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Knights drop finale to Ducks; 1st-round playoff opponent set

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights were in control of their own destiny, but couldn’t deliver.

After a wild turn of events, they’re off to Dallas.

The Knights ended the regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, and will begin their Stanley Cup title defense as the second wild card in the Western...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon breaks Avalanche single-season record for points in regular-season finale

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DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon’s season for the ages has officially set a new standard for the Colorado Avalanche franchise.

MacKinnon had a pair of assists Thursday night in Game No. 82 at Ball Arena to help the Avs cruise past the undermanned Edmonton Oilers in a 5-1 win. He finished the season with 51 goals and 140 points. That is one more ...Read more

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Knights drop finale to Ducks; playoff opponent still undetermined

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LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights dropped their final game of the regular season 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

Center Jack Eichel scored, and goaltender Adin Hill made 19 saves for the Knights (45-29-8).

The Knights no longer control their own destiny for playoff seeding. The Los Angeles Kings can clinch the No. 3 seed...Read more

Kraken finish off disappointing season on a high, winning in Minnesota, 4-3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kraken goalie Joey Daccord was his team’s feel-good story in their third season of franchise existence, so it was almost inevitable he’d be tasked to salvage the Thursday night finale of a disappointing campaign.

And though the Kraken took a while to get their offense going, they played a tight enough defensive game for ...Read more

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Jazz owner Ryan Smith gets his NHL team, moving Arizona Coyotes to Utah

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Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith has officially landed a National Hockey League franchise.

Thursday afternoon, the league’s board of governors approved a plan to relocate the Arizona Coyotes to Utah for next season. In an unusual deal that helps the NHL avoid a potential arena crisis in Arizona, Smith and his wife Ashley bought the Coyotes’ ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Penguins are living in a fantasy land -- it's time to join reality

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PITTSBURGH — No, the top teams in the playoffs weren't "shaking in their shoes" with fear that the Penguins might sneak into the playoffs. And no, the Penguins weren't capable of making some magical Florida Panthers-like run to the Stanley Cup Final had they gotten into the tournament.

And, finally, no, this notion that this core group of old...Read more

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Nikita Kucherov joins 100-assists club in Lightning's regular-season finale

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TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov isn’t much for the spectacle, and he goes out of his way to shun the spotlight.

But the Lightning right wing couldn’t avoid it on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale, when he capped the best single-season performance in team history by joining one of the most elite clubs in hockey.

Whether Kucherov wins ...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: Interest in NHL expansion team in Atlanta stronger than you think

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ATLANTA — Whether it happens that the NHL sets up shop in Atlanta for a third time remains to be seen. But the league and the owners of its 32 franchises know beyond a doubt that interest is strong.

Two groups, one based in Forsyth County and another in Alpharetta, are known to have reached out to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to express ...Read more

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Logan Thompson, Golden Knights edge Blackhawks

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The Golden Knights won their third straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb and right wing Michael Amadio scored for the Knights (45-28-8) to take a one-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division with one game remaining. Nicolas Roy ...Read more

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Bruins lose to Senators, will face Maple Leafs in first round of playoffs

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BOSTON — If the Bruins were looking to lower expectations heading into the playoffs, they did a good job of it the last two nights.

With the Atlantic Division title on the line for the second straight night, the Bruins again showed up to the rink with little pace and purpose early and paid the price for it on the scoreboard.

The B’s, who ...Read more

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Red Wings beat Canadiens in OT but miss the playoffs as Capitals win in Philadelphia

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MONTREAL — The NHL playoffs will begin this weekend, but the Red Wings aren't going to be part of them.

But brother did they try.

Patrick Kane scored in the shootout, giving the Wings a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Still, it will be the eighth consecutive season without the playoffs for the Wings.

The Wings were eliminated ...Read more

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Panthers beat Maple Leafs; first-round playoff matchup with Lightning set

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers have won the Atlantic Division, and their path for the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs is now set.

First up: The Tampa Bay Lightning.

With a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in their regular-season finale and a 3-1 Boston Bruins loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Panthers vaulted to the No. 1 spot ...Read more

Kraken put up fight but fall to playoff-bound Jets for 4th consecutive loss

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There were plenty of opportunities for the Kraken to quit by the early second-period stages of the one game they definitely weren’t supposed to win on this trip.

And they didn’t in this one after falling behind by a pair Tuesday night against the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets, tying it up and narrowly missing taking a ...Read more

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Flyers lose to Capitals, 2-1, are officially eliminated from playoff contention

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PHILADELPHIA — As Boyz II Men sang, “We’ve come to the end of the road.”

The Flyers did everything they could in a 2-1 loss against the Washington Capitals. They battled, forechecked, ate pucks, had timely saves — everything this group has done all season long to be in a meaningful game in the grand finale.

There is no denying the ...Read more

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'Poised' Simon Edvinsson impressing Red Wings in variety of ways

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DETROIT — You really have to go to Patrick Kane, whose nickname "Showtime" pretty much says it all in terms of his ability to amplify the emotion on the ice after a goal, both home or away.

So to hear Kane give credit to young defenseman Simon Edvinsson on his celebration after his first goal of the season Saturday in Toronto, you know ...Read more

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Kings lose to Wild, jeopardizing their chances of finishing third in the Pacific

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The Kings lost a game they needed to win Monday, falling to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 at Arena to muddy the team’s playoff outlook with one game left in the regular season.

The loss, the Kings’ first at home in nine games, leaves them with a one-point lead over Vegas for third place in the Pacific Division. If the Golden Knights ...Read more

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McDavid hits milestone as Edmonton Oilers flatten helpless Sharks

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The deck was stacked against the San Jose Sharks before Monday’s game with the Edmonton Oilers even began.

A handful of Sharks’ veterans were too banged up to make the team’s trip to Alberta, the team said, leaving a handful of inexperienced players to take on the world’s most dangerous forward in Connor McDavid and an Oilers offense ...Read more

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Wings still alive in playoff race, stage dramatic comeback to beat Habs 5-4 in OT

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DETROIT — The Red Wings keep surviving and staying in this playoff race in dramatic and remarkable fashion.

Lucas Raymond scored the overtime winner with 24.4 seconds left, after scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation time, giving the Wings an exciting 5-4 victory over Montreal.

Raymond came down with Dylan Larkin on a two-on-break ...Read more

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The Penguins beat the Predators to stay alive in the East wild-card race

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and the Penguins stayed alive Monday by beating the Nashville Predators, 4-2, at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby had two points in the must-win.

With the win, the Penguins jumped back ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. But they still remain one point back of the Washington Capitals and ...Read more

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Capitals blank Bruins, 2-0

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With just one game to go in the regular season, there’s one thing that’s becoming clear for the Bruins. The Washington Capitals would not be a fun playoff opponent for them.

The B’s had a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division title on Monday at Capital One Arena, but for the second time this season the Caps blanked the B’s, this time 2...Read more