Brent Regner's long road to the NHL ends in debut with Florida Panthers

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DETROIT -- Brent Regner's road to the NHL has been long, strange and difficult.

So, it should have come as no surprise to him that when the Florida Panthers finally called him up to the show, they did so in the middle of a monster snowstorm.

Regner's various flights south were delayed and instead of arriving in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night ...Read more

Flyers let lead slip away in loss to Capitals

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WASHINGTON -- Less than 24 hours after a crushing home defeat, the Flyers carried a lead for most of Sunday's game against the NHL's best team.

But they couldn't hold off mighty Washington.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored with 14 minutes, 36 seconds left in regulation to spark the Capitals to a hard-earned 3-2 win at the Verizon Center.

The ...Read more

Blues are in line for a game at Busch Stadium

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The NHL is finalizing discussions to bring an outdoor hockey game to Busch Stadium in 2017, multiple sources have told the Post-Dispatch.

The plan is not yet complete, but the league is strongly considering the city to host the Winter Classic, in which the Blues' opponent could be the Chicago Blackhawks. There is also the option of the team ...Read more

Blues find offense in 4-1 win over Wild

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ST. LOUIS -- In a showdown between two teams battling themselves as much as the other team, the Blues were the ones who found a way to let the good times roll.

After scoring just three goals in the previous four games, the Blues went wild, at least by their standards, on Saturday night at Scottrade Center, scoring three goals in one period ...Read more

Blackhawks rout Central Division-rival Stars, 5-1

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DALLAS -- On Dec. 22, the Blackhawks came to Dallas to play the Stars, who then had a comfortable lead atop the Central Division.

That night, the Stars dealt the Hawks a lopsided defeat and pulled 10 points ahead of them in the standings. The Hawks went home and unwrapped Christmas presents thinking a division title might be a little beyond ...Read more

Predators cruise past Sharks, 6-2

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Goalie Martin Jones allowed three goals on the first 13 shots he faced Saturday but didn't have much help from his teammates as the Sharks were throttled 6-2 by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Jones finished with 24 saves and Joe Thornton and Logan Couture scored San Jose's goals as the Sharks suffered their ...Read more

Penguins take down Panthers in OT, 3-2

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan surprised a lot of people when he started Jeff Zatkoff in goal against Florida Saturday night.

And Zatkoff surprised a few more when he made 40 saves to help the Penguins beat the Panthers, 3-2, in overtime at the BB&T Center.

The Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the final six minutes of ...Read more

Balanced Red Wings romp over Islanders, 5-1

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DETROIT -- This was the homecoming the Detroit Red Wings needed.

They showed character in their first home rout since opening night Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, pounding the New York Islanders, 5-1.

The victory earned the Wings their first points in three games, in what was just their second victory at home in the last nine tries. ...Read more

Ducks whip Coyotes, 5-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano scored goals in a 1-minute, 41-second span early in the third period to lift the Anaheim Ducks to their sixth straight victory, a 5-2 decision over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.

The Ducks (25-18-7) completed a three-game sweep of their Pacific Division trifecta against the Coyotes, Los ...Read more

Minus Malkin, Penguins fall to Lightning, 6-3

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins started strong and finished the same way, but that wasn't enough to save them from a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay Friday at Amalie Arena.

The defeat ended the Penguins' four-game winning streak and dropped their record to 25-18-7. They are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins played without two of their ...Read more

Flyers' Couturier out four weeks with lower-body injury

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The Flyers' playoff hopes were severely damaged Friday when the club announced that second-line center Sean Couturier would miss about four weeks with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

"It's a big loss for us, but we have other guys who will fill in and need to pick up the slack," general manger Ron Hextall said. "No one will replace Coots; it'...Read more

Perron leads Ducks to 4-2 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES -- Apparently, David Perron just needed to get out of Pittsburgh.

One of the newest Anaheim Ducks was the difference-maker in the latest chapter of the team's rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night, producing his first three-point game of the season to lead the Ducks to a 4-2 win at Staples Center.

The winger, acquired ...Read more

Jonathan Toews' overtime goal lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes, 5-4

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In an eventful and topsy-turvy night in the desert, one that included a bench minor penalty on Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks prevailed 5-4 in overtime when Jonathan Toews scored his second goal of the night 4 minutes, 31 seconds into overtime for his fifth overtime winner. Toews fired home a shot from the ...Read more

Simmonds, Giroux score 2 goals each as Flyers romp over Predators, 6-3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Flyers, one of the league's lowest-scoring teams all season, have suddenly become goal-happy.

Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored a pair of goals and collected three points as the Flyers ripped the Predators on Thursday night, 6-3, at Bridgestone Arena.

The Flyers have scored at least four goals in their last ...Read more

Panthers pile up the goals again, clip Red Wings

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- It seems that Panthers forward Brandon Pirri needs to sit in the press box before he picks up his game.

Pirri, who was second on the team with 22 goals last season, had been a healthy scratch for the past four games before Panthers coach Gerard Gallant decided to give him another chance Thursday night against the Detroit Red ...Read more

Blues' scoring woes continue in 3-1 loss to Sharks

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ST. LOUIS -- Blues coach Ken Hitchcock laughed off concerns about his team's lack of offense Thursday morning, as the club prepared to face the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center.

"I think we're just going through an unlucky phase," Hitchcock said. "We'll get lucky here in the next week or so and start scoring. I think we're playing well. I've...Read more

Fehr's void, however long, will be felt on Penguins' penalty-kill

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The Penguins have yet to announce a diagnosis for injured forward Eric Fehr.

They've given no indication of a prognosis for him, either.

Still, at least one thing seems certain: If Fehr, who was injured midway through the Penguins' 6-5 victory against Ottawa on Tuesday night, is out for an extended period, his absence won't go unnoticed.

Not ...Read more

Rust, Lightning special teams strike down Red Wings, 3-1

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A poor night on special teams cost the Detroit Red Wings some precious ground.

The Wings lost, 3-1, to Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. The Lightning took over second place in the division, with 60 points, two ahead of Detroit. The Wings play at division-leader Florida (65 points) on...Read more

NHL suspends Flames' Wideman 20 games without pay for hit on linesman

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The NHL on Wednesday suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for 20 games without pay for violating Rule 40 (physical abuse of officials) during Calgary's game against Nashville on Jan. 27.

Wideman had taken a hit and appeared dazed as he skated back toward his team's bench. Linesman Don Henderson, backskating and watching play ...Read more

Ducks edge Sharks, 3-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Survive and advance.

Before they get into the madness of March, the Anaheim Ducks have to deal with a furious February to start their push for the postseason. It took them all of one game after the All-Star break to move back into playoff territory.

Frederik Andersen made 30 saves and the Ducks used two second-period goals ...Read more