Hockey

NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation says he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be allowed to play in the Olympics next year in South Korea

'Stupid' NHL divisional playoff format is drawing…

The NHL's divisional playoff format is drawing criticism because two of the top three teams in the league could meet in the first round

Kings score 4 special teams goals in 5-2 win over Jets

Drew Doughty, Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar each scored a power-play goal, and the Los Angeles Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets

Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott's streak…

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals beat the surging Calgary Flames 4-2

Crosby loses teeth, Penguins clinch playoff berth…

Sidney Crosby scored a highlight-reel goal and lost a pair of front teeth in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres

Oilers score 5 in third period, beat Avalanche 7-4

Drake Caggiula and Jordan Eberle scored 1:10 apart to break a tie late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4

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Paajarvi scored twice to lead Blues to 4-1 win over Canucks

Magnus Paajarvi scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks

Turris, Ryan score in shootout as Senators edge Penguins

Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins

Read scores go-ahead goal in 2nd, Flyers beat Wild 3-1

Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Steve Mason stopped 24 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1

Stempniak scores twice, Hurricanes down Canadiens 4-1

Lee Stempniak scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 to extend their point streak to nine games and keep their playoff hopes alive

Kane, Crawford lift Blackhawks over Stars 3-2 in SO

Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 to open an eight-point lead for first place in the Central Division

Kucherov scores 3, Lightning beat Bruins 6-3

Nikita Kucherov had his third career hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, snapping the Lightning's three-game losing streak

Oshie beats Bobrovsky in shootout as Caps beat Blue Jackets

T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner as the Washington Capitals overcame a stellar performance from Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to beat the Blue Jackets 2-1

Matthews, Nylander lead Maple Leafs past Devils 4-2

Auston Matthews had two assists and William Nylander had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the New Jersey Devils 4-2 for their seventh win in nine games

Marchessault scores twice in Panthers' 3-1 win over Coyotes

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and James Reimer made 22 saves to lift the Florida Panthers over the Arizona Coyotes 3-1

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Rinne leads Predators past Flames 3-1

Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1

On cutting edge of custom skates, is Ovechkin a trendsetter?

Alex Ovechkin is the first NHL player to wear custom-painted skates in warmups, but he may not be a trendsetter

Ducks drub Oilers 4-3, ending goalie Talbot's night early

Rickard Rakell scored the go-ahead goal, Hampus Lindholm had a goal and two assists, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3

Ladd gets go-ahead goal in third, Islanders beat Rangers 3-2

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and the New York Islanders rallied for 3-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers

Nylander, Komarov lead Maple Leafs past Blue Jackets 5-2

William Nylander and Leo Komarov each had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

Alberta Clipper: Train ride saves Flames, Oilers on a roll

With a train ride turning the Flames' season around and the Oilers on a roll, hockey is hot in Alberta again with the playoffs on the horizon

Turris scores 2, Senators beat Bruins 3-2 to end 4-game skid

Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak

Hanzal, Coyle score 15 seconds apart as Wild beat Sharks 3-2

Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks

Blandisi overtime goal gives Devils win over Rangers

Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2

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Blues break tie in 3rd period, beat Avalanche 4-2

Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to send the St. Louis Blues past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2

Skinner nets 2nd with 3:55 left, Hurricanes top Panthers 4-3

Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3

Daniel Sedin scores in OT to lift Canucks over Blackhawks

Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to end a six-game skid