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Binnington exits, Avs win for 2-1 lead

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 3 of their second-round series Saturday night.

Logan O'Connor, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog also scored as the Avalanche to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Colorado improved to 3-0 on the road in the postseason.

Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist, and Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington started in goal for St. Louis and made three saves before leaving the game 6:45 into the first period after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen collided into him after getting their skates tangled up in the crease. No penalty was called on the play.


Penguins keep F Rust with 6-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bryan Rust is staying in Pittsburgh.

The veteran forward, who was scheduled to become a free agent this summer, agreed to a six-year contract with the Penguins that will keep him with the club through 2028.


Raanta blanks Rangers, 'Canes go up 2-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Brendan Smith had gone nine years since last finding the back of the net in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And Antti Raanta, well, he never had a postseason game like this.


Veteran Keith spurs Oilers in Game 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Duncan Keith had been here before.

Well, maybe not exactly here, breaking down a wild 9-6 loss to open the Oilers' second-round playoff series against their bitter provincial rival. But the veteran defenseman has seen pretty much everything over his 17 NHL seasons.


2-time champion Lightning chase history

The Tampa Bay Lightning don't want to get ahead of themselves in their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

The two-time defending champions are up 2-0 on the Presidents Trophy-winning Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference semifinals yet understand there's still a lot of work to do as they pursue a special place in NHL history.


US defeats Sweden in OT at worlds

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) Adam Gaudette scored in overtime for the United States to beat Sweden 3-2 at the world ice hockey championship on Saturday, while Switzerland bested Canada 6-3 in a game between previously unbeaten teams.

Gaudette was involved in all three of the U.S. goals as he scored the first and assisted Nate Schmidt for the second. The win improved the U.S. to 4-1 overall; the lone loss came against host Finland.


Bowness won't return as coach of Stars

Rick Bowness will not return as head coach of the Dallas Stars after nearly three seasons in which he led them to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and the playoffs again this year.

While Bowness was not under contract past this season, the 67-year-old coach said in a statement released by the team Friday that he was stepping away to "allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position." The move doesn't necessarily mean Bowness is done coaching.


Sutter, Brunette, Gallant up for Adams

NEW YORK (AP) Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL's coach of the year.

Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists.


Predators extend Hynes through 2023-24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have extended the contracts of coach John Hynes and his assistants through the 2023-24 season, trying to build on a season with several individual successes for a franchise that wound up being swept in the playoffs for the first time.

General manager David Poile announced Thursday that Hynes and his assistants have agreed to the extensions.


Maple Leafs' Marner victim of carjacking

TORONTO (AP) Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner was the victim of a carjacking in Toronto, the hockey team said Tuesday as city police investigated.

Marner was not hurt in the carjacking that took place in east Toronto on Monday evening, the team said.

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