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Sharks miss on power play chances, lose to Penguins in overtime

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks missed a handful of chances to take the lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second and third periods on Saturday and it ended up costing them a point.

Jake Guentzel scored off an assist from Sidney Crosby at the 37-second mark of overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Sharks at SAP ...Read more

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Kraken losing streak hits nine games as struggles to score continue

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SEATTLE — Moments after his team’s first home game in two weeks had ended in yet more disappointment, Seattle Kraken goalie Chris Driedger epitomized the frustration of a reeling squad that again couldn’t find a way to prevail.

Driedger played well enough to win Saturday night for a second consecutive start, only to see his team, which ...Read more

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Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane score, Marc-André Fleury makes 37 saves in Blackhawks' 4th straight win, a 3-0 shutout of Ducks

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CHICAGO — Brandon Hagel and Patrick Kane each scored as the Chicago Blackhawks coasted to a 3-0 shutout win against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the United Center.

The win was the Hawks’ fourth straight, and Marc-André Fleury made 37 saves to pick up his third shutout of the season.

On a day Brett Connolly entered COVID-19 protocols, ...Read more

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Lightning finish two-game homestand with 3-1 win over Stars

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning knew they would see a motivated Stars team on Saturday night at Amalie Arena following Dallas’ 7-1 blowout loss to the Panthers on Friday.

Dallas, which entered on a six-game road losing streak, put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to get past Tampa Bay, which won its third straight with a 3-1 victory over the ...Read more

Late goal sends Maple Leafs to 6-5 victory vs. short-handed Blues

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ST. LOUIS — There are limits to how much a team can go without. On Saturday, the Blues had five of their top players — Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn, David Perron, Pavel Buchnevich and Colton Parayko — out of the lineup and three recent call-ups in from Springfield in Nathan Walker, Dakota Joshua and Alexei Toropchenko. That would ...Read more

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Red Wings, Nedeljkovic blank Sabres, 4-0

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DETROIT — The Buffalo Sabres proved to be the perfect tonic for the slumping Red Wings.

The Wings ended a four-game winless streak with a convincing 4-0 victory over the lowly Sabres, goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopping 22 shots for his first shutout as a Red Wing.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri had first-period power-play goals, Lucas ...Read more

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Panthers' offensive surge continues with nine goals and another blowout win

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SUNRISE, Fla. — It has become a familiar sound in Sunrise since the NHL season restarted last month following an uptick in COVID-19 cases around the league: The Florida Panthers pile up goals and creep their way toward history, and the crowd rewards them with a simple chant.

“We want 10! We want 10!”

On some nights, it takes until the ...Read more

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Hurricanes recapture rhythm against Canucks

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RALEIGH, N.C. — That was more like it for the Carolina Hurricanes.

A couple of days removed from owning some of the blame for the Canes’ lopsided loss against Columbus, captain Jordan Staal helped set an early positive — and physical — tone for the Canes. Tabbed to start between Steven Lorentz and Jesper Fast, Staal and his mates kept ...Read more

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Bennett's second hat trick of season, Huberdeau dominance lead Panthers to rout of Stars

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On Thursday, Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau was named an NHL All-Star for the second time in his career.

On Friday, he showed once again why that honor was justified with a four-point game.

But his latest night of dominance was overshadowed by one of his linemates.

Sam Bennett recorded his second hat trick of the season after ...Read more

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Wild's quick scores set up dominant 7-3 win over Ducks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kirill Kaprizov wasn't the only one to leverage a lull in the schedule to his advantage.

The entire Wild lineup emerged rejuvenated from a five-day break.

In its first game in nearly a week, the team routed the Ducks, 7-3, on Friday in front of 18,300 at Xcel Energy Center to seal its third straight win.

Mats Zuccarello ...Read more

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Sharks get a boost from second-period fight, still can't score against Rangers

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks got an emotional lift midway through the second period when winger Jeffrey Viel dropped the gloves with Jacob Trouba shortly after the New York Rangers defenseman harassed San Jose’s newly minted all-star, Timo Meier.

The boost didn’t last.

The Sharks, already down by one, gave up a goal to rookie ...Read more

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In one of their worst showings this season, Penguins routed by Kings

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LOS ANGELES — Just hours after Tristan Jarry was honored with his second career All-Star Game nod, the Pittsburgh Penguins skaters gave the goalie a great chance to show why.

And that’s not a good thing.

During an uninspiring evening, the Penguins were out-shot, out-chanced and out-played. They had entered the game as one of the NHL’s ...Read more

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Lightning outlast Western Conference foe Canucks

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TAMPA, Fla. — The arrival of the Canucks at Amalie Arena offered the Lightning an interesting matchup.

They’re a team that’s already seen extreme ups and downs this season, from house cleaning less than two months in that included firing the general manager and head coach followed by their current resurgence under new coach Bruce Boudreau...Read more

Detroit Red Wings hit by jet lag, then Winnipeg Jets don't lag in 3-0 loss

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DETROIT — One team was healthy but weary from travel, the other fresh but decimated by the pandemic.

The Detroit Red Wings were put on their heels early Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, and couldn’t muster the energy to challenge the Winnipeg Jets and lost, 3-0.

The Wings' best chance to dent Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce) came late in the ...Read more

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Flyers' skid extends to six games in 3-2 loss to Bruins

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BOSTON — After three consecutive days of practice that saw the returns of Claude Giroux, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, and Travis Konecny from COVID-19 protocols, the Flyers may have gotten well, but they didn’t get well enough.

The Bruins, on the second night of a back-to-back, came out on a mission the moment the puck dropped in their 3-...Read more

Kraken fall to Blues, get swept on three-game road trip

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ST. LOUIS — For the Kraken this season, it feels like if it’s not one thing it’s another.

They got strong goaltending and penalty killing against a prolific Blues power play but only generated a single goal in a 2-1 loss. They finished their three-game road trip 0-3-0, and have lost their last eight contests, and 10 of their last 11.

The...Read more

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry earns All-Star Game nod, Jake Guentzel counting on fan vote

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LOS ANGELES — Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry’s bounce-back season has earned league-wide recognition.

The 26-year-old netminder has been named the Penguins’ representative at the 2022 All-Star Game, which will be played on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas. It’s the second time in his young career that Jarry has received this honor. He also ...Read more

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Hurricanes fall hard to Blue Jackets in their return to home ice

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Elvis was in the building for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, and that was a big problem for the Carolina Hurricanes.

That, and an inability to stop the Blue Jackets’ quick-strike offense.

Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 shots, including a pair in the first period that will undoubtedly roll on replay ...Read more

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Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman get All-Star nods

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TAMPA, Fla. — Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and defenseman Victor Hedman will represent the Lightning at next month’s NHL All-Star Game.

Center Steven Stamkos, who entered Thursday ranked sixth in the league in scoring, was not selected, but was among the “Last Man In” candidates that can be voted in by fans. Online voting runs through ...Read more

Kraken fall behind quickly, lose seventh straight to Stars

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DALLAS — There was a time where it seemed as if the Kraken’s emergence from a six-game losing streak at the end of November would be their turning point.

After seven consecutive defeats since mid-December, and going without a win in the past 40 days, that hope feels like a long time ago.

The Kraken were in a 1-1 game in the first period in...Read more