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20 observations from an up-and-down but ultimately successful first quarter for the Avalanche

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The first quarter of the Colorado Avalanche’s season has felt like a three-act play.

Colorado ripped off six wins in a row to begin the season, but players and coach Jared Bednar kept warning everyone that improvements were needed. Then came five losses in seven games, four of which were by four-plus goals.

The final act has looked more like...Read more

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Road-weary Avalanche run out of gas in third period, lose third straight

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LOS ANGELES — The Colorado Avalanche have been the NHL’s most-dominant team in the third period for much of this season, but this was a different challenge.

The Avalanche were playing for the third time in four nights Sunday, and the slightly earlier start time meant even less of a recovery in the back-to-back situation. Meanwhile, the ...Read more

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Brad Marchand's hat trick lifts Bruins over Columbus, 3-1

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BOSTON — Brad Marchand has served notice to the rest of the National Hockey League in a 24-hour span over the weekend.

He’s back.

After snapping an eight-game goal-less streak with the dramatic overtime winner against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday, the Bruins captain exploded for a natural hat trick in the span of 5:50 in the ...Read more

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Wild beat Blackhawks 4-1 for third victory in a row

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The Wild have won more in the last week than the past month.

Marco Rossi scored twice, Mats Zuccarello's three points extended his scoring streak and Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in a 4-1 dusting of the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center that signaled three straight Wild wins for the first time this season.

They remain ...Read more

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Knights return home with dominant win over Capitals

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LAS VEGAS — Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists for the second consecutive game as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, including an empty-net goal in the final minutes.

Logan Thompson had 19 saves in the victory, losing out on the shutout when ...Read more

Colorado Avalanche falls 4-3 in shootout to Leo Carlsson and the Anaheim Ducks

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If the Anaheim Ducks are going to become a consistent Stanley Cup contender again like the Colorado Avalanche, Leo Carlsson is likely to be a big part of it.

Carlsson showed why he’s one of the best prospects in the sport Saturday night with a goal, an assist and the lone shootout tally to lead the Ducks past the Avalanche, 4-3. It’s the ...Read more

Kraken can't take advantage of Senators' porous defense in loss

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Every scoreless minute played by the visiting Kraken loomed large as their Saturday night ticked away against an opponent that typically gives up goals by the truckload.

While the Kraken don’t often score in bunches no matter who they play, a 2-0 loss to the Senators will certainly feel like a blown opportunity compared to...Read more

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Brad Marchand nets OT game-winner to lift Bruins over Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs talked about exacting vengeance on Brad Marchand going into Saturday’s game at Scotiabank Arena. Marchand chose to be the hero instead.

With less than eight seconds left in a wild overtime, Joseph Woll stopped David Pastrnak on a breakaway, but Pastrnak stuck with it and tried to bank it off the leaping Woll. It got ...Read more

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Penguins tie it late, but toothless power play seals shootout loss to Flyers

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout, Saturday night.

They did rally to salvage a point. But this one left a sour taste in their mouths.

The Penguins, after giving up their latest short-handed goal, were 21 seconds away from a regulation loss when Jake Guentzel got his second goal of the night.

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Walman OT goal gives Red Wings 5-4 victory over Canadiens

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Maybe later in the regular season the Red Wings will look back at their trip to Sweden as some sort of turning point.

It certainly has been lately, since returning from a two-game, two-loss trip to Sweden in the NHL Global Series.

The Wings (13-7-3) are 5-1-0 since then, the latest victory Saturday in Montreal, 5-4 in overtime. Jake Walman ...Read more

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Takeaways as Panthers' comeback bid falls flat against Islanders to begin homestand

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SUNRISE, Fla. — After a successful three-game road trip in Canada, the Florida Panthers were hoping to carry that momentum back home.

It didn’t work out that way on Saturday, as the Panthers fell, 4-3, to the New York Islanders at Amerant Bank Arena to begin a three-game homestand.

Florida falls to 14-8-2 and has now lost each of its past ...Read more

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Hurricanes smother Sabres. Five takeaways from Carolina's resounding win over Buffalo.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes’ season of Jekyll and Hyde results continued Saturday, and the pendulum swung emphatically in the Canes’ favor.

Five different players scored goals, Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 21 shots and the Hurricanes, fresh off a disappointing and at times leaky overtime loss to the Islanders, locked down a 6-2 win...Read more

Clutch performances help Sharks beat Devils, finally end misery on road

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The San Jose Sharks made the most of their limited opportunities — and survived some hairy moments — to earn their first road win of the season on Friday.

Jacob MacDonald and Anthony Duclair each scored twice and goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 45 saves as the Sharks beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-3, at the Prudential Center to improve to 1-10-0 ...Read more

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Blackhawks' Connor Bedard wins rookie of the month for the first time

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CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard won the NHL’s rookie of the month award for November.

He posted six goals and six assists in 12 games, registering at least a point in eight of them.

Bedard was picked over other contenders, such as Calgary Flames center Connor Zary (3 goals and 7 assists in 13 games) and Philadelphia ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon's late goal salvages point, but Avalanche falls in OT at Arizona

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes didn’t score on the overtime power play that Nick Bjugstad created, but he was credited with the game-winner just seconds after it ended.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar appeared to accidentally put the puck in his own net, as it slipped between goalie Alexandar Georgiev’s legs during a scramble...Read more

Knights maintain division lead with victory over Canucks

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Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights finished off a three-game road trip through western Canada with a 4-1 win over the Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday night.

Ivan Barbashev added a goal and an assist, while Alex Pietrangelo had two assists in the win for the Knights (15-5-4).

The victory was ...Read more

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Flyers strike twice on power play but fall to Devils in overtime

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PHILADELPHIA — No, the Flyers did not get their first comeback win, but it certainly was not for lack of trying.

Down 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils in the first period and facing a five-minute major to Garnet Hathaway, the Orange and Black battled back to tie things up at three, before losing, 4-3 in overtime. Luke Hughes needed less than 30 ...Read more

Blues respond with win over Sabres after building, surrendering three-goal lead

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ST. LOUIS — Momentum wore blue on Thursday night. The shade of blue just depended on the point of the game.

In an eventual 6-4 Blues win over the Sabres on Thursday night at Enterprise Center, the swings back and forth were plentiful for royal-and-navy-clad St. Louis and royal-draped Buffalo.

The Blues built a 3-0 lead. The Sabres tied the ...Read more

Kraken rally in third period but lose to Maple Leafs in shootout

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TORONTO — For the longest time, it seemed that an elusive 60-minute effort by the Kraken against a perennial playoff team would go unrewarded.

They’d largely played the favored Maple Leafs to a standstill at even strength, only to face a two-goal, third-period deficit after a hat trick completed by Mitch Marner late in the middle frame ...Read more

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Connor Dewar's first NHL hat trick propels Wild over Predators

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The Wild have started a new streak, and it's different than their last one.

They've won two in a row since dropping seven straight after routing the Predators, 6-1, on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., to stay undefeated with new coach John Hynes in charge.

This is also just the second time all season the Wild have back-to-...Read more