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As the Kings' Drew Doughty turns 30, he's eager to start a new chapter

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CALGARY, Alberta -- With his wide, gap-toothed smile and seemingly boundless youthful energy, Drew Doughty gave teammate Nikolai Prokhorkin a playful shove on their way back to the bench Friday morning.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman had just broken up Prokhorkin's pass during a pregame skate two-on-one drill. The play was casual. Doughty's ...Read more

Wild's 11-game point streak comes to an end with 6-2 loss at Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The run is over.

After going more than three weeks without losing in regulation, progress that lifted the Wild into the playoff conversation, the team finally had its point streak snapped at 11 games Saturday by the Hurricanes in a 6-2 loss at PNC Arena that also nixed the Wild's five-game win streak.

Carolina's top players ...Read more

Detroit Red Wings drop 11th straight in loss to Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings at least made their latest outing interesting, scoring twice in the third period.

Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist before a lively Saturday night crowd at Little Caesars Arena, but the Pittsburgh Penguins used an empty net goal to prevail, 5-3, leaving the Wings 0-9-2 in their last 11 games.

It was a ...Read more

Binnington pulled, Blues lose 5-2 to Maple Leafs

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ST. LOUIS -- For only the second time in the NHL, and the first time in the regular season, St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was pulled from a game.

It was that kind of night or the Blues, who were routed 5-2 by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Enterprise Center.

The Blues fell to 18-7-6 on the season; Toronto improved to 14-13-4...Read more

Sharks go 0 for 4 with the man advantage in a 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The San Jose Sharks couldn't score on the power play Saturday night and by the time they did finally beat Andrei Vasilevskiy in the third period, it was already far too late.

The Sharks went 0 for 4 with the man advantage and couldn't score in the first two periods despite 30 shots on goal, as the Tampa Bay Lightning ran away ...Read more

3 takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout win over the Devils, including Kirby Dach winning it with a nasty move

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NEWARK, N.J. -- When the Blackhawks return to Chicago, the biennial moms' trip sadly will come to an end.

Or will it?

A movement seemed to be gaining momentum to keep the moms around after their presence seemed to spur the Hawks to beat the Bruins and Devils in a couple of tense games they absolutely had to have.

"Seems like that'd be a good ...Read more

Flyers beat Senators but lose Travis Konecny

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PHILADELPHIA -- In a game that featured just about everything, the Flyers got a win but lost their leading scorer.

Scott Laughton scored the deciding goal with less than five minutes left as the Flyers were able to get past the gritty Ottawa Senators, 4-3, on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Travis Konecny left the game late in the first ...Read more

Kings cannot overcome slow start in loss to Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- An army of trench coats and beanies marched from the Los Angeles Kings' visiting locker room to the Rogers Place bus entrance Friday morning. Outside, snowfall from a recent winter storm still caked the streets. Up above, ominous clouds hung low in the sub-freezing air, promising another downpour in the not-so-distant future...Read more

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Kirby Dach convert in the shootout as the Blackhawks top the Devils 2-1 for their 2nd straight win

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Any team will tell you it's important not to look ahead at the schedule.

Well, it's also important not to look back either.

With the thrill of a huge road victory against the powerful Bruins a night earlier still dancing in their heads, the Blackhawks headed to the Prudential Center on Friday night to face the Devils, one of ...Read more

Blackhawks' Zack Smith wants assistant coach Marc Crawford to stay with the team: 'Hopefully it's not just making an example out of someone'

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Nobody on the Blackhawks has spent more time around embattled assistant coach Marc Crawford than Zack Smith.

The two spent three seasons together with the Senators before joining the Hawks last summer. Crawford -- who is on leave while the Hawks investigate allegations he physically and verbally abused former players with other ...Read more

Flyers' 5-game winning streak comes to an end as goalie Darcy Kuemper shines for Coyotes

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PHILADELPHIA -- Several Flyers streaks came to an end Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, where they ran into a sizzling goaltender and lost to Arizona, 3-1.

The Flyers had won five in a row, had points in seven straight games (6-0-1), and had collected points in 11 consecutive home games (7-0-4).

Darcy Kuemper put an end to all of that....Read more

Jonathan Toews' overtime goal gives the Blackhawks a stunning 4-3 victory over the Bruins, who had the NHL's 2nd-best record

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BOSTON -- Give the Blackhawks moms all the credit.

OK, maybe their boys deserve a little bit as well.

The last-place Hawks pulled off a stunning 4-3 overtime victory Thursday night at TD Garden over the Bruins -- who entered the day with the second-most points in the NHL -- as Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway 54 seconds into OT.

Toews' ...Read more

Wild's point streak reaches 11 games with victory in Tampa Bay

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Three goals in a breezy 1 minute, 41 seconds by the Wild rattled the Lightning but didn't break it.

Instead, it took two more tallies to finally shake off Tampa for good – a dizzying 5-4 win Thursday at Amalie Arena that extended the Wild's point streak to 11 games (8-0-3), the second-longest run in franchise history.

After ...Read more

Andrei Svechnikov, Petr Mrazek star as Canes top Sharks in shootout

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's not every game you see an NHL goalie flattened by a right-hand punch.

It happened Thursday to Petr Mrazek of the Carolina Hurricanes. Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks was the aggressor, first taking a whack at the puck after Mrazek had smothered it in the crease, then punching Mrazek when Mrazek objected to it, smacking...Read more

Blues fall to Penguins 3-0 to end four-game win streak

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PITTSBURGH -- The Blues saw their 10-game point streak in road games come to an end with a 3-0 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

It was a fitting bookend to the game that marked their previous loss, a 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Boston on Oct. 26. It's the only other time the Blues have been shutout this season.

The Blues were 8-0...Read more

Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula knows his next concussion could end his hockey career: 'I've had that conversation'

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CHICAGO -- Jeremy Colliton didn't have a choice about whether to retire from the NHL after suffering multiple concussions. The decision was made for him.

"I had one where I had to sit out for almost a full year, and then I came back and got hit again," the Blackhawks coach said. "And then I was out again for several months, and that told the ...Read more

Sharks start December with ugly loss to Capitals

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- November ended with a bang for the San Jose Sharks. December began with a faceplant.

The Sharks were no match Tuesday for the Washington Capitals, who scored three goals in the first period and added two more in the second to help cruise to 5-2 win at SAP Center.

Melker Karlsson scored at the 2:33 mark of the first period ...Read more

Flyers erupt for 5 late goals and beat Maple Leafs, 6-1; Carter Hart, Travis Konecny shine

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carter Hart continued his dominance at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

So did the Flyers.

Hart made 27 saves and Claude Giroux scored the go-ahead goal as the Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-1, and extended their winning streak to a season-high five straight.

The Flyers, who equaled a franchise record for ...Read more

Florida Panthers watch two-goal lead fade away in loss to Minnesota Wild

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MIAMI -- Carson Soucy made his way in front of the Florida Panthers' net, squeezing his way between Mike Hoffman and Anton Stralman, as he took a pass from teammate Zach Parise.

The Minnesota Wild defenseman one-timed a shot that slipped past goaltender Chris Driedger and into the net early in the third period, the third goal Driedger gave up ...Read more

Flyers' Nolan Patrick gives mixed signals on battle with migraines; expects to play this season

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PHILADELPHIA -- Center Nolan Patrick, sidelined since the start of the season by a migraine disorder, skated with the Flyers' backups at practice Tuesday morning at the Wells Fargo Center and then talked about the "annoying process" he was going through as he tries return to action.

He gave mixed signals on his rehab.

Patrick, 21, said the ...Read more