PITTSBURGH — Friday, it was not a nervous newcomer or the sleep-deprived first-time dad making critical mistakes on the blue line. It was Pittsburgh’s top three defenders.
Brian Dumoulin was flubbing passes left and right all night and when defending this season, has not looked like his normal self. A rough sequence by Kris Letang led to ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A mostly empty Xcel Energy Center wasn't all that was waiting for the Wild when they made their home debut Friday.
So was the team's first battle with adversity.
After a smooth start to the season during a 3-1 road trip through Southern California, the Wild's manpower was immediately tested with only 11 forwards in the ...Read more
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals and Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves for his first NHL victory, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their home opener Friday night at the United Center.
It was a big bounce-back for the Hawks, who lost four straight road games to start the season....Read more
The Devils faced the Islanders for the first of eight encounters this season, knowing full well that success against last season's Eastern Conference runner-ups will go a long way to show how well they can contend in the East Division. Riding high with at least a point in all three games thus far, the Devils were knocked down before the game by ...Read more
The Lightning know all too well how hard-fought their games against the Blue Jackets can be.
They know how difficult it can be to get an open look against Columbus, how the Blue Jackets are constantly pressuring the puck, how they can make a game chippy with their physicality, and how they can take away Tampa Bay’s skill advantage by making a...Read more
After an awful start, the Flyers seemed to find their game in the second period Thursday night at TD Garden, only to revert to their earlier form.
As a result, they blew a 2-0 third-period lead and ruined a milestone night for Jake Voracek, falling to the Boston Bruins, 5-4, in a shootout that was won on Jake DeBrusk’s goal.
With 4:42 ...Read more
ANAHEIM, CALIF. – The power play snapped out of its funk, more players contributed on offense, and goaltending has stabilized the entire operation.
After shrugging off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday at Honda Center, the Wild had plenty of reasons to crown its season-opening road trip a success – perhaps none more than the number of ...Read more
Tomas Hertl scored in the fourth round of the shootout to help give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, splitting the two-game series at Enterprise Center.
Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 23 saves in regulation time and overtime, and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout as the Sharks evened their record at 2-2-0.
Ryan ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — For the first time in four years, the Los Angeles Kings are winless three games into the season. Their latest defeat was their first in regulation, a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
Here are five takeaways from the team’s third game of the season:
—Another slow start
The Kings have ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers, rebounding from a one-sided defeat the previous night, continued a remarkable, underpublicized streak Tuesday night.
And they did it with a shortened bench because of injuries to defenseman Phil Myers and center Morgan Frost.
They got outstanding goaltending from Brian Elliott and goals from Travis Konecny, Jake ...Read more
DETROIT — Coach Jeff Blashill broke up the Red Wings' first line heading into Tuesday's game, but they played a big part still in the end.
Tyler Bertuzzi banked in a pass from Dylan Larkin just 15 seconds into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Columbus.
Larkin and Bertuzzi had a partial 2-on-1 rush, Larkin passed the puck, ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — After scoring the game-winning, overtime goal, Sidney Crosby skated to the corner of the rink and waited for the bench to clear … at least the ones who were healthy enough.
The Penguins trailed by two goals in the second period and found themselves down to just four healthy defensemen by the third period. But with special teams...Read more
The Florida Panthers knew they were going to face a desperate Chicago Blackhawks team on Tuesday. Chicago had lost its first three games to open the season and never led in any of those contests. The Panthers, anticipating a scrappy performance from the Blackhawks, knew they couldn’t get complacent.
They needed a third-period rally and a few ...Read more
NEW YORK - Any hopes of turning one dominant performance into a short winning streak were dashed for the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday.
They hung tough after it looked like the score might get away from them in the second period, but the Blueshirts ultimately fell victim to a 4-3 loss in their first meeting of the young season with ...Read more
ANAHEIM, CALIF. – A trip to Anaheim was the final stop on the Wild's second-half surge last year before the NHL was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, Honda Center is the backdrop for the Wild's first setback of this season.
Despite a near-perfect performance by goalie Cam Talbot, the Wild's offense came up empty-handed and the team...Read more
From the Flyers’ standpoint, perhaps the best thing to say about their clunker Monday night against Buffalo was this: At least they get a chance to redeem themselves when they meet the Sabres again on Tuesday.
Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar scored two goals apiece as the young, quicker Sabres chased goalie Carter Hart in the second period en ...Read more
Andrei Svechnikov is quickly racking up points this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, continuing to display his vast hockey potential.
Svechnikov scored for the third consecutive game and assisted on Sebastian Aho’s goal Monday as the Canes, behind goalie James Reimer, topped the Nashville Predators 4-2 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Logan Couture and Brent Burns both had three points Monday night but the San Jose Sharks couldn’t slow down Justin Faulk, Jordan Kyrou and the St. Louis Blues.
Faulk scored twice in the second period and Kyrou had the game-winner with 9:32 left in the third as the Blues handed the Sharks a 5-4 loss at Enterprise Center.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk ...Read more
DETROIT — It wasn’t the kind of start the Blue Jackets had in mind, but their finish showed a lot more fight, literally, on Monday afternoon at Little Caesar’s Arena.
Despite being outplayed for most of the first period and a few stretches in the second, the Jackets did to the Detroit Red Wings what the Nashville Predators had done to ...Read more
It took the Florida Panthers some time to get the offense going on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s to be expected when nearly half of the 20 players on the active roster for the first game of the season are new to the team and there were all of 11 practices and no preseason games to get acclimated with each others.
There ...Read more
- Blues come on strong to beat Avs in opener
- Wild debut new-look home season with 4-1 win against Sharks
- Penguins beat Rangers, 4-3 in shootout, after rocky start
- Blackhawks beat Red Wings, 4-1, for 1st win of season
- Devils stumble in third period, fall to Islanders for first regulation loss of season