Bob Wojnowski: With playoff hopes lit, Red Wings need to keep up

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DETROIT — Derek Lalonde warned it’d get tougher. In fact, I think his actual quote when the Red Wings started rolling was, “It’s going to get tougher and tougher and tougher.”

And tougher still.

If the Wings weren’t exactly sure what they signed up for, it was on display at Little Caesars Arena the past two games. In the latest ...Read more

The Penguins look finished after their third loss in a row, this one a blowout against the Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Stick a fork in the Penguins. This team looks done.

Their recent three-game winning streak felt like a distant memory Sunday while watching a true Stanley Cup contender, the Edmonton Oilers, blow them out at Rogers Place. The Oilers scored four second-period goals in their 6-1 victory.

The Penguins have lost three games ...Read more

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Kirill Kaprizov's hat trick helps Wild top Sharks 4-3 to end skid

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Neither team's offense was at maximum capacity and it showed.

While the shorthanded Sharks barely reached double digits in shots, the Wild going with 11 forwards meant extra shifts for their top scorers — especially Kirill Kaprizov.

His third hat trick of the season finally shrugged off second-to-last San Jose 4-3 on ...Read more

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Penguins blow a two-goal lead against the Flames, lose their second straight game

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CALGARY, Alberta — The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a two-goal lead in the third period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday and lost, 4-3, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Penguins were up, 3-1, midway through the third period and seemingly had the game under control when they let the Flames score twice in 32 seconds.

First, Nazem Kadri went...Read more

Rookie goalie Magnus Chrona shines, but Sharks lose in shootout to Stars

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Magnus Chrona did everything he could to lead the San Jose Sharks to a victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

But Jamie Benn spoiled the rookie goalie’s chance at his first NHL victory.

Chrona stopped five of six shootout attempts before Jamie Benn scored in the seventh round. Luke Kunin rang his ensuing shootout attempt off the ...Read more

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Tyson Foerster's flurry of two goals in 45 seconds lifts Flyers past Senators, 4-2

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PHILADELPHIA — Time is ticking down and the Flyers’ schedule is anything but an easy one.

Facing an Ottawa Senators team that is last in the Atlantic Division, this was a game circled as a must-win weeks ago. The red circle became even thicker after a losing effort Friday night in the nation’s capital — and it wasn’t a gimme at the ...Read more

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Lethargic Bruins routed by Islanders, 5-1

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The NHL trade deadline arrives on Friday and it’s clear the Bruins need some help.

But their performance on Long Island on Saturday night must have GM Don Sweeney wondering just how much of it this team deserves.

The B’s were thoroughly outplayed by the New York Islanders at UBS Arena and were rightly routed, 5-1, to begin March much like ...Read more

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Wild fall to Blues, 3-1, for third loss in a row as playoff spot drifts farther

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ST. LOUIS — Almost exactly 11 months after he was sidelined with yet another knee injury, Mason Shaw did what he vowed to do.

He was back playing for the Wild.

Shaw made his season debut on Saturday, suiting up for the Wild for the first time since he recovered from the fourth ACL tear of his hockey career.

But his feel-good return came in ...Read more

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Avalanche continue mediocre road form with loss to red-hot Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Colorado Avalanche continue to take one step forward and one step back away from Ball Arena.

Cody Glass scored three times and Juuse Saros made 25 saves Saturday to help the Nashville Predators knock off the Avalanche, 5-1, at Bridgestone Arena. The Avs are the NHL’s best team at home with a 23-6-0 record. They ...Read more

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Golden Knights buried in Buffalo, drop 2nd straight on road

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Zemgus Girgensons scored a tie-breaking goal late in the second period, and the Sabres cruised to a 7-2 home win over the Golden Knights at KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Saturday.

The floodgates opened in the third as the Sabres scored four times.

Brendan Brisson and William Karlsson scored 2:42 apart early in the second to rally the Knights (...Read more

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Kraken battle Oilers until final horn but can't find equalizer in critical defeat

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SEATTLE — As a critical Saturday matinee performance ticked down to its conclusion, a desperate Kraken squad relentlessly pressed the Edmonton Oilers for a goal that would draw them even.

Scoring has not come easy for the Kraken and this latest effort was no exception despite a playoff-bound Edmonton team having given up more goals this ...Read more

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Sergei Bobrovsky's shutout and more notables from the Panthers' win over the Red Wings

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Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t face much action on Saturday.

But as he has so many times this season, the Florida Panthers’ All-Star goaltender took care of everything that came his way.

Bobrovsky stopped all 21 shots he faced as the Panthers beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-0, on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit in a game that could ...Read more

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With NHL trade deadline looming, Hurricanes blow big lead, fall to Jets at home

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The long wait begins.

After a less-than-favorable result Saturday — a 5-3 Carolina Hurricanes loss to the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena in a game the Canes led 3-0 after two periods — Canes players will have plenty to stew over during an abnormally long four-day March break, and not just from this result. Friday marks the NHL...Read more

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Flyers remain locked in tight division race following road loss to Capitals

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WASHINGTON — The Flyers had a chance to do something they couldn’t do a year ago. They also had a chance to get some breathing room.

They didn’t do either.

Last season, the Flyers won just 31 games. Entering Friday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, they were in the same spot but just 61 games into the season. With a chance ...Read more

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Sharks power play comes alive, but homestand ends on dismal note

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks scored a season-high three power-play goals Thursday but it still wasn’t enough to end their dismal homestand on a positive note.

Anthony Duclair pulled the Sharks to within one goal at the 9:30 mark of the third period, but San Jose could not find another equalizing goal in a 6-4 loss to the Anaheim ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon hits 100-point mark in Avalanche's 5-0 shutout of Blackhawks

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CHICAGO — The first trip to the Windy City was one of the low points of the 2023-24 season for the Colorado Avalanche.

This one was significantly better.

Justus Annunen recorded his first NHL shutout, Nathan MacKinnon reached 100 points for the second time in his career and the Avalanche got contributions from throughout the lineup Thursday ...Read more

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Philipp Grubauer earns the shutout as Kraken keep it rolling against Penguins

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SEATTLE — Goaltender Philipp Grubauer, making his first back-to-back starts since Dec. 7-9, made a one-goal lead stand up longer than it had any business doing, and the Seattle Kraken eked out a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Climate Pledge Arena.

They’ve secured at least one standings point in six of their ...Read more

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Florida Panthers cap homestand with two milestones and a shootout win over Canadiens

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Anton Lundell glided down the right side of the ice as he made his way toward the net. It was just him and the goaltender. He had one shot attempt to either end the game or see a contest that had already gone through 60 minutes of regulation, a five-minute sudden-death overtime and the first two rounds of a shootout continue on...Read more

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Bruins fend off Golden Knights for 5-4 victory

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BOSTON — The question with your Boston Bruins these days is not if disaster will strike, but when.

The B’s lost a lead for the fourth time in five games and, for the second time in that span, blew a three-goal lead on Thursday at TD Garden.

But through it all, the B’s managed to bag the rarest of all birds — a regulation win — thanks...Read more

Red Wings' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss against Islanders

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DETROIT — The Red Wings are still in great shape, one loss isn't going to derail what they've accomplished over the last two months.

But Thursday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders shows, with 22 games left on the schedule, there's work to do.

Mat Barzal banked a shot off Wings goaltender Alex Lyon at 13 minutes, 58 seconds of the third ...Read more