Here's why Flyers are NHL's hottest team

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Even before they went on their current five-game winning streak, there were signs the Flyers were headed in a different direction that the sad-sack football team that plays across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

In losses to Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers, you see, the Flyers dominated the scoring chances but ran...Read more

Road-weary Hurricanes survive first 25 games

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If anything this season, the Carolina Hurricanes kept their luggage and passports handy through the first 25 games.

The game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning was just their 10th at PNC Arena. After three games this week on the West Coast, the Canes will have played 18 of the first 28 on the road.

"It has been an interesting schedule," ...Read more

The streak stops here as Flame crush Ducks, 8-3

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CALGARY, Alberta -- At some point, it had to end. All streaks eventually do.

The Anaheim Ducks still have their Honda Center streak over the Calgary Flames rolling, it's now at 24 games. But they also hadn't lost to them at all since Game 3 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals.

One six-minute flurry Sunday night allowed the Flames to ...Read more

Mikko Koivu's fifth career OT goal wins it for Wild in Edmonton, 2-1

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- With the Minnesota Wild in the midst of a weirdly scheduled five-game, 12-day trip with two days off before three of the games, the Wild has had to bide time on the road by eating out ... a lot, twiddling thumbs and staring at hotel room ceilings.

"It feels like we've been on the road a month," cracked Zach Parise.

Sunday ...Read more

Blackhawks drop second straight, lose to Jets, 2-1

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks dropped their second straight game after falling to the Jets 2-1 on Sunday at the United Center.

The Jets and Hawks were scoreless for most of the first two periods until the Jets got their first power play of the night following a hooking penalty on Patrick Kane.

Dustin Byfuglien set up center Bryan Little with a ...Read more

Simmonds scores twice as Flyers win fifth straight, defeat Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Playing in back-to-back games isn't supposed to bring out the best in a team, but you wouldn't know it by watching the Flyers.

Getting a pair of power-play goals Sunday night from Wayne Simmonds, they defeated Nashville at Bridgestone Arena, 4-2, giving them a 9-4-1 record in both ends of back-to-back games.

They are an ...Read more

Kings lose in shootout to Canadiens, 5-4

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings appeared to have the man coach Darryl Sutter called "the best goaltender in the world in any situation" at their mercy Sunday at Staples Center. They scored four times in the second period and built a one-goal lead over the Montreal Canadiens.

All that remained was to maintain their slim advantage, perhaps ...Read more

Danny DeKeyser lifts Red Wings to 4-3 win over Islanders in OT

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NEW YORK -- Danny DeKeyser roofed the puck and then raised his arms to celebrate with his Detroit Red Wings teammates.

On a night they saw two leads disappear the third one gratified all the more, as DeKeyser's blast secured a 4-3 overtime victory Sunday at Barclays Center against the New York Islanders.

Mike Green nearly had a hat trick but ...Read more

Di Giuseppe's OT goal gives Hurricanes 1-0 win over Lightning

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Sunday it was time for his team to "stop the bleeding."

Winless in three straight road games and facing another three on the West Coast in the coming week, the Canes badly needed a win on home ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canes got that win. Phil Di Giuseppe's goal at 1:26...Read more

Jonathan Toews out again, injury 'not getting better'

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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss his sixth consecutive game Sunday against the Jets because of a back injury.

What's concerning for the Hawks is that coach Joel Quenneville said Toews will not skate for the next three days because the injury is "not getting better," according to Quenneville.

"We'll keep him off the ice," Quenneville...Read more

Oilers edge Ducks, 3-2, in OT

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Working overtime continues to be a worthless exercise for the Anaheim Ducks.

Leon Draisaitl scored 3:16 into the extra session Saturday night to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory at Rogers Place, snapping the Ducks' three-game win streak.

In snapping a five-game losing streak to the Ducks, the Oilers (14-10-2) grabbed...Read more

Oilers captain Connor McDavid's mind as quick as his legs

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Troy Brouwer has played in Chicago, Washington and St. Louis, so he knows a thing or two about superstars.

He has played alongside Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa with the Blackhawks, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Capitals and Vladimir Tarasenko with the Blues.

So the Calgary Flames veteran ...Read more

Senators score two goals in 19-second span to top Panthers, 2-0

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KANATA, Ontario -- Florida Panthers newly anointed coach Tom Rowe said earlier Saturday that one reason for the coaching change was that he didn't feel some players, "were bringing it every night."

Rowe might've felt the same way for the first seven minutes of the opening period as the Ottawa Senators scored two unobstructed, doorstop goals in ...Read more

Blues' win streak snapped with 3-2 overtime loss to Jets

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues came into Saturday night's game with Winnipeg having the second most points in the league at home and with a six-game win streak at Scottrade Center, but none of the games in that run were easy. Four were by one goal, and most were still up for grabs in the final minute.

Saturday's game was another for the list as the ...Read more

Penguins battle back to defeat Red Wings, 5-3

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PITTSBURGH -- This Penguins team has proven capable of many things, and it did something noteworthy tonight.

It won its second game in a row.

Now, that might not sound like much, but the Penguins' 5-3 victory against Detroit at PPG Paints Arena marked the first time since Nov. 5-8 that they have recorded consecutive victories.

They did it on ...Read more

Blackhawks lose Crawford to emergency appendectomy, then fall to Flyers, 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA -- Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was scheduled to undergo an appendectomy at a hospital in Philadelphia after he became sick prior to the Hawks' 3-1 loss to the Flyers.

"Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. "He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a ...Read more

Sharks edge Habs, 2-1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney was denied on a breakaway by Carey Price in the second period of Friday's game against the Montreal Canadiens. A few minutes later, Price robbed Mikkel Boedker on a wraparound attempt, then stopped Tommy Wingels on another Sharks breakaway.

In other words, it was a good thing the Sharks ...Read more

Wild rally to tie before losing to Flames in shootout

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Whether the Calgary Flames were really making "mountains out of molehills" like Bruce Boudreau asserted or they had reason to still be prickly after Wild players chopped at Johnny Gaudreau like lumberjacks in the last meeting, it doesn't really matter.

Nothing transpired in response to some's belief that the Wild targeted ...Read more

Red Wings' Abdelkader out 2-4 weeks

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Just as all four lines for the Detroit Red Wings were showing chemistry, alterations will have to be made.

Forward Justin Abdelkader will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament, general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Friday. Abdelkader's absence leaves the Wings with just 12 forwards, and Holland said there might be ...Read more

Blackhawks' Toews placed on injured reserve but could return Sunday

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If this were the playoffs, Jonathan Toews said he might not have missed any time because of his injury.

But this isn't April or May. This is December, so the Hawks and Toews are taking time to make sure Toews is fully healthy before he returns. Toews will miss his fifth consecutive game Saturday because of the injury, which a source told the ...Read more