SOCHI, Russia | For organization, the Sochi Games deserve a solid 7 marks out of 10. Unless, of course, you had to shower in cold, brown water in an unfinished mountain hotel and griped about it to #SochiProblems on Twitter.
The meeting was brief. A few minutes tops.
INDIANAPOLIS | Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah knew nothing about the NFL when he was growing up. Now, he could be a first-round pick in April's draft.
CHICAGO | Mount Carmel product Chris Chelios led a class of five inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.
TORONTO | The coach is more than happy to get someone with a strong work ethic and good skills. The coach also wouldn't mind hearing a few stories.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Alex Burrows took a day off from hockey, but not from his thoughts as he gets ready to play in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Ryan Kesler broke a tie with a power-play goal at 7:28 of the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
CHICAGO | Backup Mike Smith made 31 saves for his first shutout in more than a year, and Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal in the first period before leaving with an injury in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.
NEW YORK | Blindside hits to the head are down in the NHL, yet concussions are up. Now general managers have to decide if more rules are needed to make pro hockey safer.
DALLAS | In an unusually public faceoff between a pro sports league and one of its major sponsors, Air Canada has threatened to pull support for the National Hockey League, saying that violent play on the ice hurts the airline's brand image.
MONTREAL | Criticism of the NHL's handling of on-ice violence mounted Friday, with Quebec's premier and another major sponsor joining those who already have told the league that it needs to do more to protect its players.
TORONTO | Molson Canadian is set to become the official beer of the National Hockey League.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was in stable condition Wednesday after being admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed illness.
ANAHEIM, Calif. | The Blackhawks used some old-fashioned sharpshooting to break open a tie game against the Anaheim Ducks.
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