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Kings, Lucic good as gold in big win over Bruins

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BOSTON -- Milan Lucic hadn't planned it, and, in fact, he didn't consider what he might do at the end of Tuesday night's game here in his return to Boston.

The Los Angeles Kings' left wing took a partial victory lap on the TD Garden ice after their 9-2 victory, acknowledging the loyal fans who backed him with passion and fervor in his eight ...Read more

Sharks snap Blackhawks' home streak with 2-0 win

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks had not lost a game at home since Dec. 27, a streak of seven consecutive victories, but the Sharks put a stop to that on Tuesday with a 2-0 triumph at the United Center.

Another goal overturned

For the second time in three games, the Hawks had officials overturn a call on a coach's challenge. Brandon Mashinter ...Read more

Jets defeat Blues with 2-1 shootout win

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ST. LOUIS -- A day after Blues assistant coach Kirk Muller turned 50, the Blues celebrated the 50th anniversary of being awarded an NHL expansion franchise Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

On Feb. 9, 1966, the Blues were one of six teams added to the NHL, doubling the size of the league. The occasion was marked with a video tribute and Bobby ...Read more

Resilient Panthers overpower Sabres, 7-4

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BUFFALO -- Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was forced to jumble three of his four lines after losing top-line center Aleksander Barkov to a possible concussion in the second period of Monday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Fortunately for the resilient Panthers, Gallant didn't touch the so-called second line of Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck ...Read more

Wild fall to Stars in overtime, 4-3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- You could sense the angst inside Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Quiet early, restless in the middle and electric late, the fans' reaction mirrored the rollercoaster of a game the Wild and Dallas Stars played in throughout.

The Wild coughed up a pair of one-goal leads, but then pushed hard in the third period, got a ...Read more

Rakell, Ducks bounce back with convincing win over Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rickard Rakell scored twice in the first period and Chris Stewart converted a penalty shot in the second as the Ducks bounced back with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Ducks (26-19-7) answered Monday's 6-2 thrashing by Pittsburgh with a much more composed and tighter effort after watching their ...Read more

Penguins center Malkin expected to miss next three games

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Center Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss the next three games with an undisclosed injury that already has kept him out for three contests.

"We're going to hold him out for this week," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's going to work with our medical staff and our training staff for this week. We're going to evaluate him as we go. But we all think ...Read more

After sluggish start, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby can't be stopped

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When you're the face of the NHL, stretches without goals stand out.

Prolonged slumps flash like a neon sign.

And, as games tick by, through October, then November and into December, the whispers around the league multiply, building a crescendo until they are deafening: Is this the beginning of the end for the greatest player in the game?

How ...Read more

Red Wings' Mrazek leading NHL goalie after hot streak

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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek entered Tuesday as the NHL leader in goals against average (1.97) and co-leader with the Flyers' Michal Neuvirth in save percentage (.933).

"One of the ways to be successful and one of the requirements, I think, to be a really good hockey team is you have to have elite goaltending," Wings coach Jeff ...Read more

Penguins defeat Ducks, 6-2, Crosby scores two breakaway goals

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PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins got a pair of breakaway goals by Sidney Crosby, and another hot start on Monday to run down the Anaheim Ducks, 6-2.

The club got first period goals by Chris Kunitz, Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin, and breakaway goals by Crosby in both the second and third periods to take a commanding lead.

Olli Maatta finished the ...Read more

Datsyuk, Red Wings blank Panthers

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DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk called being reunited with old linemate Henrik Zetterberg like a holiday.

Datsyuk celebrated by scoring two goals as the Detroit Red Wings topped the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers, 3-0, Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

It was a tight, close game until the third period, when Tomas Tatar scored for a second ...Read more

Pietrangelo placed on Blues' injured-reserve list

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Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who was injured in Saturday's 4-1 win over Minnesota, has been placed on the injured-reserve list.

The club announced Monday that he has suffered a right knee injury and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Pietrangelo left Saturday's game with 7 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in regulation after a hit from ...Read more

Artem Anisimov 'great fit' for Blackhawks since coming from Columbus

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When Blackhawks wingers Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are firing off one-timers or dancing around defenders with the puck, you may not notice center Artem Anisimov.

Anisimov may be coming down the middle of the ice, fighting for position in front of the net while his flashier linemates attract attention along the outside.

You might not ...Read more

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