Category Archives: NHL News

Matt Murray leads Canada to gold-medal game against Finland

Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal and Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins made 40 saves as Canada downed the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday to advance to the gold medal game at the world hockey championship. Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada in the second semifinal of the men’s… Read More »

5 storylines for Huskies-Mooseheads final on Sunday

The Canadian Hockey League has gone from 60 teams to the final two, with the host Halifax Mooseheads facing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Sunday’s Memorial Cup final at 7 p.m. ET. The Western Hockey League champion Prince Albert Raiders were first to bow out of the four-team tournament after going 0-3 in… Read More »

Erik Karlsson thanks Sharks fans in seeming farewell to San Jose

Erik Karlsson doesn’t make it sound as if he’ll be returning to San Jose next fall. The Sharks’ defenceman tweeted his thanks to the team and Northern Californians on Friday but made no mention of a return. He will become a free agent when the Stanley Cup Final is over. “Thank you to the entire @SanJoseSharks organization, fans,… Read More »

Improving Canadian team comes together at last, right moment to reach semifinals

Damon Severson had a funny feeling he’d score in Canada’s quarter-final against Switzerland at the world hockey championship. “[Thursday] morning, I woke up and I just thought ‘I feel like I’m going to score tonight. I hope I can just get one,”‘ said the 24-year-old from Melville, Sask. “I didn’t think it was going to be like that, but… Read More »

90-year-old Nova Scotian talks about playing in 2 Memorial Cups

For Harold (Red) Conrad, 90, watching the Halifax Mooseheads play at the Memorial Cup is bringing back memories of when he suited up for the Halifax St. Mary’s Juniors and played in the national tournament in 1947 and 1948. In those days, the Memorial Cup played out over several weekends with regional games in different cities across the country. Conrad… Read More »

Canada advances to semis with dramatic OT win over Switzerland

Mark Stone scored in overtime to give Canada a dramatic 3-2 win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship in Kosice, Slovakia, on Thursday. Canada’s Damon Severson tied it with 0.4 seconds left in regulation on a goal that was confirmed by video review. In the 3-on-3 overtime, Stone got a step on a Swiss defender… Read More »

Leafs add Paul McFarland to coaching staff as D.J. Smith takes over Sens bench

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Florida Panthers assistant coach Paul McFarland for the same role on head coach Mike Babcock’s staff. McFarland replaces D.J. Smith, who was named head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. The Leafs also announced assistant coach Jim Hiller has been granted permission to explore opportunities outside the organization. McFarland, 33,… Read More »

Stanley Cup coaches making most of 2nd chances behind bench

Every day, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy and his St. Louis Blues counterpart Craig Berube report to the rink feeling fortuitous. After their first-opportunity flameouts as NHL head coaches, the two 2018-19 Stanley Cup final bench bosses have made the most of their second chances at running a big-league bench. Cassidy had the first shot in the… Read More »

Senators name Leafs assistant coach D.J. Smith new bench boss

The Ottawa Senators have turned to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their new bench boss. Ottawa announced Thursday morning it has hired Toronto assistant coach D.J. Smith as their new head coach, replacing interim coach Marc Crawford. “D.J. Smith is a winner. We believe he is the best person to drive the development and success of the Ottawa… Read More »

Ottawa Senators hire Maple Leafs’ D.J. Smith as head coach

The Ottawa Senators have turned to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their new bench boss. Ottawa announced Thursday morning it has hired Toronto assistant coach D.J. Smith as their new head coach, replacing interim coach Marc Crawford. Smith, 42, was brought on by Toronto coach Mike Babcock in 2015 after Babcock inked an eight-year contract. Before that he led… Read More »