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Dell shines as Sharks top Canucks, end six-game slide

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier scored and Aaron Dell finished with 33 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Saturday, their first victory under interim coach Bob Boughner.

Meier's goal at the 7:09 mark of the third period came off an assist from Evander Kane, whose empty-netter with 1:21 left in ...Read more

Blues score four in third period for 4-3 comeback win against Blackhawks

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues dominated much of their game Saturday night with the Blackhawks, outshooting them, outchancing them, and somehow fell behind 3-0.

And then, in a development every bit as unlikely, they scored four goals in the third period, by three players who had combined for four goals with the Blues all season and beat the Blackhawks,...Read more

Bryan Rust's 3 goals help secure Penguins' win against Kings

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PITTSBURGH -- Bryan Rust scored three more goals on Saturday. His shootout winner against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick won't technically count as a hat trick. But it secured the Penguins yet another win against a Western Conference team.

Tristan Jarry stopped the first three Kings shootout attempts. The Penguins went scoreless, too, ...Read more

Flyers dedicating season to cancer-stricken Oskar Lindblom

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Flyers are playing the rest of the season for teammate Oskar Lindblom, the talented left winger who is preparing to get treatment for a rare type of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma.

"We're a tight team and what we want to do right now is win hockey games for Oskar," captain Claude Giroux said before Saturday's night ...Read more

Eric Staal scores twice as Wild topple Flyers, 4-1

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In recent wins, the Wild came from behind and held on to prevail in offensive marathons.

But Saturday, the team tried out a different method -- tightening up defensively -- and it also worked -- setting up a 4-1 victory over the Flyers at Xcel Energy Center in the finale of a three-game homestand that pushed the team's point ...Read more

Flyers' Oskar Lindblom has Ewing's sarcoma cancer, is expected to miss rest of season

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom has a rare medical condition and is expected to miss the rest of the season, the team announced on Friday.

Lindblom, 23, has been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma by leading specialists at the University of Pennsylvania, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.

"The Flyers will do ...Read more

Kings snap 11-game road skid to hold off Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- On the floor-to-ceiling whiteboard that covers a wall in his office, Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan tries to keep his roster organized in multicolored ink.

With 23 names to manage, the first-year coach has been erasing and rewriting a lot. With only so many shifts to go around, he says his regular redistribution of ...Read more

Sharks lose sixth straight, as Rangers spoil Bob Boughner's debut as interim coach

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Not even the wake-up call that comes with a coaching change was enough to end the San Jose Sharks' losing streak on Thursday night.

The Sharks allowed two third period goals to Mika Zibanejad and two more to Artemi Panarin as the New York Rangers came back to earn a 6-3 win at SAP Center and spoil Bob Boughner's debut as ...Read more

Fading Blackhawks fall behind Coyotes early and lose 5-2, their 3rd straight defeat

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Playing without the injured Duncan Keith and Calvin de Haan didn't make Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes any less of a failure for the Blackhawks.

From taking Alex DeBrincat's penalty 10 seconds into the game to allowing three first-period goals, the Hawks barely put up a fight in their first full game since de Haan ...Read more

Red Wings win for first time in a month, top Jets, 5-2

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DETROIT -- Filip Zadina caught the puck on his stick, settled it, and fired a shot that sank into Winnipeg's net.

The relief on his face matched that of his Detroit Red Wings teammates at the conclusion of Thursday's game at Little Caesars Arena: At last, a reason to celebrate.

The 5-2 victory against the Jets won't boost the Wings from last ...Read more

Third-period goals by Eric Staal, Luke Kunin spark Wild past Oilers, 6-5

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the aftermath of their recent 11-game point streak, the Wild didn't exactly look like a team that had climbed back into playoff contention let alone one that clicked for three straight weeks.

After getting overwhelmed by a quality team in Carolina to end the run, the Wild debuted arguably their flattest effort of the ...Read more

Shorthanded Penguins beat Blue Jackets in overtime

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PITTSBURGH -- Tristan Jarry got his third shutout in four starts Thursday and Bryan Rust scored the game-winning goal with one minute, 58 seconds remaining in overtime as the Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 1-0, at PPG Paints Arena.

Late in a 4-on-3 power play for the Penguins, the puck bounced to Rust, who whacked it on goal. It ...Read more

NHL players often compete with high levels of pain, but getting sick is another matter: 'It's the whole body'

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The illness that drained Olli Maatta of his energy has finally subsided and he is expected to be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Coyotes after a four-game absence.

The timing couldn't be better.

Duncan Keith is out indefinitely with a groin injury and Calvin de Haan is beginning what the Blackhawks believe will...Read more

NHL Seattle GM Ron Francis addresses Bill Peters coaching abuse allegations

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SEATTLE -- NHL Seattle general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday he hopes to learn from his experiences with the Carolina Hurricanes and put fallout from the Bill Peters situation behind him.

In a sit-down interview near the team's headquarters, his first since his one-time Hurricanes coach, Peters, resigned last month from the Calgary Flames ...Read more

Shorthanded Flyers fall to Avalanche, 3-1, as Mikko Rantanen scores a pair

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DENVER -- Minus their leading goal scorers, injured wingers Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom, the Philadelphia Flyers figure to huff and puff to add points on a three-game road trip that started Wednesday night in Denver.

Making matters worse, they faced a gifted Colorado team that would have been difficult to beat with Konecny and Lindblom.

...Read more

Sharks fire Pete DeBoer as coach

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pete DeBoer, the only coach to take the Sharks to a Stanley Cup Final, has been fired by the team, multiple sources confirmed.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Bob Boughner is taking over as DeBoer's replacement.

Per Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic, the Sharks' decision to fire DeBoer was a hockey decision...Read more

Tyler Toffoli's play comes through loud, clear in Kings' win over Rangers

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LOS ANGELES -- Not even Jarret Stoll knew what Tyler Toffoli was saying.

Spumoni?

"No clue," said Stoll, the former Los Angeles Kings player and current FS West intermission analysts. "Sorry Toff."

Toffoli had gone off-script during Tuesday's first intermission report, having been pulled aside to describe the sharp-angle goal Dustin Brown had...Read more

Blackhawks get pummeled 5-1 by Golden Knights after Calvin de Haan's shoulder injury leaves them down to 5 defensemen

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LAS VEGAS -- What started out looking like it might be a track meet ended with the Chicago Blackhawks simply run out of the building.

The Vegas Golden Knights reestablished their dominance over the Hawks with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena, asserting themselves with a commanding second period after Hawks defenseman Calvin de Haan...Read more

Wild picks up point, falls to Ducks 3-2 in shootout

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wild had plenty of reasons to be excited and energetic.

This was the start of a three-game homestand, its longest stint at Xcel Energy Center so far this season.

A local kid, Woodbury's Brennan Menell, was making his NHL debut.

And before puck drop, the team put the spotlight on captain Mikko Koivu by recognizing him for ...Read more

More fight, but same result as Sharks lose to Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted.

It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with...Read more