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Tomas Jurco happy to join Blackhawks after 'tough' years with Red Wings

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New Blackhawks winger Tomas Jurco didn't have the easiest time playing for the Red Wings.

When he played under current Maple Leafs coach Ken Babcock, Jurco said Babcock wanted him to play a more physical game. Jurco is more of a speed and skill player.

The demands the Wings had for Jurco never quite meshed with his skill set over the last four...Read more

Penguins defeat Flyers, 4-2, in Stadium Series game at Heinz Field

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PITTSBURGH -- Outdoors games have become almost routine for some of the Penguins.

After all, their 4-2 victory against Philadelphia before a crowd of 67,318 Saturday night at Heinz Field was the fourth for a few of them, dating to the original Winter Classic in Orchard Park, N.Y., in 2008.

Jake Guentzel, though, is still new to these.

Heck, ...Read more

Jonathan Quick sharp in return as Kings beat Ducks, 4-1

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LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Quick went back to work Saturday, making saves for the Kings during a 4-1 victory over the Ducks at Staples Center. He wasn't really into the game, he wasn't really back in action after sitting out for 59 games because of a groin injury until an old rival paid his respects, though.

Ducks right wing Corey Perry slashed ...Read more

Crashing net has Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov on pace for career season

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Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov didn't mince words or hesitate when asked recently if this is the best season of his career.

"No," Anisimov said. "Close to being, but not good enough. Just need to improve in all aspects."

The numbers give a different answer. Anisimov is having his best statistical season, whether he will concede it or not.

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NHL upholds 10-game suspension to Ducks forward Antoine Vermette

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LOS ANGELES -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday that the 10-game suspension given to Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for striking an official with his stick will be upheld.

Bettman heard Vermette's appeal for a ban reduction in New York City on Thursday and sided with linesman Shandor Alphonso's contention that Vermette slashed ...Read more

Should Red Wings expose Petr Mrazek to Vegas Golden Knights?

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The Detroit Red Wings are on break until Monday, their bye coming just days before the March 1 trade deadline could alter the makeup of the team.

One factor that plays into trades this year is the expansion draft, as teams face losing a player to the Vegas Golden Knights because only so many players can be protected. Teams can protect either ...Read more

Diversity is a family value for Kings coach Darryl Sutter

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LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter grew up between Montana and the North Pole, in a tiny Alberta prairie town so isolated and homogenized that debates which consumed the outside world only occasionally seeped in.

"All that stuff, it was irrelevant to us," he said of issues such as racial equality and gay rights. "Growing up, if there was any ...Read more

Panthers fall to Flames, 4-2

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Perhaps the Panthers should live in hotels during their homestands.

After what seemed to be a season-turning, franchise-record 5-0 road trip, the Panthers have come home to sunny Florida and laid two eggs to Western Conference foes, including a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames Friday at the BB&T Center.

It's the first time the ...Read more

Hurricanes end 5-game skid with 3-0 win over Senators

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes scored some goals, managed the puck well and got good goaltending Friday.

And won a game.

Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist, and Elias Lindholm and Viktor Stalberg scored as the Canes topped the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, at PNC Arena, ending a five-game winless streak.

Eddie Lack was the big man in net...Read more

Red Wings trade Tomas Jurco to Blackhawks for 3rd-round pick

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The sell off has begun.

The Detroit Red Wings have acquired a third-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for little-used forward Tomas Jurco.

"Things haven't worked out here," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "He and his agent let it be known he'd like to be elsewhere. He is restricted this summer and probably ...Read more

NHL commissioner calls unpredictable weather intriguing part of outdoor games

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman enjoyed the 70-degree weather in Pittsburgh Friday, but he's just as glad to see the weather reports calling for colder temperatures Saturday night.

Bettman, in an interview with Andrew Fillipponi on 93.7 The Fan Friday afternoon, said he was confident Saturday's Stadium Series game between the Penguins and Flyers ...Read more

Kings are unable to break a recurring habit, losing

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings have practiced almost every morning since early October.

So Coach Darryl Sutter was asked before Thursday night's game against the Boston Bruins what he could still be teaching the players six months later.

"Just reinforcing small details from prior games," he said. "Or if you see a history of reoccurring ...Read more

Patrick Kane tallies hat trick as Blackhawks down Coyotes, 6-3

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CHICAGO -- Another game, another hat trick for the Blackhawks.

A game after Jonathan Toews tallied a hat trick, winger Patrick Kane got his third career regular-season hat trick as the Hawks overcame an injury to defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in a 6-3 victory over the Coyotes.

Kane scored a goal in each period and now has 23 for the season.

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Bounces go Ducks' way as Rickard Rakell taps in decisive goal against Bruins

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell might never score an easier game-winning goal in a contest the Anaheim Ducks had quite a time getting a handle on.

Rakell scored his second goal of the game with 2:34 left in regulation to snap a third-period tie and the Ducks went on to beat the Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

The ...Read more

Wild ponder options as NHL trade deadline nears

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With the Wild having 23 games in the season's final 41 days once their "bye" ends Monday -- and with a 16-game month of March around the corner -- general manager Chuck Fletcher echoed precisely what Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said before Tuesday's Wild-Blackhawks game.

The Ottawa Senators losing three players in one game a night earlier...Read more

Panthers fall 4-3 to Oilers to end five-game win streak

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- It's called a trap game and the Panthers fell into it.

The pregame conversation in the Panthers locker room had to do with avoiding the common pitfall of teams coming up flat in the first game at home after a long road trip. The Panthers had been 1-3 with a total of five goals in such scenarios.

So after a franchise-best 5-0 ...Read more

Capitals dominate against Flyers in 4-1 win

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers celebrated after scoring two goals Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

After video reviews, neither goal counted.

It's been that kind of stretch for the free-falling Flyers.

Second-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov, known for his slick passing, scored two goals as Washington handed the Flyers their sixth loss in ...Read more

Jonathan Quick might be close to returning as Kings waive Jeff Zatkoff

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter has been careful to downplay Jonathan Quick's progress in returning from the groin injury that sidelined him less than a period into the season.

But it wasn't hard to see the significance in two recent developments involving the former All-Star goaltender. The first came Tuesday morning in ...Read more

Scoring drought over for Jonathan Toews as points coming in a flood

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Earlier this season, Jonathan Toews would conduct mini-therapy sessions at his dressing room stall to air his frustration over his lack of scoring.

Toews would say he had a lack of confidence and if he could just get a couple of shots to go in or bounce his way, well, that might make a world of difference.

"You knew at some point the tides ...Read more

Crosby helped fix Penguins' ice, Brooks Orpik says

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When issues with quality of the ice at then-Consol Energy Center reached their apex -- think 2013 -- word around the team was that Sidney Crosby, fed up as much as anyone, had taken an active role in fixing the problem.

Now, as the problem has gone league-wide, one of his former teammates is confirming that, yes, Crosby had a series of sitdowns...Read more