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At halfway point of the season, bad breaks and bad habits continue to plague last-place Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA — Just when it seemed like the hockey gods couldn’t make things worse for the Flyers, somehow they found a way.

Down by three goals to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday through two periods, interim coach Mike Yeo and the Flyers learned that winger Wade Allison — who was making his season debut after rehabbing ankle and elbow ...Read more

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Zach Aston-Reese day-to-day with lower-body injury, Louis Domingue also sidelined

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PITTSBURGH — Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese is sidelined "day-to-day" with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced ahead of Sunday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

During Friday's game in Columbus, Aston-Reese absorbed a slap shot off the inside of the left knee. He went to the dressing room in pain, returned to play the ...Read more

Penguins overcome injuries, tired legs and two-goal deficit to win

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored in a shootout Sunday to help the Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, at PPG Paints Arena. The victory, one of their more improbable ones this season, was its fifth in a row. Pittsburgh has won 16 of its past 18 games.

The Penguins, with tired legs and a few achy bodies after an injury-filled first period, ...Read more

Jacksonville Icemen defenseman Jacob Panetta suspended for racist gesture in ECHL hockey game

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Icemen defenseman Jacob Panetta was suspended indefinitely by the league and released by the club Sunday, accused of making a racist gesture toward the South Carolina Stingrays' Jordan Subban during Saturday night's ECHL hockey game at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Panetta, a 26-year-old from Belleville, ...Read more

San Jose Sharks' lopsided loss a 'massive wake-up call,' but can they respond?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — How much pushback does this Sharks team have?

More than they had Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning?

It won't take long to find out.

The Sharks were clobbered 7-1 by the Lightning at SAP Center, sleepwalking through most of the first period en route to their most lopsided loss of the season. The Sharks gave up...Read more

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Dreadful start dooms Sharks in season's most lopsided loss

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal sailed through the uprights at Lambeau Field just moments before San Jose Sharks defenseman Jaycob Megna’s shot from the point found its way past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Brian Elliott.

When the final score of the 49ers’ playoff game with the Green Bay Packers was shown on the SAP ...Read more

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Wild rallies twice to force overtime, Marcus Foligno scores game-winner against Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The venue changed, but the result didn't.

After the Wild kicked off a home-and-home at Chicago with a resounding win, the team took a more dramatic approach in the rematch by rallying, 4-3 in overtime on Saturday in front of 19,092 at Xcel Energy Center to sweep the weekend series and snag its fifth win in the last six games...Read more

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Red Wings offense stalls in 4-1 loss to Predators

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If this was any sort of measuring stick this weekend, playing against two tough, playoff-caliber teams, the Red Wings still look a bit short of that benchmark.

Saturday it was the Nashville Predators who withstood a good Wings road game, and defeated the Red Wings, 4-1, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

The Wings (18-18-6) earned one out of ...Read more

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Hurricanes have Devil of a time in New Jersey: Five takeaways from Carolina's road loss

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A night after beating the New York Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes could not handle the New Jersey Devils, losing the road game, 7-4, at the Prudential Center.

The Devils fell behind 2-0 in the first period and trailed 3-2 in the second, but then overwhelmed the Canes, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back set.

Five takeaways ...Read more

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Flyers losing streak extends to 11 after 6-3 loss to Sabres

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It was a day for breaking streaks — but not for the Flyers, whose skid extended to 11 with their 6-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres, who are 13-21-7, had not won at home since Nov. 26. Helped by Flyers penalties and their power play unit, which went three-for-four, the Sabres snapped their nine-game home skid with a dominant win.

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Kraken's short win streak comes to an emphatic end as Blues have little trouble

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SEATTLE — After defeating the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, even in one of the more inspired performances of the season, coach Dave Hakstol said he felt like the Kraken were still a ways away from where they want to be.

Friday night was a good example of that.

The Kraken allowed a goal before the first media timeout and never recovered,...Read more

Panthers shake off slow start, rally to beat Canucks in shootout

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For two periods Friday, the Florida Panthers’ offense came up empty — a rarity for one of the National Hockey League’s top scoring teams.

They found momentarily life in the third, enough to rally for a win. Sam Reinhart scored the game-tying goal on a power play early in the frame to force overtime before beating the Vancouver Canucks in ...Read more

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Observations from the Lightning's lackluster loss to the Ducks

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The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t have their best effort Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, falling into a two-goal hole after one period and playing catch up from there in a 5-1 loss, a defeat that snapped their four-game win streak.

“They had a good game plan and we didn’t execute from the beginning,” Lightning center ...Read more

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Wild erupts for 5-1 victory to open home-and-home series with Blackhawks

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CHICAGO — These aren't the same Blackhawks that were still a handful in the afterglow of the dynasty years that yielded three Stanley Cups between 2010 and 2015.

But the Wild is different, too.

In their first reunion in almost two years, both franchises' new directions were on display as the Wild creamed its rebuilding rival, 5-1, on Friday ...Read more

Crosby nets hat trick as Penguins win, but backup goalie situation dire as DeSmith pulled again

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The backup goalie situation has now reached DEFCON 1.

It took only two cannon blasts at Nationwide Arena on Friday night for Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to yank Casey DeSmith. It was the second time this month he had to turn to Tristan Jarry in relief in the second half of a back-to-back.

DeSmith’s game has unraveled ...Read more

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Hurricanes vault into first in Metro Division with 6-3 win over Rangers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tony DeAngelo called it a meaningful game, but not for personal reasons.

The Carolina Hurricanes defenseman wanted to beat his former team to lift the Canes back into the lead in the Metropolitan Division. That was top priority Friday.

The Hurricanes did that, absorbing a few hard hits along the way but holding off the New ...Read more

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Kings' Aisha Visram proud to make NHL history and hopes more women will follow

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LOS ANGELS — Aisha Visram expected her family and friends to become emotional when she told them she would be filling in on the Kings' athletic training staff Jan. 13.

They had supported her unlikely dream, offering encouragement when her job applications were rejected and taking it in stride when she was too busy to answer their calls and ...Read more

Sharks lose again to expansion Seattle Kraken in frustrating end to first half

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The San Jose Sharks continue to be vexed by the expansion Seattle Kraken.

The Sharks allowed even two strength goals to Carson Soucy and one to Calle Jarnkrok and couldn’t fully take advantage of multiple power-play opportunities in the second and third periods in a 3-2 loss to the Kraken on Thursday in their first visit to Climate Pledge ...Read more

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Florida rides Sergei Bobrovsky's best game as a Panther to blowout win vs. Oilers

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Sergei Bobrovsky split his legs and splayed his body all the way across the goalmouth while final seconds ticked away on the first period Thursday and the Edmonton Oilers tried to finally take a lead on the Florida Panthers. It was another save — his 17th thus far — and it was maybe his best yet, falling to his stomach and stretching his ...Read more

Penguins hold on to beat Senators, 6-4, win third game in a row

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PITTSBURGH — Monday night in Vegas, in their final game of their season-long six-game road trip, it looked as if the Penguins were about to deliver their third straight dud.

They had gotten worked over by the Los Angeles Kings and needed third-string goalie Louis Domingue to steal a game in San Jose. Then they had a shaky first period in ...Read more