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Penguins' 5-game winning streak snapped in another frustrating loss to Maple Leafs

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PITTSBURGH — Forty seconds into Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sidney Crosby was booting the boards in frustration and the Penguins were already behind.

They gifted the Leafs the early lead with an unfathomably bad line change, the sort of personnel switch you see at a pickup game at your neighborhood rink.

Four Penguins, ...Read more

Blues find a way, rally for 5-4 victory vs. Panthers on Jordan Kyrou's overtime goal

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Unfortunately for the St. Louis Blues, Saturday’s festivities at FLA Live Arena amounted to a holiday season repeat. You know, like watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” back-to-back.

Although nothing was wonderful about the Blues’ Thanksgiving weekend — for most of Saturday that is.

Start slow. Trail 3-0 late in the ...Read more

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Flyers collapse in third period and fall, 5-2, to Islanders as losing streak hits 10 games

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Going into the third period tied, 2-2, with the New York Islanders on Saturday night at UBS Arena, the Flyers were in win-a-period, win-a-game, stave-off-a-10-game-losing-streak mode.

It took just 22 seconds early in the final frame for that prospect to utterly collapse.

The Islanders regained the upper hand in that span ...Read more

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Hurricanes' power play comes alive in 3-2 win over Flames

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes powered their way out of a five-game winless streak Saturday.

Martin Necas and Brett Pesce each scored on the power play as the Canes fought past the Calgary Flames, 3-2, at PNC Arena.

After going six games without a power-play goal, the Canes scored twice Friday against the Boston Bruins — albeit in...Read more

Sharks don sharp Seals-inspired uniforms. Their goalie, though, was anything but

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Just in time for the holiday season, the San Jose Sharks threw it back to the 1970s on Friday night, donning new Reverse Retro jerseys that were inspired by the 1974-75 California Golden Seals.

To refresh, those Golden Seals had a record of 19-48-13 and missed the playoffs for what was then a sixth straight year.

The 2022-...Read more

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Lightning start fast, get back to winning ways against Blues

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TAMPA, Fla. — It didn’t take long for the Lightning to get fired up Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Just two minutes into their contest against the Blues, Lightning forward Pat Maroon rushed into the corner to engage Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola after Mikkola checked Lightning forward Rudolfs Balcers into the boards, knocking him out of the ...Read more

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Red Wings stretch win streak to four games on Dylan Larkin's shootout goal

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DETROIT — The Red Wings keep stringing together victories.

They reached the first-quarter mark of the NHL season Saturday working a little longer, but ultimately defeating the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3 in a shootout.

Dylan Larkin scored the lone goal in the shootout, after Arizona had tied the game late in regulation time.

After missing the ...Read more

Andre Burakovsky scores twice as Kraken take down division-leading Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — The Seattle Kraken got to see how they measured up against the Pacific Division’s best Friday night and liked the findings. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Philipp Grubauer was in net for his first win of the season on his 31st birthday, making 19 saves in a 4-2 victory at T-Mobile Arena.

The Vegas Golden Knights sit first in ...Read more

Sidney Crosby sets new record against Flyers in Penguins' 4-1 win

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PHILADELPHIA – Death, taxes and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby making the Stanley-Cup starved fans in this miserable city sob in their cheesesteaks.

Crosby’s first-period goal in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center moved him past Mario Lemieux and into sole possession of the NHL record for most regular-...Read more

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Ducks allow 3 power-play goals in lopsided loss to Senators

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Given the chance to build momentum coming off their first regulation win of the season, the Ducks squandered the opportunity and fell flat against the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators scored three power-play goals in a 5-1 victory over the Ducks on Friday afternoon at Honda Center, in a meeting between the teams with the worst ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Boo who? Kirby Dach scores winning goal in shootout against former team, sending Blackhawks to 6th straight loss.

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CHICAGO — Kirby Dach’s homecoming was quiet for most of the afternoon Friday at the United Center.

But the former Chicago Blackhawks center awoke when it mattered, flipping a wrist shot past goaltender Arvid Söderblom to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 shootout win in a matchup between two Original Six teams.

Dach, 21, cupped his hand ...Read more

Avalanche vs. Predators postponed due to broken water main

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The Avalanche traveled to Tennessee for Thanksgiving dinner, and that is all.

Colorado’s game against the Predators, scheduled for Friday afternoon, was postponed due to a water main break at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the NHL announced. No makeup date has been determined yet, according to a league statement.

The Avs (11-6-1) skated at...Read more

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David Pastrnak lifts Bruins over Hurricanes in OT, 3-2

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BOSTON — The Bruins earned the record they were going for on Friday, but they had to work overtime to get it — literally and figuratively.

The Bruins wiped out a two-goal deficit and David Pastrnak scored the game-winner with 1:41 left in overtime to lift the Bruins to 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden, setting the NHL ...Read more

Maple Leafs skate past Wild, 4-3

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild's modest win streak didn't make it to three games.

After consecutive victories on home ice for the first time this season, the Wild were tripped up, 4-3, by the Maple Leafs during a Friday matinee in front of 18,997 at Xcel Energy Center to snap their two-game run.

Toronto's William Nylander had the decisive goal ...Read more

Penalty kill woes are dragging down Blues, even during recent win streak

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TAMPA, Fla. — After a promising start, the Blues’ traditionally strong penalty kill unit has been a tailspin, a slump that lasted through much of the team’s eight-game losing streak and pretty much continued during their seven-game winning streak.

And continued Wednesday when that winning streak was snapped in a 6-2 loss in Buffalo.

You ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: 'He's got that fiery spirit.' Kings' Jonathan Quick keeps defying time, chasing wins.

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More than a dozen goaltenders have challenged Jonathan Quick's hold on the Kings' net. Not one has succeeded.

Erik Ersberg couldn't beat him out for the No. 1 job. Nor could Jason LaBarbera, Jonathan Bernier, Ben Scrivens, Peter Budaj, Ben Bishop, Jeff Zatkoff, Martin Jones, Jhonas Enroth, Jack Campbell, Darcy Kuemper or, most recently, Cal ...Read more

Kraken close out homestand, win high-scoring affair against Sharks

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Oliver Bjorkstrand found himself alone in front of Kaapo Kahkonen and the goal-scorer took over. Spin, forehand, backhand, flip the puck over the San Jose Sharks netminder.

Bjorkstrand shrugged off a 17-game goal drought that dated back to the season opener in Anaheim, getting the Kraken rolling again. The Sharks had already erased a two-goal ...Read more

Avalanche blow 3rd-period lead to Canucks, Evan Rodrigues injured

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At the Avalanche’s first practice after a loss to St. Louis last week, coach Jared Bednar responded to a question about potential injuries from that game by half-jokingly commenting that Colorado “made it through one.”

The luck was short-lived.

The Avalanche blew a third-period lead and lost 4-3 to Vancouver on Wednesday night, adding ...Read more

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Spectacular goals power Knights past Senators

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William Carrier and William Karlsson each authored spectacular goals and the Golden Knights defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Carrier scored while falling to the ice in the second period despite needing to plow through three defenders to get to the net. Karlsson spun around to shake a defender before firing an ...Read more

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Wild end eventful day with 6-1 rout of Jets

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild didn't have Ryan Reaves in action when the puck dropped against the Jets hours after trading for the veteran forward, but they played like they did.

After adding Reaves to shore up their size and swagger, the Wild dished out their most assertive performance of the season in a 6-1 blitz of Winnipeg on Wednesday in ...Read more