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Wild finishes successful season-opening road trip with 3-2 victory over Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. – The power play snapped out of its funk, more players contributed on offense, and goaltending has stabilized the entire operation.

After shrugging off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday at Honda Center, the Wild had plenty of reasons to crown its season-opening road trip a success – perhaps none more than the number of ...Read more

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks top St. Louis Blues in shootout

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Tomas Hertl scored in the fourth round of the shootout to help give the Sharks a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, splitting the two-game series at Enterprise Center.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 23 saves in regulation time and overtime, and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout as the Sharks evened their record at 2-2-0.

Ryan ...Read more

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Kings' late rally falls short against Avalanche

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LOS ANGELES — For the first time in four years, the Los Angeles Kings are winless three games into the season. Their latest defeat was their first in regulation, a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Here are five takeaways from the team’s third game of the season:

—Another slow start

The Kings have ...Read more

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Brian Elliott blanks Sabres, 3-0, as Flyers gut out win depsite losing Phil Myers and Morgan Frost to injuries

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PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers, rebounding from a one-sided defeat the previous night, continued a remarkable, underpublicized streak Tuesday night.

And they did it with a shortened bench because of injuries to defenseman Phil Myers and center Morgan Frost.

They got outstanding goaltending from Brian Elliott and goals from Travis Konecny, Jake ...Read more

Tyler Bertuzzi's game-winner sends Red Wings past Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT

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DETROIT — Coach Jeff Blashill broke up the Red Wings' first line heading into Tuesday's game, but they played a big part still in the end.

Tyler Bertuzzi banked in a pass from Dylan Larkin just 15 seconds into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Columbus.

Larkin and Bertuzzi had a partial 2-on-1 rush, Larkin passed the puck, ...Read more

Penguins rally to beat Capitals, 5-4, in overtime

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PITTSBURGH — After scoring the game-winning, overtime goal, Sidney Crosby skated to the corner of the rink and waited for the bench to clear … at least the ones who were healthy enough.

The Penguins trailed by two goals in the second period and found themselves down to just four healthy defensemen by the third period. But with special teams...Read more

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Florida Panthers hold off desperate Chicago Blackhawks with overtime win

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The Florida Panthers knew they were going to face a desperate Chicago Blackhawks team on Tuesday. Chicago had lost its first three games to open the season and never led in any of those contests. The Panthers, anticipating a scrappy performance from the Blackhawks, knew they couldn’t get complacent.

They needed a third-period rally and a few ...Read more

Jack Hughes prevents NY Rangers from getting second consecutive win

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NEW YORK - Any hopes of turning one dominant performance into a short winning streak were dashed for the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday.

They hung tough after it looked like the score might get away from them in the second period, but the Blueshirts ultimately fell victim to a 4-3 loss in their first meeting of the young season with ...Read more

No late-game magic this time as Wild gets shut out by Ducks

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. – A trip to Anaheim was the final stop on the Wild's second-half surge last year before the NHL was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, Honda Center is the backdrop for the Wild's first setback of this season.

Despite a near-perfect performance by goalie Cam Talbot, the Wild's offense came up empty-handed and the team...Read more

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Buffalo Sabres chase Carter Hart and embarrass Flyers, 6-1

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From the Flyers’ standpoint, perhaps the best thing to say about their clunker Monday night against Buffalo was this: At least they get a chance to redeem themselves when they meet the Sabres again on Tuesday.

Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar scored two goals apiece as the young, quicker Sabres chased goalie Carter Hart in the second period en ...Read more

Svechnikov, Reimer help Hurricanes rebound to beat Predators 4-2

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Andrei Svechnikov is quickly racking up points this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, continuing to display his vast hockey potential.

Svechnikov scored for the third consecutive game and assisted on Sebastian Aho’s goal Monday as the Canes, behind goalie James Reimer, topped the Nashville Predators 4-2 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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Sloppy second period dooms Sharks in loss to St. Louis Blues

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Logan Couture and Brent Burns both had three points Monday night but the San Jose Sharks couldn’t slow down Justin Faulk, Jordan Kyrou and the St. Louis Blues.

Faulk scored twice in the second period and Kyrou had the game-winner with 9:32 left in the third as the Blues handed the Sharks a 5-4 loss at Enterprise Center.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk ...Read more

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Blue Jackets overcome sluggish start in Detroit, fight to the finish to earn first victory

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DETROIT — It wasn’t the kind of start the Blue Jackets had in mind, but their finish showed a lot more fight, literally, on Monday afternoon at Little Caesar’s Arena.

Despite being outplayed for most of the first period and a few stretches in the second, the Jackets did to the Detroit Red Wings what the Nashville Predators had done to ...Read more

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Two scoring flurries lead Florida Panthers to season-opening win over Chicago Blackhawks

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It took the Florida Panthers some time to get the offense going on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s to be expected when nearly half of the 20 players on the active roster for the first game of the season are new to the team and there were all of 11 practices and no preseason games to get acclimated with each others.

There ...Read more

Penguins beat Capitals in shootout to win home opener, avoid 0-3 start

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The Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a shootout to win their home opener at PPG Paints Arena and avoid starting the 2020-21 season 0-3.

Elvis left the building when Casey DeSmith stopped Alex Ovechkin in the fourth round of the shootout. He was the only fan in attendance with PPG Paints Arena closed to fans due to government ...Read more

Blue Jackets show improvement despite late collapse, second straight loss to Predators

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It wasn’t an exact replay of the season-opener, but the result was the same Saturday night in the Blue Jackets’ second straight loss to the Nashville Predators.

After playing strong through two periods, forcing the game into the third tied 1-1, the Predators again surged ahead in the final 20 minutes for a 5-2 victory that sent the Blue ...Read more

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Johansson's OT goal lifts Wild to 4-3 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES — Instead of jetting off to a new city, the Wild hung around Los Angeles after its season opener for a double dose of the Kings — one of the quirks in the 2021 schedule that has the Wild playing every opponent at least twice before moving on to someone else.

The rematch didn't hint at a rivalry brewing between these new ...Read more

Kings blow another third-period lead in overtime loss to Wild

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings fell in overtime for a second straight game to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at Staples Center, losing 4-3 to open the season 0-0-2.

Here are five takeaways from the season’s second game:

—Another blown lead

For the second straight game, the Kings found themselves ahead 3-1 at the second ...Read more

Red Wings get first win of season thanks to goals from Bobby Ryan and Dylan Larkin

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DETROIT — Bobby Ryan scored in his Detroit Red Wings debut, and two key rebuilding blocks helped the team win its first game of the season.

After being shutout in the season opener, and through the first period Saturday at Little Caesars Arena, the Wings found their scoring touch early in the second period. Their effort paid off with a 4-2 ...Read more

Sharks can't keep up with Phil Kessel, Coyotes in 5-3 loss

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The San Jose Sharks couldn't keep up with Phil Kessel and the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon at Gila River Arena.

The Sharks allowed two goals by Kessel, including one at the 5:13 mark of the second period, in a 5-3 road loss to the Coyotes as the two teams split their season-opening, two-game series.

Timo Meier had a goal and two ...Read more