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Wild turn it on late to beat Blackhawks, 3-1

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild were tripped up by a non-playoff team in a loss one game earlier, and they barely avoided an encore performance.

Despite almost 20 wins and nearly 40 points separating them in the standings, the Wild outlasted the Blackhawks, 3-1, on Saturday in front of 19,312 at Xcel Energy Center on a pair of late goals to ...Read more

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Panthers blow two-goal lead to Rangers, as ill-timed losing streak hits three games

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Carter Verhaeghe tilted his head back in disbelief as the New York Rangers finally completed their comeback and took a lead on the Florida Panthers in the third period. It was a stunning around, both because of how dominant the Panthers once looked and because of how the Rangers’ go-ahead goal happened. Verhaeghe, Florida’s...Read more

Eeli Tolvanen fittingly gives Kraken breathing room with two goals in crucial win over Predators

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NASHVILLE – Those in this town who hated to see him go will find it fitting that Kraken forward Eeli Tolvanen was the one to very likely put a dagger in the home team’s dwindling playoff hopes.

It’s become a sport of sorts for Nashville Predators fans to take shots at outgoing general manager David Poile for letting Tolvanen go to the ...Read more

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Bruins capture Atlantic Division with 2-1 win over Lightning

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BOSTON — The Bruins took care of business while simultaneously keeping a potential playoff opponent reeling on Saturday at TD Garden.

The Bruins gutted out a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning to capture the Atlantic Division title — a foregone conclusion for a long time now — and handed the fourth straight defeat to the three-time ...Read more

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Carter Hart's 3-0 shutout vs. Red Wings extends Flyers' winning streak to three games

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PHILADELPHIA — The Detroit Red Wings came storming toward the net, but Carter Hart flew one way and then the other to make a last-minute save and preserve his shutout in Flyers’ 3-0 win on Saturday.

It was his second shutout of the season, his first since a 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 28.

After their record slid to fifth-worst ...Read more

Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon earn three points each in Avalanche's 3-1 win over Coyotes

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DENVER — Cale Makar was due.

Back in the Avalanche lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury, he spurred Colorado’s offense to action after a dismal start to the second period. By the third, missed chances were piling up against the defiant Coyotes, always more a headache than they’re supposed to be.

Makar kept creating and...Read more

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Flyers' 'Next Shift' program aims to inspire future generations of women who want to work in sports

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PHILADELPHIA — Growing up as a sports fan outside of Kansas City, Kan., prospective Temple student Megan Wiley used to watch television coverage of her favorite teams with conflicting emotions.

Wiley felt inspired by the spectacle and the storytelling associated with bringing big games into viewers’ homes, making her eager to pursue an on-...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Mario and Sid -- wow, have Penguins fans been lucky

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PITTSBURGH — I’m not even including Jaromir Jagr or Evgeni Malkin in this piece, except for right here — and many franchises would be thrilled to call those two their best players of all time.

With Cups and scoring titles and Hart Trophies strewn between them, both are first-ballot Hall of Fame shoo-ins, unless the voters snub Malkin the ...Read more

Penguins put up an admirable fight on short rest in their 3-2 loss to Dallas

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DALLAS – This is not the time of year for moral victories, especially not with such a slim margin for error. But the Penguins can feel pretty good about their effort in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

The Penguins admirably put up a fight on short rest Thursday. But the Stars took over midway through the...Read more

Kraken let Predators hang around in playoff hunt thanks to shootout loss

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NASHVILLE — All month long, the Kraken have watched their latest opponent hang around the fringes of the Western Conference playoff chase a little longer than they were comfortable with.

Whether it was beating up on bad teams, gaining confidence despite an injury-depleted roaster that shipped away talent at the trade deadline or sheer dumb ...Read more

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Wild keep securing points, but fall to Flyers, 5-4 in a shootout

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PHILADELPHIA — The Wild kept their point streak as the visitors going but they failed to sweep their trip, fading 5-4 to the Flyers in a shootout on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center to sit at 7-0-3 during their last 10 road games.

Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk and Morgan Frost scored, while Mats Zuccarello, Frederick Gaudreau and Matt Boldy...Read more

Blues rally from two-goal deficit to defeat Red Wings, 4-3

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DETROIT — With the season long ago decided, the Blues haven't quit playing.

Maybe some fans — yearning for junior whiz kid Connor Bedard — wish they would. But they rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, Thursday.

And that makes it a four-game point streak for St Louis (3-0-1). The one constant in all ...Read more

Jeremy Swayman lifts Bruins over Canadiens, 4-2

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BOSTON — The Bruins haven’t exactly been playing like Stanley Cup favorites the last couple of games, but their goalies have been there to make sure they didn’t pay the consequences for it.

After Linus Ullmark made 40 saves on Tuesday to beat Ottawa, Jeremy Swayman made 30 stops, some of them spectacular, to lead the B’s to a 4-2 win ...Read more

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Panthers' playoff hopes take another hit with loss to Leafs, 1st losing skid since January

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SUNRISE, Fla. 1 As recently as Tuesday, the Florida Panthers held full control of their postseason destiny.

They picked a bad time for their first losing streak since January.

A second straight loss — this time a 6-2 rout at hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in Sunrise — has the Panthers reeling once again with only 10 games ...Read more

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Geoff Baker: James Reimer, other NHL players who decline to wear Pride Night jerseys deserve scrutiny

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There's little doubt that San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer knew well in advance that allowing a soft overtime goal to Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn on Thursday would be the least of his weekend problems to follow.

Just two days later, trouble of his own making struck Reimer far harder than the puck had on Dunn's winning ...Read more


As teams and players around NHL back out of 'Pride' celebrations, Panthers 'celebrate it'

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Pride Month has sparked controversy across the NHL throughout this season with players and teams opting out of large, very public parts of the festivities. The Florida Panthers, however, will be full participants in the team’s celebration Thursday in Sunrise.

Although some players and even entire teams opted out of wearing LGBT-inspired warm-...Read more

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Chicago Blackhawks won't wear Pride Night warmup jerseys, citing concerns for Russian players. One LGBTQ+ advocate says to look at the big picture.

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The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have players wear gay-pride-related warmup jerseys for Sunday’s Pride Night celebration before a home game against the Vancouver Canucks, citing security concerns for Russian players.

The team cited the expansion of a “gay propaganda” bill that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law in December and...Read more

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Sidney Crosby dangles, Jeff Carter scores twice in Avalanche's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh Penguins

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DENVER — Sidney Crosby and the Penguins don’t need extra motivation at this stage of their season, but Crosby says he finds more fuel anyway whenever he gets to face his Halifax buddy Nathan MacKinnon.

“To compete against him, I think it’s always a big challenge,” the 35-year-old Pittsburgh captain said before facing the Avalanche. �...Read more

3 takeaways from Knights' win: Quick moves up in record book

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The Golden Knights, when they needed one last burst of energy to close out Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, got it from two of their key players.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick made a save on four-time 20-goal scorer Brock Boeser with 35 seconds remaining to preserve a 4-3 lead. Center Jack Eichel pressured defenseman Quinn Hughes ...Read more

Kraken outshine Stars 5-4 in overtime after blowing lead late

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DALLAS – For most of Tuesday night’s game, the Kraken reminded folks why everybody had been so excited about their playoff prospects not all that long ago.

Then, the final five minutes of regulation also reminded of why that prior excitement level had dwindled considerably through a recent stretch of home losses. Instead, the Kraken settled...Read more