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They had to win this way, in this fashion. Another comeback. Another overtime. Another unforgettable, unimaginable mettle-testing, character-revealing victory. ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:39:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kings one win away from Stanley Cup after blanking Rangers ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Maybe it all would have been different had Dwight King not planted himself in Henrik Lundqvist’s crease (and on Lundqvist’s shoulder) and scored the game-turning goal Saturday night in Los Angeles. Maybe the New York Rangers would have held on to win Game 2, and maybe they would have had some momentum going into Game 3, which maybe would have gone a lot differently than it did on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Or maybe not. After watching Jonathan Quick and the Kings take a 3-0 stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night with … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:39:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kings rally again, beat Rangers in double overtime for 2-0 lead ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — The Stanley Cup champion was crowned a week ago at the United Center, if you’re to believe everything you’ve read and everything you saw on TV. When Alec Martinez’s shot fluttered through Nick Leddy’s sweater and past Corey Crawford, the NHL season apparently ended. The Western Conference was so much better than the East, the Kings and Blackhawks so much better than the upstart New York Rangers, that the Stanley Cup Final itself was a foregone conclusion, a mere formality. After all, the West dominated the East over the first half of the season and was a … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 23:48:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rangers headed to Stanley Cup Final, finish Canadiens in 6 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Dominic Moore scored in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist bounced back from his worst performance in the playoffs and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. The Rangers are in the championship round for the first time since winning it all in 1994. Lundqvist and the Rangers shook off a 7-4 road loss Tuesday night and took out the Canadiens on home ice. Lundqvist needed to make only 18 saves in his team-record tying ninth postseason shutout. He was pulled after allowing four goals in … ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:55:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rangers’ Daniel Carcillo suspended for abusing ref ]]>

The NHL has given New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo an automatic 10-game suspension after he was ejected for physical abuse of officials during the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. ]]> Sat, 24 May 2014 01:16:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rangers upend Canadiens 3-1, take 2-0 series lead ]]> Lead story image

MONTREAL — Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday. St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother’s Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row. New York’s Rick Nash also scored … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:32:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ Martin St. Louis’ goal starts Rangers’ rout of Canadiens ]]> Lead story image

MONTREAL — Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers had a reason to smile in the midst of a weekend of sadness. St. Louis, who attended his mother’s wake Friday and will attend her funeral with his teammates Sunday, scored the first goal of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final to start the Rangers on their way to a 7-2 rout Saturday of the Montreal Canadiens. ‘‘It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me,’’ said St. Louis, who received a long ovation from the crowd at the Bell Centre … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:57:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kings blitz Ducks, earn shot at Hawks ]]> Lead story image

Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored in an overwhelming first period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to their third consecutive Western Conference finals with a 6-2 victory Friday against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their second-round series. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:23:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Canadiens top Bruins in Game 7, will meet Rangers in Conference final ]]> Lead story image

BOSTON — Carey Price stopped 29 shots to help Montreal beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday night and put the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. Montreal will play the New York Rangers for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals. Dale Weise, Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored for the Canadiens, who advanced to the conference finals for just the second time since winning the most recent of their NHL-record 24 Stanley Cup titles in 1993. Jarome Iginla scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 15 saves for the Bruins, who had the NHL’s best record … ]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:32:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Lightning’s Ryan Malone arrested, charged with DUI, cocaine possession ]]> Lead story image

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said. An officer saw Malone’s SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the center lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski. After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said. According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets. Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:04:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Pick-up six: Blackhawks want to close out series Sunday ]]> Lead story image

For all their skill, depth, all-star talent and championship pedigree, the Blackhawks are not a team known for a knockout punch in the postseason. Even with a big left hook, the team somehow always ends up winning on points. The defending Stanley Cup champions already have lost a lead six times in five games of their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues. They’ve allowed five goals in the final two minutes of a period — including tying goals with 1:45 and 6.4 seconds left in regulation. Too often it seems with a belt up for grabs, the Hawks float … ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 06:52:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ U.S. hockey team beats Russia 3-2 ]]> Lead story image

SOCHI, Russia — In the beginning, it was a rematch of one of the greatest games ever played, a rivalry of epic proportions, the Cold War somehow reborn on ice. In the end, it was just two points in pool play, an appetizer, a mere harbinger of things to come. In between? The United States’ 3-2 shootout victory over Russia on Saturday afternoon was a hockey game. A riveting, unbelievable and unforgettable hockey game between two of the most talent-laden rosters in the world. ]]> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:39:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ U.S. Cellular Field on NHL’s radar ]]> Lead story image

With regards to Los Angeles and New York, Chicago always was an undeniable option to cap the NHL’s unprecedented run of outdoor games in the United States. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:31:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Oilers’ Ben Scrivens sets NHL shutout record with 59 saves ]]> Lead story image

EDMONTON — Ben Scrivens set an NHL record for saves in a regular-season shutout with 59 in a spectacular performance that helped the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 Wednesday night. Scrivens topped the previous mark set by Phoenix’s Mike Smith, who stopped 54 shots in a victory over Columbus on April 3, 2012. The Sharks matched the record for shots against the Oilers, accomplished by the New York Rangers in a 4-3 loss in 1993. This time, the recently acquired Scrivens turned away all 59 as Edmonton won its third straight. Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Taylor … ]]> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:52:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kings, Ducks say Dodger Stadium is ready ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings stepped out of the home dugout and filed onto the fresh sheet of ice. Instead of a roof over their heads, helicopters hovered in the cloudy sky above Chavez Ravine. Dodger Stadium isn’t a field of dreams for many hockey players, but the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks are thrilled by the chance to play the NHL’s most unlikely outdoor game on Saturday. “We were trying to figure out how we could shoot a puck over the left field wall,” Los Angeles defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “Too many people around, though.” Southern California’s … ]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ CHAD: NHL has its problems ]]> Lead story image

I already have broken the only New Year’s resolution I made: Respect the NHL. Heck, I broke it less than 24 hours into the New Year while watching the Winter Classic go to a shootout. Shootout? What is this, an arcade game? OK, let’s review all the aspects of the NHL I cannot abide: ◆ The fighting, which I will not discuss any further today because, well, I’m not in a  fighting mood. ◆ The nearly year-round schedule, which I also will not discuss today because, well, life’s too short to complain about hockey taking up too much of our calendar. ◆ The … ]]> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:02:27 -0600