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NHL commissioner discussed offside review issues before Game 1 call

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in Pittsburgh.

Almost as if he was clairvoyant, Gary Bettman got ahead of what looked like what might have ended up being the Stanley Cup Final opener's chief story line two hours before puck drop.

Stanley Cup Final will match Penguins' world-class offense against Predators' world-class defense

The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) and Sidney Crosby (87) will have a challenge solving goalie Pekka Rinne, left, and the Predators' brilliant corps of defensemen in the Stanley Cup Final.

Talented back end takes on high-powered offense.


Stanley Cup Final: Game 1 recap

Jake Guentzel's league-leading 10th goal tied an NHL rookie record with his fourth game-winner for the Predators.


Michael Russo's Stanley Cup Final scouting report

One of the bigger story lines heading into the series is how Nashville's centers are going to match up against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, particularly with Ryan Johansen (thigh surgery) out and banged-up Mike Fisher not 100 percent.


Stanley Cup Final schedule

All games begin at 7 p.m. Game 1 Monday at Pittsburgh (Ch. 11) Game 2 Wednesday at Pittsburgh (NBCSN) Game 3 June 3 at Nashville…


How David Poile built the Predators

deftly handled A sampling of how David Poile built the Predators into Western Conference champions: June 2004: Drafted goalie Pekka Rinne in the eighth round.…


Nashville's David Poile is dean of the NHL's general managers

At age 67, highly respected David Poile has a team in Stanley Cup Final for first time.


Wild not worried about losing Russian prospect Kirill Kaprizov

Chuck Fletcher doesn't believe the rumors that the former fifth-round pick will sign a long-term deal with CSKA Moscow.


Wild GM Fletcher addresses Kirill Kaprizov, Tim Murray rumors

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher provided the Star Tribune with several updates Friday.


Sydor returns to Blues as assistant, rejoining mentor Yeo

The former Wild assistant had been working as an assistant last season with the Blues' then-Chicago affiliate in the AHL.


'Bored' Boudreau still frustrated by Wild's playoff collapse

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau still believes the Wild is a legit Stanley Cup contender, all the more because he sees similarities between his team and finalist Nashville.


Wild on shrinking list of teams to have never made a Stanley Cup final

With Nashville’s berth, there are just four existing teams to never make it to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Wild, Columbus, Winnipeg and Arizona.


Bottoming out: Should the Wild get real bad to get good again?

Wild owner Craig Leipold has rejected the idea of letting the franchise get so bad that it potentially could rebuild with young stars through the draft. But here's why the concept has some merit.


Wild owner Leipold laments his team's failure: 'I'm not over it'

Craig Leipold said his team "crapped out" in its playoff loss to St. Louis, and now it's up to Wild management to dissect what happened and fix things to prepare for next season and beyond.


With expansion draft looming, Wild preparing for offseason player changes

There's no way around it: the Wild will lose a quality player to the Vegas Golden Knights in expansion. The Wild also has significant restricted free agents to re-sign, including Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.


Fletcher's focus on expansion, trades, contracts talks for Granlund, Niederreiter

GM Chuck Fletcher said the finish to the season after being the second-best team in the West during the regular season is "still incredibly disappointing. It still stings, let's put it that way."


United States defeats Russia 5-3 to win group at world tournament

The United States rallied from deficits three times to remain undefeated in the tournament headed into Thursday's quarterfinals.


Kessel's rage: Former U star's outbursts help Penguins to victory

The former Gophers star pounded his fists, pointed fingers and yelled at himself before scoring the game-winning goal for the Penguins Monday night.


Playing with legends, Woodbury's Guentzel is Stanley Cup's top scorer

When he was younger, Hill-Murray grad Jake Guentzel was a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan. Now he's one of them. "It's amazing. You wake up and it's still a dream you get to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin."