Maple Leafs’ Andersen remaining upbeat through struggles

TORONTO — Frederik Andersen had never been pulled in back-to-back games during his NHL career and it didn’t go exactly as planned when he returned to the crease on Friday night. The big Dane is suddenly fighting it in the waning days of a season where he has unquestionably been among the very best at […]

Scheifele scores after Chara launches his stick into the rafters

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Ken Giles throws accountability bomb at Blue Jays camp

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It was in one of general manager Ross Atkins’ media availabilities at the winter meetings that the topic turned to the importance of veteran leadership, which is normally a sign the serious sports questions have stopped and we’re into bad amateur sports reporter psycho-babble. I mean, you know when you’ve stepped into […]

Canucks’ win over Rangers quickly dimmed by grim post-game news

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks’ game began Wednesday with people talking about $36-million man Loui Eriksson getting scratched from the lineup, and when it was over the discussion was about Antoine Roussel and Quinn Hughes being injured. And Hughes hasn’t even played a National Hockey League game! Yes, once again, these are the Canucks. A […]

Loss to Blackhawks highlights just how fragile Leafs can be

TORONTO — The line between horrible and overpowering may be thinner than we thought. The Toronto Maple Leafs hit both ends of the spectrum in what was supposed to be a bounce-back effort against the Chicago Blackhawks — a game that underlined just how fragile one of the NHL’s best teams can be. “That first […]

31 Thoughts: Oilers GM search leaving no stone unturned

• Oilers have deep list of GM candidates• Grabner return comes at perfect moment• Voracek appeal challenges status quo Aidan Grabner’s seventh birthday — last March 31 — wasn’t perfect. He wanted his father, Michael — then in New Jersey — to get a goal. The Devils beat the New York Islanders 4-3, with Michael […]

The inside story of how Carey Price became a Canadien

GAINEY As far as our goaltending depth and drafting a goalie — you just presume it’s going to be three, four, or five years [after drafting him] before you’ve got a player on your team, and so many things can happen in that stretch of time. The conflict over already having a lot of depth […]