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Anze Kopitar has hat trick, Tanner Pearson scores in overtime in Kings' 5-4 win over Rangers

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NEW YORK -- The goalie who returned from the abyss. The usually reliable star player who struggled in his last game and responded with a hat trick. Or the youngster who had been a healthy scratch the last two games getting the winner in overtime.

Yes, the Los Angeles Kings had three compelling story lines working together Friday night, ...Read more

Penguins beat Hurricanes in shootout, 2-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kris Letang scored in the third round of a shootout to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory against Carolina at PNC Arena Friday.

Letang stuck a backhander past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward and under the crossbar after teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had failed to score in the first two rounds.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre ...Read more

Blues' offense comes together in 5-3 victory vs. Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Blues put aside growing concern about their offense for one night, chasing Vezina Trophy candidate Robert Luongo out of the Florida crease in a 5-3 victory over the Panthers Friday at the BB&T Center.

The Blues had been held to one goal or fewer in five of their last six games, but scored five-plus goals for just the fourth...Read more

Avalanche outlast Red Wings in shootout, 3-2

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DETROIT -- The Red Wings lost in a shootout despite a dominating performance at home.

They skated off Friday at Joe Louis Arena with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche despite a 45-21 edge in shots.

The Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk scored with a forehand shot in the second round. But the Avalanche responded with shootout conversions ...Read more

Don't wish too much for union of Blackhawks' Toews, Kane

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Coach Joel Quenneville's offense had not scored a goal in more than six periods as the Blackhawks went into the locker room down four to the Stars at the second intermission Thursday.

Fed up with the kind of chances the Blackhawks were generating, Quenneville decided to push the button on his nuclear option -- putting Jonathan Toews and Patrick...Read more

Kings put up little fight in loss to Islanders

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NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings' sudden goal-scoring acumen and signature disciplined structure apparently didn't make the short trip from Boston.

They scored nine goals only two days ago against the Boston Bruins. But they came up short Thursday night in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center and equally short in trying to ...Read more

Sharks make big comeback but fall in shootout

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--The San Jose Sharks followed their most ghastly start to a game this season with their most inspired comeback.

But that was quickly followed by an overwhelming feeling of frustration.

After a wild 60 minutes of regulation time and an even more unpredictable overtime, the Sharks fell in the shootout for a 6-5 loss to the ...Read more

Ovechkin's hat trick lifts Capitals to 4-3 win over Wild

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When you're good, you're good, and the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin are darn good.

Behind three second-period goals by the three-time Hart Trophy winner and five-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner, Ovechkin propelled back into the NHL goal scoring lead by helping to beat the Wild 4-3 Thursday night.

The Capitals won...Read more

Stars get to hot start, defeat Blackhawks, 4-2

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CHICAGO -- Coming off a shutout loss, and against a big opponent like the Stars, you might have figured the Blackhawks would have some motivation at the start of Thursday night's game at the United Center. But they looked lifeless as the Stars raced out to a 4-0 in the first period en route to a 4-2 victory behind the play of an unlikely hero.

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Ducks let lead get away in third period, fall in shootout to Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each scored in the shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third to beat the Ducks, 4-3, on Thursday night.

Atkinson and Wennberg took the first two shots and got them through Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen while Blue Jackets rookie goalie Joonas ...Read more

Umberger scores goal in Flyers' 5-1 rout of Sabres

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' offense, sleepy for most of the season, awakened Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, and the surge was triggered by -- surprise -- R.J. Umberger.

But the veteran winger had company as the Flyers routed the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1, and moved to within four points of a wild-card spot.

The Flyers scored four second-...Read more

City, Blackhawks believe 2017 NHL draft will draw worldwide attention

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The Second City is becoming No. 1 when it comes to being the host for pro drafts.

Already the site for the NFL draft last season and this year, Chicago will be host to the 2017 NHL draft at the United Center, the league announced Thursday.

The Blackhawks have been the centerpiece of the NHL with three Stanley Cups in the last six seasons and ...Read more

Blackhawks coach Quenneville: NHL said controversial goal should have counted

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When Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville cooled down after abruptly exiting his postgame news conference Tuesday, the team and the NHL had a talk regarding the goal from winger Brandon Mashinter that officials waved off because of goaltender interference.

It turned out the league agreed with Quenneville. It was the second goal the Hawks had waved...Read more

Red Wings' DeKeyser 'all good' after knee scare

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The Detroit Red Wings appear to have caught a break with their latest injury on defense.

Danny DeKeyser left in the third period of Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators after getting hit in the right knee by Dion Phaneuf's slap shot. DeKeyser immediately dropped to the ice and had to be helped off. He returned after about 10 minutes...Read more

Red Wings announce Joe Louis Arena farewell plans

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The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday announced a "Farewell Season at The Joe" campaign to celebrate their final NHL season at Joe Louis Arena (2016-17). The team plans to move into a new building in the fall of 2017.

A commemorative logo will be worn on all Red Wings uniforms next season. As a "subtle" reminder of the team's success at the venue, ...Read more

Mrazek, penalty kills come through for Red Wings, defeat Senators

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DETROIT -- The penalty killers came through in spades as the Detroit Red Wings won another tight game.

They claimed a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena to move into second place in the Atlantic Division. Petr Mrazek made 22 saves as the Wings won a third straight game.

Danny DeKeyser scored his seventh ...Read more

Here's why NHL interference review system made Joel Quenneville so angry

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When Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville walked out of his postgame news conference Tuesday after his team's 2-0 loss to the Sharks, it seemed like an impromptu outburst.

But in throwing his hands up and leaving the United Center press room, perhaps Quenneville wanted to draw as much attention as possible to why he was so upset -- the new coach's...Read more

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