CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from Rockford of the American Hockey League.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 10:21 pm

FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. The NHL is eyeing opportunities to crack the biggest market in the world: China. With the 2022 Olympics in Beijing following 2018 in Pyeongchang, the NHL and NHLPA see the country of a billion people as hockey's next frontier. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

China wants to get its hockey program up to par before hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The NHL is using that as a starting point for a long-term vision to turn the country into a hockey nation. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will play exhibition games in Shanghai and Beijing in September, and the games and the Olympics are only the beginning of what the NHL hopes is a bigger investment.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:41 pm
Sabres center Sam Reinhart didn't appreciate spending Buffalo's last game glued to the bench. From my perspective, I would've rather battled it out with my teammates,'' Reinhart said following practice Thursday. For Reinhart to spend the entire game on the bench was the result of an unusual set of circumstances.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:14 pm

Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi (16) skates with the puck in front of St. Louis Blues right wing Scottie Upshall in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues are knocking on the door for a postseason berth. Tarasenko, Patrik Berglund and David Perron scored, Berglund added an assist and the Blues beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Wednesday night. Berglund tied his career high with his 22nd goal, and the Blues have won 11 of 13 games and have points in 12 of those.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 6:12 am

Los Angeles Kings' Andy Andreoff, left, grabs the head of Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Andreoff gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for grabbing Tkachuk's head. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)

Jarome Iginla wheeled around center ice, fist bumped Flames mascot Harvey the Hound and grinned through what may be his final ovation as a player at the Saddledome. If this season is it for Iginla, the longtime Calgary star said a fitting goodbye in a bruising game. Iginla scored his 100th game-winning goal, got an assist and drew blood in a fight, helping the Los Angeles Kings beat Calgary 4-1 Wednesday night.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 6:01 am

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, left, of Russia, flips the puck over Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and an assist, Jay Beagle and John Carlson also scored and Washington kept rolling with a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. The Capitals have 110 points, five ahead of idle Columbus, and are on track to clinch the President's Trophy for most points in the league for the second straight season. ''Two points matter,'' goalie Philipp Grubauer said.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 5:37 am

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Patrick Kane darted behind the Pittsburgh Penguins net, seemingly intent on trying to bend a wraparound past Marc-Andre Fleury. Halfway there, the Chicago Blackhawks star changed his mind, instead flipping a backhand pass to Artemi Panarin at the left post. Panarin flicked the puck off an unsuspecting Fleury - caught looking the other way - and into the net.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 4:41 am

Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm (16), of Sweden, scores against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Carolina won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Ken Holland swiveled away from a visitor in his office at Joe Louis Arena, picked up a thick book and plopped it onto his desk. ''This collective bargaining agreement was put in place for parity and competitive balance,'' the Detroit Red Wings general manager said. The NHL's salary cap was established following the lockout in 2005 and designed to bring powerful teams like Detroit back to the pack.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 1:14 am

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) is looked at by a trainer after a high stick to the face by Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (not pictured) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will likely miss the next three games with bruising and swelling around his eye from a high stick to the face that led to blows to the head as he fell. Parise was struck Tuesday by Washington's Tom Wilson before he crashed into the knee of another opponent, Jay Beagle, and then slammed onto the ice. Parise needed assistance getting to the locker room and didn't return, causing plenty of concern for the team.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 12:11 am

Bill Foley, owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. The NHL expansion team can now begin making trades and signing free agents for next season. (AP Photo/John Locher)

After further consideration, the NHL will release teams' protected and available lists to the public before the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft in June. The league announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday despite NHL general managers expressing a desire to keep the lists private. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there was more internal discussion at the league office and that none of the GMs expressed strong views on the subject.

Posted: March 29, 2017, 10:50 pm
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