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Steel lifts Ducks to 2-1 overtime win over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes' first game without Dougie Hamilton did not well for the home team.

Sam Steel's goal at 1:36 of overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory at PNC Arena.

Sebastian Aho, back at center, scored for the Canes in the first period, his 24th of the season but his first in eight games. But defenseman Erik ...Read more

Sidney Crosby scores game-winning goal to beat Red Wings in overtime

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DETROIT -- The Penguins have plowed through all kinds of obstacles while posting one of the NHL's top records since the start of December. They've lost important players. They've erased big leads. They've snapped back after bad breaks.

During this torrid stretch, they also haven't had two sluggish games in a row.

That changed Friday against ...Read more

Sharks routed by Avalanche as ugly road trip continues

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DENVER -- All of the work the Sharks have put in over the last month to establish some semblance of an identity was nowhere to be found Thursday night in a blowout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sharks fell behind early and never recovered, allowing two goals in the first period and two more in the second in what became a 4-0 loss to the ...Read more

New-look Wild cool off Lightning, hang on for 3-2 victory

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure if he and his staff made the right call Wednesday, scrapping practice in favor of giving players a mental break on the heels of getting pancaked in Pittsburgh.

But based on how the team returned, it certainly looked like Boudreau and Co. knew exactly what the group needed.

After ...Read more

Bruins coast, snap Penguins' four-game winning streak

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BOSTON -- Twenty-four seconds.

Those quick ticks off the clock were all it took for the Penguins to take a one-goal lead over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden. In just his second game back from core muscle surgery, Sidney Crosby ripped a slap shot from the left circle past Jaroslav Halak.

Twenty-four seconds. Those fleeting ...Read more

Carey Price, Ilya Kovalchuk carry Canadiens past Flyers, 4-1

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PHILADELPHIA -- After winning three of their previous four games against NHL heavyweights, the Flyers got decked by a lightweight Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Montreal 4, Flyers 1.

So much for the apparent momentum gained from the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win Wednesday in St. Louis, the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Goalie Carey ...Read more

Panthers, down to their third goaltender, hold on to beat Kings, 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Chris Driedger stretched out his right leg to protect the net from an incoming Los Angeles Kings shot attempt that ultimately went wide midway through the first period.

The puck cleared well past the Florida Panthers' goaltender, but Driedger remained down. A trainer checked on him before he was ultimately helped off the ice.

...Read more

Zack Smith scores 2 goals and Patrick Kane nabs 998th point as Blackhawks beat Canadiens 4-1 for their 3rd straight win

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MONTREAL -- Zack Smith scored a pair of first-period goals, Patrick Kane picked up his 998th career point and Montreal native Corey Crawford continued his mastery of the Canadiens at the Bell Centre with 32 saves as the Blackhawks won 4-1 on Wednesday for their third straight victory.

The Hawks improved to 22-20-6 and moved within four points ...Read more

'Pretty shocking': Sharks react to rival Golden Knights hiring Pete DeBoer

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DENVER -- The Sharks knew that Pete DeBoer would find another job as an NHL head coach at some point.

They just didn't think it would be with their most bitter rival.

DeBoer replaced Gerard Gallant on Wednesday morning as the coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, who have lost four straight games and entered the day in fifth place in the Pacific ...Read more

Flyers beat Blues, 4-3, on Jake Voracek's OT goal

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ST. LOUIS -- The Flyers continued to show they can play with the NHL big boys on Wednesday night.

They got goals from Tyler Pitlick, Michael Raffl, Travis Konecny, and Jake Voracek, and jolted the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in overtime, 4-3, at the Enterprise Center.

Voracek scored from the high slot with 1:27 left in ...Read more

Flyers goalie Carter Hart to miss 2-3 weeks with abdominal strain

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ST. LOUIS -- The Flyers will be without their No. 1 goalie for a handful of games.

Carter Hart will be sidelined two to three weeks because of a lower abdominal strain, and the Flyers demoted winger Joel Farabee to the Phantoms on Wednesday to open cap space and recall Alex Lyon as their backup goalie Wednesday.

Hart suffered the injury while ...Read more

Critical Sharks road trip begins with 6-3 loss to Coyotes

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The tight, defensive brand of hockey the Sharks played with on their two-game homestand last week didn't make it to Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday.

The Sharks allowed two goals by Phil Kessel and another to Taylor Hall in the first two periods as their three-game road trip began with a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Kevin ...Read more

Jonathan Toews' OT goal and Dominik Kubalik's 2nd straight 2-goal game gives the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Dominik Kubalik had two goals for the second consecutive game and scored in his fifth straight and Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the Blackhawks a sorely needed 3-2 overtime victory over the Senators on Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Hawks' second consecutive win upped their record to 21-20-6...Read more

Penguins put on a show in Sidney Crosby's return, rout Wild

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PITTSBURGH -- He's back. And he's still pretty good.

Sidney Crosby made his much-awaited return Tuesday, scoring a goal and piling up four points in a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at PPG Paints Arena.

Crosby had not played since Nov. 9 and had sports hernia surgery Nov. 14, exactly two months to the day before the captain returned to the ...Read more

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford intends to play somewhere next season but isn't sure he's ready to be a backup

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- By a stroke of scheduling luck, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton won't have to make what could have been a very difficult decision.

While it's hard to imagine Corey Crawford not starting when the Hawks come to his hometown of Montreal to face the Canadiens, the current situation is different than in years past.

Crawford is ...Read more

Flyers storm back from 3-goal deficit and stun Bruins, 6-5, on Travis Konecny's shootout goal

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bad coverage. Poor defensive gaps. Another awful first period.

That pretty much describes how the Flyers played for the first half of Monday's wildly entertaining game at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center.

At the time, little did anyone believe they could overcome a 5-2 deficit against the mighty Boston Bruins.

But they ...Read more

Blues win ninth straight at home, beat Ducks 4-1

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues tied a franchise record with their ninth straight home win and did it without a whole lot of difficulty, beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Monday night at Enterprise Center.

A dominating second period segued into an efficient third period which featured an almost comical gift goal when Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm ran into ...Read more

Huberdeau sets franchise points record, and the Bobrovsky-less Panthers beat Toronto

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MIAMI -- The Florida Panthers had already put the game out of reach on Sunday, but the two moments down the stretch were just as meaningful.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal late in the second period and assisted on a Mike Hoffman power-play goal in the third period to break Olli Jokinen's franchise record for career points as the Panthers ...Read more

Penguins pull out late victory over Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The road-weary Penguins in the third period Sunday let the Arizona Coyotes take their first lead of the evening. And after that, for the first time in a while, they didn't show much push with the game on the line.

Leave it to Brandon Tanev and their obnoxious third line to provide a jolt.

The spark-plug winger emerged with ...Read more

New lineup, old result for Wild in 4-1 loss to Canucks

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wild injected two new faces into its lineup, but the change wasn't enough to snap the team out of its recent funk -- which extended to three games after a 4-1 loss to the Canucks Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

Two Vancouver goals in just 1 minute, 12 seconds during the second period were the difference, flipping a ...Read more