Kane said what was on the mind of every Hawks player and fan: "It just doesn't really feel right."

In fact, very little about this Hawks season felt right, on and off the ice.

It was a season that started with Kane, now the front-runner for the Hart Trophy, which goes to ...Read more

Panthers retiring Spacey in Space sweatshirt

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell was a no-show Tuesday at exit day in the BB&T Center and didn't announce his retirement as expected.

However, Panthers forward Shawn Thornton did officially retire the Kevin Spacey in Space hoodie that the players were handing out to game MVPs after victories. The postgame ritual became a ...Read more

Panthers GM Tallon says Jagr wants to come back and it's a 'win-win' situation

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It's no secret that since future Hall of Fame forward Jaromir Jagr joined the Panthers late last season, it's been a marriage made in heaven.

Not only has he been the perfect mentor to teammates half his age, at 44, Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to lead his team in scoring with 66 points (27 goals). So Panthers general manager ...Read more

Blackhawks repeat bid ends with 3-2 loss to Blues in Game 7 thriller

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ST. LOUIS -- Monday had everything you could ask for in a Game 7.

A raucous crowd living and dying with every rush. Two teams fighting for their playoff lives -- one the defending champion, the other a desperate annual playoff punching bag trying to punch back.

To say Game 7 at the Scottrade Center was breathtaking would not include all the ...Read more

Penguins-Capitals series pits Fehr against his former team

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Penguins forward Eric Fehr said he didn't have a rooting interest in Game 6 Sunday of the Washington-Philadelphia series.

He wasn't hoping the Capitals would win, just to set up a semifinal meeting between his current team and the one for which he labored for parts of nine seasons.

Nor was he pulling for the Flyers to extend that series to a ...Read more

Blues oust Blackhawks, advance to second round

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ST. LOUIS -- In his seventh consecutive series that went to a Game 7, against the club with which he won a Stanley Cup, Troy Brouwer became the latest Blues playoff hero.

Brouwer's first goal of the series with 11 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in regulation catapulted the club to a 3-2 victory over Chicago and into the Western Conference ...Read more

Predators top Ducks, 3-1, force Game 7

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to outduel the Ducks' Frederik Andersen and James Neal's second-period held up as the eventual decisive score as the Nashville Predators won, 3-1, in Game 6 on Monday night.

After showing some wobbles in the first five games, Rinne delivered his best performance of the series to force a winner-take-...Read more

Panthers disappointed with playoffs, excited about future

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NEW YORK -- Minutes after the Panthers' season had ended in crushing fashion off a John Tavares' goal in double-overtime, owner Vinnie Viola bounded toward his team's locker room with a look on his face that said, "What are you going to do?"

Florida lost back-to-back games to the New York Islanders in double overtime, and the Atlantic Division ...Read more

Red Wings, Jimmy Howard agree it might be time to move on

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There's recognition on both sides that it might be best for the Detroit Red Wings and goalie Jimmy Howard to part ways.

Howard said Monday that he'd be "OK" with being traded from the only NHL team he has known, because he understands the situation. The Wings are committed to re-signing restricted free agent Petr Mrazek, who, at 24, is their ...Read more

Red Wings expect Pavel Datsyuk to leave

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From the way those around him talked Monday, it sure sounds like the Detroit Red Wings believe that Pavel Datsyuk is gone.

Speaking after the team picture was taken Monday at Joe Louis Arena, Datsyuk said he wouldn't decide on his future until after the world championship next month in his native Russia.

"I think I be more 100 percent with my ...Read more