Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Microsoft's viral age-guessing tool comes with fine print — 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 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 — 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' — 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? — 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) — 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? — 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 — 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.

Canadiens, Rangers look to clinch series in Friday’s NHL playoff action — The NHL playoffs are only nine days old, and yet we've already had as many twists and turns as your favorite roller coaster ride. On Thursday night, center Tyler Johnson generated two goals and an assist in a span of under eight minutes to rally the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 come-from-be...

The types of content that get shared most — What do you get when you analyze 220,000 pieces of social media content over a period of six months? A lot of insights, that's what. BuzzStream and Fractl partnered do take on this task with the goal of finding out which types of content get the most social media shares.

What Inspires Innovators on Twitter — What can Twitter's top enterprise innovation leaders teach us about the social media platform? That's exactly what a new study by Leadtail and Brightidea sought to find out. The team analyzed more than 13,000 tweets from 40 innovation leaders that were active on Twitter.
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May 04, 2015

My thoughts on Lou Lamoriello hiring Ray Shero as his successor. via @usatoday

May 04, 2015

Ray Shero is named Devils general manager via @usatoday

May 04, 2015

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane lead Blackhawks past Wild via @usatoday

May 03, 2015

RT @SunGarrioch: "He teed me up. That’s the ref he is. He tries to play God. He tries to control the game and he did that tonight.” - Prust

May 03, 2015

RT @FriedgeHNIC: We'll show Brandon Prust's comments in intermission. Took a healthy run at referee Brad Watson. Tomorrow is going to be a "fine" day.

May 03, 2015

Dick Butkus is in the house at the United Center for the Blackhawks game.

May 03, 2015

We've had two shots on goal in the first 7:27 of non-action in the Minnesota Wild-Chicago Blackhawks game.

May 03, 2015

Blackhawks glimpse future in Teuvo Teravainen via @usatoday

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