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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane happy with linemates no matter who Joel Quenneville pairs with him

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CHICAGO -- Nick Schmaltz is out, Brandon Saad is back in and Patrick Kane, as always, is unfazed.

Joel Quenneville moved Schmaltz off Kane's line and put Saad back on it for Tuesday night's game against the Ducks at the United Center, the latest series of lineup changes to which Kane has become accustomed.

"It has been changing for 12 years," ...Read more

Blackhawks' Kunitz and family are making moments to remember with Chicago homecoming

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The large family gathering on the night of the Blackhawks' home opener was just clearing out when 9-year-old Zach Kunitz had a thought.

"Is that what it's like?" he asked his mom, Maureen, who didn't quite know what he meant at first.

Zach clarified: "Is that what it's like to live by family?"

That was one moment Chris and Maureen Kunitz knew...Read more

Avalanche's top line scores 3 goals in 4-1 win over Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- So much for the Flyers building momentum from their workmanlike win Saturday over New Jersey.

The Flyers, their special teams still struggling, dropped a 4-1 decision Monday to speedy Colorado at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers (4-5) have yet to win back-to-back games this season, and they are 2-3 on home ice.

Early in the ...Read more

Blues blow another two-goal lead, fall in overtime to Jets, 5-4

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Blues kept their three-game trip from being a total disaster, but they let a chance for even more get away when they failed to hold another two-goal lead and lost to Winnipeg 5-4 in overtime on Monday at Bell MTS Place.

The Blues managed three points in the three games that started with Colton Parayko's costly giveaway...Read more

Red Wings don't belong on same ice as Hurricanes, lose 3-1

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings didn't get in the game until the third period, after relying on Jimmy Howard to do the heavy lifting.

The Carolina Hurricanes tilted Little Caesars Arena on Monday through the first two periods, dominated in puck possession to the degree the Wings didn't even look like they belonged on the same ice.

They ...Read more

Ducks pay tribute to Paul Kariya but it's no banner night for players on the ice in 4-2 loss to Sabres

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Paul Kariya stood on a black mat bearing his signature and gazed as a banner emblazoned with his last name and number was finally, at long last, raised to the rafters.

That No. 9 now hangs to the left of Teemu Selanne's No. 8, the pair of players who were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame last year in Toronto now together ...Read more

Wild showing ability to mount charges in third period

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The result has been the same for three straight games, and so have the factors behind each win for the Wild.

Their goaltending has been impactful, whether it be the franchise-record 24 saves Devan Dubnyk made against the Stars in the second period Friday, or the assist Alex Stalock had on the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday against the ...Read more

Lightning ride record-setting second period to a 6-3 win over the Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- A record-setting second period lifted the Lightning to a dominant 6-3 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night at the United Center.

The Lighting had 33 shots on goal in the second, the most since the NHL began keeping track of stats by period in 1997-98, and Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point scored to break a 1-1 ...Read more

Sharks top Islanders behind diverse attack

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A couple of home games provided the remedy the San Jose Sharks needed to start looking like the team labeled as Stanley Cup favorites in training camp.

Following a similar formula to Thursday's win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Sharks completed a two-game homestand with perfect grades Saturday, beating the New York Islanders ...Read more

Mikael Granlund's overtime goal lifts Wild over Lightning, 5-4

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The pregame scouting report on the Lightning issued by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sounded grim.

"They're fast," he said. "They got superstars. They got great goaltending, and they got a Norris-Trophy defenseman. I think that's enough of a challenge for one night."

Boudreau wasn't exaggerating.

With those attributes, Tampa ...Read more

Blues turn things around with 4-1 win over Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- After their disastrous finish in Montreal cost them a win or a tie, the Blues came back with probably their best game of the season, beating the high-scoring but right now struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, on Saturday night.

It was just the second win of the season for the Blues in seven games who were winless in their past three ...Read more

Red Wings collect first win, defeat Panthers in OT, 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Detroit Red Wings needed overtime to do it, but they finally won their first game of the season.

Gustav Nyquist scored to give the Wings a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Saturday at BB&T Center. The Wings scored two power-play goals in 18 seconds, but made the game unnecessarily hard on themselves by skating ruts to ...Read more

Patrick Kane scores twice, Corey Crawford makes 37 saves as Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets, 4-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An ugly loss to the Coyotes was barely in the rear view mirror and a tough meeting with the Lightning, a strong Stanley Cup contender, loomed 24 hours away.

That hot Blackhawks start was in jeopardy of soon becoming a middling one if the Hawks couldn't find a way to take at least a point from the host Blue Jackets.

Just one ...Read more

Kings have few answers in another lackluster loss

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LOS ANGELES--The doors to the Los Angeles Kings' locker room at Staples Center stayed closed for more than 20 minutes while general manager Rob Blake talked to them after their latest debacle, a 5-1 surrender Saturday afternoon to the perpetually rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. That's four losses in a row for the Kings by a cumulative 21-5, shocking ...Read more

Hurricanes' losing streak at three after Avalanche take 3-1 win

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Is it time to worry yet?

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour is trying not to -- or at least not let others outside the team know it. Canes captain Justin Williams is trying not to.

But the Canes' power play isn't working. The penalty kill is leaky. Now, the Canes have lost a third straight game in regulation, falling, 3...Read more

Ryan Suter's goal makes Devan Dubnyk's effort stand up in Wild victory over Stars

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DALLAS -- At one point during the second period Friday, the forearm of Stars winger Jamie Benn connected with the mask of Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Dubnyk fell backward into the crease and was slow to get up. While he was on his knees, he struggled to regain his position as his stick was off to the side of the net.

For a moment the Wild ...Read more

Kings routed by Islanders

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LOS ANGELES--Jonathan Quick fished the puck out of his net and sent it down the ice with a fling that showed his disdain.

This was only after the Los Angeles Kings gave up their third goal. Then came a fourth goal, and a fifth and a sixth. In a game they could have used to get back to their defensive identity, not only did the Kings fail ...Read more

Couture's hat trick powers Sharks over Sabres, 5-1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The power play finally broke through. Martin Jones did, as well.

The San Jose Sharks (3-3-1) picked up a 5-1 win at SAP Center Thursday by coming out on the right side of a special teams game with the Buffalo Sabres. Logan Couture helped out, as well, with his third-career hat trick.

The Sharks went 3 for 7 with the man ...Read more

Corey Crawford makes his first start in 10 months as Blackhawks lose to Coyotes, 4-1

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CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford made 26 saves in his first game in 10 months, but it wasn't enough as the Coyotes beat the Blackhawks, 4-1, Thursday night at the United Center.

Erik Gustafsson's first goal of the season was all the scoring for the Hawks, who failed to play an overtime period for the first time this season after five straight OT games...Read more

Red Wings show poise in 3-1 loss to Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- When their opponent scored, the Detroit Red Wings responded with poise. Instead of getting run over in the second period, they surged and attacked.

The Wings dropped to 0-5-2 after losing, 3-1, Thursday at Amalie Arena, stretching their losing streak to the Tampa Bay Lightning to 12 straight games. But the way the Wings played ...Read more

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