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Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov calls for ban on young Russians playing in NHL
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

The aim is to keep "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see."

Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

Andersen makes 27 saves, Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western Conference finals
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.

Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

NHL salary cap will climb to $71 million next season

Commissioner fields questions about salary cap, concussions in impromptu session
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71 million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.

Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five per cent from this year's cap figure of $69 million.

Kucherov scores in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3

Nikita Kucherov scores early in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3 of East finals
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal.

Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 victory and 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Kruger puts Blackhawks past Ducks 3-2 in 3rd OT of Game 2

Marcus Kruger tips Blackhawks past Ducks 3-2 in 3rd OT of Game 2, evening series
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Blackhawks tried just about everything to get a puck past Frederik Andersen while Game 2 of the Western Conference finals wound through three overtime periods and deep into the night, eventually becoming the longest game in Chicago's 89-year history.

Andrew Shaw even headed the puck into the net — which was amazing, but illegal.

Chicago's Shaw heads puck into net for disallowed goal in OT

No headers allowed: Chicago's Andrew Shaw heads puck into net in OT, but goal is disallowed
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw headed the puck into the net during the second overtime in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, but his remarkable goal was illegal.

Shaw thought he had ended the Blackhawks' exhausting meeting with the Anaheim Ducks 8:47 into the second OT when he headed home a looping rebound of Patrick Kane's shot in the crease, bouncing the puck off his helmet in an incredible soccer-style play.

AP source: Babcock in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres

Person familiar with discussions tells AP: Mike Babcock in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Though a deal has not been completed, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday regarding the possibility of becoming their next head coach.

Flyers hire North Dakota's Hakstol as new head coach

Flyers GM Hextall makes surprise pick with North Dakota's Dave Hakstol as new head coach
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards — heck, NHL fans everywhere — all sounded a bit as if they should have been Jeopardy contestants.

Who is Dave Hakstol?

Not even an easy clue would have given an indication on who was Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

Andersen's Ducks knock off Blackhawks 4-1 in WCF opener

Frederik Andersen stands tall as Anaheim Ducks beat Blackhawks 4-1 in West Conf finals opener
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Frederik Andersen lunged forward and stretched out his stick, taking a desperate chance to stop Patrick Kane. The Chicago star's shot somehow glanced off Andersen's lumber and flew over a painfully open net.

Andersen kept the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals opener while his teammates got rolling. When they did, the Ducks streaked out to yet another early series lead.

Moore scores late, Rangers beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

Dominic Moore scores late goal, Rangers beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Rangers aren't the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season.

Not even close, and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals showed that.

Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play, the defence limited the Lightning's high-powered offence and the Rangers defeated goaltender Ben Bishop and the Lightning 2-1 Saturday to move within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

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