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Avs wallop unrecognizable Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0, without Cale Makar, out with lower-body injury

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DENVER — The Chicago Blackhawks look unrecognizable, even from the team that delivered a gut check to Colorado’s season in January. The Avalanche have looked unbeatable since then.

Against a shell of the Blackhawks’ former selves, the Avs sailed to a 5-0 win Monday night at Ball Arena behind Alexandar Georgiev’s 26-save shutout, his ...Read more

Penguins befuddled by journeyman Senators netminder in tight loss to Ottawa

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PITTSBURGH — Dominik Hasek wasn’t in net for the Senators Monday evening, but he may as well have been.

The Penguins failed to figure out journeyman netminder Dylan Ferguson, who was making his first career NHL start, for 55 minutes of play. Rickard Rakell finally solved Ferguson’s riddle on the Penguins’ last 48 shots with five minutes...Read more

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Aleksander Barkov sets Panthers' all-time points record as Florida retakes playoff spot

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The greatest player in Florida Panthers history now has statistical validation to go along with his reputation: Aleksander Barkov is the franchise’s all-time points leader and his record-setting assist teed up the game-winning goal in another huge victory.

The All-Star center set a new club record with 614 points Monday, taking sole ...Read more

Ron Cook: Fenway Sports Group needs Mario Lemieux to be involved with Penguins

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PITTSBURGH — No team in any sport celebrates the return of its conquering heroes better than the Penguins. The night would-be pugilist Marc-Andre Fleury came back to PPG Paints Arena with the Vegas Golden Knights was one of the most fun nights in Pittsburgh sports history. So was the night quirky Phil Kessel returned with the Arizona Coyotes. ...Read more

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Second period sinks Lightning in loss at home to Devils

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TAMPA, Fla. — The second period has given the Lightning trouble at times this season, and on Sunday night, the middle 20 minutes of regulation sapped their momentum.

In their third meeting with New Jersey in six days, the Lightning scored the first two goals of the game, but after Alex Killorn scored at the 6:30 mark in the second, the Devils...Read more

Blues shut out Jets for fourth win in last six games

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues might as well be an expiration date, because they’re spoiling things.

Two days after beating playoff hopeful Washington, the Blues handed Western Conference bubble team Winnipeg a 3-0 loss at Enterprise Center on Sunday night. The Blues have won consecutive games for the second time in the last 10 days after losing ...Read more

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Jack Eichel's hat trick powers Golden Knights in rout

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LAS VEGAS — Center Jack Eichel recorded his second hat trick of the season, and the Golden Knights defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The hat trick was Eichel’s fourth of his career and powered the Knights to their fifth win in six games.

Rookie goaltender Jiri Patera made 35 saves to win his second NHL ...Read more

Wild bounce back from rare loss with 5-3 victory over Capitals

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Wild quickly hit the reset button after having their franchise-record 14-game point streak snapped earlier this weekend, holding off the Capitals 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center while getting three regulars back in their lineup.

Matt Boldy scored a hat trick, twice converting off two setups from linemate Marcus...Read more

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Bruins steamroll Sabres for third straight win

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The Boston Bruins, as you’ve come to know and love them this season, are back.

The B’s delivered an early knockout punch to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at KeyBank center and cruised to a 7-0 victory, their third straight to clinch a winning record on their five-game road trip after dropping the first two to lesser opponents in Detroit and ...Read more

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Brandon Hagel remains hot as Lightning rally to beat Canadiens

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning opened Saturday night honoring the franchise’s founding father and two key players from their first Stanley Cup team.

In a pregame ceremony, the new home of the Lightning Hall of Fame was unveiled with Phil Esposito, Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier’s names etched on the upper deck facade below the press ...Read more

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Tyson Foerster scores his first NHL goal but Flyers fall to Hurricanes, 5-4 in overtime

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PHILADELPHIA — On Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers took a swig from the fountain of youth, as the future of the franchise flaunted their talents against the Carolina Hurricanes. Apparently, it wasn’t big enough of a gulp.

Three of the Flyers’ four goal scorers in their 5-4 overtime loss to the Hurricanes were 24 years ...Read more

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'Comeback Cats' strike back! Panthers rally past Devils to take control of playoff destiny

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Matthew Tkachuk whirled around in search of someone to celebrate with. His goal — a beautiful masterclass of stick work and finesse around the crease — had punctuated a rapid-fire comeback for the Florida Panthers and pulled them from the verge of a potentially frustrating loss to the New Jersey Devils to the brink of a ...Read more

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Kraken lose Philipp Grubauer to illness, drop key divisional matchup to Evander Kane, Oilers

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SEATTLE — The Kraken’s latest high-scoring game against the Edmonton Oilers at Climate Pledge Arena had some goaltender drama mixed in.

Seattle starter Philipp Grubauer headed down the tunnel during a media timeout midway through the game after allowing three goals on 10 shots. The team later clarified he was doubtful to return due to a non...Read more

Sharks' James Reimer won't wear Pride-themed warmup jersey, saying it runs counter to religious beliefs

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — James Reimer will not participate in the San Jose Sharks’ pregame warmups Saturday, saying the Pride-themed jerseys team members are planning to wear to show support of the LGBTQIA+ community runs counter to his personal religious convictions.

Reimer, a devout Christian who is in his 13th season as an NHL goalie, said he ...Read more

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Stanley Cup champion Avalanche toy with Red Wings en route to 5-1 victory

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DETROIT — There remains a sizeble talent gap between the Red Wings and Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche used productive afternoons from many of their stars Saturday in defeating the Red Wings, 5-1, at Little Caesars Arena.

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Mikko Rantanen scored his 46th goal, Cale ...Read more

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Bruins look like their old selves in 5-2 win over Wild

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After baby-stepping their way back to their identity with their victory in Winnipeg on Thursday, the Bruins took a giant step on Saturday.

Facing a Minnesota Wild team that had not lost in regulation in 14 games and was a point out of first place in the Central Division, the Bruins were the better team in an entertaining, playoff-favored ...Read more

Max Jones' breakaway goal propels Ducks past Blue Jackets

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks against the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets happened to be the last game on Friday night’s NHL schedule, fittingly.

There is considerable intrigue about the battle for last place with Connor Bedard as the draft lottery prize. While the dash to the basement has a certain ring to it, for some teams, it’s...Read more

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Owen Tippett's hat trick carries Flyers to 5-2 win over Sabres

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PHILADELPHIA — Owen Tippett took control of the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, leading his team to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres with his first career hat trick.

Things could have gone south for the Flyers when they went on the penalty kill early against the league’s fourth-best power play. Tippett, a new face on the unit, helped ...Read more

With Joel Hofer in goal, Blues turn back Capitals, 5-2

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WASHINGTON – You’re going to see a lot more of Joel Hofer next season and in the future. The 22-year-old from Winnipeg has been grooming his game for the past couple of years with the Springfield Thunderbirds.

It usually takes goalies a little longer to marinate than forwards or defensemen, but Hofer appears ready for the big leagues.

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Vince Dunn extends club-record points streak to give Kraken win in OT

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — It wasn’t lost on any of the supposed 11,000 or so fans still bothering to show up for games here that the home team hadn’t won in this building since the last time the Seattle Kraken visited.

That the visit in question to SAP Center was nearly four weeks ago explained the Kraken badly wanting to secure two valuable ...Read more