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Flyers remain locked in tight division race following road loss to Capitals

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WASHINGTON — The Flyers had a chance to do something they couldn’t do a year ago. They also had a chance to get some breathing room.

They didn’t do either.

Last season, the Flyers won just 31 games. Entering Friday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, they were in the same spot but just 61 games into the season. With a chance ...Read more

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Sharks power play comes alive, but homestand ends on dismal note

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks scored a season-high three power-play goals Thursday but it still wasn’t enough to end their dismal homestand on a positive note.

Anthony Duclair pulled the Sharks to within one goal at the 9:30 mark of the third period, but San Jose could not find another equalizing goal in a 6-4 loss to the Anaheim ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon hits 100-point mark in Avalanche's 5-0 shutout of Blackhawks

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CHICAGO — The first trip to the Windy City was one of the low points of the 2023-24 season for the Colorado Avalanche.

This one was significantly better.

Justus Annunen recorded his first NHL shutout, Nathan MacKinnon reached 100 points for the second time in his career and the Avalanche got contributions from throughout the lineup Thursday ...Read more

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Philipp Grubauer earns the shutout as Kraken keep it rolling against Penguins

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SEATTLE — Goaltender Philipp Grubauer, making his first back-to-back starts since Dec. 7-9, made a one-goal lead stand up longer than it had any business doing, and the Seattle Kraken eked out a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Climate Pledge Arena.

They’ve secured at least one standings point in six of their ...Read more

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Florida Panthers cap homestand with two milestones and a shootout win over Canadiens

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Anton Lundell glided down the right side of the ice as he made his way toward the net. It was just him and the goaltender. He had one shot attempt to either end the game or see a contest that had already gone through 60 minutes of regulation, a five-minute sudden-death overtime and the first two rounds of a shootout continue on...Read more

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Bruins fend off Golden Knights for 5-4 victory

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BOSTON — The question with your Boston Bruins these days is not if disaster will strike, but when.

The B’s lost a lead for the fourth time in five games and, for the second time in that span, blew a three-goal lead on Thursday at TD Garden.

But through it all, the B’s managed to bag the rarest of all birds — a regulation win — thanks...Read more

Red Wings' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss against Islanders

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DETROIT — The Red Wings are still in great shape, one loss isn't going to derail what they've accomplished over the last two months.

But Thursday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders shows, with 22 games left on the schedule, there's work to do.

Mat Barzal banked a shot off Wings goaltender Alex Lyon at 13 minutes, 58 seconds of the third ...Read more

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Wild give up record two fastest goals in 6-1 trouncing by Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not even a week ago — last Saturday — the Wild trailed the Predators by a measly two points for a playoff spot.

What a difference two games make.

Or rather two losses.

The Wild dropped eight points back of Nashville after the Predators blitzed the Wild twice in eight seconds before running away, 6-1, on Thursday at ...Read more

A year later, Red Wings are a different, possible playoff-bound team

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DETROIT — What a difference a year has made, in terms of where the Red Wings have been, currently are and might be in the weeks and months ahead.

A year ago this week, the Red Wings began the timeframe with 6-2 and 6-1 losses on consecutive nights in Ottawa. What had been a spirited run to get into playoff positioning suddenly fell flat.

And...Read more

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Generations collide: Connor Bedard says his big hit on Patrick Kane was 'just a finishing check'

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CHICAGO — Ahead of the first-ever meeting, Connor Bedard spoke of Patrick Kane in reverent terms, saluting his place in Chicago Blackhawks lore as a living legend.

That doesn’t mean Bedard can’t give him a good smack during the game.

And that’s just what he did Sunday during the Hawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to Kane and his new team, the ...Read more

Jeff Gordon: Today's Blues face much less trade deadline angst than their predecessors

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues are in a very tight Western Conference playoff chase. The NHL trade deadline looms next Friday.

So they could feel bit more stress than usual as they confront a difficult stretch of games.

But the trade deadline isn’t nearly as nerve-wracking in the modern NHL as it was during previous eras. For multiple reasons, ...Read more

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Erik Karlsson scores in overtime as the Penguins rally to stun the Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Erik Karlsson scored the overtime winner Tuesday as the Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at Rogers Arena.

After a few end-to-end rushes in overtime, the puck came to Pittsburgh’s big offseason pickup. He buried the winner with 3:18 remaining in the extra period.

Despite being down their top two ...Read more

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Sharks lose goalie to injury, are embarrassed at home by New Jersey Devils

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SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was brilliant for the first 17 minutes of Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

Then everything went wrong, for himself and the Sharks.

Blackwood was injured late in the first period and did not return, and the Sharks, after taking a brief lead, got completely outclassed in the ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon, Alexandar Georgiev help Avalanche cruise to much-needed win against Stars

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The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars might be headed for a showdown in one of the first two rounds of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And while regular-season matchups are largely irrelevant once the postseason begins, the Avs have found a way to play three of their best games this year against their Central Division rivals.

Nathan MacKinnon ...Read more

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Flyers play lights out in 6-2 thrashing of Tampa Bay

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PHILADELPHIA — Tuesday night had it all.

A grand return. A highlight-reel goal. The Flyers holding the NHL’s top power play off the board. Strong play once again from Sam Ersson — and a power outage.

Literally.

But in the end, all that mattered was that the Flyers nabbed two points critical points with a 6-2 win against the Tampa Bay ...Read more

Blues drop fifth game in their last seven with 4-2 loss in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — In less than a week, the Western Conference standings transformed from friend to foe for the Blues.

Once, they were in a decent position in the second wild-card position in the West. Now, thanks to a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Tuesday night, they find themselves falling back of a playoff position.

The loss was the Blues' ...Read more

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Reworked third line benefits Wild, but not enough to hold off Hurricanes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wild coach John Hynes must not be superstitious because even though the Wild have been winning, he's still making changes.

Case in point: Hynes tweaked the forward group on Tuesday, and the reworked third line factored in two goals.

But the lift from their depth players wasn't enough to buoy the Wild's momentum.

They ...Read more

'What we're doing is working': Florida Panthers are winning playing their style of hockey

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers’ lead on the Buffalo Sabres shrunk to a single goal with a little more than seven minutes left and yet the Panthers hardly looked fazed.

Gustav Forsling, whose momentary lapse of attention let Tage Thompson get free to score, tilted his head back for maybe a second before returning to the bench. Sergei ...Read more

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Knights ride strong 2nd period to snap skid in Toronto

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The Golden Knights scored three times in the second period to snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Adin Hill made 30 saves for the Knights less than a week after he was pulled in the first period of a 7-3 loss to Toronto at T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights (33-19-7) ...Read more

Wings score season-high eight goals, win sixth straight over Caps

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DETROIT — The playoffs aren't here yet for the Red Wings but with each passing game it's becoming to feel like it.

The importance increases each game, as the standings get tighter and the games simply feel more important. It's as if there's a sprint to the finish line.

There's still a bit to go, 23 games after Tuesday's 8-3 victory over ...Read more