Ducks deliver again for fourth win in row

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Suddenly, almost all of the 16,609 fans were on their feet in a deafeningly display of emotion for an Anaheim Ducks squad that was finally living up to their vast expectations.

Sure, they had just packed the penalty box with three skaters early in the third period, with two of the minors sloppy delay-of-game infractions for ...Read more

Blackhawks top Senators, 3-2, in shootout

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CHICAGO -- After one period at the United Center on Wednesday, it was the Blackhawks almost 2 and the Senators 1.

After three periods and a five-minute overtime, the meeting of seventh-place teams ended in a 3-2 shootout victory by the Hawks, their second win in 11 games overall and second in their last 10 at home.

Nick Schmaltz's goal in the ...Read more

Blackhawks sound less optimistic about Corey Crawford returning this season

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CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford's 2017-18 season may have ended on Dec. 23 after all.

That's the last time the injured Blackhawks goalie appeared in a game. And though the team has remained optimistic he would return from what has been reported as a concussion-related ailment, coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged Wednesday there's a possibility ...Read more

Kings make it three in a row with win over the Jets

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WINNIPEG, Canada -- Their theme music wasn't playing in the locker room, at least not when outsiders were allowed in.

The Los Angeles Kings have adopted Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" as their song, and it well described the businesslike demeanor of how they finished off a seven-game trip Tuesday night with a 4-3 win ...Read more

Couture line propels Sharks to win over Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- On a night where the Sharks made a trade to bolster the bottom of their lineup, the top line took care of the heavy lifting.

A few hours after the Sharks (33-19-8) acquired Eric Fehr to plug a hole at fourth line center, the team opened up its four-game road trip on the right note by beating the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, behind a pair ...Read more

Voracek's late heroics lift Flyers over Canadiens, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA -- And the beat goes on.

Never mind that the Flyers were missing their two top goalies and one of their leading scorers.

Never mind that they trailed with less than two minutes left in regulation and that the opposing goalie, Montreal's Carey Price, was resembling his old, dominating self.

Nothing seems to bother the surging ...Read more

Red Wings come up short in 3-2 loss to Predators

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings twice hustled within a goal but couldn't finish the rally attempt.

An early deficit Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena left the Wings on the losing end of a 3-2 final against the Nashville Predators.

Andreas Athanasiou used his 11th goal of the season to edge the Wings within a goal midway through the game. Tomas ...Read more

Red Wings trade Petr Mrazek to Flyers for draft picks

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The Red Wings made Petr Mrazek their first sale of 2018.

They settled for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2019 from the Philadelphia Flyers, deciding after two years of mediocrity to part ways with the goalie the Wings once considered their future.

Mrazek, 26, appeared to be an ...Read more

Kings strike early, hold off Blackhawks 3-1

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CHICAGO -- Just about every time the Los Angeles Kings play the Chicago Blackhawks, the talk beforehand turns to the thrilling playoff series the teams played during their dynasty years.

This visit followed suit, even though the participants have fallen off since they combined to win five of the past eight Stanley Cups. Kings coach John Stevens...Read more

Blackhawks come out flat against Kings, lose 3-1

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CHICAGO -- One Blackhawk scored a goal Monday during a 3-1 loss to the Kings, two days after seven scored Saturday during a win against the Capitals.

The Hawks fell for the eighth time in 10 games overall and seventh in their last eight tries at the United Center as a trying month continued.

"Definitely been a tough month," Hawks coach Joel ...Read more

Blackhawks' Anthony Duclair: 'There's a lot more racism than you guys think'

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Duclair said he has heard the slurs, seen the gestures.

The Blackhawks' lone black player, and one of about 30 in the NHL, Duclair said he was disappointed but not surprised at the racial taunts four fans aimed at Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night at the United Center.

"Happens so often, not only in ...Read more

Jason Zucker scores twice as Wild skates past Islanders, 5-3

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NEW YORK -- White-knuckle hockey has been the norm this season for the Wild, what with 22 games decided by one goal and another 16 boiling down to two.

Considering the results from those showdowns are split among wins, losses and extra-time defeats, more experience dealing with nerve-racking finishes probably doesn't hurt a Wild group with ...Read more

Blackhawks say fans ejected for racial taunts are banned from United Center

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CHICAGO -- The racial taunts four fans directed at the Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night at the United Center left the Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair disappointed but "not really shocked."

"Happens so often, not only in hockey, not only in sports, but in society as a whole," Duclair said Monday afternoon before the Hawks faced...Read more

Red Wings lose to Maple Leafs, 3-2, on late Auston Matthews goal

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DETROIT -- Auston Matthews snapped a 2-2 tie with 30.2 seconds left as the Detroit Red Wings went on to lose, 3-2, to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at Little Caesars Arena.

It was Matthews' team-leading 27th goal of the season. Former Michigan standout Zach Hyman assisted on the goal.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, left all ...Read more

Sharks deliver some payback, top Stars, 5-2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- What's that old saying about payback, again?

Reversing -- at least to some degree -- the result of a New Year's Eve game in the Lonestar State, the Sharks beat the Dallas Stars, 5-2, on Sunday to wrap up a three-game homestand on a positive note.

Mikkel Boedker scored twice and goalie Martin Jones made 26 saves as the ...Read more

Flyers whip Rangers as Alex Lyon excels in relief of injured Michal Neuvirth

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NEW YORK -- The Flyers lost another starting goaltender, but their backup, Alex Lyon, was outstanding in relief as he keyed a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Lyon, a rookie who was a one-time star at Yale, stopped 25 of 26 shots and restored some order to a sloppy game as he collected his first NHL victory....Read more

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman condemns fans for directing racial taunts at Capitals player

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement Sunday after four fans were ejected from the United Center during the Blackhawks-Capitals game late Saturday night for directing racial taunts at a Capitals player.

Forward Devante Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box during the third period when, according to a Capitals spokesperson, the ...Read more

Blackhawks end losing streak at eight with 7-1 victory against Capitals

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks accomplished in 59 minutes, 59.2 seconds Saturday night what they hadn't in their previous six games combined -- they scored more than two goals in a game.

That helped propel them to their first victory in nine games, 7-1 against the Capitals in front of a season-high crowd of 22,066 at the United Center, where the ...Read more

Red Wings' Witkowski, Nyquist score early, help defeat Predators, 3-1

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An early goal that delighted teammates and a solid overall effort helped the Red Wings topple of the NHL's best teams.

Luke Witkowski scored a beauty of a first NHL goal Saturday at Bridgestone Arena to help the Wings push past the Nashville Predators, 3-1.

Gustav Nyquist also scored in the first period. The Wings had ...Read more

Kopitar, Amadio score two goals apiece as Kings snap streak in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The bad karma cleared. All the old hexes were swept out of the building.


Actually, not really, by the way the Kings talked about ending a 15-year losing streak in Buffalo. Although Anze Kopitar's chuckle said a lot about a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres.

"It feels good," Kopitar said. "I don't think we were worried...Read more


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