Pittsburgh Penguins act fast, give a six-year contract extension to Bryan Rust week after elimination

Veteran forward Bryan Rust has agreed to a six-year extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they retained one of their key pending free agents. Rust’s new deal is worth $30.75 million, running through 2027-28. It has an average annual value of $5.125 million. Rust, 30, had just completed a four-year deal with an AAV of … Read more

Finland dominates Britain; Germany tops Italy at hockey worlds

TAMPERE, Finland — Finland got back to winning ways at the world ice hockey championship when it beat Britain 6-0, while Germany beat Italy 9-4 in the highest-scoring game of the tournament on Friday. Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia was among six different players to score for host Finland, while Jussi Olkinuora faced 10 shots … Read more

3 Keys: Rangers at Hurricanes, Game 2 of East Second Round

(2M) Rangers at (1M) Hurricanes 8 pm ET; ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS Hurricanes lead best-of-7 series 1-0 The Carolina Hurricanes will try to run their home winning streak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to six games and extend their lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round when they play the New York Rangers in … Read more

Bowness steps down as Stars coach after three seasons

Rick Bowness resigned as coach of the Dallas Stars on Friday. Stars general manager Jim Nill said the search for a new coach would begin immediately and announced that assistants Todd Nelson, Derek Laxdal and John Stevens were fired. Bowness, 67, led the Stars to a 46-30-6 record this season. They finished as the first … Read more

Austria stuns Czech Republic, Sweden routs Britain at hockey world championship

TAMPERE, Finland — Austria pulled off a major upset at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday, stunning the Czech Republic 2-1 as it prevailed in a penalty shootout. It was Austria’s first victory over the Czechs at a major tournament. Austria’s Peter Schneider was the only player to convert his penalty in the shootout. … Read more

Binnington’s 51 saves not enough for Blues in Game 1 OT loss

DENVER — Jordan Binnington gave the St. Louis Blues every opportunity to steal Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Tuesday. The goalie faced an NHL career-high 54 shots and made a career-high 51 saves, but it wasn’t enough when defenseman Josh Manson scored at 8:02 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche … Read more

Lightning get group effort without Point in Game 1

SUNRISE, Fla. — Brayden Point‘s lower-body injury was an opportunity for others to step up for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at FLA Live Arena on Tuesday. Certainly, having star forward Nikita Kucherov score one of their three power-play … Read more

Edmonton Oilers recall seven black aces

In comes the cavalry. The Edmonton Oilers have recalled seven players to the big club as they embark on a second-round matchup with the Calgary Flames. Bakersfield Condors defensemen Philip Broberg, Markus Niemelainen and Dmitri Samorukov, forwards Seth Griffith, Dylan Holloway and Brad Malone, as well as netminder Stuart Skinner are all making their way … Read more

Maple Leafs coach Keefe, GM Dubas to return next season

They received a vote of confidence despite Toronto losing its first Stanley Cup Playoff series for a sixth consecutive season. Shanahan also said he does not expect significant changes to the roster in the offseason. “I think it’s important to state that I see both of them (Keefe and Dubas) as being extremely important in … Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, coach Sheldon Keefe safe despite another first-round exit

Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said that general manager Kyle Dubas and coach Sheldon Keefe will return next season despite yet another first-round playoff exit for the team. The Maple Leafs lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are chasing their third straight Stanley Cup. Toronto has failed to advance out … Read more