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Erik Karlsson's goal caps comeback as Sharks beat Colorado Avalanche

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – After losing twice by one goal to Colorado in recent days, the Sharks finally had a close game against the Avalanche go their way Wednesday night.

Erik Karlsson’s third-period power-play goal capped a Sharks’ comeback as they erased a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 win over the Avalanche at SAP Center.

Tomas Hertl had ...Read more

Blues can't clinch playoff spot, fall in shootout to Ducks, 3-2

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ST. LOUIS — A playoff spot for the Blues is pretty much inevitable. The combination of results to keep it from happening is pretty remote. So maybe for old times’ sake, the Blues revisited those days when they had trouble doing the simple things.

Against an Anaheim team long since eliminated from the playoff race but which has been throwing...Read more

Blue Jackets overcome two deficits to beat Predators, 4-2

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It may have been the longest shift the Blue Jackets had in the offensive zone all night.

Center Jack Roslovic and his linemates, Mikhail Grigorenko and Emil Bemstrom, alongside defensemen Mikko Lehtonen and Vladislav Gavrikov, strung together an extended shift late in the third period with the game tied at two goals apiece and kept the pressure...Read more

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Kirill Kaprizov's two quick goals force overtime, but Wild fall to Golden Knights, 3-2

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rivalries are usually built in the playoffs, but the Wild and Golden Knights started laying the groundwork in their last regular-season clash before a potential first-round series.

The bad blood drew real blood, a chippy slugfest that eventually turned into yet another third-period rally for the Wild that fizzled 3-2 in ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Surprises galore as Penguins wrap up stellar regular season

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Like many, I had the Penguins pegged as a borderline playoff team, largely because of the stiff competition in the rugged NHL East Division.

If you’d have told me they would lose important players left and right, including Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin, Kasperi Kapanen, Brandon Tanev and Jason Zucker for nearly 100 games combined — and that...Read more

Lightning come through late with 6-2 win over Stars

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TAMPA, Fla. — With the regular season winding down and their spot in the playoffs already clinched, the Lightning still have something to play for.

While the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes get closer to clinching first place in the Central Division, the Lightning can still earn first-round home-ice advantage against their likely opponent, the ...Read more

Penguins survive slugfest, end season series vs. the Flyers with a win

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PHILADELPHIA — The Penguins escaped Wells Fargo Center with a win Tuesday and have to be thrilled that they aren’t coming back to this place for a while.

The Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention last week but had no problem getting up for another showdown with their Keystone State rivals. In a snarling end to the ...Read more

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Svechnikov, Niederreiter lead Hurricanes past Blackhawks 6-3

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It’s hard holding back the Carolina Hurricanes.

Even when they’re not always at their best, they’ve often found ways to win this season and did it again Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice as the Canes shook off an awful first period with some determined play over the final 40...Read more

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Blow up the Flyers' roster? Not necessary, says Dave Scott, the team's chairman.

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Dave Scott, the Flyers’ chairman, understands the fans’ grief over an underachieving season that has turned miserable.

He shares their frustration.

“I feel for our fans. I mean, it’s a sad situation,” he said in an interview Monday. “I’m angry. I’m frustrated. Everyone keeps saying they’re disappointed, and it’s beyond ...Read more

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Sharks blow lead, lose to Avalanche in OT as playoff hopes officially end

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sharks failed to keep their razor-thin playoff hopes alive for at least one more game.

Andre Burakovsky scored at the 41-second mark of overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Sharks at SAP Center, officially eliminating San Jose from playoff contention.

Up by two goals in the third period, the ...Read more

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Late goals by Jonas Brodin, Kirill Kaprizov catapult Wild past Vegas 6-5

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If the latest installment of Wild vs. Golden Knights was a potential playoff preview, the series will be entertaining.

And a goal scorer's paradise.

Offense outpaced defense, and the Wild ended up having enough fuel — powering past Vegas 6-5 in front of 3,000 at Xcel Energy Center thanks to not one but two goals in the final two minutes of ...Read more

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Emil Bemstrom's first career hat trick not enough for Blue Jackets in OT

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It ended the way too many Blue Jackets’ games have concluded this season.

Despite Emil Bemstrom’s first career hat trick helping them overcome a 3-0 deficit in the third period, a victory wasn’t in the cards Monday night at Nationwide Arena. Rather than Bemstrom scoring a fourth goal to lift Columbus to victory, the Nashville Predators ...Read more

Devils shut out by Boston as Bruins clinch playoff spot

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A three-game winning streak had the Devils feeling good entering the final week of the regular season. The Devils have been able to figure out the Boston Bruins all season long, but that luck ran out in the penultimate meeting between the two teams this season.

Boston's 3-0 win over the Devils was the first regulation win by the Bruins in seven...Read more

Alex Lyon, Claude Giroux help Flyers whip Penguins, 7-2, and aid Caps in East Division race

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While the Flyers are playing out the string on a forgettable season, their opponent Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are in a hotly contested battle to win the East Division title.

So the Flyers were playing loose when they faced a Penguins team that should have had urgency on its side in their meeting at the Wells Fargo Center.

Loose won.

...Read more

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With playoffs locked up, Panthers put future on display vs. Stars -- and it looks bright

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Even before Aleksander Barkov delivered the Florida Panthers a 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars in overtime, Monday began with a celebration.

Their spot in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs is long locked up. Seeding is all they have at stake for the last week of the regular season and they only control so much of their fate. The Panthers have ...Read more

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Aho hat trick spurs Carolina Hurricanes to 5-2 victory over Chicago Blackhawks

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It has been a while since hats came flying on the ice at PNC Arena.

But Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes had ‘em flying Monday. Scoring the third hat trick of his career, the ever competitive center spurred a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Aho scored off the rush. He scored on the power play, with a crafty...Read more

Blues move closer to playoff spot with 3-1 win over Ducks

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For the Blues, the talk of making the playoffs has shifted from an “if” to a “when” after a rollercoaster season that has left them with more than a few sore spots where the team has struggled.

The Blues on Monday, however, repeated one of the things that has contributed to this season of inconsistency: the inability to deal with the ...Read more

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Quick start helps Lightning win tight game in Detroit

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One day after being held scoreless despite 62 shots, the Lightning scored on their first attempt Sunday afternoon in Detroit.

Blake Coleman’s goal 16 seconds into the game set the tone for a much different contest — and a different outcome. The Lightning have been a great team when playing with a lead, and Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Red ...Read more

Chicago Blackhawks' rally falls short in a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers, leaving them 8 points behind in the playoff chase

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Saturday at the United Center with a smattering of fans in attendance.

The Hawks increased the number of team-invited guests and had them sitting in the lower section of the stands (opposite the benches), which were empty earlier this season. They’re hoping to accommodate ...Read more

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Sharks' Korenar shines, but Colorado Avalanche sweeps two-game series

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The San Jose Sharks received a standout performance from goalie Josef Korenar but couldn’t turn that into a win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Alexander Barabanov, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl all scored, but the Sharks allowed two third-period goals in what turned into a 4-3 loss to Avalanche at Ball Arena on Saturday.

Evander Kane earned ...Read more