| Apr 30, 2015
| 4:44 PM
In the middle of last week, when Blackhawks rookie Scott Darling of suburban Lemont was the surprise talk of the town in Chicago, it seemed a good time to talk with the man who had been perhaps the most unlikely rookie goalie to become the star of the...
| Apr 26, 2015
| 2:46 AM
NHL teams play all season for home-ice advantage. Only to give it away.
It hasn't meant much at all in the Wild-Blues first-round Western Conference series. The teams have traded victories the first five games, three of them coming on the road, sending...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 5:21 AM
One by one, Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has crossed off milestones in his first NHL season.
First overall draft pick. First game. First goal. First assist, first game-winning goal, first All-Star Game (with four assists).
Perhaps his next milestone...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 7:51 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's almost becoming a rite of spring that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is named as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defensive forward.
For the fourth time in five years, Toews is among...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 10:45 AM
HARTFORD — For six weeks, the pattern has been the same.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have played smart and efficient at both ends of the ice, scoring timely goals and limiting chances in front of their goaltender. And when there was an opportunity,...
| Apr 13, 2015
| 8:23 PM
The NHL will have a new champion and the Stanley Cup playoffs will welcome back some long-absent teams.
The Kings became the first champion to miss the playoffs the following season since Carolina in 2007. They were joined on the sidelines by the Boston...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 2:32 PM
HARTFORD — As the season winds down and the playoffs approach, the goal of every American Hockey League team is the same: grab some momentum, win some games and carry some swagger into the postseason.
Three years ago, the Norfolk Admirals did...
| Apr 20, 2015
| 9:25 PM
The Ducks tempted fate again and still won.
Renowned for their third-period comebacks during the season and in each of their first two playoff games against the Winnipeg Jets, the Ducks did it again on Monday at MTS Centre. They pulled even with 2:14...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 12:50 PM
It is a ballet. And a kind of speed chess.
It has a basic pattern. But it also has improvisation, created by the coaches' tactical decisions.
It has straightforward movement and seemingly chaotic swirl. Bodies leap over boards or race in and out of...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 9:28 AM
Perhaps the highest compliment for an NHL goaltender is that he gives his team a chance to win every time he guards the cage.
That was uttered by not only his teammates on a daily basis but by nearly every opposing coach and player throughout the...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 2:40 PM
They are megawatt talents so universally known in NHL towns that saying their names is not required, only their jersey numbers.
In Pittsburgh, there's 87 and 71. In Chicago, 88 and 19. In Washington, 8 and 19. In Vancouver, 22 and 33.
Their task over...