LOS ANGELES--Ahead of training camp this season, Todd McLellan and Ilya Kovalchuk met for lunch near the Kings practice facility in El Segundo.
Over the meal, they talked about Kovalchuk's past, including a 34-point debut with the Los Angeles Kings last season which he occasionally was benched by interim coach Willie Dejardins.
They talked ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl attracted a crowd after he threw a hip check on Connor McDavid in the second period of Tuesday night's game with the Edmonton Oilers.
When he got out of the penalty box, he skated toward the front of the Oilers' net and found himself all alone as he tapped in a pass from Erik Karlsson past ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Well, it happened again. Overtime. For the ninth time in 19 Blues games this season, and the sixth time in the last eight games.
But this time there was a new dilemma for the Blues. With 3:31 left in overtime Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes, they were called for too many men on the ice. But the Blues killed off the 4-on-3, ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Apparently there's something about a loss to the Ottawa Senators that shakes up and awakens the Carolina Hurricanes.
Two days after a listless defeat to the Sens in Ottawa, the Canes returned home Monday to PNC Arena and put together an 8-2 victory that checked all the boxes and ended a four-game losing streak.
Sebastian Aho ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton managed just four assists in his first 15 games this season, but perhaps it wasn't altogether fair to judge his play by the numbers alone.
With injuries and a suspension testing the Sharks' forward depth throughout October and early November, Thornton at times found himself playing with wingers on the Sharks' ...Read more
BOSTON -- Afterward, Carter Hart considered the goal that the Boston Bruins -- the defending Eastern Conference champions, perhaps the best team in the National Hockey League -- had nearly scored against him, and he laughed.
This was in the second period Sunday night at TD Garden, when the Flyers still had the Bruins under control, before their...Read more
Don Cherry, the longtime analyst on "Hockey Night in Canada," has been let go by Rogers Sportsnet after almost 40 years as the face of the NHL on television.
During Cherry's popular "Coach's Corner" segment on Saturday night, the former Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies coach shared some incendiary remarks about seeing people wear poppies to ...Read more
BOSTON -- Against all odds, the Flyers -- who should have been tired from playing on back-to-back nights -- controlled play and took a 2-0 lead into the third period Sunday night in Boston.
The Atlantic Division-leading Bruins wore down the visitors in the third period, but the Flyers won it in a shootout, 3-2, at TD Garden.
Joel Farabee, who ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored two goals, rookie Kirby Dach notched the second goal of his career and Jonathan Toews added another to pace the Blackhawks to a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs on Sunday night at the United Center.
Robin Lehner gave up three goals in the third and was briefly shaken up after taking a puck to the neck area while ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When Wild players empty into the lobby of a hotel, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning after arriving from the previous stop on a road trip, the group starts to separate itself by the elevators.
Veterans get on first while the younger players wait.
"A nice perk," goalie Devan Dubnyk said.
But being able to get settled ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Timo Meier scored in the seventh round of the shootout as the San Jose Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to pick up what may have been their most impressive victory of the season.
After making 24 saves through three periods and overtime, Martin Jones stopped all seven shots he faced in the shootout as the Sharks ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues couldn't hold on to a two-goal lead in the third period and went to overtime again, where the game ended predictably with David Perron scoring his third overtime winner of the season as the Blues beat Calgary 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Blues got their seventh straight win and closed out a four-game trip with a 4...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Falling behind by multiple goals on the road where the opposition gets the last change and has the backing of the crowd looks like a recipe for disaster.
But on this trip, which diverted from California to Arizona Saturday, the Wild has played their best when they're in comeback mode.
And that's exactly the gear they shifted...Read more
TORONTO -- Sean Couturier did it again Saturday night.
For the third time in eight days, Couturier scored the game-winner after regulation as the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in a shootout. It was arguably their most important win of the season as Couturier beat Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen in the one-on-one.
The Flyers seem to ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- One streak ended, another failed to launch and the Blackhawks' season of frustration carried on.
The Hawks lost to the Penguins for the first time since 2014 and failed to win their second straight, dropping a painful 3-2 decision Saturday at PPG Paints Arena to fall to 5-7-5. The Hawks, who wasted a two-goal lead, had beaten the ...Read more
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings wanted to play with more of that "nothing to lose" mentality that ignited a winning streak down the stretch last season.
It has been mostly a miserable stretch nearly a quarter of the way into this season, but the Wings earned a reprieve Friday at Little Caesars Arena with a competitive performance against the ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Logan Couture's fourth point of Thursday night came with 45 seconds left in the second period, as his pass to the front of the net set up a tap-in goal for Evander Kane and gave the San Jose Sharks a seemingly comfortable four-goal lead.
Then the third period began, and it turned out the Sharks needed every bit of Couture's ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks finally discovered it's a good thing to shoot often and have a fully functioning power play.
Now they just need to do this for another 67 games.
Alex DeBrincat scored a highlight-reel goal, Andrew Shaw scored his first goal since the home opener and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as the Hawks beat the Canucks...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. -- It was the Florida Panthers' biggest test in a slew of big tests to start the season.
And they let it slip away against the Washington Capitals.
A two-goal lead -- one that came after falling behind less than 30 seconds into regulation -- vanished midway through the second period.
Another lead faded early in the third period....Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers are off to their best 15-game start since 2011-12.
Sean Couturier scored with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in overtime as his shot trickled over the line after hitting off Carey Price, lifting the Flyers over Montreal, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.
It gave the Flyers points in four straight games (3-0-1) heading ...Read more