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Slow start dooms Ducks in 3-2 loss to Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Once again, the Anaheim Ducks got to the point of liftoff and ended up scrapping their launch.

Like any coin that has two sides, the Ducks seem to have theirs and it is good and bad. Average teams are often like that and the flip side to their confident win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday was on display one night later ...Read more

Blackhawks are hot, but still can't catch Wild

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before the Blackhawks faced the Wild on Feb. 8, winger Patrick Kane called it "the biggest game" of the Hawks' season.

Now that they are meeting again just 13 days later in St. Paul, Minn., what does Kane have to say?

"You could probably say the same thing once again," he said. "These are huge games. Especially when, if you're ...Read more

Panthers down Blues, 2-1, on Trocheck's last-second goal

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ST. LOUIS -- Not since Thelma and Louise has there been a more memorable road trip.

In a much happier ending, the Panthers, led by red-hot goalie James Reimer and a last-second goal by Vincent Trocheck, completed the franchise's first 5-0 road trip with a 2-1 gem over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night at Scottrade Center.

Reimer notched 26 ...Read more

Panthers' Luongo receives confidence boost after sterling effort

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ST. LOUIS -- Despite tying former Panthers goalie Ed Belfour for fourth place all-time when he played his 963rd game Saturday night, Roberto Luongo still needed a stellar outing to restore his confidence.

He got it when he made 33 saves, many spectacular, to lead the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Saturday for his 452nd career win,...Read more

General manager Hextall still believes in Flyers

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Even after watching the Flyers struggle for two months, general manager Ron Hextall still believes in his inconsistent hockey team, still believes it has the talent to make a playoff run, still is unsure if he'll issue a "for sale" sign before the March 1 trade deadline.

"We've got lots of hockey left," Hextall ...Read more

Gostisbehere's three assists lead Flyers past Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Shayne Gostisbehere's struggles have been well-documented, but the second-year defenseman had a breakout game Sunday night at Rogers Arena.

Displaying the offense that made him the runner-up in last year's rookie-of-the-year voting, Gostisbehere collected a career-high three assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers...Read more

Sharks lose to Bruins, 2-1, in overtime

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks missed a chance to build more of a cushion in the Pacific Division standings Sunday night before they begin their bye week.

As has been the case four other times this month, the loss came after regulation time.

Brad Marchand scored with 2:24 left in overtime as the Sharks lost, 2-1, to the Boston Bruins on Sunday...Read more

Josh Manson notches winner in second half as Ducks clip Kings, 1-0

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Gibson stopped all 24 shots he faced and Josh Manson's second-period goal stood up for the Ducks in a 1-0 over the Kings on Sunday night.

Before a sellout crowd at Honda Center, the Ducks(31-19-10) turned in a strong defensive effort to get their second 1-0 win in a three-game span. Gibson starred in the other one at ...Read more

McElhinney, Maple Leafs blank Hurricanes, 4-0

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes' fast-dwindling playoff hopes took another hit Sunday.

In a game that came as close as possible to being in a "must-win" category, the Canes did not win, losing for the fourth straight time.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who had the best player in the game, won 4-0 at PNC Arena as backup goalie Curtis ...Read more

Blackhawks continue dominance of Sabres with 5-1 victory

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Blackhawks took over in the final two periods Sunday and ran away from the Sabres in a 5-1 victory.

The Hawks have now won six of their last seven games, 11 straight against the Sabres, and got a goal from every line Sunday.

The Hawks got on the board first with a nice shot from Ryan Hartman, who sent home a wrister over ...Read more

Red Wings top Penguins for second consecutive impressive win

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PITTSBURGH -- Defeat the top team in NHL? Check. Hand the defending Stanley Cup champions only their fourth home regulation loss of the season? Check.

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up as good a weekend as they've had all season with a gutsy 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena, a day after beating the...Read more

Kings battle back but fall against Panthers

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings began a stretch Saturday that will see them play seven times in 11 days, with all but one of those games coming against playoff contenders.

That's a span that could go a long way toward determining the team's own postseason future. But it's one that got off to a bad start with Aleksander Barkov's tiebreaking ...Read more

Wild pull away from Predators for 5-2 victory

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first year of the so-called "bye week" has coaches raging across the NHL, particularly because teams coming off of them have won three of 19 games to date.

The Nashville Predators came off its five-day break Saturday and didn't even have the chance to practice Friday because they had to fly to Minnesota.

Still, coach ...Read more

Talbot shines as Oilers top Blackhawks, 3-1

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CHICAGO -- Before their extended break, the Blackhawks had won five consecutive games and were playing some of their best hockey of the season.

So one of the main questions headed into Saturday's game against the Oilers was if the Hawks would resume their quality play or if the six-day break would act as a hard reset and bring them back down.

...Read more

Blues winning streak snapped in 3-2 loss to Sabres

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BUFFALO -- It was the end of line for several Blues' streaks on Saturday afternoon. Their penalty kill perfection under new coach Mike Yeo ended at 23 straight. Also done was their six-game overall win streak and their five-game road win streak. And they gave up a goal when down two players for the first time this season.

It was bound to happen...Read more

Red Wings stun Capitals in shootout, 3-2

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DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek again gave the Detroit Red Wings the chance they needed.

Mrazek turned in a third straight strong start this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, making 34 saves through overtime to lead the Wings to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals, who despite coming off their bye week still boasted the best record in the ...Read more

Jagr leads Panthers over Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Defenseman Josh Manson had the puck behind the Anaheim Ducks' net in the opening minutes of the second period Friday at Honda Center. Then, just as quickly, he lost it. Jaromir Jagr, the Florida Panthers' ageless wonder, wanted it, so he swiped it.

Jagr skated to the front of the Ducks' net, shifted the puck from his backhand...Read more

Penguins fall to Blue Jackets in overtime, 2-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Another milestone achieved.

Just not another emotional, overtime win for the Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin recorded his 500th NHL assist in the second period, but the Penguins dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at Nationwide Arena.

Playing 24 hours after Sidney Crosby reached 1,000 points in his...Read more

Avs outlast Hurricanes in overtime, 2-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said he expected his team to be rested and hungry after their five-day bye week.

The Canes were rested. They're hungry for wins.

But sharp? The Canes, in their first game back after the NHL-mandated break, were a little too sloppy and sluggish at times in their game Friday ...Read more

Red Wings' Larkin seeking ways out of sophomore slump

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Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin hasn't had the same offensive impact in his second NHL season as he had as a rookie.

Larkin has 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points this season. He has a minus-18 rating in 55 games heading into Saturday's home game against the Washington Capitals.

"Right now, we have 25 games left," Larkin said. "...Read more