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Lightning's Brayden Point provides remarkable goal-scoring consistency

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brayden Point has shown this postseason that he can score many ways, even while getting cross checked from behind in front of the net.

Point’s winning goal in the Lightning’s Game 3 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night wasn’t his prettiest, but it was still one of his most impressive.

His timing was impeccable...Read more

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Blackhawks reportedly did not call police about sexual assault allegations in 2010, and the NHLPA declined to get involved, a former player's lawyer says

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CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks senior management allegedly decided against calling police after being informed of two players’ sexual assault allegations against a former video coach, according to a report by TSN’s Rick Westhead, citing an unnamed source.

The attorney representing one of the players in a lawsuit against the Hawks said she ...Read more

Lightning take series lead over Islanders on the road

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Maybe it’s because the building is so small or because the roof is so low, but when you walk into the Nassau Coliseum, your eyes are immediately drawn up to the rafters, where brightly-colored orange, blue and white banners tell the story of the Islanders’ glory days.

Chasing another banner of their own, the Lightning ...Read more

Carolina Hurricanes agree to new contract with coach Rod Brind'Amour

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Rod Brind’Amour has a new contract that will keep him as the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach.

During a news conference Thursday morning, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell announced Brind’Amour has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

“Don and I talked throughout the year,” Brind’Amour said. “I thought we were on the ...Read more

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Blackhawks file motion to dismiss ex-player's sexual harassment lawsuit

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have filed a motion to dismiss a former player’s lawsuit, arguing that sexual harassment claims he made fall under other legal remedies he didn’t exhaust and that the clock ran out on the statute of limitations.

The player, a member of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup champion team who is identified as John Doe 1, ...Read more

Lightning remain perfect after a loss, pull even with Islanders

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning haven’t lost back-to-back playoff games in two seasons. They have a proud group that hates the feeling of a loss. They know the toll that consecutive losses take in the playoffs. They also know how to make game-to-game adjustments.

And after dropping their Stanley Cup semifinal opener to the Islanders on Sunday, ...Read more

Here's what the New York Rangers' hiring of coach Gerard Gallant means for the Kraken

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The list of potential Kraken coaching candidates thinned notably Monday as Gerard Gallant reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Rangers.

But likely of greater importance to the Kraken than Gallant coming off the board is that it removes the Rangers from contention for Rod Brind’Amour should he not sign a coaching extension ...Read more

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Rangers agree to deal with new coach Gerard Gallant

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Gerard Gallant is set to join one of hockey’s oldest organizations instead of the NHL’s newest franchise after reaching an agreement to coach the New York Rangers.

Gallant and the Rangers have a deal for him to be their next coach, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

Gallant was a highly ...Read more

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Where has the offense gone for the Lightning defensemen?

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TAMPA, Fla. — It could be a byproduct of the kind of teams the Lightning are facing this postseason, but Tampa Bay enters Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals Tuesday night without any of their defensemen having scored a single postseason goal.

The Lightning are actually averaging slightly more offense than during last year’s Cup run — 3....Read more

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John Romano: Lightning may not be the smartest kids in the class in this series

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TAMPA, Fla. – Well, that was interesting. If you’re a Lightning fan, it wasn’t particularly riveting, inspiring or encouraging, but it was interesting.

Tampa Bay lost the opening game of the Stanley Cup semifinals against the Islanders 2-1 on Sunday, and the best thing you can say is that the Lightning didn’t play terribly. In some ways...Read more

Paul Zeise: The Penguins aren't built like teams that win playoffs these days

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PITTSBURGH — Pretty much everything we have heard from the Penguins’ front office and coaching staff since the team was ceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Islanders is a version of “all is well, nothing to see here.”

The Penguins have lost four consecutive playoff series now, and yet, we are told that the core is good enough...Read more

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John Romano: Two words about Nikita Kucherov and the salary cap: tough noogies

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TAMPA, Fla. — The chatter began even before Nikita Kucherov returned to the ice. The Lightning were, the whispers went, manipulating the salary cap by hiding one of the NHL’s most accomplished players on long-term injured reserve. Once Kucherov started working his typical magic against the Florida Panthers in the first round, the chatter ...Read more

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Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: 'Missing a whole year ... you don't want to be that guy'

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TAMPA, Fla. — For those quick to accuse the Lightning of shady dealings in putting their best player on long-term injured reserve to become salary-cap compliant before the season, know that this process wasn’t fun for Nikita Kucherov, either.

In his final media availability before the offseason Thursday, Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton ...Read more

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Blue Jackets promote Brad Larsen, making him eighth head coach in team history

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The new boss is one of Blue Jackets' old bosses, only Brad Larsen isn't old by NHL coaching standards.

Larsen, 43, will now run the Jackets' bench in his first opportunity as an NHL head coach after serving as an assistant the past seven seasons for both John Tortorella and Todd Richards. The team announced Larsen's hiring ...Read more

Ron Cook: Penguins' Malkin, Guentzel leave no doubt about their toughness

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PITTSBURGH — It's fair to criticize Jake Guentzel for his lack of production in the playoff series against the New York Islanders. He had 25 shots on net but produced just one goal for the Penguins in the six-game flameout. "I let a lot of people down," Guentzel said in his getaway Zoom interview.

It's even fair to criticize Evgeni Malkin's ...Read more

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When a hockey stick breaks, everyone has to lend a helping hand

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RALEIGH, N.C. — During the most critical moments of the Lightning’s second-round series opener against Carolina, defenseman Ryan McDonagh found himself in a tough situation.

In the final seconds of Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win at PNC Arena, the Hurricanes were pressuring the Lightning net with an extra attacker and McDonagh swung his stick in an ...Read more

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Lightning close out Hurricanes, advance to Stanley Cup semifinals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Lightning emptied another road arena on Tuesday night, and turned out the lights on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay is back among the NHL’s final four teams, advancing to the Stanley Cup semifinals with a 2-0 Game 5 win over Carolina at the PNC Center.

After ending the Hurricanes season in five games in the second ...Read more

Red Wings feel internal improvement is key to lifting listless offense

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DETROIT— Those who watched the Red Wings religiously this season know it to be true. And it’s been the case for the last couple seasons, for sure.

The Wings have trouble scoring goals.

They ranked 30th (out of 31 teams) in the NHL this season, averaging a weak 2.23 goals per game, which was still an overall improvement from a season ago. ...Read more

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Florida Panthers agree to terms with top prospect who was 'tearing up the world championships'

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The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with top prospect Anton Lundell on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lundell, 19, was selected 12th overall in the first round by the Panthers in the 2020 NHL Draft.

“Anton is a cerebral, skilled and dynamic young player who continuously established himself in Finland’s top league and played a ...Read more

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The Canes' aggressive pressure on the penalty kill isn't fazing Tampa Bay's power play

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Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper respects the Carolina Hurricanes’ penalty killing, calling it among the most aggressive and effective in the league.

At the same time ...

“They’re taking the gamble you can’t make plays under pressure, and we’re saying we can,” Cooper said after Game 1 of the playoff series with the Canes.

On Tampa Bay�...Read more