Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Five takeaways from Team USA’s third-place finish at the World Ice Hockey Championships

ftw.usatoday.com — Team USA defeated the Czech Republic today 3-0 to win a bronze medal at the World Ice Hockey Championships. Here are five reasons why you should care: 1. It was Jack Eichel's coming out party Playing against NHL competition for the first time, Eichel, 18, centered USA's No.

Twitter has a field day with McDonald's updated Hamburglar

prdaily.com — This might sound a bit ridiculous, but the McDonald's Hamburglar has grown up, and is now a suburban dad who's fond of backyard grilling. You remember the Hamburglar, right? Gigantic head, red hair, black fedora, mime shirt, cape, completely unnecessary tie? Stole McDonald's hamburgers while saying, "Rubble, rubble"? He's back.

Lightning's Johnson beats Canadiens with last-second goal

wtsp.com — TAMPA ( USA TODAY) - The Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff surge continued Wednesday when Tyler Johnson scored with less than a second left in regulation to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and set up a possible sweep in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Microsoft's viral age-guessing tool comes with fine print

prdaily.com — If you're a frequent social media user, you've probably seen photos of people with little yellow and orange icons above their faces with a number. They're using a Microsoft product called how-old.net. It's supposed to predict the age you look in that photo, and it's kind of a cool feature.

Oddsmakers underselling Lightning’s Stanley Cup chances

ftw.usatoday.com — Bovada's latest odds had the New York Rangers as 13-4 favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks were 4-1. The Anaheim Ducks came in at 9-2. It all looked logical except the Tampa Bay Lightning sitting at 15-2.

Bud Light apologizes for label that promises to turn 'no' into 'yes'

prdaily.com — Every so often, we come across a brand decision so obviously inappropriate that we're left to wonder how the heck the idea ever made it out of the brainstorm phase. Such is the case with Bud Light, which supported its "Up for Whatever" campaign with a bottle that included the tagline "perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night."

Red Wings-Lightning: Who’ll win tonight’s Game 7?

ftw.usatoday.com — The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the final game of the NHL's conference quarterfinals. The Game 7 winner will play the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. USA TODAY Sports hockey staffers make their predictions ( game breakdown): Kevin Allen The Lightning have been the better team all season.

The Business of YouTube (Infographic)

prdaily.com — I can't recall the first viral YouTube video I watched, and I can't recall exactly how (or in what format) we shared the Internet's most legendary videos before the service launched in 2005.

Islanders-Capitals Game 7: Can it match the Easter Epic?

ftw.usatoday.com — With the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals playing Game 7 (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network) of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight in D.C., it brings back memories of the Easter Epic four-overtime Game 7 played by the two teams 28 years ago.

Ken Hitchcock’s job could be on the line as Blues fight to stay alive

ftw.usatoday.com — The St. Louis Blues are playing to avoid elimination and perhaps save coach Ken Hitchcock's job when they face the Minnesota Wild in today's Game 6 (3 p.m., NBC) of their Western Conference quarterfinal. The Wild lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, and if the Blues are eliminated in the first round, they will be perceived as a team that underachieved.
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May 23, 2015

RT @TSNAaronWard: Expect announcement, Arizona Coyotes have hired 25 year old analytics guru John Chayka as an Assistant General Manager. #TSN

May 23, 2015

The Ducks' 3 goals in 37 seconds is second-fastest three goals in NHL playoff history. The Maple Leafs, of all teams, had 3 in 23 in 1979.

May 22, 2015

Check out the first edition of the 'Top Shelf' podcast, featuring me and my @USATODAYsports colleagues: usat.ly/1FIOu3K

May 22, 2015

Rangers won't survive against Lightning if their top players don't play better: usat.ly/1PAGp5V

May 21, 2015

Lightning come back from early deficit against Rangers in OT win usat.ly/1SfMV0G via @usatoday

May 20, 2015

Mike Babcock chased the money, but he's well-prepared for scrutiny with Maple Leafs: usat.ly/1Hi30Kw

May 19, 2015

Anton Stralman has become a difference maker, and he tops my list of unsung heroes in the playoffs: usat.ly/1IK2eM4

May 18, 2015

Jewel is in the house at Lightning vs. Rangers.

May 18, 2015

Lightning 4-on-3 goal by Tyler Johnson. Lightning 2, Rangers 1

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