National Hockey League
It would be tempting for Kris Versteeg to say little has changed since he departed the Blackhawks amid the forced salary-cap purge that pushed him out after the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
Viktor Stalberg believes the Nashville Predators have many of the elements in place to start winning again.
Joel Quenneville must remember when he was a rookie defenseman on the 1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs.
BOSTON | Just imagine what Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas chat about when the present and past Boston Bruins goalies, and friends, have time to talk.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. | The Los Angeles Kings have been in all types of jams during the past two postseasons. Just a few weeks ago, they even escaped the same 0-2 deficit they're now facing in the Western Conference finals.
CHICAGO | Practice was long over when Joel Quenneville was stopped by two young boys waiting to get on the ice. They asked if he would sign their sticks, and the former NHL defenseman happily obliged.
CHICAGO | Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime and the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday night to stretch their NHL-record opening points streak to 19 games.
CHICAGO | For 17 games, nobody has been able to beat the Blackhawks in regulation.
CHICAGO | Call them the Goldilocks Blackhawks.
The Philadelphia Eagles want Brian Kelly as their new coach. Alas, Notre Dame football is doomed.
CHICAGO | Patrick Kane revels in October, almost as much as he did for the month of June two years ago, when his tough-angle overtime goal in Philadelphia snared an uncommon pro sports championship for his adapted city.
OTTAWA | The Ottawa Senators were done in by a couple of former teammates.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks shuffled their defense Monday, picking up veteran Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets and sending John Scott to the New York Rangers.
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.
BOSTON | The swift-skating Tampa Bay Lightning wasted little time taking control of the Eastern Conference finals.
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.
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