SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward looked up and thought he had some time as he went to retrieve the puck along the boards near the bench of the Winnipeg Jets.
Instead, Ward was leveled by Jets defenseman Mark Stuart.
"Turned around," Ward said, "and just saw a big white jersey in front of me."
Ward, though, had pushed the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Most of the Los Angeles Kings had to work Monday despite the holiday. But the one guy who got the day off was the player the Kings missed most.
Captain Anze Kopitar called in sick, and without him the team's offense fizzled in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"You always miss really good hockey players you don't have," ...Read more
Lessons from the last week of play in the NHL:
It sometimes takes years to determine which team "won" a trade, but it's safe to say the Minnesota Wild came out ahead when it acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Arizona for a 2015 third-round draft pick. On Sunday, the second anniversary of the trade, Dubnyk made 33 saves as the Wild rallied ...Read more
PITTSBURGH--The Penguins came into Monday night's game against the Washington Capitals intent on playing better defensively and snapping a three-game losing streak.
The losing streak is over. Maybe they can try the defense thing another day.
After spotting the Capitals a three-goal lead, the Penguins scored six of the nine goals in a wild ...Read more
DETROIT -- A game after they won a barnburner against the defending champions, the Detroit Red Wings ground out a victory against the top opponent in their division.
Jared Coreau provided 18 saves and Thomas Vanek his 12th goal in a Monday matinee at Joe Louis Arena, leaving the Red Wings to savor a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. It ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Imagine where the Anaheim Ducks might be if they were just respectable in overtime.
That's about all they can do when it comes to that. Patrik Berglund scored both goals for St. Louis, including the winner at 51 seconds of overtime to lift the Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Ducks on Sunday night at Honda Center.
Rickard ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Wild have made a habit of chasing the Chicago Blackhawks -- this season and throughout this decade.
While the Hawks have had big-boy rivalries with the Blues, Red Wings and Canucks in recent years, the Wild were always the little brother wanting to join the action.
Perhaps the little brother is growing up.
The Hawks ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Wild had a tremendous first half in which they reeled off 27 wins, 59 points, a .720 points percentage, a plus-45 goal differential and the Western Conference's most goals and fewest goals against.
But as much currency as that has created in the Twin Cities, nobody's going to buy future Wild success this season unless the team ...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- Second-year Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made more lineup changes Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center, but it didn't stop The Great Skid that has followed their 10-game winning streak.
They dropped a 5-0 decision to a Washington team that played its backup goalie, Philipp Grubauer, and for the first two periods ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Jeff Carter jumped off the bench, skated into open ice in front of the net and then buried a one-timer to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.
Anze Kopitar kicked the puck ahead to Jake Muzzin, Muzzin delivered a cross-ice pass to Carter and he netted his team-leading 23rd goal 1 ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton's emotions got the better of him as he was ejected midway through Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues for spearing Paul Stastny.
Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, it was one of the few times they showed any real passion.
The Sharks missed a handful of handful of scoring opportunities in the first ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes went into a four-game homestead with one thought in mind: four wins and eight points.
The Canes did just that, finishing it off Saturday with a 7-4 victory over the New York Islanders before a crowd of 16,640 at PNC Arena.
Brock McGinn, coming off a two-goal game against the Buffalo Sabres, had a goal ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have been a much better team away from home than in Sunrise lately, only Saturday night, they looked right comfortable in familiar environs.
With three goals between the midway point of the second and early in the third, Florida got back on track at BB&T Center with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets....Read more
DETROIT -- Joe Louis Arena will always hold a special place in Penguins' history as the site of their 2009 Stanley Cup victory.
Their final visit to the old building, though, wasn't quite as memorable.
The Penguins fell to the Red Wings, 6-3, Saturday night to lose their season-high third game in a row.
The last time the Penguins lost three ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Bernier went three weeks between starts for the Ducks and the veteran goalie made the wait worth it.
Bernier stopped 26 shots to get his first shutout with them Saturday night and the first-place Ducks got goals from Hampus Lindholm, Nick Ritchie and Ryan Kesler in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes for their ...Read more
DALLAS -- It started off as a cakewalk at American Airlines Center Saturday, but it ended up as a tight-rope act.
The Wild scored three goals in their first three shots and soon led by four. The Stars scored the next four goals, tying the score 11:13 into the third.
But Jason Zucker's goal 62 seconds later was enough to give the Wild a 5-4 ...Read more
A few hours before the Florida Panthers game against Columbus on Saturday night, the team's co-owner told jokes to fans gathered in an arena ballroom while its CEO took on a guy in an inflatable dinosaur costume in a push-up contest.
The team promises nothing is going to change.
Doug Cifu and Matthew Caldwell's roles with the Panthers may be ...Read more
BOSTON -- The Flyers changed their goalie but didn't change the way they played in front of him Saturday afternoon.
They turned over the puck at an alarming rate, got outworked, and lost the special-teams battle at TD Garden.
It all contributed to a 6-3 loss to a Boston Bruins team that has one of the NHL's worst home records.
Goalie Michal ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes trailed the Buffalo Sabres after the first period Friday at PNC Arena.
The Canes' Jeff Skinner changed that. Quickly.
Skinner scored twice in a 55-second span early in the second period and the Canes took it from there, winning 5-2 in goalie Cam Ward's 600th career game.
Brock McGinn also had pair of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Blackhawks fell behind early and never stood a chance as they fell to the Capitals, 6-0, on Friday at the Verizon Center.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville pulled goaltender Corey Crawford during the third period after Crawford allowed his fifth goal of the night.
It all started with the first period, which was a disaster for the ...Read more