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Costly lapses sink Wild against Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The number of shots, both for and against, was much more flattering for the Wild.

Their power play continued to deliver, and the goaltending remained steady despite a different face taking over the crease.

But these positives couldn't overcome a string of costly lapses, and the Wild fell 4-2 to the Predators on Monday at ...Read more

Red Wings make a mockery of themselves in 7-3 loss to Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- The Detroit Red Wings made a mockery of themselves.

Fresh off a humiliation in Boston, they self-destructed in the second period Monday at Bell Centre en route to a 7-3 loss to the Canadiens. Six games in, the Wings remain in search of their first victory -- and the next stop is at Tampa Bay.

The Wings (0-4-2) have lost six games ...Read more

Return in sight for Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford: 'If everything goes right he can go on Thursday'

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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had another solid practice Monday and remains on schedule to play in his first NHL game in nearly 10 months Thursday night against the Coyotes at the United Center.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said the team will decide Wednesday whether Crawford will play for the first time since Dec. 23, when he was pulled in ...Read more

What we learned in the NHL last week: Enjoy the increase in scoring because it probably won't last

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What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:

SCORING IS UP ... BUT DON'T GET TOO EXCITED

Some 7-6 and 8-5 outcomes suggested scoring is on the rise, but the uptick was typical of what happens early each season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, through the first 73 games the average number of goals scored per game was 6.22 (...Read more

The Blackhawks' strong start may not be all that it seems

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No matter how you break it down, it has been an exhilarating start to the Blackhawks season.

It's the first time in NHL history any team has gone to overtime its first five games of a season, but that doesn't do justice to how exciting each 60 minutes has been, particularly some breathtaking third periods.

"We've had five games, every one of ...Read more

Blues squander third period lead, lose 3-2 to Ducks

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ST. LOUIS -- For the third time this season, the Blues have failed to hold onto a third period lead. In a pair of overtime losses to Chicago, the Blues squandered 4-3 and 3-2 leads in the third.

Sunday at home against an injury-depleted Anaheim team, the Blues couldn't hold a 2-1 third period advantage in what became a 3-2 loss at Enterprise ...Read more

Alex DeBrincat's goal with 9 seconds left in OT sends Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3

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CHICAGO -- Brandon Saad isn't some shaky kid who needs a veteran to lift him up when he's down.

First of all, he has shown no sign to be down in spirit. Just within the Blackhawks lineup.

But Patrick Kane has a message for his teammate: He has been there before.

It has been awhile since Kane had to deal with coach Joel Quenneville dropping ...Read more

Despite 52 saves from Devan Dubnyk, Wild fall in OT to Hurricanes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The text on the video board was different, looking like the lettering out of the Pac-Man arcade game -- a nod to the '80s-themed night at Xcel Energy Center.

But the scoreboard wasn't malfunctioning when it showed the Wild tied with the Hurricanes despite getting overwhelmed on the shot clock.

Carolina reached 30 before the ...Read more

Power-play drought continues for Kings in 5-1 loss to Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- A redux near the Rideau Canal materialized in the opening minutes.

Adrian Kempe rang a shot off the post at Canadian Tire Centre just after puck drop and looked like he was going to follow up his brilliant, two-goal performance here last season with another.

Then the game settled in. The Kings' defense took a coffee break ...Read more

Red Wings can't stay close in 8-2 loss to Bruins

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BOSTON -- The Detroit Red Wings couldn't even keep this one close.

Five games into their season, they are still searching for their first victory. Saturday's outing at TD Garden -- a hostile place for the Wings even in better times -- turned ugly in the second period and ended with an 8-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

As the losses have grown, ...Read more

Flyers can't beat Marc-Andre Fleury, lose to Golden Knights

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PHILADELPHIA -- The anger that was in Claude Giroux's voice on Tuesday was replaced by frustration on Saturday. Who could blame the guy?

Marc-Andre Fleury robbed the Flyers with a handful of spectacular saves. His final one, on Giroux, sealed the game and a 1-0 win for Vegas over the Flyers. Fleury stopped 26 shots in all as top forwards James ...Read more

Blackhawks demote Brandon Saad to 4th line just 4 games into season

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CHICAGO -- If Brandon Saad is upset he has been demoted from the Blackhawks' second line to their fourth, it wasn't evident Friday.

He expressed no outward emotion and the perplexing forward addressed the understandable move coach Joel Quenneville made just four games into the season in his always soft voice.

Saad took the move in stride -- as...Read more

Shutout is just a call away for Kings

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MONTREAL -- Even in the most depressing times of his career, Jack Campbell reserved a space in the back of his mind for nights like this.

When he put his game under a microscope in Texas and Idaho it was difficult to see much light, but Campbell never let his positivity flicker out.

"You always got to believe in yourself," Campbell said. "Once...Read more

Ryan Suter's late short-handed goal gives way to Jason Zucker's overtime winner for Wild vs. Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wild center Eric Staal hung his head.

Despite staring down a mostly empty net with Blackhawks goalie Cam Ward pulled off to one side, Staal still directed the puck into Ward's pads -- a missed opportunity that symbolized a rough debut for the team's scorers.

But when Staal received a do-over, getting another chance in tight ...Read more

Blues beat Flames, 5-3, on Perron hat trick

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ST. LOUIS -- On their third try, the Blues got their first win, with David Perron recording a hat trick in the first two periods in a 5-3 win over Calgary at Enterprise Center.

It was Perron's fourth career hat trick and his third with the Blues, the first since Oct. 22, 2016, also against Calgary. Two of the goals, his second and his third, ...Read more

Red Wings keep it close, but drop fourth straight, 5-3, to Maple Leafs

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DETROIT -- The disparity in talent between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs was on full display Thursday.

Led by their young superstars, the Leafs skilled their way to a 5-3 victory at Little Caesars Arena. The Wings kept the score close thanks to Jimmy Howard and a resilient third period, but they burned themselves with penalties....Read more

Panthers squander lead, lose to Blue Jackets in home opener

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- On the night it honored its inaugural 1993-94 team, the Panthers new class of talented youngsters showed why there's plenty of optimism and excitement emanating from Sunrise.

Florida's first line of Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov and Nick Bjustad provided plenty of fireworks -- all scoring goals -- to lead the team's ...Read more

Kesler scores in return but Ducks fall

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Kesler hacked at the bouncing puck, and then he hacked some more.

He hung around the net in his season debut and kept chopping until the puck popped past Antti Ranta, the first goal of the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday at Honda Center.

It took less than six minutes for Kesler to ...Read more

Jake Voracek stars as Flyers rebound to beat Senators; Nolan Patrick injured

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- One night after they allowed the most goals in a home opener in franchise history, the Flyers regrouped Wednesday behind a veteran right winger who was goal-less in the first three games.

Jake Voracek had five points and scored two goals, and Cal Pickard made 31 saves as the Flyers rebounded and defeated Ottawa, 7-4, at the ...Read more

Jets power past Kings despite Kovalchuk's first L.A. goal

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WINNIPEG -- The game started out with the beaming smile from a 35-year-old who celebrated his 418th career goal like it was his first.

Ilya Kovalchuk's face lit up as Drew Doughty and teammates joined him in the corner for Kovalchuk's first goal with the Los Angeles Kings and first in the NHL since 2013. It could not have been much prettier: a ...Read more