Carolina Hurricanes win the battle of the Svechnikov brothers vs. Detroit Red Wings

Two sets of brothers were facing off in the Detroit Red Wings-Carolina Hurricanes game Thursday night. Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal and Hurricanes center Jordan Staal are used to seeing each other as veterans. But it was a special night for Evgeny and Andrei Svechnikov, who have been waiting to play one another in the NHL for nearly three years. The Canes drafted Andrei — who, like his brother, wears No. 37 —

In shorter NHL season, coaches can't escape the hot seat: Here's who needs to step up

The Montreal Canadiens began the season with an offensive explosion and a 7-1-2 record. Since then, their goals dried up and they went into a 2-4-2 slide. And in a short season, that was enough for general manager Marc Bergevin, who fired coach Claude Julien on Wednesday and replaced him with interim coach Dominique Ducharme. (He lost his debut as the top man behind the bench 6-3 on Thursday.) "I just

World's longest hockey game played in deep freeze in Alberta

SHERWOOD PARK, Alberta (AP) — The world’s longest hockey game carried on in ghastly cold weather. Forty people took turns playing hockey on an outdoor rink 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Feb. 4., all in the name of cancer research. Temperatures plunged at times between a bone-shaking minus 40 and minus 67 Fahrenheit. Pucks were shattered as players passed them along the boards, skate blades broke

3ICE, 3-on-3 hockey league set to debut this summer, delays start plans until 2022

A 3-on-3 professional hockey league, 3ICE, will delay its inaugural season until 2022 because of fans' potential inability to attend games this year due to the pandemic.  3ICE had been scheduled to begin play over the summer.  "Having fans pack our arenas to experience the excitement and atmosphere is critical to 3ICE and without that, it's clear moving 2022 is the best course of action," the league said in a statement

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella benches star winger Patrik Laine

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella benched star Pierre-Luc Dubois for most of a game this season before the center was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Monday, Tortorella benched another prominent player: Star winger Patrik Laine, who came back to Columbus in the Dubois trade. Laine didn't play after the 13:41 mark of the second period after a poor defensive play on a tying goal by the Carolina Hurricanes' Brock McGinn.

Capitals goalie Henrik Lundqvist to undergo open heart surgery

The heart condition that will cause Washington Capitals goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to miss the 2020-21 NHL season will also force him to undergo open heart surgery, he revealed Monday.  "Last 3 weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the upcoming season to my health and what I can and can't do," Lundqvist wrote in a social media message. The open heart surgery will include aortic valve replacement, aortic root

World Juniors 2021 exhibition games: Dates, times, TV channels for every pre-tournament meeting

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to begin on Dec. 25 as 10 teams hit the ice with one goal in mind — gold. But before the stakes are raised, the teams will play a few tune-ups to make sure they’re ready to go.  To not show their hand too early to their group-stage opponents, teams will face off against the opposite bracket with some eye-popping match-ups on the

World Juniors 2021: How has COVID-19 impacted the tournament?

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to begin with a tripleheader on Christmas Day and run through Jan. 5, but before the puck has even dropped in Edmonton, Alta., the tournament has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Before traveling by private charter to Edmonton and entering the world junior bubble on Dec. 13, teams had to enter a bubble in their home country by Dec. 6 and test

Canucks' Braden Holtby, delayed at border, finally gets into Canada with pet tortoises

Slow and steady does win the race. Goaltender Braden Holtby, who was delayed by paperwork at the border this week as he tried to bring the family tortoises into Canada, is safely in. So are pets Honey and Maple. And now Holtby, the longtime Washington Capital who signed a two-year free-agent deal this fall with Vancouver, can settle in and prepare for his new role as Canucks goalie. The saga became public Wednesday afternoon