Ducks drop the gloves and the Red Wings as they battle for a playoff spot

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks are ready to fight for their playoff lives, and they proved it quite literally Friday.

With their old rivals, the Detroit Red Wings in town, the squads combined for three brawls,

With each fist that connected, each drop of the gloves, the Ducks' bench seemed ignited, and it sparked the club to a 4-2 victory ...Read more

Jason Zucker leads Wild to season sweep of Golden Knights

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LAS VEGAS -- The Wild were the last team to venture to Vegas during the Golden Knights' inaugural season, and the trip was worth the wait -- especially for local boy Jason Zucker.

In front of family, friends and a hearty contingent of Wild fans, Zucker scored the game-winner and added an assist in an impressive 4-2 win Friday in front of 18,295...Read more

Kane's four-goal game leads Sharks to victory over Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The game-time decision proved to be the right decision.

Evander Kane recorded his first career four-goal game Friday, charging the Sharks to a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in a Pacific Division battle loaded with playoff implications after he skipped the team's morning practice with a lower-body tweak.

Head coach ...Read more

Kings top Wings, 4-1

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LOS ANGELES--Judging by the look on his face, the most surprised person in the arena was Anze Kopitar.

That's not often said of the goal scorer, but his game winner Thursday was probably the oddest of his career. It was more like a random shot in a pickup street hockey game: Chasing the play behind the Detroit Red Wings' net, Kopitar got the ...Read more

Goalie James Reimer backstops Panthers to victory over Bruins

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Games in hand in the NHL are insurance policies, cautious cushions that can spin a host of underlying problems. They could usher in comfort when there should be none. They can welcome complacency where there should be none. But most of all, they create a condensed schedule in the season's final month, when bodies are fatigued ...Read more

Blues lose to Avalanche, fail to pick up ground on playoff spot

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ST. LOUIS -- In a game with major playoff implications, the Blues may have had the better play but not the better scoring in a 4-1 loss to Colorado at Scottrade Center that was a serious setback to the Blues' postseason chances.

The Blues could have moved within a point of Colorado for the second wild-card spot with a win, but instead are now ...Read more

Flyers' recent collapse continues in loss to Columbus

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PHILADELPHIA -- They overcame a 10-game winless streak and the loss of their top two goalies to injuries.

Now they have to overcome a March skid that has knocked them out of first place and made fans uneasy about whether they will even make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The misery continued Thursday night at the Wells Cargo Center.

The Flyers ...Read more

Ducks shut out Canucks in 'desperation' game

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks needed this one badly, and they responded with the kind of "desperation" Randy Carlyle called for on the heels of a three-game losing streak.

The beleaguered Vancouver Canucks offense helped accommodate the Ducks, too.

The squad rests near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and they entered ...Read more

Kings miss wide in shootout loss to Coyotes 4-3

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Kings crawled back through the desert and thought they found an oasis.

They stared at a three-goal deficit against one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Then Jeff Carter tipped the game with a pair of deflection goals in the final eight minutes of regulation to force overtime. The Kings nearly pulled out a win,...Read more

Wild lose to Avalanche again; Jared Spurgeon injured

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild didn't surrender seven to the Avalanche for a third straight matchup.

But this improvement wasn't enough to overcome their pesky division rival, not when the Wild's own production dipped in a 5-1 slipup Tuesday in front of 19,171 at Xcel Energy Center that wasn't for a lack of try.

Actually, the Wild dominated the ...Read more

Bruins' big third period too much for Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are running out of games.

And hope. That's fast slipping away, too.

In what might be their most crushing loss of a season gone awry, the Hurricanes were beaten, 6-4, by the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at PNC Arena.

David Pastrnak had a hat trick for the Bruins, which scored five times in the third period....Read more

How long will Red Wings' Zetterberg play?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jeff Blashill stopped on his way to talk to reporters to shake Henrik Zetterberg's hand.

Amid the descent toward the end of the 2017-18 season and a second straight playoffs miss, the Detroit Red Wings captain created a positive memory from Monday's 5-3 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center when he scored in the third period. It ...Read more

Kings, Quick shut out Canucks, 3-0

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LOS ANGELES -- The questions of how the Los Angeles Kings would align their forwards and which goalie would start were not answered at their morning skate Monday.

The optional practice was just that -- optional -- so few veterans took the ice.

Those questions were answered, definitively, in the evening when the Kings played the Vancouver ...Read more

Sharks stay above the pack with win over Red Wings

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On a night where the San Jose Sharks desperately needed a win to stay above the pack in the Pacific Division, the team managed to fend off the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings by completing their six game homestand with a 4-2 record.

Clinging to a one-point lead over the Ducks and a two-point edge over the Kings, the ...Read more

It's another lost season for Carolina

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What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:


Carolina Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon drew criticism for demoting Ron Francis from general manager to director of hockey operations, but although Francis assembled a lot of talent, he never put the Canes over the top and into the playoffs. They won't be in ...Read more

Flyers fall to Vegas on late goal, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers are making things difficult on themselves as they try to stay in the race for the Metropolitan Division title.

They played solidly Monday night but lost for the sixth time in seven games, dropping a 3-2 decision to upstart Vegas at the Wells Fargo Center.

Third-line right winger Ryan Carpenter scored from the left ...Read more

Panthers lose to Senators 5-3, snapping eight-game home winning streak

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The border between owning top-end talent and receiving good fortune is a dangerous one to live on in the final month of the hockey season. Especially when lodged in a playoff race, every miscue is magnified and every slow start could mean missed points in the standings.

In the games leading into Monday night's 5-3 loss to the ...Read more

Patrick Kane redeems himself as Blackhawks beat Bruins, 3-1

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane wasn't in the mood for hugs Saturday.

But the Blackhawks forward was all about sharing affection Sunday, when the Hawks won 3-1 and the Bruins kissed their six-game winning streak goodbye.

A day after his double-minor for high sticking, born of frustration, led to two third-period goals in Boston in a 7-4 loss to the ...Read more

Wild can't contain Connor McDavid, Oilers in 4-1 loss

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Minnesota Wild contained almost everyone in the Edmonton Oilers lineup except the one player the team had to be most cautious of when he was on the ice.

Connor McDavid had a hand in most of Edmonton's offense, as the NHL's reigning MVP lifted the Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Wild Saturday at Rogers Place that spoiled ...Read more

Panthers beat Rangers, set franchise record with eighth straight home win

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- For eight consecutive home games -- including Saturday night's 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers -- the Florida Panthers orchestrated a symphony of victories, of last-second wins, of blowout thrashings, of goaltending excellence and of offensive firepower.

They stole games from elite teams and buried inferior ones. ...Read more