MOSCOW - A Belarusian hockey player who was once part of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has been banned for a doping violation.
Mikhail Stefanovich, who has represented Belarus at three world championships, was handed a two-year ban by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, backdated to Nov. 10, for the unspecified breach of anti-doping rules.
The 25-year-old right winger was a fourth-round pick for the Maple Leafs in the 2008 draft, but never played an NHL game.
ALBANY, N.Y. - For years after Col. William O. Darby was killed in World War II, fellow soldiers would make a pilgrimage to his family's home just to talk to his mother about the fallen hero credited with forming the U.S. Army Rangers.
Current and former American soldiers will carry on their respect and admiration for Darby this week with a 40-mile march that will end in the northern Italian village where he was killed by enemy fire on April 30, 1945.
CHICAGO - Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded.
Another big goal for Chicago's top defenceman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs.
Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on its way to a clinching 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their tight post-season series.
TAMPA, Fla. - Petr Mrazek's confidence is growing by the victory.
One more win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Detroit Red Wings and their young goaltender will advance in the NHL playoffs.
"Calm, solid all the way through," veteran defenceman Niklas Kronwall said about the 23-year-old goalie from the Czech Republic. "Doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low."
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Islanders captain John Tavares was still attempting to gather his bearings after being levelled in the corner, when he heard the familiar — and welcome — roar go up inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for what could be the last time.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" the orange towel-waving crowd yelled in unison as part of its traditional goal chant.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby wasn't making excuses so much as stating the obvious.
The Pittsburgh Penguins raced through the fall, but limped through the winter and an all-too-brief spring. The faces, the pace, the results all changed when the health issues and injuries that began with defenceman Olli Maatta's cancer surgery never let up.
ST. LOUIS - Devan Dubnyk forgot all about that six-goal embarrassment.
The Minnesota Wild goalie with the short memory led his team to its biggest road win yet this season.
"I can't go out and be a hero if I don't get the opportunity," said Dubnyk, who led the way in a 4-1 victory Friday over the St. Louis Blues that gave the Wild a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. "But it's nice to go out and get the chance to make a bunch of saves."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Teammate J.T. Miller looked at Carl Hagelin and shook his head in admiration.
"The guy is at his best in games like that," Miller said.
A game like Friday night's fifth match between the Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins that Hagelin won 10:52 into overtime, moving New York into the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Rangers won the series 4-1, with each victory by a 2-1 score, the last two in OT.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators picked a perfect time for their first win when facing elimination from the playoffs.
Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the first in Nashville's post-season history as the Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night.
DETROIT - The Tampa Bay Lightning spent all season showing they could score goals in bunches, and with a first-round playoff series seemingly slipping away, Tyler Johnson led their most important flurry yet.
Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night that evened their series at 2-2.