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Eric Staal leads the way as Wild blank Oilers, 3-0

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This was either the best or worst time to face the Oilers.

Edmonton superstar Connor McDavid was in a "rut," going pointless in back-to-back games -- a rarity for the two-time NHL points leader. And during the dry spell, the Oilers' torrid offense also cooled off despite still improving to an impressive 7-1-1.

But it wasn't ...Read more

Sharks lose to Sabres in overtime, 4-3

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jack Eichel scored with 1:47 left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 overtime victory over the Sharks on Tuesday at KeyBank Center.

After a shot on goal and a wild scramble in front of the Sharks net, Eichel poked a loose puck under goalie Martin Jones across the goal line for his second goal of the game and his ...Read more

Red Wings' losing streak hits five with 5-2 loss to Canucks

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings ignited their power play only to collapse in the third period, unable to counter Quinn Hughes and the Vancouver Canucks.

A week after what players described as an unacceptable loss in Vancouver, the Wings hosted the Canucks Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena. They converted twice on power plays to take the lead, ...Read more

Florida Panthers shake off slow start to beat Pittsburgh Penguins

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Jonathan Huberdeau slashed his way down the ice, weaving his way between two Pittsburgh Penguins defenders, as he slid the puck under Kris Letang's extended stick to Denis Malgin in front of goaltender Matt Murray.

Malgin, quickly inserted in the game moments earlier for Aleksander Barkov, then buried the puck into the back the net with two ...Read more

Players-only meeting pays off as Blues bounce back with 'statement' win

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ST. LOUIS -- After a disappointing 5-2 loss Saturday to Montreal, the Blues figured enough was enough. They called a players-only meeting before Sunday's practice to hash things out and emphasize what they needed to do better.

"I think last game, we felt in the whole group that that was the last straw," forward Oskar Sundqvist said.

Whatever ...Read more

Blues snap four-game winless streak with 3-1 win over Avs

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ST. LOUIS -- Winless in their previous four games, the Blues came out with a dominating effort against Colorado, the last team in the NHL without a regulation loss, in a 3-1 victory on Monday night at Enterprise Center.

Goals by David Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie as the Blues held the league's highest ...Read more

Second-period eruption carries Flyers to easy win over Vegas

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers seem intent on demonstrating the relative insignificance of shots on goal.

They were outshot by a 17-12 margin in the second period Monday by a Vegas team that was coming off its best performance of the season.

But Flyers goalie Brian Elliott was at his best, and the Flyers used a 4-0 second-period advantage to ...Read more

Ducks' hot home streak doused by Flames

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first time this season, fans filed out of Honda Center silently.

They had been anything but for most of the final minutes on Sunday, roaring as the Anaheim Ducks put the Calgary Flames' net under siege in search of a game-tying goal. Over the final 20 minutes, the Ducks fired 11 shots on net. They created chances off ...Read more

Kirby Dach, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 draft, makes his Blackhawks debut in a 5-3 loss to the Capitals

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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks first-round pick Kirby Dach made his NHL debut in front of a home crowd Sunday night against the Capitals, starting at center on the first line with Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome at the United Center.

Dach received a loud ovation during pregame introductions when his image was displayed on the giant video board. Dach won ...Read more

Zach Parise's third-period goal gives Wild comeback home victory over Montreal

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Quick goals by the opposition stung the Wild in each of its losses.

On Sunday, the team finally used that formula to its advantage.

Two goals in 4 minutes, 16 seconds capped off a 4-3 comeback win for the Wild over the Canadiens in front of 17,344 at Xcel Energy Center to improve the team to 2-6.

Winger Zach Parise delivered ...Read more

Flyers getting lots of shots but not much else as they scuffle at start of season

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers have, by far, the greatest shots advantage in the NHL in the early part of the season.

They are averaging 36.2 shots per game (third in the NHL) and allowing just 26 (first), an averaged of 10.2 more shots than their opponents.

No matter. They are just 2-3-1 and have lost four straight. In their last two games, ...Read more

Kings finally put it all together in win over Flames

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LOS ANGELES--Anze Kopitar sat stone-faced at his locker Thursday night, dazed by the Los Angeles Kings' latest disappointing result. After his team's loss to the Buffalo Sabres, Kopitar didn't want to talk about the Kings' incremental improvements, subtle early-season growth, or occasional moments of promising play.

None of that mattered. Not ...Read more

San Jose Sharks' win streak ends at three games

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks came back to tie their game with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night twice in the first three minutes of the third period.

Getting a third tying goal against one of the NHL's better teams right now was a bit too much to ask.

After the two teams combined for three goals in the first 2:50 of the final ...Read more

Flyers can't solve Stars in 4-1 loss

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PHILADELPHIA -- The giddiness of the Flyers' modest three-game unbeaten streak to start the season has given way to concern after a lackluster 4-1 loss to the sagging Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

This wasn't a must-win for the Flyers. It was more like a better-not-lose.

And yet they lost and are now below .500.

Dallas came into the Wells ...Read more

Blues' winless streak hits four games after 5-2 loss to Canadiens

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ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since the 2017-18 season, the Blues have a winless streak of four games. It didn't happen at all last season -- not even during the Blues' early-season struggles.

But the Blues are now 0-2-2 in their last four games following Saturday's 5-2 loss to Montreal before another sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise ...Read more

Ducks extend amazing start

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks hopped off the home bench and huddled around goaltender Ryan Miller, again indulging in a victory routine that is starting to seem second nature this season.

This time, the Ducks were celebrating a 4-2 defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center on Friday. Behind Miller's 22 saves and points from 10 ...Read more

Jonathan Toews' first goal of season lifts Blackhawks to 3-2, overtime victory over Blue Jackets

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CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews' first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time. And he couldn't have been in a better place.

Patrick Kane's shot was stopped by Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins, but the puck caromed off Toews as he raced to the net to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 overtime win Friday night at the United Center.

The ...Read more

Another 'letdown in the second' spoils Panthers' strong start against red-hot Avalanche

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov flicked a pass to from the left circle to linemate Jonathan Huberdeau late in the first period Friday. Huberdeau, standing directly in front of the net with a clean shot against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, took aim and shot without hesitation.

The puck slid under ...Read more

Kings shoot plenty of blanks as scoreless streak grows in loss to Sabres

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LOS ANGELES -- As part of Staples Center's 20th-anniversary celebration Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Kings orchestrated an actual laser show during the first intermission, synchronizing more than 600 neon beams of light in a Guinness World Record-breaking stunt.

Their hockey team proved far less precise. Despite flinging a season-high 47 ...Read more

Blues lose to Canucks in shootout, 4-3

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ST. LOUIS -- Josh Leivo's shootout goal gave Vancouver a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Blues Thursday at Enterprise Center.

It was the first loss for Blues goalie Jordan Binnington in four shootout games with the Blues. For the second game in a row and third time this season, the Blues (3-1-3) couldn't hold a two-goal lead.

Vancouver ...Read more