Gaudreau supplies 2 shorthanded goals in Wild's 4-2 win over Avs

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DENVER — The Wild are starting to settle in at their new digs.

In their first (and last) chance to defend their recent move atop the Central Division against their closest competition, the Wild held off the reigning Stanley Cup champion Avalanche 4-2 on Wednesday at Ball Arena to earn a three-point lead over Colorado and Dallas with seven ...Read more

Panthers pull off last-minute comeback in Toronto to keep playoff hopes alive

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The Florida Panthers’ season was on life support — it has been for most of the last week, frankly — and a final chance to potentially save it came in the form of a power play with a little more than two minutes left Wednesday in Canada.

Even though the Panthers led early, there was barely a minute when they were truly competitive with the...Read more

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3 takeaways from Knights' loss: Defense slips against Oilers

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The truth became clear when Leon Draisaitl danced around Alec Martinez, flung a backhand pass past the outstretched stick of Keegan Kolesar and set up teammate Evander Kane for a tap-in goal.

The Golden Knights couldn’t stop the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. It was a win when they forced the NHL’s No. 1 offense to even...Read more

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Morgan Frost scores twice as Flyers win 3-2 over the Montreal Canadiens

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PHILADELPHIA — In the dwindling minutes of the Flyers’ Tuesday night game against the Montreal Canadiens, with the score tied 1-1, center Morgan Frost was as cool as his last name suggests.

Frost went end-to-end with just over two minutes remaining in the third period to score on Canadiens goalie Cayden Primeau, son of former Flyers center ...Read more

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Lightning snap losing streak with statement win over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the Lightning faced the Hurricanes at PNC Arena three weeks ago, it was one of Tampa Bay’s low points in the season. The Lightning could get nothing going offensively and returned home frustrated from a 6-0 loss that was one of their most humbling of the year.

In the days since their one-goal loss in Boston on ...Read more

Penguins' defense falters, comeback bid all for naught in road loss to Red Wings

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DETROIT — Luck was on Casey DeSmith’s side for the first eight minutes. He would’ve needed a four-leaf clover pinned to his uniform to keep Detroit’s David Perron and company in check.

In his third straight start, DeSmith gave up six goals, including three in the first frame and a hat trick to Perron in the third in the Penguins’ 7-4 ...Read more

Explosive Blues beat Canucks in OT in another high-scoring affair

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues will be nothing if not entertaining.

For the third straight game, the Blues scored six goals, this time in a 6-5 overtime win over the Canucks on Tuesday night at Enterprise Center. The latest offensive outburst moved the Blues into a tie with Vancouver in the NHL standings, and was their fifth win in the last seven ...Read more

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Bruins drop 2-1 decision to Predators

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BOSTON — The table was set for celebration on Tuesday night at TD Garden, but the Bruins didn’t show up for dinner.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning beating the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins had a chance to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy while simultaneously recording a team record for wins in a season. But the Bruins shot blanks all night ...Read more

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Jonathan Toews joins Blackhawks teammates at practice and reflects on his future: 'My health is more important'

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CHICAGO — It was a familiar sight that had become unfamiliar in recent weeks.

Jonathan Toews rejoined Chicago Blackhawks teammates for morning skate Tuesday at the United Center, his first time taking the ice since a Jan. 28 game against the Oilers in Edmonton.

“It’s nice,” said Toews, who has missed the last 25 games. “It’s ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: In replacing Dave Scott, Dan Hilferty has to change just about everything about the Flyers

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After Comcast Spectacor hired Dan Hilferty as its chief executive officer last month, it didn’t take a genius to see what was ahead and what happened Monday morning: the announcement that Hilferty was succeeding the retiring Dave Scott as the Flyers’ chairman and governor. This wasn’t writing on the wall. This was phantasmagoric spray ...Read more

Avs crush Anaheim Ducks, stay hot on Minnesota Wild's heels in Central standings

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No sweating it out this time for the Avalanche.

Colorado completed a clean two-game road trip against non-playoff teams with a 5-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

The Avs (44-23-6) established a two-point advantage over Dallas for second place in the Central. They trail the Wild by one point for the division lead, and they have a clash vs....Read more

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Panthers' plummet continues with fourth straight loss in Ottawa, making playoffs unlikely

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The Florida Panthers dug too big a hole and couldn’t climb out of it.

It’s both what happened Monday in their 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Canada and, almost certainly, their season. A massively disappointing start to the 2022-23 NHL season now has the Panthers are on the verge of missing the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, even after they...Read more

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Matt Boldy scores second hat trick in five games as Wild rout Seattle 5-1

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MINNEAPOLIS — One down, eight to go.

After recently moving into the top spot in the Central Division, the Wild held onto that address by routing the Kraken 5-1 on Monday at Xcel Energy Center in a potential first-round matchup.

Matt Boldy scored his second hat trick in five games, while captain Jared Spurgeon, Marcus Johansson and Joel ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Wild success this season is a credit to Guerin

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When their best pure defenseman, Jonas Brodin, was sidelined, the Wild surged.

With their best scorer and most valuable player, Kirill Kaprizov, sidelined, the Wild have excelled.

Their drive to the top of the Central Division standings, and toward the top of the entire NHL, has been a doctorate-level study in team-building.

The Wild have a ...Read more

Bruins beat Carolina in a shootout, 4-3

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The Bruins simply cannot lose these days.

Facing the second-best team in the league without Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Hampus Lindholm, the B’s built a 3-1 lead through the first 40 minutes but gave up two goals in the first 3:44 of the third period to the Carolina Hurricanes.

But the B’s absorbed that sucker punch and beat the ...Read more

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At Pride Night, some Chicago Blackhawks fans were upset about the lack of jerseys, while others were glad event still happened

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CHICAGO — Christina Danczyk brought girlfriend Beth Reyes to the Chicago Blackhawks’ Pride Night game Sunday as a birthday gift.

Reyes, a 40-year-old Joliet-area resident, was well aware of recent backlash the Hawks received for backing out of players wearing pride-themed warmup jerseys and the debate over whether NHL teams should host ...Read more

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Valeri Nichushkin scores seven rounds deep in shootout, Avs escape Arizona Coyotes with two vital points

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No matter how many times the Avs try, the Coyotes are almost never definitively conquered.

Irksome Arizona gave the Avalanche one last stressful fight Sunday, but Colorado left Mullett Arena with a dramatic 4-3 shootout win and a 3-1 edge in the season series, which is now over as the Coyotes hurdle toward their early offseason.

But none of ...Read more

3 takeaways from Knights' win: Roy's OT goal finishes off Oilers

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Nicolas Roy moved his hands in front of the crease faster than a sleight-of-hand magician.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner saw them at first. Until he didn’t.

Roy took his time trying to bait Skinner with a backhand move, only to put his own rebound into the net to give the Las Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win in overtime Saturday at...Read more

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Ducks drop 4th straight game after loss to Blues

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — All it took was three shifts with his new linemates in his third NHL game for Nikita Nesterenko of the Anaheim Ducks to realize one of those long-held ambitions, the dream of every young hockey player.

Scoring a goal in the NHL.

One of those new linemates, rookie center Mason McTavish delivered a pinpoint pass from between ...Read more

Evgeni Malkin's late goal, Casey DeSmith's stellar play lift Penguins over Capitals

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PITTSBURGH — In a matchup that’s been billed as Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin for the better part of the last two decades, naturally it was Evgeni Malkin who seized the spotlight.

With 1:20 to play in the third period, Malkin sniped a shot past Darcy Kuemper to compensate for a blown three-goal Penguins lead in their 4-3 victory over ...Read more