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One day after clinching, Blues fall flat in 4-1 loss to Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — On the day after clinching a postseason slot, Craig Berube talked about the need to maintain intensity and good habits.

“I think it’s really important,” Berube said pregame Saturday. “This game for me is still a big game. We might face this team in the playoffs. We need to go play our game and play ’em hard.

“They’...Read more

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Coyotes beat Sharks in OT, spoil rookie goalie's first start

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Phil Kessel spoiled Alexei Melnichuk’s first career NHL start on Saturday.

Kessel scored at the 2:30 mark of overtime, beating Melnichuk with a wrist shot to give the Arizona Coyotes a 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

Conor Garland’s goal with 3:53 left in the third period gave the Coyotes a 4-3 lead ...Read more

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Alex Lyon sparkles but Flyers lose to Capitals, 2-1, in overtime

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Collectively, the Flyers will not be feeling good about this season once it ends on Monday.

But personally, Alex Lyon should.

Lyon was a wall for most of the night, but the Washington Capitals scored late in regulation and again in overtime to escape with a 2-1 win Saturday night.

Lyon, an unrestricted free agent after the season, had stopped...Read more

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Blue Jackets clip Red Wings in overtime, 5-4

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One of the strangest NHL seasons ever came to a close Saturday for the Red Wings.

And of course the Red Wings and Columbus went to overtime before the Blue Jackets' Max Domi scored with 20.4 seconds left to defeat the Wings, 5-4.

The victory gives both teams 48 points this season, but the Wings (19-27-10) finish ahead of Columbus (18-26-12), ...Read more

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Outmanned Lightning fall to Panthers, 5-1

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SUNRISE, Fla. — This certainly wasn’t the way the Lightning wanted to begin their upcoming string of games against the Panthers.

The Lightning were outmanned and outplayed in a 5-1 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center, and while there were stakes, the upcoming meetings between these teams will be much more meaningful. ...Read more

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Victor Rask wins it for Wild in another overtime game with Ducks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rookie standout Kirill Kaprizov has been dazzling lately as a goal scorer, but he reminded everyone on Saturday that he's also a skilled playmaker.

After scoring in overtime the night before, Kaprizov's encore included two slick passes before the Wild needed overtime to once again outlast the Ducks, 4-3, during the team's ...Read more

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Predators play their way into playoffs by beating Hurricanes

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The Nashville Predators played like a team that desperately needed to win.

The Carolina Hurricanes played like a team that wanted to win.

In this game, desperation was the difference. The Predators played their way into the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Canes at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators (30-23-2...Read more

Maxime Lagace shuts out Sabres as Penguins clinch home ice in first round of playoffs

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PITTSBURGH — When the Penguins embarked upon this unprecedented season staged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the coaching staff preached to expect the unexpected and roll with the punches.

Well, they probably didn’t anticipate this.

A general manager resigned. The entire left side of the blue line was decimated by injury at one ...Read more

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Blues lose in OT but clinch playoff berth

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LAS VEGAS — For the St. Louis Blues, playing the high-powered Vegas Golden Knights has been like sitting on a pot of boiling water.

(Covered with a lid, of course.) You’re just trying to keep the thing from boiling over. More often than not, it’s boiled over. Over the course of this season, the Knights have pummeled the Blues 6-1 and 5-1 ...Read more

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San Jose Sharks blow early lead, lose to Arizona Coyotes

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josef Korenar stopped Phil Kessel on a breakaway in the third period of Friday’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes. But it was hardly the last odd-man rush Korenar would face over the final 20 minutes.

Kessel scored on another breakaway a short while after his first one was stopped, and Michael Bunting ...Read more

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Wade Allison, Joel Farabee, Brian Elliott spark Flyers to 4-2 win and damage Capitals' first-place chances

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Two young wingers who should play huge roles in the Flyers’ future — Wade Allison and Joel Farabee — were on display Friday night at Capital One Arena.

Allison scored a pair of goals and Farabee was credited with his team-leading 18th tally as the Flyers defeated Washington, 4-2, and severely damaged the Capitals’ chances of winning the...Read more

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Kirill Kaprizov's overtime goal gives Wild 4-3 victory over Ducks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild changed subjects in their prep for the playoffs on Friday, checking in on the bottom of the West Division after just getting tested by the top.

And although the intensity eased up quite a bit from the two thrillers against the No.1 Golden Knights earlier in the week, the Wild were still attentive enough to shake off...Read more

Joe Veleno scores first NHL goal as Red Wings win, 5-2, vs. Blue Jackets

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Joe Veleno showed what he can do with the puck, and Jakub Vrana continued to make Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman look smart.

Vrana set up Veleno for his first NHL goal Friday at Nationwide Arena and then scored one of his own as the Wings played the first of back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets to wrap up their ...Read more

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Vasilevskiy sits as Lightning fall to Stars, 5-2

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TAMPA, Fla. — With their playoff hopes on the line, the Dallas Stars made sure to capitalize on every opportunity Friday night at Amalie Arena.

It was the first time in this season’s eight-game series that the Stars faced backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney (26 saves). Dallas had gone 1-6 against Andrei Vasilevskiy, so, apparently, a change...Read more

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, raised by a nurse, holds special spot for health care workers

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan will always remember the night he found his mother, Myrna, on the back deck wearing slippers and a nightgown — and wielding a hammer.

She had asked Mike and his high school buddies to tear down the old deck at their home in the coastal community of Marshfield, Mass., and build a new one. But when summer jobs and ...Read more

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Blackhawks rally late in regulation, beat Hurricanes in overtime

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes played their last home game of the regular season Thursday.

They’ll soon be back, and for much bigger games.

The Canes closed out their home schedule in this condensed season, facing the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time this week. For the first time this week, the Blackhawks won 2-1, getting an ...Read more

NJ Devils top Islanders, former teammates Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri

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For as many unusual games and moments as the Devils have experienced in 2021, Thursday night's contest was the one that players and coaches unanimously dubbed "weird."

New Jersey once again took the ice with Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, albeit this time as opponents. The two former Devils started for the Islanders in a 2-1 New Jersey win at ...Read more

Jeff Carter scores four goals as first-place Penguins power past Sabres

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PITTSBURGH — Last month, the Penguins acquired Jeff Carter, a two-time Cup-winner, in the hopes that he would bury big goals as they made a push toward another title.

They probably didn’t have Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, a last-place team playing out the string late in the regular season, in mind. But Carter’s four goals...Read more

Panthers getting healthy, feeling refreshed with Stanley Cup playoff run on horizon

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SUNRISE, Fla. — As the Florida Panthers get prepared to begin a Stanley Cup playoff run with a postseason spot already clinched, a four-day break between games has come at a beneficial time.

Taking two days off following Monday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars, the Panthers were back at practice on Thursday morning at BB&T Center, ...Read more

Carlos Monarrez: Why NHL deserves all the blame for embarrassing, disgusting Capitals-Rangers brawls

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DETROIT — It was disgusting and it nearly made me sick.

In today’s NHL there should be no room for the kind of wanton violence we witnessed in Wednesday night’s Washington Capitals-New York Rangers game that was shown nationally on NBCSN.

And it’s all the fault of league officials, and specifically of George Parros, a one-time enforcer...Read more