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NJ Devils pummeled by NY Rangers as losing skid continues

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Chris Kreider has turned the tide in the Hudson River Rivalry.

Kreider scored a natural hat trick on Thursday night to lift the Rangers past the Devils, 6-1, at Prudential Center.

The Devils unraveled in the final two periods, allowing six unanswered goals. It was a complete reversal from earlier in the season when the Devils won both meetings...Read more

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Giroux goal gives Flyers 4-3 comeback victory over Penguins

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Claude Giroux scored with a little more than two minutes left Thursday night, and the visiting Flyers erased an early deficit to beat the Penguins, 4-3.

It’s a huge two points that didn’t look likely after the Flyers allowed three goals in the first four minutes.

Giroux came in without a goal in his last nine games. He scored the Flyers’...Read more

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Lightning beat Blackhawks on Hedman's overtime goal

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Victor Hedman gave the Lightning a 3-2 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday at the United Center, beating the overtime buzzer with a goal with 0.1 seconds remaining.

The Lightning’s sixth straight win also marked their first after trailing after two periods.

Hedman finished a wide-open overtime session of 3-on-3 hockey that ...Read more

Hurricanes treat fans to 5-2 win over Red Wings

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RALEIGH, N.C. — There were no tailgates outside PNC Arena on Thursday. But there were fans in the building for the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time this season, making for a memorable night.

There was noise. There was energy. There was life, a sense of some normalcy during the pandemic. Masks were mandatory, the excitement level ...Read more

Penguins 'should not have altered' photo of masked fans at PPG Paints Arena

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PITTSBURGH — A thank you note to Penguins supporters stirred up controversy on Twitter this week, when it was revealed a member of the club's social media staff altered the photo to make it look like three individuals were wearing masks correctly.

Following Tuesday's game, the first of the 2021 season with live spectators at PPG Paints Arena,...Read more

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Vegas completes 2-game sweep, beating Wild 5-1

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LAS VEGAS – The Wild might have picked up some respect from their two-game stop in Vegas, with the Golden Knights heaping praise on their opponent – even predicting the Wild will be playoff-bound.

But the team didn't earn much more than that.

In fact, it fell further behind Vegas for the top spot in the West Division after getting clipped ...Read more

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Kings can't overcome second-period surge by Arizona Coyotes in loss

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Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz scored power-play goals in the second period, and Antti Raanta made 40 saves in the Arizona Coyotes’ 3-2 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night.

Johan Larsson scored 13 seconds after Schmaltz’s goal, and the Coyotes snapped a two-game skid by hanging on in the final minute of their only road game in a 27-...Read more

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San Jose Sharks' offense dries up in loss to Colorado Avalanche

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SAN JOSE, Calif — Two days after scoring six goals against the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks on Wednesday couldn’t find a way to get a single shot past against Philipp Grubauer.

The Sharks were held to 16 shots through the first two periods and were shut out by Grubauer and the Avalanche in a 4-0 loss at SAP Center, as the two teams split ...Read more

Blues power (play) their way past Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Through thick and thin, the Honda Center has been a friendly port in recent seasons for Blues hockey. That was the case once again Wednesday with the Blues winning their eighth straight at Anaheim, 3-2, with all three goals coming on the power play.

The bad news is that the Blues don’t play at the Honda Center again this ...Read more

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Sidney Crosby-less Penguins whip Flyers, 5-2

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No Sidney Crosby. No problem for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite missing their superstar center Tuesday night, the Penguins defeated the Flyers, 5-2, in their first home game with fans in about a year.

Kasperi Kapanen scored a pair of goals as the Penguins ended the Flyers’ three-game winning streak.

Crosby was placed on the league’s ...Read more

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Hurricanes end road trip with 4-2 victory against Predators

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Steven Lorentz is one of those guys who always seems to be smiling, and his smile got a little wider Tuesday.

The rookie center scored the first goal of his NHL career as the Carolina Hurricanes held on in the third period to edge the Nashville Predators, 4-2, at Bridgestone Arena to close their road trip with three straight wins.

Sebastian ...Read more

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Lightning blank Stars for third shutout in past four games

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TAMPA, Fla. — In the absence of playmaking forward Nikita Kucherov, the Lightning power play has been a work in progress. But after some tinkering and early-season struggles, they seem to have the right players in the right spot.

That includes placing forward Ondrej Palat in the right circle. His team-high sixth power-play goal of the season ...Read more

Boosted by fans, Blue Jackets breeze past Red Wings to end 5-game losing streak

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets had their 5th Line in attendance at Nationwide Arena.

For one of the few times this season, their other four lines also showed up.

The Blue Jackets made their first home game with fans a successful one, ending a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over visiting...Read more

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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has confidence coach John Tortorella can turn season around

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t an absolute vote of confidence that John Tortorella will finish this season as the Blue Jackets’ head coach, but it was really close.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen arranged a videoconference Tuesday to address a bubbling cauldron of commentary regarding his team’s five-game slide, potentially ...Read more

Sidney Crosby placed on COVID-19 list ahead of Penguins' game against Flyers

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PITTSBURGH — For the first time in nearly a year, a small percentage of fans will be back at PPG Paints Arena for a Tuesday night rivalry game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sidney Crosby will not.

The Penguins captain will be placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list, coach Mike Sullivan said on Tuesday afternoon. Crosby will not play ...Read more

Wild give up 2-goal lead in 3rd period, fall to Vegas 5-4 in overtime

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LAS VEGAS — The Wild entertained their biggest crowd of the season Monday, with Vegas hosting 2,605 fans for the first time this season.

And the Wild came close to spoiling the show for the hometown supporters.

After overcoming a two-goal deficit in the third period, the Golden Knights completed their comeback 5-4 in overtime at T-Mobile ...Read more

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Big third period leads San Jose Sharks past Colorado Avalanche

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So‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌what‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌like‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sharks‌ ‌not‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌sweat‌ ‌out‌ ‌another‌ ‌close‌ ‌game.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Sharks‌ ‌scored‌ ‌six‌ ‌unanswered‌ ‌goals,‌ ‌including‌ ‌four in‌ ‌an‌ ‌impressive‌ ‌third‌ ‌period,‌...Read more

Ducks' late rally falls short against Blues

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Dakota Joshua scored in his NHL debut and Zach Sanford got two goals in the St. Louis Blues’ 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Jordan Kyrou and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who won for the second time in five games. Ville Husso made 29 saves for St. Louis in the same arena where he earned his first NHL victory on ...Read more

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The Panthers fall against Hurricanes again and now face a tough five-game road trip

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The first two games in this eight-game season series between the Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes both went to overtime so, it only figures the third one would as well.

The Panthers probably just wish Martin Necas would take the extra time off.

On Saturday, Necas beat the Panthers with his fifth-round shootout goal. Monday, he scored with 3:01...Read more

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Ron Cook: Mike Sullivan has plenty of reasons to be angry

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Mike Sullivan was in no mood Sunday night to discuss the Penguins’ many shortcomings in their 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Each of his answers to five questions was brief and terse. He was more perturbed than he has been all season. He had plenty of reasons to be angry.

Evgeni Malkin was much more forthcoming about how the Penguins ...Read more