Kings' Kopitar isn't scoring much, but he's still confident the numbers will come

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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

Penguins lose to Blue Jackets in overtime, 2-1

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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

Red Wings outlast Oilers in overtime, 4-3

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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

Panthers let lead slip, but beat Islanders in shootout

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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

Blackhawks shock Ducks with 3-2 overtime victory

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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

Gostisbehere's goal lifts Flyers over Predators in overtime

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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

Wild struggle in 3-1 home loss to Jets

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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

Searching for signs of hockey life in Las Vegas

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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

Blackhawks snap Sharks' six-game win streak

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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

Ducks stumble in 4-2 loss to Coyotes

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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

Kings fall to Lightning in shootout, 2-1

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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

Bruins force OT late, stun Red Wings, 3-2

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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

Balanced attack leads Hurricanes to 4-1 win over Oilers

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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

Crosby, Malkin lead Penguins past Blues in OT, 4-3

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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

Wild come up short in 3-2 loss to Canucks

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In one game, the Wild managed to quell all that enthusiasm created by its dismantling of the Nashville Predators over the weekend.

As if players started their Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, gravy and stuffing one night early, the Wild's quick start dissipated unexpectedly Wednesday night and the team wound up falling to an ...Read more

Panthers hope minor shakeup yields better results

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- When a team has lost nine of 12, as the Florida Panthers have, change is certainly warranted in quest of a winning recipe.

Calling up forwards Connor Brickley and Logan Shaw and sending fellow rookies Rocco Grimaldi and Garrett Wilson to Portland of the AHL on Wednesday didn't constitute a drastic shakeup. The Panthers ...Read more

Red Wings' DeKeyser coming off 'elite' performance

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Danny DeKeyser got hit in the face by a deflected puck during practice Tuesday, necessitating stitches.

Just another day at work for the rangy homegrown defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings.

DeKeyser had to go to the hospital for repairs, but coach Jeff Blashill expects him to be fine and available to play Wednesday, when the Wings take their ...Read more

Kings withstand late flurry in 3-1 win over Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- In this case, games on consecutive days may have been the ideal cure for the Los Angeles Kings.

Look at it this way: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had only a day to ponder being pulled after 40 minutes. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty could regroup and move on after continued residence in the penalty box. And Kings defenseman Alec ...Read more

Kings pummel Panthers, win 3-1

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SUNRISE, Fla. –– The Los Angeles Kings continued to beat up on the Panthers on Monday night and knocked out Florida's goalie in the process.

Al Montoya, making his first start in almost three weeks, left Monday's 3-1 loss to the Kings after apparently being hit in the head while trying to stop Nick Shore from scoring.

Roberto Luongo came ...Read more

Flyers beat Hurricanes in overtime, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA --The questions asked of Dave Hakstol on the morning of Monday's game against Carolina were expectedly centered on the team's scoring drought.

"You guys are all talking about the scoring," Hakstol started to say.

He was cut off and reminded that his team was last in the league entering play Monday night against Carolina.

"You ...Read more