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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, raised by a nurse, holds special spot for health care workers

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan will always remember the night he found his mother, Myrna, on the back deck wearing slippers and a nightgown — and wielding a hammer.

She had asked Mike and his high school buddies to tear down the old deck at their home in the coastal community of Marshfield, Mass., and build a new one. But when summer jobs and ...Read more

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Blackhawks rally late in regulation, beat Hurricanes in overtime

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes played their last home game of the regular season Thursday.

They’ll soon be back, and for much bigger games.

The Canes closed out their home schedule in this condensed season, facing the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time this week. For the first time this week, the Blackhawks won 2-1, getting an ...Read more

NJ Devils top Islanders, former teammates Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri

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For as many unusual games and moments as the Devils have experienced in 2021, Thursday night's contest was the one that players and coaches unanimously dubbed "weird."

New Jersey once again took the ice with Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, albeit this time as opponents. The two former Devils started for the Islanders in a 2-1 New Jersey win at ...Read more

Jeff Carter scores four goals as first-place Penguins power past Sabres

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PITTSBURGH — Last month, the Penguins acquired Jeff Carter, a two-time Cup-winner, in the hopes that he would bury big goals as they made a push toward another title.

They probably didn’t have Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, a last-place team playing out the string late in the regular season, in mind. But Carter’s four goals...Read more

Panthers getting healthy, feeling refreshed with Stanley Cup playoff run on horizon

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SUNRISE, Fla. — As the Florida Panthers get prepared to begin a Stanley Cup playoff run with a postseason spot already clinched, a four-day break between games has come at a beneficial time.

Taking two days off following Monday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars, the Panthers were back at practice on Thursday morning at BB&T Center, ...Read more

Carlos Monarrez: Why NHL deserves all the blame for embarrassing, disgusting Capitals-Rangers brawls

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DETROIT — It was disgusting and it nearly made me sick.

In today’s NHL there should be no room for the kind of wanton violence we witnessed in Wednesday night’s Washington Capitals-New York Rangers game that was shown nationally on NBCSN.

And it’s all the fault of league officials, and specifically of George Parros, a one-time enforcer...Read more

Rangers fined $250K for calling for NHL exec's firing

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NEW YORK — In a series of events familiar to Knicks fans, the Rangers have turned what would have been a forgettable news cycle into a complete self-immolation.

After the Capitals’ Tom Wilson was slapped on the wrist for cheap shots on two Rangers, the team put out a statement calling for NHL Head of Player Safety George Parros to be fired....Read more

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Erik Karlsson's goal caps comeback as Sharks beat Colorado Avalanche

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – After losing twice by one goal to Colorado in recent days, the Sharks finally had a close game against the Avalanche go their way Wednesday night.

Erik Karlsson’s third-period power-play goal capped a Sharks’ comeback as they erased a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 win over the Avalanche at SAP Center.

Tomas Hertl had ...Read more

Blues can't clinch playoff spot, fall in shootout to Ducks, 3-2

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ST. LOUIS — A playoff spot for the Blues is pretty much inevitable. The combination of results to keep it from happening is pretty remote. So maybe for old times’ sake, the Blues revisited those days when they had trouble doing the simple things.

Against an Anaheim team long since eliminated from the playoff race but which has been throwing...Read more

Blue Jackets overcome two deficits to beat Predators, 4-2

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It may have been the longest shift the Blue Jackets had in the offensive zone all night.

Center Jack Roslovic and his linemates, Mikhail Grigorenko and Emil Bemstrom, alongside defensemen Mikko Lehtonen and Vladislav Gavrikov, strung together an extended shift late in the third period with the game tied at two goals apiece and kept the pressure...Read more

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Kirill Kaprizov's two quick goals force overtime, but Wild fall to Golden Knights, 3-2

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rivalries are usually built in the playoffs, but the Wild and Golden Knights started laying the groundwork in their last regular-season clash before a potential first-round series.

The bad blood drew real blood, a chippy slugfest that eventually turned into yet another third-period rally for the Wild that fizzled 3-2 in ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Surprises galore as Penguins wrap up stellar regular season

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Like many, I had the Penguins pegged as a borderline playoff team, largely because of the stiff competition in the rugged NHL East Division.

If you’d have told me they would lose important players left and right, including Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin, Kasperi Kapanen, Brandon Tanev and Jason Zucker for nearly 100 games combined — and that...Read more

Lightning come through late with 6-2 win over Stars

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TAMPA, Fla. — With the regular season winding down and their spot in the playoffs already clinched, the Lightning still have something to play for.

While the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes get closer to clinching first place in the Central Division, the Lightning can still earn first-round home-ice advantage against their likely opponent, the ...Read more

Penguins survive slugfest, end season series vs. the Flyers with a win

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PHILADELPHIA — The Penguins escaped Wells Fargo Center with a win Tuesday and have to be thrilled that they aren’t coming back to this place for a while.

The Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention last week but had no problem getting up for another showdown with their Keystone State rivals. In a snarling end to the ...Read more

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Svechnikov, Niederreiter lead Hurricanes past Blackhawks 6-3

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It’s hard holding back the Carolina Hurricanes.

Even when they’re not always at their best, they’ve often found ways to win this season and did it again Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice as the Canes shook off an awful first period with some determined play over the final 40...Read more

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Blow up the Flyers' roster? Not necessary, says Dave Scott, the team's chairman.

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Dave Scott, the Flyers’ chairman, understands the fans’ grief over an underachieving season that has turned miserable.

He shares their frustration.

“I feel for our fans. I mean, it’s a sad situation,” he said in an interview Monday. “I’m angry. I’m frustrated. Everyone keeps saying they’re disappointed, and it’s beyond ...Read more

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Sharks blow lead, lose to Avalanche in OT as playoff hopes officially end

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sharks failed to keep their razor-thin playoff hopes alive for at least one more game.

Andre Burakovsky scored at the 41-second mark of overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Sharks at SAP Center, officially eliminating San Jose from playoff contention.

Up by two goals in the third period, the ...Read more

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Late goals by Jonas Brodin, Kirill Kaprizov catapult Wild past Vegas 6-5

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If the latest installment of Wild vs. Golden Knights was a potential playoff preview, the series will be entertaining.

And a goal scorer's paradise.

Offense outpaced defense, and the Wild ended up having enough fuel — powering past Vegas 6-5 in front of 3,000 at Xcel Energy Center thanks to not one but two goals in the final two minutes of ...Read more

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Emil Bemstrom's first career hat trick not enough for Blue Jackets in OT

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It ended the way too many Blue Jackets’ games have concluded this season.

Despite Emil Bemstrom’s first career hat trick helping them overcome a 3-0 deficit in the third period, a victory wasn’t in the cards Monday night at Nationwide Arena. Rather than Bemstrom scoring a fourth goal to lift Columbus to victory, the Nashville Predators ...Read more

Devils shut out by Boston as Bruins clinch playoff spot

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A three-game winning streak had the Devils feeling good entering the final week of the regular season. The Devils have been able to figure out the Boston Bruins all season long, but that luck ran out in the penultimate meeting between the two teams this season.

Boston's 3-0 win over the Devils was the first regulation win by the Bruins in seven...Read more