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Lightning still the team to beat in NHL's Eastern Conference

Sep. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

Getting swept in the first round wasn't enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off the mountaintop. After finishing 21 points ahead of everyone else during the 2018-19 regular season, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving Eastern Conference. With a stacked roster...

Reimer, Forsberg lead Hurricanes in shutout of Lightning

Sep. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

James Reimer and Anton Forsberg combined for a shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 in an NHL preseason game in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night. Reimer and Forsberg each played half the game for the Hurricanes, who reached the Eastern Conference final last spring after missing the...

Defenseman Carlo signs 2-year extension with Bruins

Sep. 17, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It took until six days into training camp, but the Boston Bruins took care of their last bit of offseason business on Tuesday and can now focus on attempting to build off their run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Bruins and restricted free agent Brandon Carlo agreed to...

Hughes scores 2 in preseason debut for Devils

Sep. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

Jack Hughes scored twice in his NHL preseason debut, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime to lift a New Jersey Devils split squad to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. Hughes, the first overall pick in June's NHL draft, and P.K. Subban, acquired in a trade with...

Bruins sign D McAvoy to 3-year, $14.7 million deal

Sep. 15, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Charlie McAvoy finally made it to training camp, and the Boston Bruins greeted him with a hearty stick tap salute. "I didn't want that," he said sheepishly on Sunday after returning to the defending Eastern Conference champions for a $14.7 million, three-year deal. "I'm just glad to be back....

Bruins' goal clear after Stanley Cup Final disappointment

Sep. 12, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has one more tool available this year as he tries to take the team from Stanley Cup finalist to NHL champion. Street cred. Armed with a contract extension and an updated resume that includes an Eastern Conference championship, Cassidy is far removed from his...

Panthers' Barkov still feels sting of disappointing season

Sep. 12, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — For Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov agony and anguish were constant companions this summer. Despite outstanding individual numbers, reflecting on his season wasn't fun for Barkov — and watching hockey on TV just made him feel worse. The Panthers fell short of the...

Sabres' Ristolainen happy to be in Buffalo - for now

Sep. 12, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen said he was happy to report for the start of training camp amid questions if he would have preferred being traded. What Ristolainen couldn't say Thursday was whether he'd feel the same way if he was on the Sabres' roster come March, following the...

Bruins extend contract of coach Bruce Cassidy

Sep. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins signed coach Bruce Cassidy to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday, a reward for leading the team to the Stanley Cup Final in just his second full season on the bench. "I think it's a good marriage," Cassidy said at the team's training facility the day before training...

AP Interview: Welsh happy as 1 of NHL's 1st female officials

Sep. 7, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day earlier...