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Flyers trade D who boycotted Pride night

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Ivan Provorov, sending away the defenseman who boycotted the team's Pride night as part of a three-team trade that included the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings.

The seventh overall pick of the 2015 draft, the 26-year-old Provorov lands in Columbus and is set to enter the fifth season of a $40.5 million, six-year contract. He was the centerpiece Tuesday of the first major move under new Flyers' leadership.

There were plenty of moving parts in the three-team deal.


Vegas up 2-0 as Final moves to Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky entered the Stanley Cup Final as the hottest goaltender in hockey.

He backstopped the Florida Panthers to the final by winning 11 of his last 12 games and stopping 438 of 465 shots in that span, for a 1.95 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. In two losses to the Vegas Golden Knights before being pulled midway through Game 2 Monday night, Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in just under 87 minutes of action for a 5.52 GAA and .826 save percentage.


Panthers return home in familiar spot

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Panthers need a miracle. Again.

Such is the story of Florida's season, and it makes all the sense in the world that the plot has reappeared in the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers needed a furious late-season push just to get into the playoffs as the lowest seed, then needed to win three consecutive elimination games to oust a record-setting Boston team in Round 1.


D Montour rushes to attend child's birth

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Brandon Montour took a baby break between the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

With wife Ryian going into labor earlier than expected, the Panthers defenseman left Las Vegas not long after the series opener and flew back to Florida on a private jet. Montour made it in time to be there for the birth of the couple's first child, a son they named Kai.


Eichel bounces back after hard hit

LAS VEGAS (AP) Matthew Tkachuk lined up Jack Eichel and leveled him with a thunderous open-ice hit that sent him to the ice.

Eichel quickly skated off and retreated to the locker room, for more than a few moments putting a scare into the Vegas Golden Knights late in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Instead of his night being over, Eichel returned for the third period and set up the fifth goal of seven in a rout of the Florida Panthers that put Vegas up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series and two wins away from a championship.


Ice needs extra care in Vegas, Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Throwing on a tank top and shorts to keep cool during the sizzling summer months tends to make a lot of sense in Las Vegas and South Florida.

Keeping an 85-by-200-foot sheet of ice intact in sweltering conditions during the Stanley Cup Final is a bit more complicated.


Ducks hire veteran asst. Cronin as coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Greg Cronin spent 36 years coaching at nearly every level of hockey before he finally got his first chance to be an NHL head coach.

He believes the struggling but talented Anaheim Ducks will be worth that extraordinary wait.


Habs extend Caufield for 8 years, $62.8M

MONTREAL (AP) Cole Caufield picked up the phone and called his mother after agreeing to a lucrative extension with the Montreal Canadiens.

She couldn't answer because she was busy at work, teaching. But once she called him back, the two shared a moment over the amount of money that's not just life-changing for Caufield, but for his family, too.


Vegas power play clicking in Cup Final

LAS VEGAS (AP) Bruce Cassidy acknowledged between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final that his Vegas Golden Knights' power play has been hit or miss all season.

It's hitting now like players in a high-stakes game of blackjack - and has Vegas two wins from the Stanley Cup.


Pietrangelo sacrificing on and off ice

LAS VEGAS (AP) Alex Pietrangelo spoke of sacrifice Sunday, and what it takes for a hockey player to continue his journey this far into an NHL season.

With the Vegas Golden Knights up 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final against the Florida Panthers, all the players' personal lives are put on hold for the moment. Summer vacation can wait.

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