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Ken Sugiura: Interest in NHL expansion team in Atlanta stronger than you think

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ATLANTA — Whether it happens that the NHL sets up shop in Atlanta for a third time remains to be seen. But the league and the owners of its 32 franchises know beyond a doubt that interest is strong.

Two groups, one based in Forsyth County and another in Alpharetta, are known to have reached out to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to express ...Read more

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Logan Thompson, Golden Knights edge Blackhawks

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The Golden Knights won their third straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb and right wing Michael Amadio scored for the Knights (45-28-8) to take a one-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division with one game remaining. Nicolas Roy ...Read more

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Bruins lose to Senators, will face Maple Leafs in first round of playoffs

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BOSTON — If the Bruins were looking to lower expectations heading into the playoffs, they did a good job of it the last two nights.

With the Atlantic Division title on the line for the second straight night, the Bruins again showed up to the rink with little pace and purpose early and paid the price for it on the scoreboard.

The B’s, who ...Read more

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Red Wings beat Canadiens in OT but miss the playoffs as Capitals win in Philadelphia

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MONTREAL — The NHL playoffs will begin this weekend, but the Red Wings aren't going to be part of them.

But brother did they try.

Patrick Kane scored in the shootout, giving the Wings a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Still, it will be the eighth consecutive season without the playoffs for the Wings.

The Wings were eliminated ...Read more

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Panthers beat Maple Leafs; first-round playoff matchup with Lightning set

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers have won the Atlantic Division, and their path for the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs is now set.

First up: The Tampa Bay Lightning.

With a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in their regular-season finale and a 3-1 Boston Bruins loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Panthers vaulted to the No. 1 spot ...Read more

Kraken put up fight but fall to playoff-bound Jets for 4th consecutive loss

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There were plenty of opportunities for the Kraken to quit by the early second-period stages of the one game they definitely weren’t supposed to win on this trip.

And they didn’t in this one after falling behind by a pair Tuesday night against the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets, tying it up and narrowly missing taking a ...Read more

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Flyers lose to Capitals, 2-1, are officially eliminated from playoff contention

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PHILADELPHIA — As Boyz II Men sang, “We’ve come to the end of the road.”

The Flyers did everything they could in a 2-1 loss against the Washington Capitals. They battled, forechecked, ate pucks, had timely saves — everything this group has done all season long to be in a meaningful game in the grand finale.

There is no denying the ...Read more

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'Poised' Simon Edvinsson impressing Red Wings in variety of ways

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DETROIT — You really have to go to Patrick Kane, whose nickname "Showtime" pretty much says it all in terms of his ability to amplify the emotion on the ice after a goal, both home or away.

So to hear Kane give credit to young defenseman Simon Edvinsson on his celebration after his first goal of the season Saturday in Toronto, you know ...Read more

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Kings lose to Wild, jeopardizing their chances of finishing third in the Pacific

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The Kings lost a game they needed to win Monday, falling to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 at Arena to muddy the team’s playoff outlook with one game left in the regular season.

The loss, the Kings’ first at home in nine games, leaves them with a one-point lead over Vegas for third place in the Pacific Division. If the Golden Knights ...Read more

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McDavid hits milestone as Edmonton Oilers flatten helpless Sharks

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The deck was stacked against the San Jose Sharks before Monday’s game with the Edmonton Oilers even began.

A handful of Sharks’ veterans were too banged up to make the team’s trip to Alberta, the team said, leaving a handful of inexperienced players to take on the world’s most dangerous forward in Connor McDavid and an Oilers offense ...Read more

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Wings still alive in playoff race, stage dramatic comeback to beat Habs 5-4 in OT

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DETROIT — The Red Wings keep surviving and staying in this playoff race in dramatic and remarkable fashion.

Lucas Raymond scored the overtime winner with 24.4 seconds left, after scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation time, giving the Wings an exciting 5-4 victory over Montreal.

Raymond came down with Dylan Larkin on a two-on-break ...Read more

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The Penguins beat the Predators to stay alive in the East wild-card race

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and the Penguins stayed alive Monday by beating the Nashville Predators, 4-2, at PPG Paints Arena. Crosby had two points in the must-win.

With the win, the Penguins jumped back ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. But they still remain one point back of the Washington Capitals and ...Read more

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Capitals blank Bruins, 2-0

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With just one game to go in the regular season, there’s one thing that’s becoming clear for the Bruins. The Washington Capitals would not be a fun playoff opponent for them.

The B’s had a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division title on Monday at Capital One Arena, but for the second time this season the Caps blanked the B’s, this time 2...Read more

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News Analysis: As Kings shift focus to another challenging playoff series, Ducks search for answers

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The Kings and Ducks headed in opposite directions when they skated off the ice Saturday at Arena.

The Kings are going to the playoffs for a third consecutive season, the team’s longest run of postseason appearances in a decade. The Ducks, meanwhile, will be heading to the golf course again after Thursday’s regular-season finale, ...Read more

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Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

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The Golden Knights, for 40 minutes, looked like they were the ones playing for the second straight day.

The Colorado Avalanche took the T-Mobile Arena ice with energy Sunday despite completing the second night of a back-to-back. But the Knights clicked into gear the final 20 minutes of regulation and first 1:23 of overtime to ...Read more

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Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

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LAS VEGAS — Knights make furious comeback to defeat Avalanche in OT

Tomas Hertl scored 1:23 into overtime and the Golden Knights rallied from three goals down to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The Knights scored three goals in the third period. Two came from center William Karlsson, including the game-tying ...Read more

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3 goals in 3rd period lift Blues past Kraken 4-1 in home finale

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ST. LOUIS — It was a sleepy Sunday in St. Louis — at least inside Enterprise Center.

In their first game since being eliminated from postseason contention on Friday night, the Blues beat the Kraken 4-1 in this season's home finale.

Jordan Kyrou scored the game-winning goal just 59 seconds into the third period for St. Louis to cap a ...Read more

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After loss, San Jose Sharks will finish as NHL's last place team

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks played their final home game of the season on Saturday — and the result was a familiar one for anybody who has followed the team the last two seasons.

The Sharks allowed two goals to Kirill Kaprizov in just 47 seconds late in the second period, turning what had been a close game into just another home ...Read more

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Panthers clinch home-ice advantage in first round of playoffs with victory against Sabres

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SUNRISE, Fla. — After they went from No. 8 seed to the 2023 Stanley Cup Final last year, the Florida Panthers know home-ice advantage and a high seed only mean so much in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re still happy to have the former locked up — and they’re embracing the chance to keep playing for the latter in the final week of ...Read more

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Bruins deal blow to Penguins' playoff hopes with 6-4 victory

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The Bruins got another taste of what the playoffs will be like and they passed another test. Barely.

Facing a desperate Penguins team in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, the B’s jumped out to a three-goal lead in the second, survived a furious comeback attempt and prevailed, 6-4.

The B’s win allowed them to maintain the one-point lead over ...Read more