DETROIT -- After four games on the road the Detroit Red Wings finally got to play a second game in their new home.
They rallied from an early two-goal deficit against Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at Little Caesars Arena but ultimately fell to a very talented opponent, 3-2.
Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored goals....Read more
What we learned during the past week (and more) in the NHL:
KINGS ENJOYING A ROYAL REVERSAL
The Los Angeles Kings are off to a franchise-best start at 4-0-1, looking every game like kids who have been freed from detention in a stuffy classroom. They've maintained a strong defensive game while capitalizing on the offensive freedom given them by...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The mojo between Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown has reached a point where they can combine for a goal even though neither actually put the puck in the net.
Midway through the first period Sunday, Kopitar executed what seemed like a called shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E: Through the defender's legs, off another defender's stick and ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler fired the puck with all of his 215 pounds leaning into the slapper.
Unfortunately, the puck was directed at the boards, and afterward Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson iced the game with an empty-net goal to make the final score 3-1.
With four of their first six games at home, the Ducks had a ...Read more
As the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins are the class of the NHL, the team other franchises are actively modeling in their attempts to win a Stanley Cup.
So, yeah, it was a bit odd to hear, after the Penguins' 4-3 win against Florida on Saturday, coach Mike Sullivan say his team could learn a thing or two from a Florida ...Read more
Patrick Sharp acknowledged up front that what he was about to say wasn't going to break any new ground.
After the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime victory against the Predators on Saturday, Sharp was asked what the Hawks can do to bolster their anemic power play, which went 0-for-6 against the Predators.
It wasn't so much that the Hawks went scoreless...Read more
LOS ANGELES--With great power comes great comeback ability.
The Los Angeles Kings' power play was like a slot machine that hadn't paid off in weeks. It got good looks in the first three games of the season but found itself 0-for-16 going into Saturday.
It came alive just in time. Down by a goal, the Kings stormed back on the Buffalo Sabres ...Read more
CHICAGO -- For the first time in a long time, the Blackhawks got to take "Chelsea Dagger" off the shelf with the Predators in town.
After playing nearly 175 minutes of hockey against the new bosses of the Western Conference at the United Center without scoring a goal – a stretch the included two April playoff games – the Hawks finally ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby isn't much for tennis.
It's a shame, if you think about it, what with the world-class eye-hand coordination the man possesses. Few players are better at deflections, tipping shots or scoring goals from did-he-really-do-that angles.
With the Penguins needing to bank a win against one of the rare inferior teams on ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Blues had a chance for a very good road trip or a so-so journey depending on the outcome of Saturday's game at Tampa Bay. They ended up in the "so-so" category, falling to 4-2 on the season with a 2-1 loss to the Lightning at Amalie Arena.
After falling behind 2-0, the Blues made a late run at Tampa Bay, with a Vladimir ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers were well-rested. Washington wasn't.
The Flyers had more speed, more energy, and more goals Saturday night as they opened the home portion of their season with an 8-2 win over the defensive-challenged Capitals before a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
Scott Laughton, Sean Couturier and Claude ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With five forwards sidelined by injuries, the Wild welcomed lots of new faces to the locker room before Saturday's home opener. Coach Bruce Boudreau urged his team to look at it as a challenge to integrate four players called up from the team's AHL affiliate in Iowa -- Luke Kunin, Christoph Bertschy, Zack Mitchell and Landon ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Henrik Zetterberg made sure his first visit to Las Vegas was a memorable one.
The captain of the Detroit Red Wings had four points as the Wings became the first team to hand the expansion Vegas Golden Knights a loss. Zetterberg set up Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha and Frans Nielsen en route to an entertaining 6-3 victory at T-...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The 1970s Steelers weren't the only dynasty on which "The Chief" had a positive influence. Turns out Art Rooney Sr. had a hand in the 1980s New York Islanders, too.
The current piece of history the Penguins are chasing -- those Islanders are the last to win three consecutive Stanley Cups -- traces back to the patriarch of the ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Charlie Coyle suffered a broken leg in Thursday night's Wild victory in Chicago, and had surgery Friday.
The Wild announced Coyle had a right fibula fracture and had surgery performed by Dr. Fernando Pena at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks and has been placed on long-term injured ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The 1993-94 San Jose Sharks' record of shame is safe for now.
The Sharks (1-2) avoided becoming the franchise's first team in 24 years to open a season with an 0-3 record Thursday, picking up their first win of the 2017-18 campaign by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 at the SAP Center.
The 1993-94 Sharks, who won over ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Detroit Red Wings scored with the man advantage and while shorthanded to come away with a victory in the desert.
Luke Glendening gave the Wings their first lead of the game with 3:24 to go in regulation when he scored during the Coyotes' sixth power play. Martin Frk scored a power play and Henrik Zetterberg also ...Read more
CHICAGO -- With both Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund injured, the Wild had only 11 forwards in the lineup for Thursday's game at Chicago. It marked the second consecutive game they had been shorthanded, but coach Bruce Boudreau considered it pointless to dwell on it.
"We don't mention it, because somebody's got to step up and do the job," he ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. -- A week after one of the most embarrassing losses in recent franchise history, the Penguins found themselves in a similar situation.
On the road, in the second leg of a back-to-back, facing a quality opponent. The end result was the same, but the effort much more encouraging.
The Penguins lost to Tampa Bay, 5-4, Thursday night, ...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Three games are insufficient to get a definitive read on the direction this Panthers season will take.
The early tests have been formidable against two of the top teams in the NHL, and the results are encouraging as a young club is excelling in new coach Bob Boughner's fast-paced system.
Rested after a four-day layoff, the ...Read more