Professional hockey

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Amanda Kessel, a member of the U.S. women's national hockey team, goes through drills during their practice in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa. Kessel and her United States teammates renew their fierce hockey rivalry against Canada on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Hartford, Conn., with players hoping the first in a series of five games will help kindle the public's interest in their sport and their fight for better professional opportunities. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 14, 2019 - 12:18 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Canada and the United States renew their rivalry on the ice Saturday night, with players hoping the first in a series of five games between the national teams will help kindle the public’s interest in both their sport and their fight off the ice for better professional...
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Former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas speaks with members of the media before being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 12, 2019 - 4:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors told Tim Thomas that two-thirds of his brain were getting less than 5% blood flow and the other third was averaging about 50%. His wife, Melissa, and oldest daughter, Kiley, started crying. Thomas didn’t react — because he couldn’t process what he was hearing. “I couldn't...
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San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, left, and interim coach Bob Boughner listen to questions during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks play their first game under interim coach Bob Boughner when they host the New York Rangers. Peter DeBoer was fired with the team on a five-game losing streak. He led the Sharks to their first Stanley Cup Final in his first season in 2016. (AP Photo/Josh Dubow)
December 12, 2019 - 2:55 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Flying back home from a winless road trip, general manager Doug Wilson could feel the same lack of energy and excitement that had plagued the San Jose Sharks on the ice too often this season. So soon after the team landed, Wilson decided to do something he hadn't done in...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer watches action from the bench during the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins series in Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks have fired coach Peter DeBoer, a person with direct knowledge of the move said, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 11, 2019 - 7:04 pm
The slumping San Jose Sharks fired coach Peter DeBoer on Wednesday less than seven months after playing in the Western Conference final. Doug Wilson announced the change after the Sharks returned home from a road trip on a five-game losing streak and five points out of playoff contention. San Jose...
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Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, Andrew Cogliano (11), Jason Dickinson (18) and Corey Perry (10) watch play against the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. The Stars won 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
December 10, 2019 - 11:21 am
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday for what the team called unprofessional conduct. General manager Jim Nill said Montgomery had acted inconsistently with “core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.” He did not elaborate...
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December 09, 2019 - 7:48 pm
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league will work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personnel conduct issues in the wake of incidents that surfaced in recent weeks. Speaking at the end of the first day of the Board of Governors meeting at the Inn...
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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 09, 2019 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off sweeping a four-game road trip, the NHL-leading Washington Capitals fell flat in a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night that snapped their winning streak at six. Washington hadn't lost in regulation since Nov. 20. The Capitals had their seven-game point...
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Ottawa Senators' Nick Paul, left, and Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 07, 2019 - 2:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scott Laughton responded to a jarring hit to his teammate in a big way. Laughton had a goal, an assist and a hard check in a chippy contest to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. “It was a physical game,” Laughton said. “I like...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes talks to reporters after an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Newark, N.J. The New Jersey Devils have fired coach John Hynes. General manager Ray Shero announced the move Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2019 roughly 20 minutes before Hynes was to speak to the media before the Devils game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights at the Prudential Center. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
December 03, 2019 - 2:36 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — John Hynes paid the price for the New Jersey Devils failing to deliver on the high expectations created by having three No. 1 overall draft picks in the lineup. Hynes was fired as coach Tuesday after a 9-13-4 start that left the team in last place in the Metropolitan Division...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins goalies Marc-Andre Fleury, left, and Matt Murray hold the Stanley Cup on stage after riding in the Stanley Cup victory parade in Pittsburgh. Managing top goaltenders’ schedules is the NHL’s version of load management. Each of the past five Stanley Cup-winning goalies started fewer than 60 games in the regular season, along with three of the past five runners up. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 01, 2019 - 11:12 pm
Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he’s told. How much he plays has changed. A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 starts for Vegas...
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