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Hurricanes on edge as NHL trade deadline nears

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the Carolina Hurricanes, the waiting game continues.

The Canes left Monday for Florida, for road games against the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. General manager Ron Francis has said he would not be making the trip but would remain in Raleigh through Wednesday's 3 p.m. NHL deadline to tend to business.

With the ...Read more

Red Wings' Nick Jensen gets contract extension, still pushing

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen vacationed in Las Vegas during the bye last week, but he wasn't house hunting.

Jensen is part of the Wings' future now, after agreeing to a two-year contract extension Monday.

The one-way deal will pay him $800,000 next season and $825,000 in 2018-19. He would have been a restricted free agent in July ...Read more

Kings get Ben Bishop from Lightning in exchange for Peter Budaj

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A day after getting Jonathan Quick back from a groin injury that had sidelined him all season, the Los Angeles Kings picked up another top goaltender Sunday when they acquired veteran Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And while that doesn't address the team's sagging offense, it does give the Kings arguably ...Read more

Anisimov's third-period goal helps lift Blackhawks to 4-2 win over Blues

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CHICAGO -- Artem Anisimov's third-period goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night at the United Center.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist and Tanner Kero scored an empty-netter as the Hawks won their fourth game in a row.

Scott Darling earned the win in goal for ...Read more

Panthers fall to Senators for fourth consecutive home loss

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Panthers' interim coach prefaced Sunday's rumble with the Ottawa Senators being "as big a game as we've had all season long."

Defenseman Michael Matheson said everyone in the bunched-up Atlantic Division is already in playoff mode with just over 20 games to go.

The playoffs will be a pipedream if the Panthers continue to ...Read more

Hurricanes end five-game homestand with 3-1 loss to Flames

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes, coaches and players, viewed a five-game homestand after their NHL bye week as chance to make a move.

Win games, climb up in the Eastern Conference standings, put together a late-season surge, get into playoff contention.

Instead, the Canes ended it with a thud, with a 3-1 loss Sunday to the Calgary ...Read more

Red Wings face jam-packed month out of bye week

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Jared Coreau and Drew Miller return to the Detroit Red Wings to help them through a jam-packed schedule.

The Red Wings emerge from their five-day bye break with a Monday practice, after which they are to fly to Vancouver, where they start a five-game trip. They play the Canucks on Tuesday, then are at Calgary on Friday and at Edmonton on ...Read more

Sharks blast Canucks, 4-1

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Martin Jones recorded 35 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday night.

Jones stood out while his team struggled to handle a Canucks squad battling an outbreak of the mumps. The Canucks outshot the Sharks 36-26 but capitalized on the misfortune of Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller.

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Tomas Jurco happy to join Blackhawks after 'tough' years with Red Wings

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New Blackhawks winger Tomas Jurco didn't have the easiest time playing for the Red Wings.

When he played under current Maple Leafs coach Ken Babcock, Jurco said Babcock wanted him to play a more physical game. Jurco is more of a speed and skill player.

The demands the Wings had for Jurco never quite meshed with his skill set over the last four...Read more

Penguins defeat Flyers, 4-2, in Stadium Series game at Heinz Field

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PITTSBURGH -- Outdoors games have become almost routine for some of the Penguins.

After all, their 4-2 victory against Philadelphia before a crowd of 67,318 Saturday night at Heinz Field was the fourth for a few of them, dating to the original Winter Classic in Orchard Park, N.Y., in 2008.

Jake Guentzel, though, is still new to these.

Heck, ...Read more

Jonathan Quick sharp in return as Kings beat Ducks, 4-1

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LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick went back to work Saturday, making saves for the Kings during a 4-1 victory over the Ducks at Staples Center. He wasn't really into the game, he wasn't really back in action after sitting out for 59 games because of a groin injury until an old rival paid his respects, though.

Ducks right wing Corey Perry slashed ...Read more

Crashing net has Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov on pace for career season

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Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov didn't mince words or hesitate when asked recently if this is the best season of his career.

"No," Anisimov said. "Close to being, but not good enough. Just need to improve in all aspects."

The numbers give a different answer. Anisimov is having his best statistical season, whether he will concede it or not.

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NHL upholds 10-game suspension to Ducks forward Antoine Vermette

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LOS ANGELES -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday that the 10-game suspension given to Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for striking an official with his stick will be upheld.

Bettman heard Vermette's appeal for a ban reduction in New York City on Thursday and sided with linesman Shandor Alphonso's contention that Vermette slashed ...Read more

Should Red Wings expose Petr Mrazek to Vegas Golden Knights?

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The Detroit Red Wings are on break until Monday, their bye coming just days before the March 1 trade deadline could alter the makeup of the team.

One factor that plays into trades this year is the expansion draft, as teams face losing a player to the Vegas Golden Knights because only so many players can be protected. Teams can protect either ...Read more

Diversity is a family value for Kings coach Darryl Sutter

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LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter grew up between Montana and the North Pole, in a tiny Alberta prairie town so isolated and homogenized that debates which consumed the outside world only occasionally seeped in.

"All that stuff, it was irrelevant to us," he said of issues such as racial equality and gay rights. "Growing up, if there was any ...Read more

Panthers fall to Flames, 4-2

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Perhaps the Panthers should live in hotels during their homestands.

After what seemed to be a season-turning, franchise-record 5-0 road trip, the Panthers have come home to sunny Florida and laid two eggs to Western Conference foes, including a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames Friday at the BB&T Center.

It's the first time the ...Read more

Hurricanes end 5-game skid with 3-0 win over Senators

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes scored some goals, managed the puck well and got good goaltending Friday.

And won a game.

Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist, and Elias Lindholm and Viktor Stalberg scored as the Canes topped the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, at PNC Arena, ending a five-game winless streak.

Eddie Lack was the big man in net...Read more

Red Wings trade Tomas Jurco to Blackhawks for 3rd-round pick

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The sell off has begun.

The Detroit Red Wings have acquired a third-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for little-used forward Tomas Jurco.

"Things haven't worked out here," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "He and his agent let it be known he'd like to be elsewhere. He is restricted this summer and probably ...Read more

NHL commissioner calls unpredictable weather intriguing part of outdoor games

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman enjoyed the 70-degree weather in Pittsburgh Friday, but he's just as glad to see the weather reports calling for colder temperatures Saturday night.

Bettman, in an interview with Andrew Fillipponi on 93.7 The Fan Friday afternoon, said he was confident Saturday's Stadium Series game between the Penguins and Flyers ...Read more

Kings are unable to break a recurring habit, losing

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings have practiced almost every morning since early October.

So Coach Darryl Sutter was asked before Thursday night's game against the Boston Bruins what he could still be teaching the players six months later.

"Just reinforcing small details from prior games," he said. "Or if you see a history of reoccurring ...Read more