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San Jose Sharks' late rally not enough as slow start proves costly

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The Sharks fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday after they failed to start on time in a matinee at TD Garden in Boston.

Playing their fourth game in six days on a season-opening road trip, the Sharks allowed first-period goals to Brad Marchand, Derek Forbort, and David Pastrnak and never fully recovered in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins....Read more

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Kraken drops home opener to Canucks, but that can't spoil excitement at Climate Pledge Arena

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SEATTLE — They stood and saluted by the thousands Saturday night as a new era for Seattle sports launched with major professional hockey reborn within an arena similarly resurrected.

What the Kraken did at Climate Pledge Arena, losing 4-2 to the Vancouver Canucks, was secondary to the event itself. The sellout crowd of 17,151, marveling at ...Read more

Seven is heaven as Blues scorch Kings, 7-3, in home opener

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ST. LOUIS — The skating, scoring Blues are 4-0 for the first time since 2017-18 after beating the Los Angeles Kings, 7-3, before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise Center. But don’t make plans for the Stanley Cup parade down Market Street just yet. That ’17-18 team under coach Mike Yeo started 13-3-1 ... and missed the ...Read more

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Red Wings fall flat in Montreal against slumping Canadiens

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MONTREAL — The Bell Centre has been the scene of a few ugly Red Wings losses these past few years.

You can add Saturday's to the list.

Montreal, coming into the game winless, unleashed a lot of frustration with a 6-1 victory over the Red Wings.

Dylan Larkin scored just five seconds into an early power play, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead and ...Read more

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Lightning rally late, then falter in a shootout to the Avalanche

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TAMPA, Fla. — They would surely prefer fewer late-game dramatics, but early in this season, the Lightning have had a penchant for third-period comebacks.

In fact, the Lightning have never owned a lead in regulation this season. Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, they took another game to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, the ...Read more

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Panthers burn Flyers en route to 4-2 victory

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PHILADELPHIA — Flyers coach Alain Vigneault described the Florida Panthers game as “sizzling,” and when they hosted the Panthers on Saturday, the Flyers got burned.

The Panthers dominated the Flyers at even strength, outshooting them 31-29 and outscoring them 4-2. While they showed some positives, especially on the special teams, it wasn�...Read more

Short-staffed Penguins cruise to 7-1 win vs. Maple Leafs

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PITTSBURGH — Hockey fans who strolled down Centre Avenue to get inside PPG Paints Arena on Saturday — and looked up from their phones for a few seconds — might have noticed the familiar faces dangling from light poles outside the Highmark Gate.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Bryan Rust were the four Penguins chosen to have ...Read more

Wild remains undefeated with another overtime victory, 4-3 over Anaheim

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Playing catch-up sure does suit the Wild.

After giving up the first goal for a fourth straight game and then falling behind a second time, the team rallied yet again — this one a 4-3 finish in overtime against the Ducks on Saturday in front of 18,055 at Xcel Energy Center that preserved its perfect start to the season.

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Vincent Trocheck scores twice and Frederik Andersen wins again as the Canes roll on

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Not wanting to tamper with success, the Carolina Hurricanes went with the same lineup for a fourth straight game Saturday.

That meant a fourth start in net for goalie Frederik Andersen.

For the fourth straight time, it clicked. The Canes raced past the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-1 road win at Nationwide Arena, scoring three times on the ...Read more

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Patrick Kane's availability in doubt after he and 2 other Blackhawks players enter COVID-19 protocol

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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and two other Chicago Blackhawks players missed practice Saturday after entering the COVID-19 protocol.

The Hawks didn’t offer details into why Kane, forward Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Erik Gustafsson were placed on the COVID-19 list, but it doesn’t necessarily require a positive test.

Coach Jeremy Colliton ...Read more

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang enters COVID-19 protocol

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PITTSBURGH — Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and will not be available for Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Mike Sullivan announced.

Letang received a positive test result. As of Saturday morning, the club was still in the process of additional testing in order to confirm or ...Read more

Couture, Meier key Sharks' early-season statement win, 5-3 vs. Maple Leafs

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TORONTO — Timo Meier and Logan Couture continued their early-season chemistry together and Adin Hill had another solid night to lead the San Jose Sharks to their biggest win so far this year.

Couture had two goals and an assist, Meier had a goal and an assist and Hill finished with 30 saves as the Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, on ...Read more

'I wouldn't have gotten through the season': Sidney Crosby progressing from wrist surgery, still no timeline for return

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PITTSBURGH — Over the last six-plus weeks, Sidney Crosby has made consistent progress as he recovers from left wrist surgery. But the injury itself, and the nagging effects, date back much further.

“The first time I ever injured it was seven years ago,” Crosby said in some of his first public comments since the Sept. 8 surgery. “[Ryan ...Read more

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With Lightning's Stanley Cup celebrations over, getting back to winning has a nice ring to it

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning’s ring ceremony Thursday night gave the team one last opportunity to celebrate its back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

As coach Jon Cooper says, banners are for the fans and rings are for the players, and owner Jeff Vinik wasted no expense putting on a lavish event at his home worthy of the Lightning’s rare...Read more

The Chicago Blackhawks remain winless after a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, falling to 0-4-1 on the season

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks added to one of the worst starts in franchise history, falling to 0-4-1 with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Patrick Kane night Thursday at the United Center.

The Hawks already had set a team record Tuesday by going four straight games to start a season without holding a lead, which came as a result of ...Read more

Red Wings end homestand with 3-0 loss against Calgary

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DETROIT — Another first on the season for the Red Wings, and this one, they wanted to stay away from for a while.

But Calgary came into Little Caesars Arena Thursday and defeated the Red Wings 3-0.

That capped the season-opening four-game homestand with a 2-1-1 record (5 points), not awful by any stretch, but just a touch off what the Wings ...Read more

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the Hurricanes skated past the noise to thump the Canadiens

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Before the game, the talk was about Jesperi Kotkaniemi, an offer sheet, the Carolina Hurricanes and how Montreal Canadiens fans would greet their former player Thursday.

"He knows all the eyes will be on him," Canes coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

There was the not-so-small matter of playing the hockey game. The Canes were 2-0 and itching to play ...Read more

Panthers handle Avalanche for first 4-0-0 start in franchise history

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers knew they had a chance to make some history this season.

It only took them four games to do it.

The Panthers blew an early lead Thursday in Sunrise, then scored twice and added an empty-net goal with 1:13 left to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, and stay undefeated. For the first time in franchise ...Read more

New season, same result for NJ Devils as major struggles vs. Capitals continue

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NEWARK, N.J. — It might be a new season for the Devils, but their struggles against the Capitals have stretched into the 2021-22 campaign.

After winning their opening two games, the Devils were humbled in a 4-1 loss against the Capitals in front of 12,377 fans on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

The Capitals opened the game with four ...Read more

Reimer's timely saves and special teams lead Sharks past Senators, to third straight win

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KANATA, Ontario — Kevin Labanc’s second-period power-play goal proved to be the difference as the Sharks continued their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Labanc, set up near the top of the circle to the right of the Senators’ net, took a pass from Erik Karlsson and ripped a slap shot past ...Read more