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Joe Starkey: NHL pulling off pandemic hockey in Gary Bettman's finest hour

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Jamie Hersch opened "NHL Tonight" by referencing the "five very different, very entertaining hockey games" that had played out over the previous 13 hours Wednesday.

It wasn't quite to the level of the five-overtime epic between Columbus and Tampa Bay a night earlier, but it was pretty darn close.

"On the heels of that five-OT game," co-host ...Read more

Blues wilt again in third period, lose opener to Canucks

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Higher stakes. Same result.

The Edmonton funk continues for the St. Louis Blues, losing Wednesday for the fifth time in five tries in their hub city, this time 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks.

Memo to the Blues: There's no time like the present to get going. The four prior losses, one in overtime, came in an exhibition game ...Read more

Carter Hart, Joel Farabee lift Flyers past Montreal, 2-1, in Game 1 of conference quarterfinals

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Four games into their restart, the Flyers are playing as if the nearly five-month pause never happened.

Call them the Boys of Summer.

August isn't supposed to be a time to be on the ice, but it agrees with the top-seeded Flyers, who opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a hard-earned 2-1 win Wednesday over eighth-seeded Montreal in Toronto.

Oh...Read more

Boston Bruins fight past Carolina Hurricanes for 4-3 win in two overtimes of Game 1

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It took the Carolina Hurricanes more than a week to get back on the ice and play.

The Canes, after a 4-3 loss Wednesday to the Boston Bruins in double overtime, will have one day to try and get over it and move on.

The Canes and Bruins played Game 1 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and Canes coach ...Read more

Court clears way for Olympic star Mark Pavelich to leave high-security state hospital

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"Miracle on Ice" hockey star Mark Pavelich was granted court approval Wednesday for transfer from the state's high-security mental health hospital to a less restrictive setting for treatment while facing charges that he assaulted and seriously injured a neighbor last year at his North Shore home.

Pavelich, a 1980 Olympic gold medalist and ...Read more

5 OT playoff game pushes start of Hurricanes-Bruins playoff series to Wednesday morning

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The Carolina Hurricanes will have to wait another day to get the Stanley Cup playoffs started.

The Canes and Boston Bruins were scheduled to play Game 1 of their first-round series Tuesday, with an 8 p.m. puck drop at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena. But when the Columbus-Tampa Bay game, which began at 3 p.m., went into a fifth overtime, the Canes-...Read more

Oskar Lindblom is with the Flyers in Toronto and close to returning to practices

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Oskar Lindblom, the left winger who has battled a rare bone cancer for most of the season, has joined the Flyers in Toronto and will soon take part in their practices after his quarantine ends.

General manager Chuck Fletcher gave the update Tuesday on the Flyers' flagship radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic.

The Flyers open their Eastern ...Read more

Wild GM Bill Guerin: 'There definitely have to be changes'

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Bill Guerin didn't have much time to retool the Wild after he was named general manager last August, joining the organization less than a month before training camp opened.

But now he has a wider window to maneuver, albeit during abnormal circumstances, and that could put the Wild on the cusp of an overhaul since Guerin expects to be busy after...Read more

Boston Bruins are the East's best team, but Hurricanes may have an edge in NHL playoffs

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And just like that, here are the Boston Bruins again. The team that ended the Carolina Hurricanes' season a year go looms over them again in the actual first round of the NHL playoffs, the best team in the Eastern Conference is somehow the fourth seed -- the Hurricanes' "reward" for winning an extra playoff series they wouldn't normally have had...Read more

Blues lose 2-1 shootout to Dallas, face Vancouver in first round.

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Not even a players-only meeting Friday helped. The Blues remain 0-for-Edmonton, losing to Dallas 2-1 in a shootout Sunday afternoon at Roger Place. Denis Gurianov scored the shootout winner.

