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Bruins' Marchand will play in Game 1

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BOSTON (AP) Bruins winger Brad Marchand says his left hand is fine heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

He sat out Boston's practice Sunday after being given a "maintenance day" by coach Bruce Cassidy. But Marchand showed no visible signs of discomfort and didn't wear any braces on his hand as he met with reporters.

"I just told Butchy I wanted a day off. I've had enough of practicing," Marchand said with a smile when asked about his status for Game 1 on Monday night. "I'm good."

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Finland beats Canada for gold at worlds

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world hockey title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Anttila tied it at 1 on a power play early in the second period and the Finnish captain made it 2-1 early in the third. Harri Pesonen added an insurance goal with five minutes to play.

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Blues hoping to exercise playoff demons

ST. LOUIS (AP) Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong.

So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 1970, a rematch with the Boston Bruins 49 years in the making, the two old friends couldn't hold back.

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Canadiens sign D Kulak to 3-year deal

MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year contract with defenseman Brett Kulak.

The deal was announced Saturday and runs through the 2021-22 season, carrying an average annual value of $1.85 million.

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Coaches Cassidy, Berube look to lift Cup

Bruce Cassidy has come a long way from writing his first NHL practice plan on a napkin.

Craig Berube hasn't changed a bit from the moment he was fired from his first NHL head coaching job.

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Bruins' veterans may be key in Cup Final

BOSTON (AP) When the Boston Bruins take the ice against the St. Louis Blues, they will do it with a core group of veterans who know what it's like to hoist the Stanley Cup - and have it slip from their fingers.

Patrice Bergeron can still remember the instant euphoria and accompanying adoration from across New England that came after the Bruins outlasted the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win the Cup in 2011.

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Russia to host 2023 world championships

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) The International Ice Hockey Federation has picked the Russian city of St. Petersburg to host the 2023 world championships.

Russia plans to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the event, and also use the city's Ice Palace venue built for the 2000 worlds.

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Lil Nas X to play at Stanley Cup Final

"Old Town Road" is coming to the Stanley Cup Final.

Lil Nas X will perform the top song in the world Monday in Boston as part of the pregame festivities before the series between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues gets underway. The NHL announced Friday Lil Nas X and country singer Chase Rice as the artists who will play at Boston's City Hall Plaza before Game 1.

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Sens hire ex-Leafs asst. Smith as coach

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach D.J. Smith is the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators.

Smith signed a three-year contract with the club on Thursday. He replaces interim head coach Marc Crawford, who also interviewed for the position.

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Isles sign C Nelson for 6 years, $36M

Less than a year after losing John Tavares, the New York Islanders re-signed star center Brock Nelson before he could even test free agency.

Nelson on Thursday agreed to terms on a $36 million, six-year contract through the 2024-25 season. Nelson scored 25 goals and set career highs with 28 assists and 53 points last season to help the Islanders make the playoffs.

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