• In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr celebrates after scoring against France during the Hockey World Championships Group A match in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech Republic will have to do without Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September. Jagr retired from the national team after last year's world championship, and was not included in the first 16 players for the Czech's World Cup squad announced March 2. But Czech Republic general manager Martin Rucinsky and coach Josef Jandac hoped the 44-year-old Jagr would change his mind after yet another productive NHL season.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

    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.

  • 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.