LOS ANGELES--It seemed like a one-off.
Goalie Peter Budaj joined the Los Angeles Kings on emergency recall basis last season when Jonathan Quick was injured in February and he won his first start, in overtime, and at Madison Square Garden, no less.
That was February. Flash forward to Thursday and Budaj still hasn't lost a game for the Kings. ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks had to deal with a pair of unexpected delays Thursday night in their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
They responded from both just fine.
Tomas Hertl scored twice, including an empty-netter with 0.8 seconds left, and David Schlemko had two assists as the Sharks earned a 3-1 win over the Blue ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The Red Wings viewed the night as a chance to test themselves against an NHL contender.
Through half the game Thursday at the Scottrade Center, they were stymied both in speed and shot mentality by the St. Louis Blues, relying on Petr Mrazek to keep things competitive.
An opportunistic goal by Frans Nielsen provided a spark and ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- If Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is looking for a new motivational tactic, he might try telling his team that every period is now a third period.
The Penguins scored three goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the Islanders, 4-2, Thursday at PPG Paints Arena, overcoming a mostly lethargic opening 40 minutes once again.
No matter, ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Memo to Flyers: Games start in the first period, not the second.
The Flyers continued a maddening trend Thursday night, allowing the first goal and falling into a big early hole.
They erased a 2-0 deficit, tied the score, then watched Arizona score two bizarre goals in a 1-minute, 39-second span in the third period en route to ...Read more
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After a crummy start to its East Coast trek, Devan Dubnyk and the Wild ended in perfect fashion.
After shutting out the Boston Bruins earlier this week, Dubnyk and the Wild wrapped up their four-game trip with a 4-0 shutout over the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday night.
Dubnyk made 38 saves for his 21st career ...Read more
TORONTO -- The Florida Panthers expected to get offensively healthy against the sieve-like defense of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had allowed a league-high 26 goals in their first six games.
While Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault exploited new Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, who entered the game with a league-worst 4.29 goals-against-...Read more
The Blackhawks know what rock bottom looks like when it comes to penalty killing. Through seven games, they're getting a very good look at it.
They have allowed a bewildering 14 goals in 26 attempts for a penalty-kill rate of just 46.2 percent. It's a wonder the Hawks have been able to salvage seven points in the standings.
Just how bad is the...Read more
Flaherty's CrossingKaylin McFarren
Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion ...
The Ducks on Thursday morning signed Hampus Lindholm to a six-year contract worth $31.5 million, ending the talented defenseman's lengthy holdout.
TSN hockey reporter Bob McKenzie first reported the signing of the restricted free agent and the Ducks later confirmed it. Lindholm's new deal does not contain a no-movement or no-trade clause.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nothing will fully erase the empty feeling the Anaheim Ducks were left with following their last Game 7, with Nashville dealing out the fourth edition of Honda Center postseason sorrow last April.
But if you're looking for a shred of redemption, you might as well go full bore.
The importance of a regular-season contest ...Read more
Brian Campbell wasn't quite sure what was happening.
Before the Blackhawks faced the Blue Jackets on Friday, coach Joel Quenneville had the 37-year-old defenseman in his 17th season run through warmups playing left wing.
"I didn't know 100 percent what was going on," Campbell said. "And I didn't know how much I would play and all that. It was ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings got through their morning skate and game without a goaltender getting injured.
Indeed, that represents progress around here.
After a rough first week, the Kings are trending up with three straight victories after starting the season, 0-3-0. They rallied with a late goal in regulation on Tuesday and won it in ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Is there any victory in a loss? If you're the Anaheim Ducks, you might feel that way after paying a hefty price for escaping San Jose with one point in their back pocket.
The chance to steal another went away when Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored on a breakaway in overtime for a 2-1 win Tuesday night at SAP ...Read more
BOSTON -- Charlie Coyle, who grew up 25 minutes from Boston ("without traffic") in Weymouth, scored his first career goal against his hometown Bruins on Tuesday night.
As the former Bruins diehard celebrated the first of four-second period goals by the Wild, one would have thought the game was being played at Xcel Energy Center, not TD Garden. ...Read more
DETROIT -- A few nights ago, his coach pulled him aside and told him the goals would come.
Prophetically soon, it turned out.
Dylan Larkin scored his first goal of the season Tuesday and then added another because when puck luck strikes, scorers answer. That led the Detroit Red Wings to a fifth straight victory as they topped the Carolina ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers, dead in the water for most of the game, were thrown a life jacket by rookie left winger Travis Konecny on Tuesday night at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux scored the game-winner as the Flyers shocked the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in a shootout.
Giroux and Jake Voracek netted goals in the shootout, and...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby made his 2016-17 NHL debut and was one of three Penguins to notch their first goals of the season during a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins trailed 2-0 in the second period when Crosby scored on the power play. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr completed the comeback with goals ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Ah the memories.
There was Brian Elliott, who holds the Blues' record for shutouts, looking like he was heading for another. Troy Brouwer with a sharp pass to set up a goal by Dennis Wideman. A Tkachuk back on the ice.
All that, combined with a desultory effort from the home team, turned that into a night to forget for the Blues, ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Kris Versteeg scored the winner in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at the United Center.
Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell scored for the Hawks in regulation while Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan found the back of the net for the Flames.
Brian ...Read more
MONTREAL -- When the Canadiens stunningly dealt flashy P.K. Subban to Nashville for steady Shea Weber in June, Montreal fans acted with outrage.
Slowly, they seem to be accepting it.
A 5-0-1 start -- engineered by the 31-year-old Weber -- has something to do with it.
Weber scored Montreal's first goal and Brendan Gallagher tipped in the ...Read more