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1:23 PM ET Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have fired coach Phil Housley following two underperforming seasons, and after the team extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to an eighth consecutive year. The team made the move Sunday, a day after the Sabres closed their season with a 7-1 win at Detroit. The
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8:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN From the moment the Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 NHL draft lottery — and the right to draft generational prospect Connor McDavid — we’ve all been playing the role of remote psychoanalysts. The way he looked when the Oilers were revealed as the top pick — was that despondency? The
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BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning won their NHL record-tying 62nd game, getting a shorthanded goal by Steven Stamkos during a three-goal second period in their 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday in the teams’ regular-season finale. Nikita Kucherov, Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak and Braydon Coburn also scored for Tampa Bay (62-16-4), which
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10:28 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Carolina Hurricanes conducted elaborate postgame celebrations all season but gave their fans the biggest reason to cheer on Thursday, two days before the conclusion of the regular season. Carolina clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 10 years, snapping the NHL’s longest postseason drought. The Washington Capitals
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6:55 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Hall of Fame executive Glen Sather is stepping down as Rangers president and transitioning to a new role as senior adviser to owner James Dolan. Sather’s move comes after 19 years with the Rangers in which he served the first 15 as New York’s president and general
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5:55 PM ET Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin might be ready to get back to work. The Pittsburgh Penguins certainly need him. The veteran center practiced with his teammates on Wednesday and could be back in the lineup on Thursday night against Detroit. Malkin has missed eight games with an upper-body injury and watched
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10:38 PM ET Brad Marchand became the first Boston Bruins in 16 seasons to reach 100 points when he assisted on David Pastrnak‘s third-period goal during a 6-2 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Joe Thornton had 36 goals and 65 assists for the Bruins in 2002-03. Marchand’s assist, combined with his
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3:38 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Washington Capitals will be without defenseman Michal Kempny as they begin their Stanley Cup defense this spring. Kempny underwent successful, season-ending surgery to repair a torn left hamstring, the team announced on Tuesday. He is expected to miss four to six months. The Capitals acquired Kempny from the Chicago
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10:44 AM ET Associated Press DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings announced a two-year contract extension with coach Jeff Blashill on Tuesday, giving their young leader a vote of confidence in a rebuild that will now include a third straight year without a playoff berth after a 25-year postseason run. The 45-year-old Blashill is in
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12:27 AM ET Tampa Bay Lightning star defenseman Victor Hedman sat out Monday night and is not expected to play the final three games of the regular season. Hedman tried to deliver a hit to Washington’s Carl Hagelin on Saturday but took the worse of the confrontation when his chin bounced off Hagelin’s helmet. Hedman,
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11:05 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The NHL awards voters will fill out their ballots over the next two weeks, scouring every stats site for vital input into their decision-making process before inevitably just voting for someone on their beat or whoever already won the award. Some awards leaders seem as though they’re cemented. Others can
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