Rangers Gallant calls out Hurricanes cheap shot

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NEW YORK — If the Carolina Hurricanes were looking to send a message after their Game 3 loss, New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant cautioned that they might not like the response. “I wasn’t happy with the bulls— at the end of the

The wild past and furious present of the Battle of Alberta

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Iconic sports rivalries are built to stand the test of time. No matter the players. No matter the coaches. No matter the standings. No matter who won the last game — or the last 10. It’s a seed planted between two

Golden Knights fire DeBoer after missing playoffs

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Vegas Golden Knights have fired coach Peter DeBoer after failing to make the playoffs for the first time in their short history. “We would like to thank Pete DeBoer for his commitment to the Vegas Golden Knights over the past three seasons,”

‘Too early’ for Bruins C Bergeron to decide future

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. With Boston’s season ending Saturday, the question now is whether it is also the end for Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron. The 37-year-old center, who will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, declined to engage in contract extension talks during the

Verhaeghe, Panthers eliminate Capitals in OT

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Washington is one and done. The Washington Capitals were sent packing in Game 6 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Florida Panthers on Friday, falling 4-3 in overtime. Carter Verhaeghe had the game-winner for Florida, his sixth goal

Sharks Marleau retires with most games mark

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Patrick Marleau is officially hanging up his skates. The 42-year-old announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday, closing the book on a 23-year career spent between San Jose, Toronto, and Pittsburgh. Through 1,779 games, Marleau amassed 566 goals and 1,197 points,

Claude Girouxs fun new world with the Panthers

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Claude Giroux was asked whether playing for the Florida Panthers is as fun as it looks. “Well, we’re winning,” he said. “So, yeah.” Giroux, 34, had a classic NHL trade deadline glow-up, going from the draft lottery-bound Philadelphia Flyers to the Panthers, who

NHL off-ice official injured at Bruins’ playoff game

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. An off-ice official was injured during Game 3 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston on Friday when a panel of glass fell on him. The Bruins were leading the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, in the second period when fans

Bruins’ Lindholm out for G3; Raanta uncertain

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. The Boston Bruins have ruled out defenseman Hampus Lindholm for Friday’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, who might be without starting goaltender Antti Raanta. Lindholm was injured during the second period of Wednesday’s

Malkin, Domingue lead Pens to 3OT Game 1 win

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NEW YORK — Evgeni Malkin scored on a deflection in the third overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the New York Rangers, 4-3, in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series that captivated the league in just the second day of the