SAN JOSE, Calif.--Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels both came up with exactly the type of response San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer was looking for.
Three days after both players were benched for the entire third period, Hertl and Wingels each put together arguably their most complete games of the season in helping the Sharks beat the Calgary ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks elevated their game Saturday above the usual late-November drudgery, displaying enough skill and drama to underscore why they've alternated winning the Stanley Cup each of the last four seasons. They also hinted they'll be formidable foes for any team with hopes of winning the West this ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hours after lighting into his team for a lackluster home loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Wild coach Mike Yeo continued the frank talk Saturday morning. Yeo made clear he expected his slumping team to respond with a "real strong purpose" early in Saturday's redemption game against the Dallas Stars so seldom-used backup goalie Darcy ...Read more
ST. LOUIS--Scottie Upshall waited and waited, back-peddling in fact before he let go of a shot six minutes into the third period. The patience paid off, the puck found the back of the net, registering as Upshall's fourth goal of the season and his first game-winner with the club in a 3-1 victory over Columbus.
Upshall's celebration was worth ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- This should have been the easy part for the Penguins.
Their final game at Consol Energy Center before embarking on a four-game Western road trip was against Edmonton, a team hovering at the bottom of the NHL standings.
A team against which the Penguins were 8-0-2 in their previous 10 meetings.
A team that had won one -- count it...Read more
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The NHL has suspended Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky for one game for cross-checking Penguins center Sidney Crosby Friday night.
He will sit out the Blue Jackets' game in St. Louis Saturday.
Dubinsky dropped Crosby by driving the shaft of his stick into the back of Crosby's neck with 80 seconds left in the second period of the Blue Jackets' ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--If his scoring chances had dried up, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar might worry about his paltry production. So far the chances have been there, and so is his optimism.
"If the opportunities are coming, I still feel confident about myself that I'm still the same guy and I'm still going to put up numbers," he said. "I think ...Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cam Atkinson scored at 2:42 of overtime to give Columbus a 2-1 victory against the Penguins at Nationwide Arena Friday.
The loss dropped the Penguins' record to 13-8-1.
The game turned nasty as it moved along and Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who has a history of concussions, left the game briefly after Columbus center ...Read more
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DETROIT -- The lesson keeps repeating itself: Letting a team hang around is dangerous.
Niklas Kronwall rescued the night 26 seconds into overtime when he scored to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena, giving the Wings points in six straight games.
Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar each scored ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The numbers weren't adding up to anything of substance for the Florida Panthers lately:
A paltry three wins in the previous 12 games. In nine of those games the Panthers scored two or fewer goals.
Mired in a three-game losing streak, coach Gerard Gallant was looking for a spark when he shuffled his lines for Friday's finale of...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hosting the Chicago Blackhawks for their annual Black Friday matinee has become a painful exercise for the Ducks.
Artem Anisimov scored at 1:53 of overtime after the Blackhawks rallied for two goals late in regulation and the defending Stanley Cup champions pulled off a stunning 3-2 victory at Honda Center.
Marian Hossa and ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers power-play coach Joe Mullen isn't on the bench during games. He sits upstairs in the press box. So when the Flyers need to draw something up on the fly, it is done without the Hall of Fame right winger who scored 150 power-play goals over a 16-year career.
Friday, in a four-on-three overtime situation vs. the Nashville ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Whether it was Black Friday shopping after midnight or a turkey coma for the ages, the Wild put forth yet another heavy-legged, sleepy effort at home Friday afternoon.
Even the faster-than-expected return of Zach Parise for the first time in nine games didn't provide the expected boost.
One game after losing to a Vancouver ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- On a day when the temperature hit 110, the search was on for signs of ice hockey.
And there should be signs, since Las Vegas is pushing hard to get an NHL franchise, which would be the city's first in any major pro sports league. (NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently said expansion was not a sure thing and that league officials ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Whatever momentum the San Jose Sharks built up during their perfect trip didn't make it back to the West Coast.
The Sharks floundered in the opening half of the first period and managed just one goal on five power-play chances in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at SAP Center, snapping San Jose's six-game ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It is about the next step for the Anaheim Ducks, the kind that will prove to all who lauded them before the season that they are ready to resume their place as an elite team in the Western Conference.
Sure, they've taken a step here and there, like the one in Tuesday's spirited comeback win over Calgary. And then there is the...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- One defenseman hobbled through the dressing room with an ice pack on his foot. Another followed him shortly thereafter, displeased about having to ice his sore foot.
The Los Angeles Kings' room had the look seen after a hard-fought playoff game. In this case, it was a regular-season game, and ended up a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay ...Read more
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk netted a milestone goal but the Boston Bruins ruined his celebration.
The Detroit Red Wings lost in overtime Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, falling 3-2 to the Bruins when Frank Vatrano scored with 1:28 left in the extra period.
Datsyuk picked up his 300th career goal in what was his seventh game back from injury. Tomas ...Read more
The Carolina Hurricanes have talked a lot this season about not get the right breaks, the right bounces in games.
They did Wednesday in beating the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1.
Canes center Jordan Staal had a shot glance off the skate of Oilers defenseman Griffin Reinhart for a late first-period goal that was an energizer for Carolina.
Carolina's ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- It took 10 years and 11 career games, but Sidney Crosby finally scored a goal against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Then he did it again.
Crosby scored twice and Evgeni Malkin backhanded in the game winner in overtime to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 win against the Blues at Consol Energy Center.
Crosby's goals gave the ...Read more