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High-scoring Panthers crash back to earth with rare blowout loss in Calgary

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The Florida Panthers knew the good times couldn’t last forever — at least not in the way they went for the last three weeks. They knew they couldn’t average six goals per game for the rest of the season or threaten 10-goal outbursts every time they take the ice. The last three weeks were something of a miracle — a legitimately historic ...Read more

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Hurricanes dominate Bruins: Five takeaways from Carolina's big road win over Boston

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The Carolina Hurricanes have had some nightmarish games in the past against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, where little went right.

But not Tuesday.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice as the Canes ignited for five first-period goals, defenseman Jaccob Slavin finished with a goal and two assists and goalie Frederik Andersen picked up his 20th win...Read more

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos voted in for franchise-best seventh All-Star Game

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TAMPA, Fla. — Even after 14 seasons in the NHL, a veteran like Steven Stamkos still can be surprised every once in a while.

Such was the case Tuesday afternoon, when the Lightning captain learned he had been voted in by fans for the All-Star Game, the seventh of his career and most in franchise history (surpassing Martin St. Louis’ six).

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Penguins claw back from 3-goal deficit to beat Vegas, end road trip on a high note

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LAS VEGAS – The glimmering lights and ever-present cha-ching of slot machines can make Las Vegas as disorienting as it is intoxicating. Walking around the windowless casinos, it’s easy to find yourself asking what time is it? What day is it? And, when can we go home?

As the Penguins arrived in Sin City at the tail end of a 12-day, six-game ...Read more

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Blues do it again, coming from behind for a 5-3 win over Nashville

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ST. LOUIS — Bad starts and big comebacks go hand in hand now for the Blues.

On Monday, they fell behind 2-0 to Nashville, being outshot 12-0 at one point in the battle between two of the top teams in the Central Division, only to shrug it off like a mild case of dandruff.

In 9 minutes, 10 seconds, the Blues went from being down two goals to ...Read more

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Kraken edge Blackhawks in shootout to break long losing streak with new team dog in attendance

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SEATTLE — With their new dog mascot watching from the stands, Kraken forward Ryan Donato and his teammates finally took the leash off their moribund offense in the latter stages of Sunday afternoon’s contest to avoid a double-digit losing streak.

For much of this holiday matinee 3-2 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Climate ...Read more

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Timo Meier sets new Sharks record with scoring outburst vs. Kings

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career last week. Now he has his first career five-goal game, setting a new San Jose Sharks record.

Meier had a hat trick in the first period of Monday's game with the Los Angeles Kings, then scored his fourth and fifth goals in the second period to ...Read more

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'We were able to swarm them': Larkin lifts Red Wings over Sabres in overtime

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If only the Buffalo Sabres could be on the Red Wings' schedule more often.

The Wings took full advantage of the lowly Sabres, completing the season sweep Monday with a 3-2 overtime victory.

They shut out the Sabres on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena in a lopsided 4-0 decision.

Dylan Larkin scored the game-tying, then game-winning goal in ...Read more

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Wild West showdown: Avs slip past Wild in 4-3 shootout victory

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DENVER — The Avalanche's undefeated streak at home continues — but just barely.

After falling behind by a pair of goals in the first period, the Wild responded with a gutsy rally before falling 4-3 to Colorado in a shootout on Monday afternoon at Ball Arena. It snapped the Wild's three-game win streak.

Colorado has won 14 in a row on home ...Read more

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How the 'school bus' line drives the Lightning's play

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. — In the Lightning’s third preseason game, coach Jon Cooper was impressed with his first glimpse of a new third line.

The combination of 30-somethings Pat Maroon, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Corey Perry had size and veteran savvy. They drove play into the offensive zone and knew where to be on the ice. And for their first ...Read more

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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