• Finland names final World Cup roster with Patrik Laine

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September.

    Updated: 4:50 am

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust, center is congratulated by teammates Evgeni Malkin, left, and Ben Lovejoy (12) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins top Lightning 2-1 to advance to Stanley Cup Final

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

  • Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips gets emotional during a news conference, Thursday May 26, 2016, in Ottawa, where he announced he was retiring from professional hockey. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Senators defenseman Chris Phillips announces retirement

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known.

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, greets San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) after the Sharks beat the Blues in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    2 long series wins might have exhausted Blues

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues.

  • Buffalo Sabres sign Karabacek, 2014 2nd-round draft pick

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year entry-level contract.

  • Clemson adds athletic administrators

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has hired former Georgia Tech tickets sales director Owen Godfrey and an ex-official for the Pittsburgh Penguins arena, Jason Lazar, to run renovated Littlejohn Coliseum.

  • San Jose Sharks players celebrate after beating the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two years after their most devastating playoff loss, the San Jose Sharks held their most meaningful celebration.

  • The San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward (42) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the rest of the San Jose Sharks gathered around the Campbell Bowl for a celebratory picture after winning the Western Conference final.

  • Panthers send Gudbranson to Canucks for McCann

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night for forward Jared McCann.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates Sidney Crosby's (87) goal during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Game 7, spot in Cup final awaits Penguins and Lightning

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar’s legacy.