Hockey

Air Canada threatens to pull NHL sponsorship

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.

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He will be filling in for the suspended Sean O'Donnell, beginning with Saturday night's season opener.


Kings' Jack Johnson takes a chance and impresses

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 16.09.2009
Kings right wing Kevin Westgarth, left, fights with Coyotes left wing Mitch Fritz during the first period. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Defenseman sees an opportunity to showcase his goal-scoring skills and he comes up with one for the highlight reel in a 4-3 exhibition win over the Coyotes. He's hoping for a big season.

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Patrick Kane, the star winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, was arrested on Sunday and charged with robbing a cab driver in Buffalo, New York, according to Buffalo police.


Free-agency games begin, but the Kings stay on the sideline

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 02.07.2009
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Several players sign big deals, including Marian Hossa, who lands a 12-year contract with the Blackhawks. But the Kings come up empty again.

By Trading Gomez, Rangers Can Shop

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 01.07.2009
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Rangers General Manager Glen Sather readied the N.H.L. free-agent market Tuesday with a splash, trading his No. 1 center, Scott Gomez, to the Montreal Canadiens for left wing Christopher Higgins as part of a seven-player deal.


Luc Robitaille elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 24.06.2009
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Robitaille, a longtime King and now a team executive, is elected with Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman and Brian Leetch. 'Being with all those great people ... certainly is very special,' he says.

Penguins Push Stanley Cup Finals to Game 7

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 10.06.2009
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The Stanley Cup finals move back to Detroit for Game 7 and into the ranks of the classics.


Coming close to the Cup can be a powerful motivator

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 08.06.2009
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Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma and Detroit Coach Mike Babcock were with the Ducks when they lost in 2003 Stanley Cup finals. Neither wants to be on the losing side again.

Sergei Gonchar's return saved Penguins' playoff run

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 04.06.2009
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The defenseman's shoulder injury nearly derailed Pittsburgh's season. Now the Penguins are one victory away from pulling even with Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals.


Penguins on the march with win over Red Wings

Steve Keating Reuters 03.06.2009
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The Pittsburgh Penguins rekindled their Stanley Cup dreams with a gritty 4-2 Game Three win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, trimming the defending champions' lead in the best-of-seven finals to 2-1.

Detroit downs Pittsburgh again

Corey Masisak The Washington Times 02.06.2009
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Playing so soon after the end of the conference finals was supposed to favor the Pittsburgh Penguins because of their youth, an extra day of rest and a superior health situation. Games on back-to-back nights to open the Stanley Cup Finals were sup...


Defending Champion Red Wings Earn Rematch With Penguins in Finals

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Times 28.05.2009
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Darren Helm and Dan Cleary are far from marquee players for the Detroit Red Wings.

Penguins earn another crack at the Cup

Corey Masisak The Washington Times 27.05.2009
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The Pittsburgh Penguins fulfilled their half of the requirement Tuesday night by dismissing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at sold-out RBC Center, completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals and earning a second straight trip to the...


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Evgeni Malkin scored a hat-trick to help Pittsburgh to a 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final series on Thursday.

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Philippe Boucher and Miroslav Satan were missing when the Pittsburgh Penguins made the late-season surge that carried them from 10th place in the Eastern Conference to a third consecutive trip to the playoffs.


Carolina Advances After Game 7 Thriller Against Boston

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 15.05.2009
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This was the Game 7 hockey fans didn’t see between the Capitals and the Penguins: a heart-pounding, end-to-end battle of narrow escapes and pulsating tension.

It’s Crosby and Penguins in Game 7 of a Showdown Series

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 14.05.2009
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Sidney Crosby has accomplished remarkable feats on a hockey rink, but he had never skated in a Game 7 until Wednesday night.


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The Chicago Blackhawks roared into the Western Conference finals with a 7-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, while the Washington Capitals forced a series decider against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East.

2009 Playoff Goalies Are Almost Puck-Proof

JEFF Z. KLEIN The New York Times 08.05.2009
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Has goaltending become too easy? The question arises as shot after shot bounces off Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller and the other goalies in the Stanley Cup playoffs.



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