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

Blues get goals late, beat Sabres 2-1

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Blues got center Paul Stastny back on Monday, solving one problem, but the Blues still needed to find goals without him.

The Blues, even with their top line of Stastny, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko reunited, trailed 1-0 going into the third period, where they scored twice and pulled out a 2-1 win over the Sabres ...Read more

Patrick Kane remains controversial in midst of MVP-caliber season

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- In each city the Chicago Blackhawks visit, Patrick Kane knows the drill as the local media will question him after the Hawks' morning skate.

And Friday in Calgary, Kane was alone at his locker, awaiting the swarm of reporters who would enter -- just as he did two days before in Edmonton.

Kane got a reprieve ...Read more

Column: 3-on-3 no showcase for NHL's best

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CHICAGO -- There's no way to save the NHL All-Star Game, and the NHL just announced a new way to prove it.

Hockey is speed versus muscle. Hockey is mastering hand-eye coordination -- hand-eye-stick-skate coordination -- in the face of absorbing punishing to your face and other assorted body parts.

But the NHL All-Star Game has nothing to do ...Read more

Sharks snare sixth straight by knocking off Columbus to complete perfect trip

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The San Jose Sharks found a final reservoir of energy in the third period Sunday, scoring three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to earn a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and complete a perfect 6-0 road trip.

Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon all scored 7:02 apart in the third period to complete a ...Read more

Kings show a lack of discipline in 4-3 loss to Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Captains are adept at reading the shifting moods of the dressing room, of their teammates.

Of course, you don't have to hold a degree in behavioral psychology after the Los Angeles Kings fell behind by three goals, took a rash of undisciplined penalties and ultimately lost, 4-3, to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at...Read more

Hurricanes end winless streak with 4-3 victory over Kings

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was just the kind of game the Carolina Hurricanes have been unable to win of late.

The Canes had the lead, then saw it slipping away. A lot of the third period was played in their defensive zone, the Canes whacking at pucks, relying on their goalie, trying to hold on.

But the Hurricanes held on Sunday. They topped the Los ...Read more

Red Wings edge Blues in OT, 4-3

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ST. LOUIS--Vladimir Tarasenko had scored a dozen goals this season before he skated through the slot with time winding down in the Blues' Saturday night date with the Detroit Red Wings.

He celebrated none more animatedly than No. 13.

On Tararsenko's patented play, in which he glides above the traffic until he finds a shooting lane, he found a ...Read more

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