Three third-period goals send Wild past Flames 4-2

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CALGARY, Alberta – Several hours before his team played Calgary, Alex Stalock had a pretty good idea of what the Flames' strategy would be.

"The first 10 minutes, they're going to try and win the game," the Wild goaltender predicted. "I'll come out and play as strong as I can.''

Calgary might have succeeded if not for Stalock's stellar play ...Read more

Golden Knights edge Blues in OT

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LAS VEGAS -- As you might expect, hockey in Las Vegas comes with a little more flash, a little more sizzle than you might find elsewhere. There's a guy in a knight outfit who leads a drum line on a march through the plaza in front of the arena before the game, and shortly before teams take the ice for the game, there is a little sword-in-the-...Read more

Lance Bouma nets game winner as Blackhawks down Coyotes, 4-2

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lance Bouma's first Blackhawks goal came at an opportune time as he stuffed in a rebound off a shot from Tommy Wingels 15 minutes, 36 seconds into the third period that proved to be the game winner in a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes.

"We had had a few chances around the net, so definitely at that time of the game it was a big ...Read more

Kopitar scores twice to help Kings stay unbeaten

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- They didn't see this coming.

They carried the usual positivity into the season, which usually gets ruined by the first few losses. But the Los Angeles Kings aren't there yet, nor did they predict being here, at 6-0-1.

Not after Anze Kopitar reached out and lifted them to a 6-4 win Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets ...Read more

Antti Niemi, Penguins fall flat in 7-1 loss to Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- About a minute and a half into the second period of Saturday's game at Amalie Arena, Antti Niemi removed his mask and took a drink of water, as Lighting winger Nikita Kucherov zoomed past following a whistle.

It would have been perfectly understandable for Niemi to peer into his net, fearful there was a puck there, the same thing...Read more

Panthers snap three-game skid with 4-1 win vs. Capitals

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WASHINGTON -- When days pass in the NHL season, the calendar can blend together, merging weekends with weekdays and rendering cities nameless. The schedule creates a sense of rhythm, an inkling of routine when day-to-day life can feel the same.

But there was no mistaking the Florida Panthers' 4-1 win in Washington on Saturday night for any of ...Read more

Red Wings trade Riley Sheahan to make cap space for Andreas Athanasiou

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The Detroit Red Wings needed to clear cap space, and did so while also acquiring a guy who might help out with a goal here and there.

A day after they announced an agreement in principle with forward Andreas Athanasiou, the Wings created room for his one-year, $1.3875 million contract by trading forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 5th-round pick ...Read more

Flyers edge Oilers on Wayne Simmonds' late goal

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers have five victories, and Wayne Simmonds has the game-winner in four of them.

The latest came with 2:15 left in their 2-1 victory over Edmonton at the electric Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Simmonds took a feed from Val Filppula and whipped a shot past Cam Talbot for his sixth goal of the young season.

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Ducks topple Habs, 6-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Finally, seven games in, the Anaheim Ducks found the start they were looking for.

One by one, the bodies hit the ice as the Ducks set the tone with two crushing hits on the opening shift, one delivered by Josh Manson that sent Ales Hemsky crashing to the ice.

Moments later, the Ducks were on the board after Dennis Rasmussen's ...Read more

Jets beat Wild, 4-3, with fast finish

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- As threadbare as the Wild roster may be, coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't believe that should have any impact on its ability to play effectively in its own zone. "No matter who's in the lineup, you can play defense," he said.

The question remained, though, whether the Wild would actually follow through with a better defensive ...Read more

Red Wings stunned late by Capitals, 4-3, in OT

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DETROIT -- Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings salvaged a point at home.

The Wings scored short-handed, at even strength and on a power play but were beaten on power-play goal in overtime to lose, 4-3, Friday to the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena.

Petr Mrazek had made a handful of big saves before giving up a goal to...Read more

Penguins rally to defeat Panthers, 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Six minutes into this one, the Penguins looked so sloppy that it seemed like they might need former coach Michel Therrien to venture down from the press box and install some sense of responsibility.

Fortunately for Therrien's ex-employer, this group snapped out of its funk.

Then did it once more for show.

With their former ...Read more

Jones blanks Devils as Sharks win, 3-0

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Jones carried the momentum of his sensational performance Tuesday into the opening game of the Sharks five-game East Coast road swing, putting together his best performance of the season by making 28 saves against the NHL's second-highest scoring offense.

Jones pitched his first shutout of the 2017-18 campaign as the ...Read more

Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou agree to one-year deal

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Andreas Athanasiou has red tape to clear but he is at last headed back to the Detroit Red Wings.

The stalemate between the sides is all but officially over as Athanasiou agreed Friday to a one-year deal worth $1.3875 million. The Wings will have to clear that amount off their salary cap before the contract becomes official, but that is not the ...Read more

Blues hold on in wild third period, defeat Avalanche, 4-3

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DENVER -- The Blues survived a wild -- no make that bizarre -- third period, holding off the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, to boost their Central Division-leading record to 6-2 Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche scored two third-period goals into an empty net -- once when Blues goalie Carter Hutton was trapped under defenseman Robert ...Read more

Blackhawks fall to Oilers, 2-1, in overtime

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CHICAGO -- Normally the Blackhawks don't hold a skate the morning in which they play the second of back-to-back games, especially if they travel the night before.

But after the Hawks put on what coach Joel Quenneville called a "brutal" effort in a loss to the Blues on Wednesday, he called an optional morning skate at the United Center on ...Read more

Flyers get stopped by Pekka Rinne, Predators in 1-0 loss

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PHILADELPHIA -- After erupting for a total of 13 goals in their previous two games, the Flyers' offense stalled Thursday night as Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne registered the 44th shutout of his career.

Predators 1, Flyers 0.

Colton Sissons finished an odd-man rush by beating Michal Neuvurth to the far corner, giving Nashville a 1-0 lead with ...Read more

Adrian Kempe has first career hat trick in Kings' win over Canadiens

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Cammalleri's smile was subtle. Adrian Kempe's could be seen from space.

Together they helped the Los Angeles Kings overcome what could have been a big bummer.

It's been that type of start to the season for the Kings that their one area of offensive concern -- the third line -- sprung alive Wednesday in a 5-1 win against ...Read more

Blackhawks look lackluster in 5-2 loss to Jaden Schwartz, Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- Remember opening night, when the Blackhawks looked like they were about to take the NHL by storm with a remade defense and explosive scoring lines after they scored 10 goals on the defending champion Penguins?

Through two periods Wednesday the Hawks were about as far from that as possible. Against the Penguins, they had eight goals...Read more

Red Wings goalies struggle in 6-3 loss to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- The Detroit Red Wings couldn't overcome poor goaltending as they faced the top offense in the NHL.

Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on the first four shots he faced Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, and Petr Mrazek got beat on the first shot he saw. Detroit's skaters played well as they attempted a rally, but the Wings came up short in...Read more


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