ANAHEIM, Calif.--Finally, seven games in, the Anaheim Ducks found the start they were looking for.
One by one, the bodies hit the ice as the Ducks set the tone with two crushing hits on the opening shift, one delivered by Josh Manson that sent Ales Hemsky crashing to the ice.
Moments later, the Ducks were on the board after Dennis Rasmussen's ...Read more
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- As threadbare as the Wild roster may be, coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't believe that should have any impact on its ability to play effectively in its own zone. "No matter who's in the lineup, you can play defense," he said.
The question remained, though, whether the Wild would actually follow through with a better defensive ...Read more
DETROIT -- Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings salvaged a point at home.
The Wings scored short-handed, at even strength and on a power play but were beaten on power-play goal in overtime to lose, 4-3, Friday to the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena.
Petr Mrazek had made a handful of big saves before giving up a goal to...Read more
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Six minutes into this one, the Penguins looked so sloppy that it seemed like they might need former coach Michel Therrien to venture down from the press box and install some sense of responsibility.
Fortunately for Therrien's ex-employer, this group snapped out of its funk.
Then did it once more for show.
With their former ...Read more
NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Jones carried the momentum of his sensational performance Tuesday into the opening game of the Sharks five-game East Coast road swing, putting together his best performance of the season by making 28 saves against the NHL's second-highest scoring offense.
Jones pitched his first shutout of the 2017-18 campaign as the ...Read more
Andreas Athanasiou has red tape to clear but he is at last headed back to the Detroit Red Wings.
The stalemate between the sides is all but officially over as Athanasiou agreed Friday to a one-year deal worth $1.3875 million. The Wings will have to clear that amount off their salary cap before the contract becomes official, but that is not the ...Read more
DENVER -- The Blues survived a wild -- no make that bizarre -- third period, holding off the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, to boost their Central Division-leading record to 6-2 Thursday at the Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche scored two third-period goals into an empty net -- once when Blues goalie Carter Hutton was trapped under defenseman Robert ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Normally the Blackhawks don't hold a skate the morning in which they play the second of back-to-back games, especially if they travel the night before.
But after the Hawks put on what coach Joel Quenneville called a "brutal" effort in a loss to the Blues on Wednesday, he called an optional morning skate at the United Center on ...Read more
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The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
PHILADELPHIA -- After erupting for a total of 13 goals in their previous two games, the Flyers' offense stalled Thursday night as Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne registered the 44th shutout of his career.
Predators 1, Flyers 0.
Colton Sissons finished an odd-man rush by beating Michal Neuvurth to the far corner, giving Nashville a 1-0 lead with ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Cammalleri's smile was subtle. Adrian Kempe's could be seen from space.
Together they helped the Los Angeles Kings overcome what could have been a big bummer.
It's been that type of start to the season for the Kings that their one area of offensive concern -- the third line -- sprung alive Wednesday in a 5-1 win against ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Remember opening night, when the Blackhawks looked like they were about to take the NHL by storm with a remade defense and explosive scoring lines after they scored 10 goals on the defending champion Penguins?
Through two periods Wednesday the Hawks were about as far from that as possible. Against the Penguins, they had eight goals...Read more
TORONTO -- The Detroit Red Wings couldn't overcome poor goaltending as they faced the top offense in the NHL.
Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on the first four shots he faced Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, and Petr Mrazek got beat on the first shot he saw. Detroit's skaters played well as they attempted a rally, but the Wings came up short in...Read more
TORONTO -- While the Detroit Red Wings went to work in Toronto, restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou is still searching for work overseas.
His agent, Darren Ferris, told the Free Press on Wednesday morning that Athanasiou is still in Switzerland, where he has been for more than 10 days. Ferris did not respond when asked if Athanasiou has an...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski might have been a bit fortunate to see a puck that he partially deflected early in the second period wind up behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
Pavelski had a clearer idea of what was going to happen when he came up with his second point Tuesday at SAP Center.
Pavelski kicked ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Goalie Michal Neuvirth was outstanding, the Flyers' new-look top line and their power play continued to excel, and a four-goal second-period eruption turned a tight game into a rout Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Put it all together and it produced a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, lifting the Flyers' record to ...Read more
NEW YORK -- For the first 20 minutes, the Penguins' game against the Rangers Tuesday night went mostly to script.
Penguins stars breaking out, the two-time defending champions overwhelming a Rangers team struggling to find its footing on the season.
The final 40 minutes -- and then some -- didn't quite follow suit, but it ended with two points...Read more
DETROIT -- After four games on the road the Detroit Red Wings finally got to play a second game in their new home.
They rallied from an early two-goal deficit against Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at Little Caesars Arena but ultimately fell to a very talented opponent, 3-2.
Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored goals....Read more
What we learned during the past week (and more) in the NHL:
KINGS ENJOYING A ROYAL REVERSAL
The Los Angeles Kings are off to a franchise-best start at 4-0-1, looking every game like kids who have been freed from detention in a stuffy classroom. They've maintained a strong defensive game while capitalizing on the offensive freedom given them by...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The mojo between Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown has reached a point where they can combine for a goal even though neither actually put the puck in the net.
Midway through the first period Sunday, Kopitar executed what seemed like a called shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E: Through the defender's legs, off another defender's stick and ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler fired the puck with all of his 215 pounds leaning into the slapper.
Unfortunately, the puck was directed at the boards, and afterward Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson iced the game with an empty-net goal to make the final score 3-1.
With four of their first six games at home, the Ducks had a ...Read more