Stanley Cup Playoffs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After seven years of great regular-season success and playoff disappointments, coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks decided it was time for a change.
The Sharks announced Monday that they had agreed to part ways with the winningest coach in franchise history after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
With the Sharks committed to a youth movement and McLellan having just one year on his contract, the two sides agreed it was time to make a change.
CHICAGO - Marian Hossa was everywhere. Jonathan Toews powered Chicago to a big second period, and Brandon Saad had a key play for the Blackhawks.
Chicago's skilled top line found plenty of room to roam with Shea Weber out with an injury.
Toews had a goal and an assist, Hossa had two assists in a dazzling performance, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares can be excused if the Islanders captain doesn't recall the previous time New York won a playoff game in overtime.
"I was only 3 years old then," Tavares said, when informed it's been 22 years since that happened.
He'll certainly remember this one.
After winning the overtime-opening faceoff, Tavares scored 15 seconds into the extra period to seal a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday.
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning flexed a little bit of muscle, then went to work on evening their NHL playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings.
Ben Bishop had 23 saves and Tyler Johnson scored two goals, one on them on a power play while two teammates were in the penalty box for roughing, and the Lightning rebounded Saturday for a 5-1 victory Saturday in Game 2 of the opening-round Eastern Conference series.
ST. LOUIS - There was no containing Vladimir Tarasenko this time around.
Held to an assist without a shot in a deflating Game 1 loss, Tarasenko responded with his first career playoff hat trick, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
"You need to forget whatever it was. Bad game, good game, doesn't matter," Tarasenko said.
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube.
General manager Ron Hextall said this week he had not decided on Berube's fate following a season in which Philadelphia missed the playoffs. The Flyers announced the decision Friday.
Berube went 75-58-28 (.553) with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. He had one season left on his contract.
ST. LOUIS - Just like the regular season, the Minnesota Wild appeared right at home in someone else's rink.
"That was a fantastic road game," goalie Devan Dubnyk said after the Wild opened the playoffs strong with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
"We were great with the puck," Dubnyk added, "we were fast coming up the ice on turnovers and we did a good job with keeping them to the outside."
TAMPA, Fla. - Detroit's Petr Mrazek rejected shot after shot, making the decision to give him his first NHL playoff start look like a wise one.
The Red Wings won Game 1 of their opening-round Eastern Conference series against the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Thursday night, with their young goaltender finishing with 44 saves and veteran Pavel Datsyuk scoring two goals.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Rangers wanted to jump right on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their playoff series opener.
How about a goal at 28 seconds?
Derick Brassard provided that, then Ryan McDonagh scored later in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the Rangers shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and won 2-1 Thursday night.
Game 2 is in New York on Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Chicago Blackhawks could not have started worse giving up three goals on the first 12 shots, forcing coach Joel Quenneville to yank goalie Corey Crawford.
Scott Darling came off the bench and made his post-season debut a game to remember.
Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced, and Duncan Keith scored at 7:49 of double overtime helping the Chicago Blackhawks rally and beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Wednesday night.