| Jun 8, 2014
As I follow the coverage of the ongoing federal corruption trial of state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, one word keeps coming to mind:
With all the venal, ethically greasy pols and bureaucrats slithering through our state and local halls of...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers averaged about 5 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network, according to Nielsen, making it professional hockey's second-most-watched championship round since 2006....
| May 10, 2014
| 7:06 PM
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored 22 seconds apart to help the Boston Bruins snap a five-year playoff power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens, 4-2, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.
The Bruins lead the...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:11 PM
BOSTON — The Bruins scored 16 goals and hit 13 goal posts in a seven-game series that ultimately ended in stinging season elimination.
Some would call the Bruins unlucky.
Hockey, like all great competitive endeavors, is a game of inches....
| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Boosted in part by strong synergistic interest in New York, NBC Sports generated impressive viewership numbers on Saturday for its back-to-back coverage of horse racing's Belmont Stakes and hockey's Stanley Cup Final.
The Belmont, held annually in New...
| May 18, 2014
In the Chicago Blackhawks dressing room Tuesday night, minutes after they won the series against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, cameras caught Joel Quenneville succinctly expressing his pride as only Coach Q can.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:55 PM
ST. LOUIS — Andrew Shaw still loves shin pads.
The forward's equipment played a huge role in a thrilling Blackhawks overtime victory Friday night and the defending Stanley Cup champions are one victory from dispatching the Blues in their first...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 4:32 PM
My initial impulse was to root for the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final based on the transitive power of victory. The Kings barely beat the Blackhawks in a taut, seven-game series that......
| May 25, 2014
| 12:48 AM
Reports Saturday night indicated that the Washington Capitals are close to landing Barry Trotz to be the 17th coach in franchise history.
Trotz, 51, the most coveted coaching candidate available, was in Washington on Tuesday to meet with Capitals...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 7:55 PM
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from capturing the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.
Los Angeles turned back the New York Rangers 3-0 in Game 3 on Monday, taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 11:30 PM
Jonathan Quick has been on hockey's biggest stage before and, as it turns out, he has played in one of its classic arenas before, too.
Quick grew up in Hamden, Conn., and among his fondest childhood memories is playing at Madison Square Garden with...