Couture gives Sharks dramatic OT win over Golden Knights

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks' game Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights provided the type of atmosphere normally associated with the NHL playoffs.

Logan Couture made sure the sold-out crowd at SAP Center went home happy.

Couture kept the puck on a rush up the ice with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, cut to the middle and beat goalie ...Read more

Anze Kopitar scores four goals in Kings' 7-1 victory over Avalanche

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DENVER -- Audible sounds of appreciation descended onto the ice, as if Pepsi Center the crowd couldn't believe what was happening.

It was a superb display by a Hart Trophy candidate. He took over the game. He celebrated. He smiled. It was a legacy performance, one of the greatest statement games in the NHL this season.

Anze Kopitar scored four...Read more

Blackhawks hit new low with 5-2 loss to last-place Canucks

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CHICAGO -- Thursday night at the United Center wasn't 2009 or 2010 or 2011.

Sure, Patrick Sharp was on the top line for the Blackhawks with Patrick Kane, but there was no Jonathan Toews, who will miss the next few games with an upper-body injury.

The Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik, were present in Canucks sweaters, along with Alexander ...Read more

Hurricanes rally to beat Coyotes, 6-5, despite fluke goal

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Just when the Carolina Hurricanes believed things couldn't get any more bizarre this season ... it did.

The Hurricanes gave up one of the most unusual goals imaginable, but surged past the Arizona Coyotes, 6-5, on Thursday at PNC Arena as Jeff Skinner and rookie Valentin Zykov each had a pair of goals.

Skinner's second goal of...Read more

Red Wings blanked by Capitals, 1-0; officially out for playoffs

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DETROIT -- The inevitable became official Thursday night as the Red Wings were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Their 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena cemented what had been building for the past two-plus months: that the Wings were going to miss for a second straight year.

As has been the case much of ...Read more

Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux lead Flyers past Rangers

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's difficult to tell which Flyers forward is showing more intensity and having more fun on the ice: Claude Giroux or Travis Konecny?

Both are playing with unbridled joy, pumping their fists, and showing their emotions after scoring.

And scoring.

And scoring.

Konecny and Giroux keyed an important 4-3 win over the New York ...Read more

Patrick Kane on playing for US in World Championship: 'We'll see'

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks season officially ends April 7.

It was unofficially over Tuesday, when they were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.

But that doesn't necessarily mean Patrick Kane's hockey season is coming to a close.

The Hawks forward said before Thursday's game against that Canucks that he wasn't sure ...Read more

Blackhawks humbled by season gone wrong: 'It sucks and it's kind of embarrassing'

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One thing the aftermath of being mathematically eliminated from the postseason lacked for the Blackhawks was shock.

A 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday, the team's fourth in a row and sixth in seven games, put a permanent and appropriate seal on a season gone wrong.

"It sucks and it's kind of embarrassing," defenseman Connor Murphy said. "...Read more

Blues do it again, come from behind to win in overtime over Bruins

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ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz scored twice, once in regulation, once in overtime as the Blues pulled out another come-from-behind win in their third straight overtime game, beating the Bruins, 2-1, on Wednesday at Scottrade Center.

Schwartz got the puck in the neutral zone, skated up the middle, slowed in the high slot and then beat Boston goalie...Read more

Hurricanes' Pesce, Rask to miss remainder of season with injuries

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday that defenseman Brett Pesce and forward Victor Rask would miss the remainder of the season, both with shoulder injuries.

Rask left Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers after making a play against Oilers center Connor McDavid but later returned. He was not at practice Wednesday ...Read more

King's Campbell gets praise from teammates for a solid effort despite loss to Jets

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WINNIPEG, Canada -- The career resurgence of Jack Campbell continues to be a great story. Unfortunately, on this night, the Los Angeles Kings couldn't give it legs.

They were exhausted and they knew it. And there was little hiding it Tuesday. They entered one of the NHL's more imposing venues, against another hard-charging opponent, for the ...Read more

Sharks pummel Devils, extend playoff lead over Kings, Ducks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks territory received a double dose of excitement Tuesday.

First, news broke that Joe Thornton resumed skating last week. Then, the Sharks went out and extended their winning streak to a season high five games by stomping all over the New Jersey Devils (37-28-8) in a 6-2 win at SAP Center.

With the win, the ...Read more

Blackhawks officially eliminated from postseason after 5-1 loss to Avalanche

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks scored early Tuesday.

The Avalanche scored more often.

A year and a day after becoming the first team to clinch a playoff spot, the Hawks officially were eliminated from a postseason berth for the first time in 10 years thanks to a 5-1 loss, the Hawks' fourth in a row.

For the 27th time in their last 36 games, the ...Read more

Red Wings stop losing skid, top Flyers 5-4 in shootout

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings did enough to earn what they needed: A reprieve from losing.

They took advantage of an old teammate Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, ending Petr Mrazek's night after he allowed three goals on six second-period shots.

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied in the third period, but the Wings did enough to pull out a 5-4...Read more

Oilers speed past Hurricanes for 7-3 victory

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho scored his 26th goal of the season and had an assist.

Teuvo Teravainen scored his 22nd.

But for the Carolina Hurricanes, that covers most of the highlights Tuesday as the Edmonton Oilers skated and hustled to a 7-3 victory at PNC Arena that was as decisive for the winners as it was embarrassing for the home team....Read more

Wild cough up late lead, fall to Kings in overtime

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild have occupied the third spot in the Central Division for weeks, taking possession ever since they moved in after a win Feb. 23.

And although the Wild will be idle until Saturday, the point they secured from a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings on Monday in front of 19,081 at Xcel Energy Center extended their lease.

With...Read more

Ducks deliver crushing 4-2 defeat of the Devils

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There weren't any fights this time, but there were skirmishes aplenty, an official needed to separate the squads after seemingly every other whistle as the contest wore on.

These were two desperate teams on the playoff bubble scratching and clawing as the season draws to a close, and tensions were at an all-time high.

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Alex DeBrincat's third hat trick not enough for Blackhawks, fall to Blues in overtime

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CHICAGO -- Alex DeBrincat tried to make up for lost time in a lost season Sunday.

The rookie hadn't scored a goal in 13 games, his longest drought by five games, before he swatted in two during the first period and the go-ahead goal with 3:13 left in the third.

But that wasn't enough to earn the Hawks a victory.

That belonged to the Blues, 5-...Read more

Flyers beat Capitals, send a message as playoffs approach

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PHILADELPHIA -- If the Flyers meet Washington in the Eastern Conference playoffs, they have reason for optimism.

They made an emphatic statement by winning three of the four regular-season games against the Capitals, including Sunday's impressive 6-3 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals and Oskar Lindblom tallied ...Read more

Red Wings' losing streak hits 10 after 5-1 loss to Colorado

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DENVER -- The Red Wings' misery grew to 10 games after they were run over at Colorado.

The Wings fell 5-1 at Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon, picked first overall by Colorado in 2013, had two goals and an assist. Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall in 2011, had a goal and two assists, demonstrating what a difference high-end picks make.

...Read more