The Blues thus finish round-robin play with an 0-3 record and the fourth seed throughout the playoffs in the Western Conference. The ...Read more

'You never set out to be the trailblazer': Kraken's Everett Fitzhugh embraces opportunity as NHL's first Black team broadcaster

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SEATTLE -- As a minor league hockey broadcaster in Cincinnati, Everett Fitzhugh would go on frequent road trips to Indianapolis, where he'd regularly encounter a young Black hockey fan named Desmond fist-bumping players outside the visiting team's locker room.

"His Dad came up to me and said, 'We listen to you sometimes and we enjoy listening ...Read more

Rookie Nic Aube-Kubel paces surging Flyers past Lightning to secure Eastern Conference's top seed

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Right from the start of Training Camp 2.0, the Flyers downplayed the round-robin tournament's results and said their focus was on getting prepared for this week's Stanley Cup playoffs.

Consider them ready.

They blitzed through the round-robin tournament with three straight "upset" wins, including Saturday night's 4-1 triumph over Tampa Bay in ...Read more

Blackhawks will play top-seeded Golden Knights — and a familiar face — in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs

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The Chicago Blackhawks have drawn the Las Vegas Golden Knights as their first-round opponent in the NHL playoffs, thanks to Las Vegas' 3-2 win Saturday in the decisive round-robin game to set the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Hawks upset the Oilers as the 12th seed Friday, clinching their best-of-five qualifying series in four games. ...Read more

After holding three leads, Wild loses in OT

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Had the season progressed as normal, the Minnesota Wild might have cruised into the playoffs and beyond.

The team had one of the best second-half offenses in the NHL, and it was peaking at just the right time -- in those weeks before seeding is solidified and matchups get set.

But what might have happened with the Wild ...Read more

Blackhawks advance to 1st round of playoffs after beating Oilers, 3-2

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No need to use the "play-in" disclaimer anymore, the Chicago Blackhawks officially are a playoff team.

The 12th-seeded Hawks beat the No. 5 Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, Friday night on a third-period strike by Dominik Kubalik to advance to the Western Conference first round, where, as the lowest seed, they'll play the winner of Saturday's round-robin ...Read more

Islanders end Panthers' season with 5-1 rout

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This season was supposed to usher in a new era for the Florida Panthers.

Joel Quenneville's arrival in the offseason was supposed to mark a culture change for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky's was supposed to finally bring a superstar to Florida and elevate a once-promising young core toward sustained success after three straight years missing ...Read more

Blues stumble to 6-4 loss to Golden Knights

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- It had to happen sometime, and Thursday was that night. The Blues lost in regulation for the first time ever to the Vegas Golden Knights, dropping a 6-4 decision at Rogers Place in their second game of round-robin play.

At 0-2 in the round-robin, the Blues can finish only third or fourth in the Western Conference seedings ...Read more

Kevin Hayes, Scott Laughton carry Flyers past Caps to clinch at least No. 2 seed in East

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The four-team round-robin tournament is offering the Flyers a unique ability to climb in the Eastern Conference seedings.

Which is just what they have done.

They defeated Washington, 3-1, in the tournament at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday and assured themselves of at least the No. 2 seeding. They can get the No. 1 seed if they beat ...Read more

Canucks shut out Wild, 3-0, take 2-1 lead in best-of-five series

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Win or go home.

That's what's facing the Wild after they were shut out, 3-0, by the Canucks on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Place.

The Wild trail 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying-round series, with Game 4 on Friday at 9:45 p.m.

Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was at his best, stopping all 26 shots the Wild sent his way...Read more

Blackhawks stun Oilers with a pair of 3rd-period goals for a 4-3 win in Game 3 and a 2-1 series lead

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The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a shocker Wednesday night, getting a tying goal from Matthew Highmore with 5:47 to play before Jonathan Toews scored the winner with 1:16 left for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup qualifier series.

With the Hawks up 2-1 in the best-of-five series in Edmonton, the Oilers face...Read more