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Sharks continue to dominate Kings with 3-2 victory

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings won't see the Staples Center again this month. Which might not be such a bad thing given the way they've played there this week, losing consecutive games in regulation on the same homestand for the first time this season.

The second one came Wednesday, when the San Jose Sharks rode scores from Brent Burns, ...Read more

Mired in scoring slump, Blackhawks' Toews vows 'to not lose that faith'

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DENVER -- Admittedly frustrated while mired in an offensive slump, Jonathan Toews found the puck on his stick and a vacated goal in front of him late in the Blackhawks' victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Instead of depositing the puck into the empty net, Toews slipped it to rookie Tanner Kero, who took the gift and fired it in to ...Read more

Red Wings rally to force OT, win in shootout over Bruins, 6-5

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings dug their way out of a self-created crater to create their first three-game winning streak since October.

Rallying from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits, they used a late goal from Gustav Nyquist and a shootout goal from Frans Nielsen to secure a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

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Penguins snap road skid with 4-1 win against Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- It often wasn't pretty, and it certainly wasn't perfect.

However, because the NHL doesn't award style points, the Penguins figure to be quite content with their 4-1 victory against Montreal at the Bell Centre Wednesday evening.

The victory was the Penguins' second in a row, snapped a three-game losing streak on the road and raised ...Read more

Wild's Jonas Brodin expected to miss up to a month with a broken finger

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One of the Wild's biggest strengths is their mobile blue line, but that group suffered a big blow Tuesday night when Jonas Brodin broke a finger.

He had an appointment with a hand specialist Wednesday at noon. While the Wild didn't provide the extent of Brodin's injury after Wednesday's practice, general manager Chuck Fletcher said he expects ...Read more

Red Wings' Jared Coreau grounded as he grabs at No. 1 job

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Jared Coreau thinks more about his mealtimes, more about his bedtimes.

As he grabs for the starting job with the Detroit Red Wings, the 6-foot-6 rookie goaltender is showing the focus that took him from winning one game in his first year of pro hockey to playing at the highest level of the sport. He was slated to get his third straight start ...Read more

Rakell leads Ducks over Lightning

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With one look-off-the-goalie shot, Rickard Rakell broke the Anaheim Ducks out of their frozen-solid power play and solved their overtime issues for a night.

Rakell scored 54 seconds into the extra session Tuesday night at Honda Center to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning for just their second win in 10...Read more

Blackhawks rally past Avalanche for 6-4 victory

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DENVER -- Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice in the third period to help the Chicago Blackhawks rally for a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. Tanner Kero had two goals and an assist, Ryan Hartman a goal and an assist and Brent Seabrook also scored as the Hawks snapped a two-game losing skid.

Matt Duchene ...Read more

Blues win streak comes to an end at home, fall to Senators

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ST. LOUIS -- All of a sudden, home is where the heartache is for the Blues.

For the first part of the season, Scottrade Center was a dependable place for the Blues to pick up two points, but now, it seems like alien territory. The Blues lost for the fourth time in five games on their home ice -- that doesn't count the Winter Classic win at ...Read more

Joel Ward leads Sharks in 5-2 win over Jets

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward looked up and thought he had some time as he went to retrieve the puck along the boards near the bench of the Winnipeg Jets.

Instead, Ward was leveled by Jets defenseman Mark Stuart.

"Turned around," Ward said, "and just saw a big white jersey in front of me."

Ward, though, had pushed the ...Read more

Kings miss the ailing Anze Kopitar in 2-1 loss to Lightning

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LOS ANGELES -- Most of the Los Angeles Kings had to work Monday despite the holiday. But the one guy who got the day off was the player the Kings missed most.

Captain Anze Kopitar called in sick, and without him the team's offense fizzled in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"You always miss really good hockey players you don't have," ...Read more

This trade is a Wild win, and balanced scoring fuels Capitals

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Lessons from the last week of play in the NHL:

It sometimes takes years to determine which team "won" a trade, but it's safe to say the Minnesota Wild came out ahead when it acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Arizona for a 2015 third-round draft pick. On Sunday, the second anniversary of the trade, Dubnyk made 33 saves as the Wild rallied ...Read more

Penguins win wild game vs. Capitals in overtime, 8-7

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PITTSBURGH--The Penguins came into Monday night's game against the Washington Capitals intent on playing better defensively and snapping a three-game losing streak.

The losing streak is over. Maybe they can try the defense thing another day.

After spotting the Capitals a three-goal lead, the Penguins scored six of the nine goals in a wild ...Read more

Red Wings shut out Canadiens, 1-0

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DETROIT -- A game after they won a barnburner against the defending champions, the Detroit Red Wings ground out a victory against the top opponent in their division.

Jared Coreau provided 18 saves and Thomas Vanek his 12th goal in a Monday matinee at Joe Louis Arena, leaving the Red Wings to savor a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. It ...Read more

Ducks stumble in overtime and lose to St. Louis, 2-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Imagine where the Anaheim Ducks might be if they were just respectable in overtime.

That's about all they can do when it comes to that. Patrik Berglund scored both goals for St. Louis, including the winner at 51 seconds of overtime to lift the Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Ducks on Sunday night at Honda Center.

Rickard ...Read more

Wild prove they could be threat to Blackhawks in 3-2 victory

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CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Wild have made a habit of chasing the Chicago Blackhawks -- this season and throughout this decade.

While the Hawks have had big-boy rivalries with the Blues, Red Wings and Canucks in recent years, the Wild were always the little brother wanting to join the action.

Perhaps the little brother is growing up.

The Hawks ...Read more

Wild rally from two-goal deficit to edge Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- The Wild had a tremendous first half in which they reeled off 27 wins, 59 points, a .720 points percentage, a plus-45 goal differential and the Western Conference's most goals and fewest goals against.

But as much currency as that has created in the Twin Cities, nobody's going to buy future Wild success this season unless the team ...Read more

Capitals clobber Flyers, 5-0

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WASHINGTON -- Second-year Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made more lineup changes Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center, but it didn't stop The Great Skid that has followed their 10-game winning streak.

They dropped a 5-0 decision to a Washington team that played its backup goalie, Philipp Grubauer, and for the first two periods ...Read more

Carter provides finishing touch for Kings in overtime

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LOS ANGELES--Jeff Carter jumped off the bench, skated into open ice in front of the net and then buried a one-timer to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Anze Kopitar kicked the puck ahead to Jake Muzzin, Muzzin delivered a cross-ice pass to Carter and he netted his team-leading 23rd goal 1 ...Read more

Blues blank Sharks, 4-0; Thornton ejected

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton's emotions got the better of him as he was ejected midway through Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues for spearing Paul Stastny.

Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, it was one of the few times they showed any real passion.

The Sharks missed a handful of handful of scoring opportunities in the first ...Read more