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Mathieu Joseph's shorthanded goal helps Lightning past Devils

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TAMPA, Fla. — Fighting off a four-minute penalty late in the second period, Mathieu Joseph forced a turnover in the neutral zone before racing down the ice Thursday night against the Devils.

He took a quick survey and saw Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to his left, but his Lightning teammate wasn’t open for a pass.

Instead, Joseph took a shot at...Read more

Blues turn the tables on Calgary with a 5-1 win

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ST. LOUIS — When Blues coach Craig Berube juggled his lines after his team’s rocky night in the Canadian Rockies on Monday, he turned to a combination that he hadn’t tried much. He returned Brayden Schenn to center for the first time since he returned from his second injury in early January, and matched him with Brandon Saad and David ...Read more

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Aleksander Barkov hits two milestones as Panthers beat Golden Knights, 4-1

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Aleksander Barkov hit two career milestones with one slick motion late in the first period on Thursday.

He also helped jumpstart the Florida Panthers’ offense.

Barkov’s short-handed goal in the final minute of the opening period — a slap shot from the right circle on a feed from rookie Anton Lundell — was the 200th ...Read more

Adam Larsson scores in overtime as Kraken beat Penguins for rare road win

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PITTSBURGH — Heading into this building as the NHL’s worst road team was a surefire sign the Kraken needed to up their game to avoid another predictable result.

Slow starts have plagued the Kraken all season and repeating that Thursday night against the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Arena wouldn’t do them any favors. So, instead, ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher put on the clock by club head Dave Scott

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Dave Scott apologized for the Flyers’ wretched season. Drowning in a sea of empty seats, Scott promised that things will get better. Scott, in an unusual midseason state-of-the-team address from a CEO, sympathized with fans who are angry that the Flyers are the worst version of themselves in their 54 years of existence.

But the major message ...Read more

First and third periods no fun for Red Wings in 8-5 loss to Blackhawks

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DETROIT — Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was on the bench when his teammates tried to clean up their mess, only to come up with their worst wreckage of the season.

The Detroit Red Wings gave up four goals in the first period Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena, and then gave up another four in the third period, to fall to Original Six rival Chicago ...Read more

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Blackhawks will begin interviewing GM candidates this week with a goal of hiring someone before NHL trade deadline

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks took another step toward hiring a new general manager Wednesday, announcing plans to begin interviewing candidates this week and to have the new personnel boss in place before the March 21 trade deadline.

The Hawks also said they will host a town hall for fans and media next Wednesday to address questions ...Read more

'Playing with an edge' and complete-team effort key to Penguins' scorching stretch

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The Penguins are arguably the NHL’s most successful franchise over the last 40 years. They have five Stanley Cups, a bunch of division titles and one President’s Trophy. Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have all won MVP in black and gold. Only three teams have more wins since 1984.

But this current Penguins team ...Read more

Sharks forwards snap long goal droughts in 4-1 win over Capitals

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Noah Gregor and Jonathan Dahlen both snapped long goal droughts and Nicolas Meloche scored his first career NHL goal as the Sharks began a critical four-game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Gregor scored at the 7:41 mark of the first period for his first goal in 20 games and Meloche added an insurance goal at...Read more

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Kraken fall to Predators to end homestand

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Short-handed on defense for yet another game, the Kraken have had to look deep within their defensive depth.

On Tuesday, Adam Larsson did what he could.

The 29-year-old defenseman not only scored in the second period of a 4-2 loss against the Predators, but played back-to-back shifts of 2:04 and 2:07 on the penalty kill. In a game like Tuesday...Read more

Third-period outburst pushes Penguins past Coyotes to sixth win in a row

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PITTSBURGH — For the first two periods of Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins couldn’t shake one of the NHL’s worst teams.

The Coyotes kept them off the scoreboard until the game’s midway point, pulled ahead of the Penguins three times and led 3-2 early in the third period.

But after Nick ...Read more

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Aho's overtime goal gives Hurricanes 4-3 victory over Golden Knights

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Rod Brind'Amour said he could see a lot of the Carolina Hurricanes' style of play in the Vegas Golden Knights.

"They're a puck-pressure team," Brind'Amour said after Tuesday's morning skate. "They do it right. They don't give up free goals and they certainly make it hard on their opponent."

The Canes and Golden Knights then ...Read more

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Panthers get big game from Marchment, new-look third line to close road trip with win

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The Florida Panthers finally felt their road frustrations bubble up Sunday. They lost the Seattle Kraken — an expansion team with the third-worst record in the league — and interim coach Andrew Brunette called their effort, particularly at the starts of games during this five-game road trip, “unacceptable.”

He took it, in part, upon ...Read more

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The Flyers' skid extends to a team-record 13 games

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ELMONT, N.Y. — The same night the Flyers’ Keith Yandle broke the NHL record for most consecutive games played, his team broke the franchise mark for most consecutive losses.

Their 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night extended their skid to 13 games, dating back to Dec. 30.

The game started out differently than the rest. ...Read more

Ron Cook: Halfway through the season, Penguins have been best show in town

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Two tweets about the Penguins jumped out at me from all of the social media chaos surrounding the ending to the Bills-Chiefs game Sunday night, the NFL overtime rules and the futures of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

One was from Penguins long-time historian Bob Grove: "As their season hits the halfway point [Sunday], a win by Pens would put them...Read more

Blues at the midpoint: Major indicators are strong, but ...

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The Blues began the second half of the season with a resounding thud in Calgary. But overall, the major indicators say this can be a contending team, one that can make a deep playoff run. Even with Jordan Binnington’s struggles.

Look no farther than the four major statistical categories of NHL hockey for proof that St. Louis has the ...Read more

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Flames leave Blues, Binnington shellshocked in 7-1 romp

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CALGARY, Alberta — With Ville Husso taking over the net by storm, Monday was a big night for Jordan Binnington — a night to reclaim some of his turf with the Blues.

After giving up four or more goals in four of his last six games, Binnington made his first start since Jan. 15 against Toronto.

Not that he got any help Monday, but it now is ...Read more

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Blackhawks fall 2-0 to the Avalanche after a promising start against the Western Conference leaders: 'Mistakes will cost you'

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DENVER — The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the scene of their season-opening nightmare and held their own — for a while.

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Hawks 2-0 on Monday night at Ball Arena to extend their winning streak to seven games. It wasn’t the demolition back in October, belied by a 4-2 final score, but a loss for the Hawks ...Read more

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Wild routs Canadiens 8-2, Kirill Kaprizov reaches 100 career points

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Wild is on a climb to reclaim the top seed in the Central Division, while the Canadiens have sunk to last place in the NHL.

Just how far apart those two directions are trending was captured Monday night in front of 18,104 at Xcel Energy Center when the Wild crushed the Canadiens 8-2 for its third consecutive victory and ...Read more

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Stars beat Flyers, 3-1, to extend skid to franchise high-tying 12 games

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With their 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the 2021-22 Flyers cemented their place in franchise history books. Now, dating back to Dec. 30, their losing streak has reached 12 games, which ties a franchise high established during the 1998-99 season.

With roughly 3½ minutes left in the third period, center...Read more