For this team of the Blues Blind Hockey Club, there's freedom and fun on the ice

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Eric Kaiser bumps into a lot of things.

Kaiser suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that is gradually taking away his eyesight. He has tunnel vision, and the tunnel keeps getting smaller and smaller. It’s worse at night, when he can only see shapes.

“I have walked into many things,” he said. “Me and those ‘...Read more

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Strong down the stretch, Blues top Vegas 3-1

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LAS VEGAS — You don’t make statements in Game 3 of a hockey season. There’s just too much road to be traveled.

Nonetheless … the Blues have won three consecutive road games to start a season for the first time in franchise history. And two of those victories have come against the teams widely considered the best in the West – the ...Read more

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Flyers weather the Bruin storm and defeat Boston, 6-3

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PHILADELPHIA — Finally, the Flyers have a shoot-first forward.

With the Flyers’ third game of the season against the Boston Bruins tied early in the third period, offseason acquisition Cam Atkinson scored the go-ahead goal off the rush generated when winger Joel Farabee picked off Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly in the neutral zone.

In the ...Read more

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Putting the charge back into the Lightning power play without Nikita Kucherov

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TAMPA, Fla. — When Nikita Kucherov returned last postseason, he gave the Lightning the most dangerous power play in the league.

With Kucherov — not only a threat to score but also possessing the rare ability to execute pinpoint passes to open teammates — running things from the right half wall, Tampa Bay’s power play became a pick-your-...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: State's most loyal sports audience gets a brilliant return to hockey

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The most loyal audience for professional sports in the Twin Cities is the one that follows the Wild in St. Paul. This could be argued by Vikings zealots, but they only have to prove that loyalty eight or nine times annually, and generally on Sunday afternoons.

What else do people have to do on Sunday afternoons?

Wild customers have to prove ...Read more

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Chicago Blackhawks fall to 0-3-1 with a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders in the home opener at the United Center

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks home opener began with a tribute to the late Tony Esposito and a standing ovation for Jonathan Toews, but the Hawks couldn’t cap off the night at the United Center the way they wanted to — with a win over the New York Islanders.

Both teams entered the game winless and desperate, but the Islanders scored ...Read more

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Wild shocks Winnipeg for 6-5 overtime win in home opener

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wild's season started days ago, but this felt like the official coronation.

A sellout crowd played narrator, buzzing after goals and passes and hits.

Kirill Kaprizov skated under a magnifying glass, and the opponent across the ice was a legitimate rival.

After a season of seclusion, from a jam-packed Xcel Energy Center and ...Read more

Kraken battles but ends trip with 4-2 loss at New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Kraken team that’s never played a shift at home will nonetheless be glad to put this increasingly dismal road trip to rest.

What started off as an encouraging season debut for the Kraken fell apart down the stretch of this five-game road swing through three time zones, capped by a 4-2 loss Tuesday night to the New Jersey ...Read more

Lucas Raymond scores first NHL goal in Wings' 4-1 win over Blue Jackets

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DETROIT — Lucas Raymond finally got into the goal scoring column and it ignited the Red Wings to a victory.

Shortly after being robbed on the power play, Raymond took a feed from Dylan Larkin and ripped a shot over the glove of Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo in the third period, sparking the Wings to a 4-1 victory.

It was the first career ...Read more

Penguins fall to Dallas Stars in defensive struggle

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PITTSBURGH — An offensive outburst hardly seemed likely when the Penguins opened the season.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were still recovering from offseason surgeries. Jake Guentzel sat out the first game as he completed his COVID isolation period. And by the end of Game 2, Bryan Rust would be sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Yet, ...Read more

In first game without Nikita Kucherov, Lightning fall to Panthers

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning know they can’t replace Nikita Kucherov, but they do know what it’s like to win without their top player.

In their first game this season without the star forward, who is sidelined on long-term injured reserve with an apparent lower body injury, the Lightning had their chances against the Panthers on Tuesday ...Read more

Sharks 5, Canadiens 0: San Jose's sizzling top line paves way to impressive road win

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MONTREAL – The Sharks have only played two games but already it feels like they’re a different team than they’ve been the last two seasons.

Better on the forecheck and quicker to pucks all over the ice. More organized defensively, a deeper forward group, and improved in goal.

Playing their first game in Canada since Feb. 2020, the Sharks...Read more

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Lots of wild and crazy as Blues outscore Coyotes, 7-4

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — For a while, this one looked all too familiar to the Blues when it comes to playing against Arizona.

Blues killer Clayton Keller scored the game’s first goal for Arizona. The Blues took some bad penalties (see: Pavel Buchnevich), and were having trouble with the Coyotes’ speed. But a second period outburst of offense ...Read more

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Flyers crack into win column with emotional victory over Kraken

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Anyone who tries to say your first game as a head coach against your former team isn’t emotional is lying, Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said before the Monday night’s meeting with the expansion Seattle Kraken.

Unfortunately for former Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, the emotions he walked away with were not happy, victorious ones. In an ...Read more

Sharks' Evander Kane handed lengthy suspension by NHL

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MONTREAL — The NHL dropped the hammer on Evander Kane, suspending the Sharks forward for 21 games without pay on Monday for an established violation of — and lack of compliance with — the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.

Kane will not be eligible to play prior to the Sharks' Nov. 30 game in New Jersey against the Devils.

Under the terms of ...Read more

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Lightning's Nikita Kucherov will miss extended time

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning have been here before, forced to overcome a lengthy absence by Nikita Kucherov, and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

But that doesn’t make it any easier for Tampa Bay, which again must prepare for life without its star forward. Kucherov will miss extended time after sustaining a lower-body injury late in Saturday�...Read more

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Is Panthers-Lightning a 'rivalry' yet? Who cares. The battle for Florida is finally fun

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The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning do not like each other.

Whether the in-state matchups qualify as a “rivalry” now is still up for debate — and both sides might have different opinions — but there’s no question how the teams feel about each other and that’s a starting point for something.

Ask a Panther and he wi’ll say...Read more

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Ex-NHL player Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl, cocaine in his system

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Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes had fentanyl and cocaine in his body when he died suddenly in August at the age of 31.

Hayes, who retired after the 2017-18 season after a seven-year career, died at his home in Milton, Massachusetts, on Aug. 23.

A Massachusetts state medical examiner has ruled his death as accidental from “acute intoxication ...Read more

Marisa Ingemi: Kraken's identity won't come overnight, but we've learned a few things

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s been just three games. We don’t know anything about what kind of a team the Seattle Kraken will become.

The Kraken hasn’t even played at home yet, but it has gone into three difficult buildings and come out with three points ahead of back-to-back games in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

As much as it’s tempting to ...Read more

Ron Cook: Bumpy beginning makes Mike Sullivan's journey sweeter

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His Penguins coaching career began with four consecutive losses. His team was outscored, 15-4, in those games. It was 15-14-3 and going nowhere fast in the Metropolitan Division standings. He appeared to be no better than the fired coach he replaced in December 2015, Mike Johnston.

Look at Mike Sullivan now.

Sullivan became the winningest ...Read more