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How Lightning recaptured playoff-winning form in New York/New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. — Inside the Lightning locker room, the postseason already has begun.

Though 22 games remain on their regular-season schedule, they have to outlast several teams chasing them to make the playoffs. This Lightning team is a different group from the one that won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2020 and ‘21, but the core remembers what...Read more

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Chicago Blackhawks raise Chris Chelios' No. 7 to the rafters: 'I'm so grateful'

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CHICAGO — Chris Chelios took center stage at the United Center ice Sunday to speak before his banner was raised to the rafters, officially retiring his No. 7 jersey. The South Side native turned the affair into a Chicago homecoming rally.

“Where I came from it’s so hard to believe that this is actually happening today. I’m so grateful,�...Read more

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Kane scores OT winner in return to Chicago, giving Wings 3-2 victory

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CHICAGO — Sunday was an amazing day for Chicago Blackhawks fans, a day that's been circled on the schedule for quite a while.

Chris Chelios, a hometown favorite having his No. 7 retired. Patrick Kane, another future Hall of Famer who won three Stanley Cups in Chicago, now with the Red Wings, returning to Chicago for the first time.

But the ...Read more

Sidney Crosby's 4 points, power play propel Penguins to critical win over Flyers

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PITTSBURGH — Albeit a rare occurrence, the Penguins have been wildly successful when netting a pair of power-play goals this season.

Though a bit hairier than usual, the Penguins’ success with a man advantage helped them to a critical 7-6 win against the Flyers on Sunday evening at PPG Paints Arena. It didn’t hurt that Sidney Crosby kept ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Kings get a much-needed boost ahead of critical divisional road trip

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LOS ANGELES — The Kings' season-high 50 shots on net produced merely two goals Saturday, both scored during power plays.

They gave up a short-handed goal to the Ducks and committed enough giveaways to raise questions about how well they'll fare if they replicate that during their upcoming trip to face division rivals Edmonton, Calgary, and ...Read more

Joey Daccord gets chased for first time in his career as Wild drop Kraken

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SEATTLE — Philipp Grubauer, who loves any excuse to design and order a new set of gear, didn’t get to wear his Winter Classic kit Jan. 1 as he recovered from an injury. The retro brown pads, with a stripe of blue and teal across the knees, saw game rubber for the first time Saturday but under less-than-ideal circumstances.

Joey Daccord was ...Read more

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Sharks rally falls short, as nemesis goalie beats San Jose once again

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – A San Jose Sharks team that had been shut out nine times this season – including twice in four games this month — faced the unenviable task Saturday of trying to put a puck past Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros.

As has been the case for years now, it wasn’t easy.

Sharks winger Mikael Granlund and Filip Zadina ...Read more

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Golden Knights squander lead, stumble against Senators to start road trip

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Chandler Stephenson scored his second goal of the game with 1:15 left in the third period to force overtime, but the Golden Knights lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Senators on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

Ottawa’s Tim Stutzle was the only player to convert in the shootout. Nicolas Roy, Jonathan Marchessault and Shea ...Read more

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Defense leads way again before Panthers beat Capitals in overtime

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers’ offense is in a little bit of a slump and it still doesn’t matter. No one is playing better defense right now than the Panthers.

Despite scoring only three 5-on-5 goals in its last three games, Florida got another win on Saturday, edging out the Washington Capitals, 3-2, for its second overtime win in...Read more

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Bruins blow late lead and fall in OT to Canucks, 3-2

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The Bruins were in position to close out a game a struggling Vancouver Canucks team on Saturday night, but their season-long problem of closing out games resurfaced yet again.

The B’s coughed up a late 2-0 lead and then took a too-many-men penalty in overtime in their fifth straight game to go to extra time. And on the power play, Brock ...Read more

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Hurricanes can't find their offense again, fall to Stars, 2-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes’ past two games, against the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars, had one thing in common: Sebastian Aho had the only Canes goal.

One was enough against the Panthers, but not the Stars.

Dallas finished off a season sweep of the Hurricanes on Saturday, taking a 2-1 victory at PNC Arena to end a four-...Read more

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Red Wings' Patrick Kane looking forward to fun, emotional evening in return to Chicago

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DETROIT — Patrick Kane has had many unforgettable moments in his illustrious hockey career and Sunday will likely be another special one.

When the Red Wings visit Chicago's United Center Sunday, it'll be the first time Kane will have played a game in Chicago since being dealt at the trade deadline last season to the New York Rangers. The ...Read more

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Maple Leafs hand Avalanche rare home loss

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DENVER — Tyler Bertuzzi scored a hat trick, including a power-play goal with 2:51 remaining, to help the Toronto Maple Leafs become only the sixth team to beat the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena this season.

Mikko Rantanen, who had tied the score earlier in the third period, was in the penalty box when Bertuzzi scored the winner in a 4-3 ...Read more

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Flyers hang tough with first-place Rangers but fall, 2-1

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PHILADELPHIA — It felt like the good old days.

A nasty, in-your-face, hard-checking, high-octane battle between two division rivals in a boisterous Wells Fargo Center. In a game against the top team in the Metropolitan Division, a team that entered the game riding a nine-game winning streak, the measuring stick was out for the Flyers, and, ...Read more

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Red Wings explode early, trounce Blues, 6-1

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DETROIT — It used to be the Red Wings were on the other end of these games, on the bad end of a lopsided score.

Not as much anymore. And especially lately, and certainly wasn't the case Saturday against St. Louis.

The Wings exploded early with three quick goals and cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Blues.

The Wings (31-20-6) won for the ...Read more

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Matt Boldy scores twice as Wild pick up big victory over Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta — The out-of-town scoreboard has no loyalty.

Last week, the Wild's competition for a playoff spot kept losing. On Thursday, their rivals won — all four of them, with Seattle and Calgary leapfrogging the Wild.

But their situation improved once they took matters into their own hands.

They overcame blowing a lead and string...Read more

No excuses for wounded Knights' blowout loss to Leafs

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LAS VEGAS — It was Thursday morning when Vegas Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy spoke about how his team could best handle its rash of injuries.

He mentioned two areas that must lead the way: Defense and goaltending.

Uh-oh.

What a disaster this thing was. Toronto rolled over the Knights 7-3 before an announced crowd of 18,188 at T-Mobile ...Read more

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Kraken show sense of urgency in 5-2 victory over Canucks

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SEATTLE — It wasn’t desperation to the Seattle Kraken’s middle period game Thursday night as much as a sense of urgency evident in how aggressively they attacked the team atop the league standings.

This 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks before a delighted Climate Pledge Arena crowd might ultimately go down as the Kraken’s biggest ...Read more

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Bruins drop 3-2 overtime decision to Calgary

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The third straight trip to extra time was not a charm for the Bruins in Calgary.

After winning at home in a shootout against Dallas on Monday and then in overtime against the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday, the B’s took the Flames to an entertaining overtime at the Saddledome on Thursday. But after the B’s missed on several chances for the...Read more

With two goals from Kris Letang, Penguins take care of business against Canadiens

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins have a long, long way to go to get back into the playoff race. But beating one of the teams that are actually behind them in the standings should have them feeling a bit better after a pair of humbling losses on this homestand.

On Thursday, they easily defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, at PPG Paints Arena. Kris ...Read more