BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Predators stalwart Pekka Rinne briefly stopped to marvel when informed of the elite NHL goaltending company he joined in becoming a three-time 40-game winner — and after a shutout, no less.
BOSTON (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets felt like they were lucky to get a victory in their late-season push for one of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are playing every game as if it's the postseason. It paid off this weekend.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tuukka Rask and the stubborn Boston Bruins stymied the Tampa Bay Lightning — and got even closer in the standings.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Could the crackdown on tax loopholes clamp down on corporate schmoozing?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jairus Lyles couldn't suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen — a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness.
DENVER (AP) — The Nashville Predators didn't break out the bubbly or anything rowdy like that after becoming the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The idea began to percolate about 2½ years ago, in discussions between Kirk Cousins and agent Mike McCartney about his status with the Washington Redskins and his future in the NFL.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was awarded nearly $3.75 million after suing the University of Minnesota Duluth for discrimination and retaliation.
MOSCOW (AP) — Former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk says he wants to return to the league this summer and play there for "several more years."
Liz Knox didn't get a chance to rest.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The leverage of free agency in his prime brought Kirk Cousins the market-setting contract with Minnesota.
MOSCOW (AP) — Most, but not all, of Russia's top sports stars are backing Vladimir Putin in this weekend's presidential election.
A linesman orders Sean Couturier out of the faceoff circle and Claude Giroux shrugs before stepping in and winning the draw.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Away from the stadiums, it's the most hectic place at the Paralympic Games — a white warehouse on a corner of Pyeongchang's athletes' village, where a team of technicians hustle around the clock to carve, weld and sew items near piles of bionic hands, feet and knees.
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon's name frequently gets mentioned among the best players in the game this season.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The most talked-about athlete in the Paralympics barely plays, but who cares? The diminutive but hard-nosed reserve forward on South Korea's sled hockey team proudly admits he's just happy to be here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrik Laine knows where he stands.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says participation in the 2022 Olympics in China is possible but not essential to the league's efforts to grow the sport in the world's largest country.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are hot at home and Roberto Luongo is doing his best to keep it that way.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby's continued dominance of the Flyers helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins move back into first place.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is out as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes after four years but will remain with the team in another front-office position, new owner Tom Dundon said Wednesday night.
Ben Scrivens keeps trying to figure out what he is doing wrong.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In a single-file line, the all-ages group of 40 shuffled gingerly onto the ice. Some wore jeans, some wore sweatpants and one was in gym shorts. A few looked athletic; others not so much. There was a sense of nervous excitement.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — With the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all coming out of the Atlantic Division, there's a good chance the second and third best teams in the East will play in the first round for the second straight year.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators talk about everything and shy away from nothing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona's season started under a dark cloud following the arrest of assistant coach Emanuel Richardson as part of a federal probe into shady recruiting practices.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The International University Sports Federation has selected Lake Placid as the host for the 2023 Winter World University Games.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Twenty years after a cereal box changed her life, Meghan Duggan is pictured on one.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — T.J. Oshie found a moment of tranquility as he stared through the darkness and into the crowd at fans holding their cellphones up to light up the stadium.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were too much for the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
ZURICH (AP) — A North Korean hockey player tested positive for a banned drug ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics in a case that was later dropped.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist has put together a two-game stretch unlike any since goaltenders began wearing facemasks full-time.
NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert is hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but schools paying players is likely a nonstarter.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Shortly before he walked outside Friday at Navy's Memorial Stadium, Mike Babcock said: "Hang on to your hat."
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — William Nylander fondly recalls messing around on the ice with Alex Ovechkin as an 11-year-old when his dad, Michael, played for the Washington Capitals.
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci and his new linemate have taken no time at all to find a rhythm.
SEATTLE (AP) — Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been hosting hockey games for a quarter-century. Now he wants to do it on a much bigger scale.
The cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, there's no consensus on how to repair the system.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ban from the Olympic movement was lifted on Wednesday despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang winter games.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal has been the ideal leader for the Minnesota Wild, continuing to produce no matter who he's skating with while coach Bruce Boudreau searches for the most effective combinations.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall just wants to contribute to the New Jersey Devils' playoff run.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have indefinitely banned a fan from their arena for making racial taunts at San Antonio's Patty Mills.
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman now has something in common with Boston Bruins counterpart Don Sweeney.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women's hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.