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Flames ax 2014-15 coach of year Hartley

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames fired Bob Hartley on Tuesday, a season after he was voted the NHL's coach of the year.

Calgary took a big step backward this year after reaching the playoffs last season. The Flames finished 35-40-7, with only Vancouver and Edmonton posting fewer wins in the rugged Western Conference.

Last season, he led the Flames to a 45-30-7 record and third place in the Pacific Division, but there was no sign of that team this season behind Johnny Gaudreau and Marc Giordano. In February, Calgary dealt forward Jiri Hudler to Florida for draft picks and sent winger David Jones to Minnesota for goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick.

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Murray stops 47, Pens go up 2-1 on Caps

PITTSBURGH (AP) Outhit, outshot and largely outplayed, Pittsburgh grabbed control of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington anyway.

Blame it on a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who hardly seems intimidated by the stakes, the prospect of his mentor watching from the bench or the avalanche of shots from the NHL's best team.

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Calder: McDavid, Gostisbehere, Panarin

NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie.

The finalists based on balloting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association were announced on Monday night. The award will be handed out on June 22 in Las Vegas.

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Isles head home tied 1-1 with Lightning

(AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning not only have to try to reverse a poor road history against the New York Islanders, they'll also likely be facing a healthier home team.

The Islanders could have winger Josh Bailey and defenseman Ryan Pulock available in this series for the first time Tuesday night in Game 3 at the Barclays Center.

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D Pietrangelo leading Blues' charge

ST. LOUIS (AP) Alex Pietrangelo is used to playing a lot - especially this time of year. The St. Louis Blues linchpin defenseman plays with a high motor and appears to have no issues piling up the ice time.

Pietrangelo is fourth overall in the playoffs averaging 30 minutes, 34 seconds, including more than 35 minutes in the Blues' overtime victory in Game 2 in Dallas on Sunday. Among the surviving eight teams, he's at the top of the list.

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IIHF prez worried NHLers will skip Games

SOCHI, Russia (AP) The head of ice hockey's international body says there's a strong possibility that NHL players won't be competing at the next Winter Olympics.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel puts the chances at 60 percent that the NHL will decline to go to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because of a lack of money to cover player insurance.

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Captain Pavelski leads Sharks to wins

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski's transformation as an NHL player can be illustrated by the evolution of his nicknames.

The undersized former seventh-round pick who came into league known as "Little Joe" in comparison to teammate Jumbo Joe Thornton turned into the Big Pavelski when he became a core player in San Jose and is now simply known as the captain.

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Rangers, backup G Raanta agree to deal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to a deal with backup goalie Antti Raanta.

The 26-year-old Raanta appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this season after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in June. He had an 11-6-2 record, with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and a shutout playing behind Henrik Lundqvist.

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Jagr, Dupuis, Zuccarello for Masterton

NEW YORK (AP) Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted nominations at the end of the for regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Sunday. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Blues beat Stars in OT, knot series at 1

DALLAS (AP) David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even.

What a serenade of "Happy Birthday" for the Blues captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 on Sunday for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

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