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Wild start strong, finish with nothing in 2-0 loss to Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Minnesota Wild could have played with an empty net for most of the first period.

Not until nearly 14 minutes had elapsed did the Canucks throw a puck at Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson, this after their first official attempt (which was blocked) clocked in just past the midway point of the period.

But that ...Read more

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Kraken's winless streak hits 6 games in tight 2-1 loss to New Jersey

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken put up a good fight as their winless streak hit six games, outshooting the New Jersey Devils 38-17. It wasn’t enough in a 2-1 regulation loss on Thursday night at Climate Pledge Arena.

There are parallels between the Kraken and Devils. Both teams had massive turnarounds after finishing in the bottom five of the ...Read more

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Flyers cool red-hot Coyotes for their third consecutive victory

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TEMPE, Ariz. ― The Coyotes may have been on a five-game heater, but it was the Flyers who were on fire at Mullett Arena on Thursday night.

Backed by a pair of goals from Travis Konecny, the Flyers topped the NHL’s hottest team, 4-1, for their third straight victory, and fourth game with at least a point.

If you turned your head to chat ...Read more

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Mistakes, sputtering power play cost Avalanche against Jets

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DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon is producing like one of the best players in the league, but it hasn’t been enough to prevent the Colorado Avalanche from hitting another lull before the holiday break.

Winnipeg took advantage of a couple of key mistakes and Connor Hellebuyck helped the Jets hang on Thursday night at Ball Arena for a 4-2 win, as ...Read more

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Sharks rally three times to spoil Patrick Kane's debut, defeat Red Wings in overtime

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DETROIT — Red Wings fans came to see Patrick Kane make his debut with the team, but were treated instead to one of the wackiest games they'll ever see.

And one that ended not the way the Wings wanted.

San Jose's Mikael Granlund scored 37 seconds into overtime, giving the Sharks a 6-5 victory. Granlund came down on a 2-on-0 rush and beat ...Read more

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Patrick Kane's addition bolsters Red Wings' already formidable depth

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DETROIT — There currently are quite a few reasons for Red Wings fans to be optimistic about this team.

But one major reason why the Wings could possibly end a seven-year playoff-drought is the depth in their lineup, which has helped them get off to a strong start.

They simply haven't had this depth over the past seven years. There's NHL-...Read more

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Bruins show up late and lose to Sabres, 3-1

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BOSTON — Despite their gaudy record and spot atop the Atlantic Division, the Bruins are not a team that can show up to a game a half hour late and steal a win.

They learned that lesson on Thursday night at TD Garden, when the previously struggling Buffalo Sabres took it to the B’s for the first half of the game and took home a well-deserved...Read more

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Knights bounce back with comeback win over the Blues

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The Golden Knights scored four times in the second period to rally from an early deficit and defeat the Blues 6-3 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, scoring in his fourth consecutive game, and former Blues forward Ivan Barbashev added two assists in the victory for the Knights (17-5-5)....Read more


Takeaways as Panthers' top line dominates in win over Stars

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers watched as their two-goal lead disappeared in the first four and a half minutes of the third period on Wednesday.

They didn’t have to wait long to get their lead back — and keep it — en route to a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars at Amerant Bank Arena.

Florida improved to 15-8-2 and snapped its three-...Read more

Penguins give another uninspiring performance, lose to Lightning, 3-1

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TAMPA, Fla. — When Penguins president of hockey operations Kyle Dubas sat down Tuesday in Tampa with broadcaster Josh Getzoff for his weekly radio show, Dubas said Wednesday would be critical of his floundering club.

Following a frustrating loss in Philadelphia, this game would “be instructive to how we dictate the course of where we go in ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon's big night helps depleted Avalanche hold off pesky Ducks

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The Colorado Avalanche lineup underwent its most drastic renovation of the season Tuesday night, but how the team prevailed looked pretty familiar as it snapped a season-long three-game skid.

Alexandar Georgiev was strong early, Nathan MacKinnon dominated and the Avalanche looked more like a dominant two-way club until a late hiccup in a 3-2 ...Read more

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Wild continue win streak with 5-2 victory over Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta — The jerseys haven't changed, and neither have the names on the back.

But if the Wild look like a completely different team from just 10 days ago, that's because they're playing like it.

They won a fourth straight game on Tuesday, dousing the Flames, 5-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome to remain undefeated since John Hynes took ...Read more

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Red Wings beat Sabres for fourth straight win, move into second in Atlantic race

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What looked to be a relatively easy evening for the Red Wings suddenly wasn't.

The Wings saw a big lead disappear Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y., but the Wings held on and defeated the Sabres, 5-3.

The Wings had a 4-1 lead entering the third period but saw the Sabres get within 4-3 on Casey Mittlestadt's goal at 8 minutes, 20 seconds of the third ...Read more

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Hertl nets hat trick, Eklund notches game-winner in OT as Sharks rally past Islanders, 5-4

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Tomas Hertl started an unlikely third-period rally for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

William Eklund finished it for the Sharks’ most stunning victory of the season.

Eklund scored with six seconds left in overtime as the Sharks beat the Islanders, 5-4, at at UBS Arena.

Hertl scored goals 1:41 apart late in ...Read more

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NHL finalizing plans to bring 2024 draft to the Sphere

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LAS VEGAS — The NHL is finalizing plans to hold the 2024 draft at the Sphere, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday.

Las Vegas is no stranger to hosting some of the league’s marquee events. The 2017 expansion draft, 2022 All-Star Game and a number of the NHL’s annual awards shows have been in town in recent years.

The Golden Knights ...Read more

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Lightning's Victor Hedman plays 1,000th NHL game, joins elite company

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TAMPA, Fla. — Time has flown by for Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

He remembers well the details of draft day in 2009 in Montreal, and his family being there when Tampa Bay selected him second overall. The franchise planned to team him with center Steven Stamkos, the top overall pick in the previous draft, as the building blocks of its ...Read more

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Blues win in overtime in Vegas thanks to Jordan Binnington, Pavel Buchnevich

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LAS VEGAS — Jordan Binnington made sure he was the best show in town on Monday night in Vegas.

During a 2-1 Blues overtime win over the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena, Binnington was the best player on the ice, making 34 saves to lead St. Louis past the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Alexey Toropchenko scored in the first period to ...Read more

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Sean Couturier scores winner in overtime to lead Flyers over Penguins, 2-1

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PHILADELPHIA — Let’s run it back.

After needing a shootout on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, the Flyers and Penguins again needed extra time to settle things.

And Flyers coach John Tortorella knew it would be a tough one. Sitting at the podium in Voorhees Monday morning, the bench boss stressed that the Flyers were not going to overthink ...Read more

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Kraken make late push but end road trip with another loss

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MONTREAL — An uncharacteristic, own-zone giveaway by Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak with two opposing players lurking right in front of him was the first sign of pending disaster.

Not only did that turnover immediately produce the first of two Monday night goals by Sean Monahan, but it also foreshadowed an uphill Kraken climb rife with ...Read more

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20 observations from an up-and-down but ultimately successful first quarter for the Avalanche

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The first quarter of the Colorado Avalanche’s season has felt like a three-act play.

Colorado ripped off six wins in a row to begin the season, but players and coach Jared Bednar kept warning everyone that improvements were needed. Then came five losses in seven games, four of which were by four-plus goals.

The final act has looked more like...Read more