April 15, 2014

Lightning confident G Anders Lindback up for challenge of facing Canadiens in NHL playoffs

Lightning confident G Anders Lindback up for challenge of facing Canadiens in NHL playoffs

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:42 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal, however the Lightning doesn't feel they'll be at a disadvantage with backup Anders Lindback facing a more experienced Carey Price and the Canadiens in the best of 7 series that begins Wednesday night.


Former players sue NHL, alleging league hid risks of concussions; third such suit filed

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS - Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.


Blue Jackets look at series with mighty Penguins as opportunity to finally get some respect

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets don't mind all the doubters.In fact, they almost welcome them."People were waiting for us to falter, kind of waiting to say, 'I told you so,'" coach Todd Richards said of his team's season.


Anaheim Ducks hope their long-delayed playoff success finally starts when they face Stars

Anaheim Ducks hope their long-delayed playoff success finally starts when they face Stars

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:24 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. - From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs.


Crosby ready to seize another opportunity with Penguins in playoffs

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:17 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby won his first Stanley Cup and at age 21 and his first of two Olympic gold medals at 22. This season, he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a division title, won the scoring race and is favoured to be the NHL's most valuable player.


Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom

Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.


Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 3:13 PM EDT

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk expects to make the playoffs every year, and when his team misses out he plans to make sure it doesn't happen again.The Ottawa Senators owner voiced his disappointment over the team's performance this season in a conference call with media Tuesday, and said changes could be coming.


T.J. Oshie, Brenden Morrow practice for Blues; Blackhawks back at full strength

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues are getting closer to the lineup that set a franchise record for victories and challenged for first place overall, instead of the patchwork roster that lost six in a row to finish the regular season.


For Hurricanes, 5th straight year outside the playoffs leads to off-season of uncertainty

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 2:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have entered perhaps their most uncertain off-season since they moved to North Carolina.There are lingering questions nearly everywhere they look: in the front office, behind the bench and on the ice.


Randy Carlyle remains the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs - for now

Randy Carlyle remains the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs - for now

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

TORONTO - Randy Carlyle couldn't shed any light on the Toronto Maple Leafs' most pressing off-season question—his future with the NHL club.


Oilers GM gives coach a vote of confidence and says he's optimistic about future

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 1:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON - Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels optimistic about his team's future despite a last-place finish in the Western Conference standings.


Loss to Kings in last year's playoffs taught Blues valuable lessons

by The Canadian Press - April 15, 2014 11:28 AM EDT

If the St. Louis Blues can't take any positives from a six-game losing streak to end the regular season, maybe they can find some in four straight losses at this time last year.

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