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Bowness won't return as Stars' coach

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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.

General manager Jim Nill said assistant coaches John Stevens, Derek Laxdal and Todd Nelson also would not return.


Rangers look to even series with 'Canes

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to continue to feast on home cookin' in the playoffs Friday when they host the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Hurricanes have won all five playoff games this spring in Raleigh, N.C. They have outscored the opposition by a 20-7 margin and killed off 92.3 percent of their foes' power plays.


Oilers, Flames focus on goal prevention

As wild as their series opener was, neither the Calgary Flames nor Edmonton Oilers are expecting anything close to a repeat when they resume their Western Conference second-round clash Friday in Calgary.

The 9-6 Flames victory -- which not only set a record for the fastest two goals by one team to start a Stanley Cup playoff game, but was the highest-scoring affair in Battle of Alberta in history -- was light-years from the game plans drawn up by either squad.


Goal with 3.8 left puts Lightning up 2-0

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) In four games over a pressure-filled week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from the brink of playoff elimination to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series on Thursday night.


Avs looking to rediscover spark, speed

Nathan MacKinnon saw a team that just couldn't get up the ice with its customary speed. Couldn't generate quality scoring chances. Couldn't get in a flow.

That wasn't them.


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.


Cozens scores 3, Canada wins at worlds

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) Canada was on the ice until nearly midnight to extend its perfect start at the world hockey championships by beating Kazakhstan 6-3 after a fire at the rink played havoc with the schedule on Thursday.

A small fire at the Helsinki Ice Hall set off the alarms shortly before Germany and Denmark were due to start their afternoon game. The arena was evacuated and players were shown waiting outside wearing full uniforms and skates.


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.


Leafs prez: Dubas, Keefe to keep jobs

TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan got his housekeeping out of the way quickly.

In the wake of another playoff failure, the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs told reporters at the team's annual post-elimination media availability - once again far earlier on the calendar than anyone associated with the organization hoped - that general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe would keep their jobs.