Sharks' win against Hurricanes like money in Labanc

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Rookie forward Kevin Labanc has managed to become a pretty important part of the San Jose Sharks offense after just 15 NHL games.

Labanc, who turns 21 on Monday, scored for the second time in as many games Saturday as his second period goal proved to be the winner in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at ...Read more

Crosby, Malkin score two each in Penguins' 4-3 comeback win over Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins have won five games in a row, their best run of 2016-17.

They have 54 games remaining in the regular season. Win, oh, 52 or so of those, and they just might claim one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division playoff field.

They preserved their winning streak with a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay at Amalie ...Read more

Panthers hold off Canucks for 4-2 victory

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- It was reunion night at the BB&T Center Saturday, but it was the forming of a new union that contributed to the Florida Panthers' much-needed 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Panthers fans welcomed back rugged defenseman Erik Gudbranson with a warm ovation for his five seasons in Florida. In the Canucks' net filling in ...Read more

Challenges met for Kings in win over Senators

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LOS ANGELES--Presented with several challenges Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings responded quickly and emphatically, producing a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators that left cheers ringing in their ears as they skated off the ice at Staples Center and prepared to play nine straight road games.

First, they took into the game the self-imposed ...Read more

Flyers win eighth straight behind Schenn's hat trick

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brayden Schenn more than did his part to keep the Flyers' hot streak alive. He literally fought, was a faceoff wizard, and, more important, scored the second hat trick of his career, all on the power play, as the Flyers defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I'm just a recipient of some...Read more

Ducks edge Sharks, 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's been seen so often over the years that it gets taken for granted -- Joe Pavelski burying a prime scoring opportunity set up by Joe Thornton.

Pavelski couldn't connect on such a chance Friday night, missing an open net on a shot from just outside the crease after getting a pass from Thornton early in the third period. The...Read more

Wild outlast Oilers in six-round shootout, 3-2

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- As Bruce Boudreau joked, it took "a lot of praying" to keep the NHL's teenage leading scorer, Connor McDavid, off the score sheet Sunday night.

Five nights later, the Wild must have found another house of worship again.

Not only did McDavid go without a point for a second straight meeting, his turnover led to a third-period ...Read more

Blues pin first regulation home loss on Devils with 4-1 victory

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Of course the Blues would find a cure for their road issues in the only NHL rink yet to see the home team lose in regulation.

The New Jersey Devils were 8-0-2 at Prudential Center before Friday, but the Blues ended that run with a 4-1 victory on goals by two goals from Robby Fabbri and one apiece from Jaden Schwartz and Ryan ...Read more

Blue Jackets chase Mrazek in 4-1 win against Red Wings

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DETROIT -- A good performance was undone by goaltending at both ends of the rink.

The Detroit Red Wings couldn't finish enough chances against Sergei Bobrovsky and didn't get enough saves from Petr Mrazek Friday at Joe Louis Arena, leading to a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Dylan Larkin scored on a power play but the Blue Jackets ...Read more

Far from perfect, Flyers finding ways to win

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The Flyers did not click on all cylinders in the last two games, but found a way to win both of them.

"Some of the parts of our game have dropped, and other parts have picked us up," defenseman Brandon Manning said after most of the players participated in an optional skate Friday in Voorhees.

Steve Mason, the NHL's No. 1 star of the week, had...Read more

Upstart Ryan scores pair as Hurricanes topple Kings

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LOS ANGELES--It was, in many ways, a sight familiar to Kings fans. A goaltender whose resume includes a Stanley Cup championship and a Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP stood tall at Staples Center Thursday, repelling almost every shot he faced and remaining fiercely focused during the rare occasions he was pressured.

The wrinkle is that ...Read more

Penguins jump out to early lead, defeat Panthers, 5-1

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Penguins have gotten pretty good at rallying from multiple-goal deficits to win games.

So good that they apparently were ready for a new challenge: Getting a big early lead and making it hold up.

At least on this night, it worked.

They scored three times in the first seven minutes, 34 seconds of play and were never ...Read more

Flyers outslug Oilers for seventh straight win

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PHILADELPHIA -- A sedate first-period that had little action turned into the wildest game of the season at the electric Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

Final: Flyers 6, Oilers 5.

Streak: 7.

Left winger Michael Raffl scored after making a power move to get past Oscar Klefbom, giving the Flyers a 6-5 lead with 1 minute, 29 seconds to go. ...Read more

Jagr's longevity a good excuse for missing Penguins' Cup reunion ceremony

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Penguins honored their 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup-winning teams with a reunion and ceremony last weekend.

Some players -- like Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Wendell Young, among others -- couldn't make it because they have moved into coaching or front-office positions.

One was a no-show for another reason.

"I had a game,...Read more

Red Wings regain speedy Andreas Athanasiou

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Good news for the Detroit Red Wings as they try to maximize a long homestand: One of their speediest forwards is ready to return.

The Wings kick off five straight games at Joe Louis Arena by hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday (7:30 p.m., FS-Plus), and Andreas Athanasiou has been activated from injured reserve after missing four weeks ...Read more

Corey Perry ends goal-less drought as Ducks rally past Hurricanes, 6-5, in shootout

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Everyone seems to be contributing offensively for the Anaheim Ducks other than the two you most expect. And then it happened for one of them when they absolutely needed it.

Corey Perry fired a one-time shot past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward and a game that seemed lost was shockingly tied. And as an illogical 18-game ...Read more

Sharks give up late goals, lose to Senators, 4-2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks had no problems creating scoring chances Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Finishing those chances was the primary issue, particularly when the Senators scored twice in the final 66 seconds to pull out a 4-2 win at SAP Center to snap the Sharks' three-game win streak.

The Sharks allowed the ...Read more

Wild completes long road trip with 3-2 win in Toronto

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TORONTO -- On a road trip where virtually every tightly-contested second left little room for error, the Wild just couldn't help themselves.

Despite a pair of two-goal leads, the Wild seem to love playing in one-goal games.

Sixteen of the Wild's previous 24 contests were one-goal games, and 11 of their 12 losses this season have been one-goal ...Read more

Jimmy Howard back, Red Wings upbeat entering longest home stand

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The Detroit Red Wings enter their longest home stand of the season with a mission to make Joe Louis Arena less friendly to opponents.

After winning their first four home games, the Wings have won just twice in their last 10 home contests -- and now comes a stretch that, beginning Friday, sees Columbus, Philadelphia, Arizona, Los Angeles and ...Read more

No. 5 Duke tops No. 21 Florida 84-74 in Jimmy V Classic

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NEW YORK -- Duke showed glimpses of the team it's longed to be all season with a 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

No one played a full 20-minute half. Jayson Tatum, in the freshman's second game of the season, added to the No. 5 Blue Devils' transition game. Amile Jefferson and Luke ...Read more

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