Five questions for the Penguins to answer after the All-Star break

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PITTSBURGH -- After 50 games and about four straight months of hockey, it's time for the Penguins to take a break -- and a well-deserved one.

All-Star weekend and a bye week will give the team about 10 days of rest between games, the longest significant stretch away from the ice this season. While this off time isn't exactly the midpoint, it ...Read more

Wild head into break with 4-2 win against Red Wings

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild will spend their nine-day hiatus in between games out of a playoff spot but before their season paused for the NHL All-Star break and the ensuing bye week, the team moved a bit closer to a berth.

Now only five points separate the Wild from the second wild-card seed in the Western Conference after they shrugged off ...Read more

Did Gritty punch a 13-year-old boy in the back? Philadelphia detectives are investigating.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Greenwell took his boy Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center one night in November to meet the most famous person on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll: Gritty.

The Flyers had invited Greenwell and his 13-year-old son to get a photo and some face time with the fuzzy, googly-eyed mascot, all part of an exclusive event for season ...Read more

Blackhawks fall 4-3 to Joel Quenneville's Panthers as their 5-game win streak comes to an end

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks blew a chance to pull within one point of the final Western Conference wild-card spot on Tuesday when they gave up four second-period goals and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in Joel Quenneville's triumphant return to the United Center.

The Hawks' five-game win streak came to an end in their final game before the All-Star ...Read more

Flyers blank Penguins in final game before All-Star break

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PHILADELPHIA -- In the coming days, Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry will make the trek to St. Louis to play in his first-ever All-Star Game.

It's a well-deserved honor. Over the first 50 games of the season, Jarry became one of the NHL's unlikely leaders in save percentage and goals-against average. Along the way, his emergence was one of the ...Read more

Justin Williams scores twice as Hurricanes go into break with 4-1 win vs. Jets

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Teuvo Teravainen is headed to Finland. Sebastian Aho and Lucas Wallmark are going to the Bahamas, Warren Foegele to the Cayman Islands and Andrei Svechnikov to Mexico.

But before the NHL All-Star break, before their bye week, the Carolina Hurricanes had a game to play. And at times Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets, some of the...Read more

Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith get into heated scrap at Blackhawks morning skate

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CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith got into a prolonged scrap Tuesday just as the Blackhawks were starting their morning skate at the United Center.

It wasn't clear what precipitated the scrap or when it began, but with reporters in the stands, Toews and Keith began wrestling and had to be separated by assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank....Read more

Last-second deflection costs Wild in 5-4 loss to Panthers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before the Wild wraps up its pre-All-Star break schedule against the last-place Red Wings, it had to face a much stiffer test from a different Eastern Conference foe.

Not only do the Panthers have one of the best offenses in the NHL, but they've been on a roll of late -- winning eight of their previous 11 before descending on St....Read more

Flyers aim to pay back surging Pittsburgh Penguins in last game before NHL All-Star break

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PHILADELPHIA -- The rivalry might have lost some of its luster in recent years because of the Flyers' slippage, but it's still a major event whenever these teams meet.

And, to hear the Flyers talk, Tuesday's meeting at the Wells Fargo Center will be much different from the Pittsburgh Penguins' blowout win in October.

"We like to think we've ...Read more

Joel Quenneville's return to the United Center sends Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane down memory lane: 'You just didn't think things would ever change'

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane came within 5 minutes, 34 seconds of turning Tuesday night's Blackhawks-Panthers game into even more of a spectacle.

Joel Quenneville's return to the United Center with the Panthers has been the most anticipated regular-season game since the schedule was released in June. The game would have reached white-hot status if ...Read more

Patrick Kane joins Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Denis Savard as only Blackhawks to score 1,000 points in 5-2 win over the Jets

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane became the fourth player to score 1,000 points in a Blackhawks uniform when he hit the milestone in the third period of the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory -- their fifth straight -- over the Jets on Sunday night at the United Center.

Kane, 31, had an assist on Brandon Saad's goal to join Hall of Famers Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull ...Read more

Wild looks for rout to become springboard

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Muffing its lineup card before getting steamrolled on national television to continue a winless streak was a debacle that could have haunted the Wild.

But if there ever was a way to move that 7-3 mess Tuesday in Pittsburgh to the back seat, the team might have discovered it Saturday.

By dominating the Stars 7-0, the Wild posted ...Read more

Williams returns for Canes, scores winning goal in shootout to beat Islanders

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin William was nervous, a lot more than he expected. He admitted it. This one was different.

For the first time since last May, Williams was back in the Carolina Hurricanes' lineup Sunday, back on the ice before a sellout crowd at PNC Arena, competing, trying to win a tough hockey game.

And then doing it, dramatically. In ...Read more

For the Sharks, when's the right time to start playing the kids?

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VANCOUVER -- Joe Thornton skated through the neutral zone and caught up to Brandon Sutter before he delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder check that laid out the Vancouver Canucks forward. Sutter then skated across the ice back toward Thornton, only to receive a short left hand to the face for his troubles.

It all took place at the end of a ...Read more

Penguins deliver 4-3 win against Boston Bruins

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PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby had two beautiful assists, Matt Murray settled down after a shaky start, and the Penguins rallied from three goals down to secure a satisfying 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins took the lead with 7:25 left in the third period. Malkin barreled into Bruins blue-liner ...Read more

'Alphabet Soup Line' spells victory for Flyers, who need to sustain desperation level over final 2-plus months

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PHILADELPHIA -- How tight is the race for the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots?

Heading into Sunday, just two points separated the four teams battling for those positions. That means those teams, including the Flyers, need to be playing with lots of desperation over the final two-plus months.

After a rather listless loss to visiting ...Read more

San Jose Sharks end road trip with barely a whimper

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Bob Boughner wanted the San Jose Sharks to empty their tanks in their last game before they begin their bye week.

Instead, the Sharks put forth another dismal offensive display, with Aaron Dell's performance the only reason Saturday's game with the Vancouver Canucks didn't get completely out of hand.

Dell ...Read more

Rested Wild blow out Stars, 7-0

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Improved play has led to better results for the Wild after a 1-5-1 skid stirred flashbacks to the team's season-opening rut.

But there may be another catalyst behind the Wild's recent rebound: Rest.

After coach Bruce Boudreau called off practice Wednesday to give players a break from hockey, the Wild returned rejuvenated to ...Read more

Konecny, van Riemsdyk lead Flyers to 4-1 win over the Kings

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PHILADELPHIA -- Right after he scored his second goal of the night, Travis Konecny looked at James van Riemsdyk and yelled, "What a pass!"

It sure was.

Konecny and van Riemsdyk hooked up for the Flyers' first two goals, made Alain Vigneault look like a genius, and led the way in a 4-1 win over the limping Kings.

Joel Farabee scored for the ...Read more

Toews, Kubalik each score twice in surging Blackhawks' 6-2 victory against Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- Blackhawks fans not only will have a chance to see Patrick Kane pick up his 1,000th career point Sunday at the United Center, they'll welcome home the NHL's hottest team.

Drake Caggiula scored 21 seconds into the game, Jonathan Toews had two goals and two assists and Brandon Saad scored in his first game back after missing a month ...Read more