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IIHF extends Russia, Belarus worlds bans

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ZURICH (AP) Russia and Belarus teams were excluded by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Wednesday from all its world championships next season, including the women's event in the United States.

The IIHF cited security concerns for players, competition staff and fans - because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine - to extend the exclusion that will stretch beyond two years when the 2023-24 season is over.

"It is too soon," IIHF president Luc Tardif said about letting Russia return. "Too many risks."


NHLPA survey: Crosby most complete NHLer

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby continues being regarded by his peers as the NHL's most complete player, though he takes a backseat to Edmonton's Connor McDavid in having the best chance to produce in the clutch.

Those are among the findings in the National Hockey League Players' Association releasing its sixth annual and eighth overall survey of players on Wednesday. Overall, 625 players participated in answering 14 questions.


'Hawks won't wear Pride-themed jerseys

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday's Pride Night game against Vancouver because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country.

The decision was made by the NHL organization following discussions with security officials within and outside the franchise, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the move.


Avs coach Bednar signs 3-year extension

DENVER (AP) Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has signed a three-year extension that will keep him in charge of the reigning Stanley Cup champions through the 2026-27 season.

The new deal for the winningest head coach in club history kicks in once the current contract runs out after the 2023-24 season.


Teravainen, 'Canes rally past Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Teuvo Teravainen scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Jalen Chatfield and Stefan Noesen also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes, who won for the third time in four games.


Vegas holds on for 5th straight road win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Phil Kessel and Reilly Smith scored in the first period, and the Vegas Golden Knights held on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight road win.

Teddy Blueger and Pavel Dorofeyev also scored, and William Karlsson had two assists to help Vegas win for the ninth time in 11 games. Jonathan Quick had 31 saves - including 26 over the final two periods - as the Golden Knights moved two points ahead of Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division.


Stars score late but Kraken win in OT

DALLAS (AP) Defenseman Adam Larsson scored on a breakaway backhander 1:52 into overtime and emergency callup goaltender Joey Daccord made 25 saves in his first NHL appearance since Nov. 1 as the Seattle Kraken beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Tanev had two goals and an assist, fellow fourth-line forward Daniel Sprong had a goal and an assist and Jared McCann added his team-best 34th goal plus an assist for the Kraken, who bolstered their hold on the first wild-card playoff position in the Western Conference.


Surging Isles score 4 in 3rd, rout Leafs

NEW YORK (AP) Cal Clutterbuck had two goals and an assist as the New York Islanders got all their scoring in the last two periods in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Anders Lee and Noah Dobson each had a goal and an assist, and Zach Parise, Hudson Fasching and Simon Holmstrom also scored to help the Islanders win their third straight and improve to 7-2-1 in their last 10. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had two assists and Ilya Sorokin finished with 24 saves.


Ullmark stops 40 as Bruins edge Senators

BOSTON (AP) Linus Ullmark made 40 saves, Jake DeBrusk had the go-ahead goal and the NHL-best Boston Bruins continued their pursuit of the league's record for regular-season victories with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

"I thought he was outstanding and he needed to be," Boston coach Jim Montgomery said of Ullmark. "Unfortunately we gave up a lot of good looks, a lot of odd-man rushes because of our puck management and he bailed us out like he has all year."


Boldy's late OT goal gets Wild by Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Matt Boldy scored on a breakaway with 1.3 seconds left in overtime and Filip Gustavsson made a career-high 47 saves to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

"I knew I got out there within like a minute, so I knew it was kind of towards the end, but not really how much was actually left until I kind of turned away after the goal and heard the horn go off. But it was kind of nice when I knew for sure," Boldy said. "I had time to make the move that I wanted to make, kind of make a read on the goalie coming in rather than trying to fire one."

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