The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey. Also, the NHL questioned whether defenseman Slava Voynov is eligible to play in September after being added to Russia's roster on Friday. The former Los Angeles Kings player pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and voluntarily returned to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League last summer.
It will be speed vs. speed in the Stanley Cup final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins. San Jose got through the Western Conference the same way Pittsburgh got through the East: with plenty of depth and speed to kill. The final will feature the three top playoff scorers in the Sharks' Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns against Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is no sure thing to play in the World Cup of Hockey despite being named to Russia's final roster on Friday. Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges, was detained by immigration officials and voluntarily returned to Russia last year. ''We will obviously have to review his status with the Players' Association prior to the start of the tournament in September,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance. ''I said, 'I think we have great players,''' Sullivan said. Five months later, the collection of seemingly mismatched parts Sullivan inherited has evolved into a juggernaut.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust's life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward's mind was simply too busy.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known. Drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, the 38-year-old Phillips announced his retirement Thursday. ''Nineteen years of professional hockey takes a toll on a body,'' Phillips said.
A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis who will have to settle for its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001. ''I think if you're going to look at one aspect, it's our inability to close off those first two series and get the rest that San Jose got by closing off L.A. so early,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said after the 5-2 Game 6 loss Wednesday night in San Jose sent the Blues packing.