Kings are unable to break a recurring habit, losing

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings have practiced almost every morning since early October.

So Coach Darryl Sutter was asked before Thursday night's game against the Boston Bruins what he could still be teaching the players six months later.

"Just reinforcing small details from prior games," he said. "Or if you see a history of reoccurring ...Read more

Patrick Kane tallies hat trick as Blackhawks down Coyotes, 6-3

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CHICAGO -- Another game, another hat trick for the Blackhawks.

A game after Jonathan Toews tallied a hat trick, winger Patrick Kane got his third career regular-season hat trick as the Hawks overcame an injury to defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in a 6-3 victory over the Coyotes.

Kane scored a goal in each period and now has 23 for the season.

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Bounces go Ducks' way as Rickard Rakell taps in decisive goal against Bruins

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell might never score an easier game-winning goal in a contest the Anaheim Ducks had quite a time getting a handle on.

Rakell scored his second goal of the game with 2:34 left in regulation to snap a third-period tie and the Ducks went on to beat the Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

The ...Read more

Wild ponder options as NHL trade deadline nears

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With the Wild having 23 games in the season's final 41 days once their "bye" ends Monday -- and with a 16-game month of March around the corner -- general manager Chuck Fletcher echoed precisely what Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said before Tuesday's Wild-Blackhawks game.

The Ottawa Senators losing three players in one game a night earlier...Read more

Panthers fall 4-3 to Oilers to end five-game win streak

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- It's called a trap game and the Panthers fell into it.

The pregame conversation in the Panthers locker room had to do with avoiding the common pitfall of teams coming up flat in the first game at home after a long road trip. The Panthers had been 1-3 with a total of five goals in such scenarios.

So after a franchise-best 5-0 ...Read more

Capitals dominate against Flyers in 4-1 win

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers celebrated after scoring two goals Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

After video reviews, neither goal counted.

It's been that kind of stretch for the free-falling Flyers.

Second-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov, known for his slick passing, scored two goals as Washington handed the Flyers their sixth loss in ...Read more

Jonathan Quick might be close to returning as Kings waive Jeff Zatkoff

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter has been careful to downplay Jonathan Quick's progress in returning from the groin injury that sidelined him less than a period into the season.

But it wasn't hard to see the significance in two recent developments involving the former All-Star goaltender. The first came Tuesday morning in ...Read more

Scoring drought over for Jonathan Toews as points coming in a flood

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Earlier this season, Jonathan Toews would conduct mini-therapy sessions at his dressing room stall to air his frustration over his lack of scoring.

Toews would say he had a lack of confidence and if he could just get a couple of shots to go in or bounce his way, well, that might make a world of difference.

"You knew at some point the tides ...Read more

Crosby helped fix Penguins' ice, Brooks Orpik says

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When issues with quality of the ice at then-Consol Energy Center reached their apex -- think 2013 -- word around the team was that Sidney Crosby, fed up as much as anyone, had taken an active role in fixing the problem.

Now, as the problem has gone league-wide, one of his former teammates is confirming that, yes, Crosby had a series of sitdowns...Read more

Kings celebrate as if in playoffs after win over Avs

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DENVER -- When the final horn sounded on the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, defenseman Drew Doughty pumped his fist twice, then wrapped goalie Peter Budaj in a smothering embrace.

It was a hug worthy of a one-sided playoff win, not a one-goal squeaker against the worst team in the league. But given the way ...Read more

Red Wings unable to build on weekend, lose to Islanders, 3-1

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DETROIT -- The big weekend against the best teams in the Eastern Conference segued into inconsistency against one of the teams standing between the Detroit Red Wings and the playoffs.

The Wings lost, 3-1, to the New York Islanders on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, unable to build on the momentum earned with victories over Washington and Pittsburgh...Read more

Jonathan Toews tallies hat trick as Blackhawks down Wild, 5-3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Richard Panik and Nick Schmaltz continued their impressive play of late and led the Hawks to a 5-3 victory over the Wild.

Toews tallied his first hat trick of the season and a season high five points as Panik and Schmaltz each added a goal.

In the process, the line helped pull the ...Read more

Penguins hang on in 3-1 victory over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- There was nothing easy about the Penguins' 3-1 victory Tuesday night against Carolina at PNC Arena.

Mostly because they spent much of the first two periods causing problems for themselves.

They went in front late in the second period on a Sidney Crosby goal, however, and hung on for a victory that raised their record to 37-14-...Read more

Franchise-best 5-0 road trip catapults Panthers back into playoff picture

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Florida Panthers received a much-deserved day off Tuesday after earning 10 out of 10 points on their franchise-record best 5-0 road trip, which has catapulted them back into the playoff picture for the first time since the second week of the season.

The Panthers began the cross-country trek on Feb. 10 in 12th place of the Eastern Conference, 14...Read more

Red Wings' Brendan Smith tries to put trade talk out of mind

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Brendan Smith is taking the Thomas Vanek approach: He'd prefer to stay but understands that the NHL is a business.

The Detroit Red Wings' schedule this week shows a date Wednesday night against the New York Islanders (7:30, FSD) at Joe Louis Arena, then a five-day bye, courtesy of the fall's World Cup of Hockey. That means the Wings will be off...Read more

Stadium Series: Inside the NHL's plan for warm weather at Heinz Field

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Dan Craig wakes up and checks his phone. National Hockey League vice presidents of facilities operations -- they're just like us.

Except Craig isn't up at 7 a.m., checking his texts or Twitter. He's up at 2:30 a.m., looking at a custom-built app designed to monitor the temperature of the ice housed in rinks at the league's outdoor games. In ...Read more

Slow start dooms Ducks in 3-2 loss to Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Once again, the Anaheim Ducks got to the point of liftoff and ended up scrapping their launch.

Like any coin that has two sides, the Ducks seem to have theirs and it is good and bad. Average teams are often like that and the flip side to their confident win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday was on display one night later ...Read more

Blackhawks are hot, but still can't catch Wild

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before the Blackhawks faced the Wild on Feb. 8, winger Patrick Kane called it "the biggest game" of the Hawks' season.

Now that they are meeting again just 13 days later in St. Paul, Minn., what does Kane have to say?

"You could probably say the same thing once again," he said. "These are huge games. Especially when, if you're ...Read more

Panthers down Blues, 2-1, on Trocheck's last-second goal

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ST. LOUIS -- Not since Thelma and Louise has there been a more memorable road trip.

In a much happier ending, the Panthers, led by red-hot goalie James Reimer and a last-second goal by Vincent Trocheck, completed the franchise's first 5-0 road trip with a 2-1 gem over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night at Scottrade Center.

Reimer notched 26 ...Read more

Panthers' Luongo receives confidence boost after sterling effort

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ST. LOUIS -- Despite tying former Panthers goalie Ed Belfour for fourth place all-time when he played his 963rd game Saturday night, Roberto Luongo still needed a stellar outing to restore his confidence.

He got it when he made 33 saves, many spectacular, to lead the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Saturday for his 452nd career win,...Read more