Five straight appearances in the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild have produced just two series victories and a high volume of frustration. ''Sure, we felt good coming in,'' captain Mikko Koivu said, alluding to the franchise-best 106 points…DAVE CAMPBELL (AP Sports Writer)
Knowing Kevin Shattenkirk wasn't in their long-term plans, the St. Louis Blues traded the talented defenseman and braced for the immediate blow to their playoff hopes. When the Blues dealt the pending free agent at the trade deadline, they seemed…STEPHEN WHYNO (AP Hockey Writer)
Before Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent and leave San Jose after nearly 12 years, he had more pressing business. ''I've been in this business a long time,'' general manager Doug Wilson said.JOSH DUBOW (AP Sports Writer)
It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL's divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round. For the second consecutive year, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex…STEPHEN WHYNO (AP Hockey Writer)
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.