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Lightning chasing again, fall to Sabres on the road

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Getting a lead in regulation is becoming a brick wall that the Lightning just can’t seem to break through.

Six games into this young season, the Lightning have failed to play with the lead in regulation, and while there were plenty of positives to draw from in their 5-1 road loss to the upstart Sabres on Monday night at the KeyBank Center in ...Read more

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Frederik Andersen and the Canes run their record to 5-0 with a win over the Maple Leafs

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't spoil the night for Frederik Andersen.

The Carolina Hurricanes scored three times in the second period in surging to a 4-1 victory over the Leafs at PNC Arena, staying undefeated at 5-0. And, just as importantly, giving Andersen a victory over his former team in his fifth start and win this ...Read more

Tarasenko scores two as Blues start season 5-0 for first time

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ST. LOUIS — To make everyone’s life easier in the 2020-21 NHL season, the league scheduled games in pairs last season, so a team would come to one city and play two games.

It was not a great thing for the Blues, who soon found that whatever success they had in the first game was negated by their lack of success in the second game. In five ...Read more

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Panthers hold off Coyotes to become only 25th team in NHL history to start season 6-0

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It doesn’t matter who’s in goal, who’s missing from the lineup or who the opponent is. The Florida Panthers keep rolling.

They spent the first two weeks of the season mostly beating up Stanley Cup contenders and playoff staples. They won with Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight in goal, and while shuffling around pieces on their bottom ...Read more

Matt Calkins: 'We live for hockey': Climate Pledge Arena fans show they are committed to Kraken on opening night

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For a minute, it seemed as though those cheers might last clear through the intermission. The crowd at Climate Pledge Arena had been waiting 19 minutes and 57 seconds for it, the city of Seattle a whole lot longer.

When defenseman Vince Dunn scored with 4.6 seconds left in the first period, he authored the latest — and one of the loudest — ...Read more

Lucas Raymond's three goals power Red Wings' victory over Blackhawks

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The Red Wings were looking to rebound from an ugly loss the night before, and rookie Lucas Raymond made sure they did.

Raymond had a three-goal night Sunday in only his sixth NHL game, carrying the Wings to a 6-3 victory over the woeful Chicago Blackhawks.

Raymond snapped a power-play goal midway in the third period to complete his hat trick, ...Read more

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No rally this time as Wild falls to Predators for first loss of the season

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Wild finally encountered a deficit it couldn't conquer.

After four consecutive comeback wins to open the season, becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to accomplish that rare feat, the Wild's come-from-behind mojo disappeared Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Predators in front of 16,014 at Xcel Energy Center that dropped ...Read more

San Jose Sharks' late rally not enough as slow start proves costly

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The Sharks fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday after they failed to start on time in a matinee at TD Garden in Boston.

Playing their fourth game in six days on a season-opening road trip, the Sharks allowed first-period goals to Brad Marchand, Derek Forbort, and David Pastrnak and never fully recovered in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins....Read more

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Kraken drops home opener to Canucks, but that can't spoil excitement at Climate Pledge Arena

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SEATTLE — They stood and saluted by the thousands Saturday night as a new era for Seattle sports launched with major professional hockey reborn within an arena similarly resurrected.

What the Kraken did at Climate Pledge Arena, losing 4-2 to the Vancouver Canucks, was secondary to the event itself. The sellout crowd of 17,151, marveling at ...Read more

Seven is heaven as Blues scorch Kings, 7-3, in home opener

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ST. LOUIS — The skating, scoring Blues are 4-0 for the first time since 2017-18 after beating the Los Angeles Kings, 7-3, before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise Center. But don’t make plans for the Stanley Cup parade down Market Street just yet. That ’17-18 team under coach Mike Yeo started 13-3-1 ... and missed the ...Read more

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Red Wings fall flat in Montreal against slumping Canadiens

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MONTREAL — The Bell Centre has been the scene of a few ugly Red Wings losses these past few years.

You can add Saturday's to the list.

Montreal, coming into the game winless, unleashed a lot of frustration with a 6-1 victory over the Red Wings.

Dylan Larkin scored just five seconds into an early power play, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead and ...Read more

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Lightning rally late, then falter in a shootout to the Avalanche

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TAMPA, Fla. — They would surely prefer fewer late-game dramatics, but early in this season, the Lightning have had a penchant for third-period comebacks.

In fact, the Lightning have never owned a lead in regulation this season. Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, they took another game to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, the ...Read more

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Panthers burn Flyers en route to 4-2 victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Flyers coach Alain Vigneault described the Florida Panthers game as “sizzling,” and when they hosted the Panthers on Saturday, the Flyers got burned.

The Panthers dominated the Flyers at even strength, outshooting them 31-29 and outscoring them 4-2. While they showed some positives, especially on the special teams, it wasn�...Read more

Short-staffed Penguins cruise to 7-1 win vs. Maple Leafs

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PITTSBURGH — Hockey fans who strolled down Centre Avenue to get inside PPG Paints Arena on Saturday — and looked up from their phones for a few seconds — might have noticed the familiar faces dangling from light poles outside the Highmark Gate.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Bryan Rust were the four Penguins chosen to have ...Read more

Wild remains undefeated with another overtime victory, 4-3 over Anaheim

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Playing catch-up sure does suit the Wild.

After giving up the first goal for a fourth straight game and then falling behind a second time, the team rallied yet again — this one a 4-3 finish in overtime against the Ducks on Saturday in front of 18,055 at Xcel Energy Center that preserved its perfect start to the season.

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Vincent Trocheck scores twice and Frederik Andersen wins again as the Canes roll on

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Not wanting to tamper with success, the Carolina Hurricanes went with the same lineup for a fourth straight game Saturday.

That meant a fourth start in net for goalie Frederik Andersen.

For the fourth straight time, it clicked. The Canes raced past the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-1 road win at Nationwide Arena, scoring three times on the ...Read more

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Patrick Kane's availability in doubt after he and 2 other Blackhawks players enter COVID-19 protocol

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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and two other Chicago Blackhawks players missed practice Saturday after entering the COVID-19 protocol.

The Hawks didn’t offer details into why Kane, forward Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Erik Gustafsson were placed on the COVID-19 list, but it doesn’t necessarily require a positive test.

Coach Jeremy Colliton ...Read more

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang enters COVID-19 protocol

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PITTSBURGH — Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and will not be available for Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Mike Sullivan announced.

Letang received a positive test result. As of Saturday morning, the club was still in the process of additional testing in order to confirm or ...Read more

Couture, Meier key Sharks' early-season statement win, 5-3 vs. Maple Leafs

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TORONTO — Timo Meier and Logan Couture continued their early-season chemistry together and Adin Hill had another solid night to lead the San Jose Sharks to their biggest win so far this year.

Couture had two goals and an assist, Meier had a goal and an assist and Hill finished with 30 saves as the Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, on ...Read more

'I wouldn't have gotten through the season': Sidney Crosby progressing from wrist surgery, still no timeline for return

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PITTSBURGH — Over the last six-plus weeks, Sidney Crosby has made consistent progress as he recovers from left wrist surgery. But the injury itself, and the nagging effects, date back much further.

“The first time I ever injured it was seven years ago,” Crosby said in some of his first public comments since the Sept. 8 surgery. “[Ryan ...Read more