Flyers beat Capitals, send a message as playoffs approach

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PHILADELPHIA -- If the Flyers meet Washington in the Eastern Conference playoffs, they have reason for optimism.

They made an emphatic statement by winning three of the four regular-season games against the Capitals, including Sunday's impressive 6-3 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals and Oskar Lindblom tallied ...Read more

Red Wings' losing streak hits 10 after 5-1 loss to Colorado

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DENVER -- The Red Wings' misery grew to 10 games after they were run over at Colorado.

The Wings fell 5-1 at Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon, picked first overall by Colorado in 2013, had two goals and an assist. Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall in 2011, had a goal and two assists, demonstrating what a difference high-end picks make.

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Sharks beat Canucks, but lose two more to injuries

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- As the injuries continue to pile up, the San Jose Sharks found a way to finally give themselves a little cushion in the Pacific Division standings

The Sharks limped their way to a 3-0 record on their road trip through Western Canada Saturday, picking up a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks after losing defenseman ...Read more

Wild beat Coyotes for back-to-back road victories, playoff breathing room

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The turnaround from a magical show in Las Vegas to the next performance in Arizona was quick, less than 24 hours.

But in that brief amount of time, the Wild's five-star effort in dancing around one of the NHL's juggernauts in the Golden Knights turned into a disappearing act against the league's last-place team.

Pucks were ...Read more

Schenn scores in overtime as Blues beat Rangers, 4-3

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ST. LOUIS -- At a point in the season when the Blues can't afford to lose too many more games, they also can't afford to lose any of their top players either.

The Blues pulled out a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers on a goal by Brayden Schenn after playing the final two periods without leading goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, who ...Read more

Flyers rally past Hurricanes for much-needed victory

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Well, that was surely needed.

The Flyers, losers of seven of their previous eight games, took what they hope was a step toward securing a playoff spot Saturday night as they defeated Carolina, 4-2, at PNC Arena.

Blanked for most of the game, the Flyers scored three late goals and stayed in third place in the Metropolitan ...Read more

Panthers lose third-period lead, fall to Oilers

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- During a 4-2 Florida Panthers loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon, the juxtaposition of Roberto Luongo's game was undeniable.

He was there for the big stops, including a magnificent sprawling stick save in the second period to go with 32 total saves. But he couldn't stop two soft goals from slipping between his ...Read more

Blackhawks' long winning streak against Sabres ends with 5-3 loss

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jonathan Toews became the fifth Blackhawk -- along with Artem Anisimov, Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz -- to reach 20 goals this season.

Toews put in his own rebound a little more than 20 seconds into the third period Saturday to put the Hawks in position to top the Sabres for the 13th consecutive time.

But his...Read more

Ducks drop the gloves and the Red Wings as they battle for a playoff spot

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks are ready to fight for their playoff lives, and they proved it quite literally Friday.

With their old rivals, the Detroit Red Wings in town, the squads combined for three brawls,

With each fist that connected, each drop of the gloves, the Ducks' bench seemed ignited, and it sparked the club to a 4-2 victory ...Read more

Jason Zucker leads Wild to season sweep of Golden Knights

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LAS VEGAS -- The Wild were the last team to venture to Vegas during the Golden Knights' inaugural season, and the trip was worth the wait -- especially for local boy Jason Zucker.

In front of family, friends and a hearty contingent of Wild fans, Zucker scored the game-winner and added an assist in an impressive 4-2 win Friday in front of 18,295...Read more

Kane's four-goal game leads Sharks to victory over Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The game-time decision proved to be the right decision.

Evander Kane recorded his first career four-goal game Friday, charging the Sharks to a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in a Pacific Division battle loaded with playoff implications after he skipped the team's morning practice with a lower-body tweak.

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Kings top Wings, 4-1

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LOS ANGELES--Judging by the look on his face, the most surprised person in the arena was Anze Kopitar.

That's not often said of the goal scorer, but his game winner Thursday was probably the oddest of his career. It was more like a random shot in a pickup street hockey game: Chasing the play behind the Detroit Red Wings' net, Kopitar got the ...Read more

Goalie James Reimer backstops Panthers to victory over Bruins

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Games in hand in the NHL are insurance policies, cautious cushions that can spin a host of underlying problems. They could usher in comfort when there should be none. They can welcome complacency where there should be none. But most of all, they create a condensed schedule in the season's final month, when bodies are fatigued ...Read more

Blues lose to Avalanche, fail to pick up ground on playoff spot

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ST. LOUIS -- In a game with major playoff implications, the Blues may have had the better play but not the better scoring in a 4-1 loss to Colorado at Scottrade Center that was a serious setback to the Blues' postseason chances.

The Blues could have moved within a point of Colorado for the second wild-card spot with a win, but instead are now ...Read more

Flyers' recent collapse continues in loss to Columbus

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PHILADELPHIA -- They overcame a 10-game winless streak and the loss of their top two goalies to injuries.

Now they have to overcome a March skid that has knocked them out of first place and made fans uneasy about whether they will even make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The misery continued Thursday night at the Wells Cargo Center.

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Ducks shut out Canucks in 'desperation' game

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks needed this one badly, and they responded with the kind of "desperation" Randy Carlyle called for on the heels of a three-game losing streak.

The beleaguered Vancouver Canucks offense helped accommodate the Ducks, too.

The squad rests near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and they entered ...Read more

Kings miss wide in shootout loss to Coyotes 4-3

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Kings crawled back through the desert and thought they found an oasis.

They stared at a three-goal deficit against one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Then Jeff Carter tipped the game with a pair of deflection goals in the final eight minutes of regulation to force overtime. The Kings nearly pulled out a win,...Read more

Wild lose to Avalanche again; Jared Spurgeon injured

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild didn't surrender seven to the Avalanche for a third straight matchup.

But this improvement wasn't enough to overcome their pesky division rival, not when the Wild's own production dipped in a 5-1 slipup Tuesday in front of 19,171 at Xcel Energy Center that wasn't for a lack of try.

Actually, the Wild dominated the ...Read more

Bruins' big third period too much for Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are running out of games.

And hope. That's fast slipping away, too.

In what might be their most crushing loss of a season gone awry, the Hurricanes were beaten, 6-4, by the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at PNC Arena.

David Pastrnak had a hat trick for the Bruins, which scored five times in the third period....Read more

How long will Red Wings' Zetterberg play?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jeff Blashill stopped on his way to talk to reporters to shake Henrik Zetterberg's hand.

Amid the descent toward the end of the 2017-18 season and a second straight playoffs miss, the Detroit Red Wings captain created a positive memory from Monday's 5-3 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center when he scored in the third period. It ...Read more