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

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

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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

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

Jets' win streak at 3 after 3-2 win over Flyers

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists and the Winnipeg Jets earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers

Coyotes damage Lightning's playoff hopes with 5-3 win

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist during Arizona's three-goal third period, Louis Domingue stopped 36 shots and the Coyotes damaged Tampa Bay's playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning

Red Wings clip Canadiens 2-1 in OT

Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens

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Talbot turns in 2nd straight shutout, Oilers blank Kings 2-0

Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers ended an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings

Lehtonen's 36th shutout gives Stars 1-0 win over Sharks

Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th career shutout and second this season as the Dallas Stars edged the San Jose Sharks 1-0

Ellis scores twice to lead Predators past Coyotes 3-1

Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1