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Patrick Kane joins Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Denis Savard as only Blackhawks to score 1,000 points in 5-2 win over the Jets

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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane became the fourth player to score 1,000 points in a Blackhawks uniform when he hit the milestone in the third period of the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory -- their fifth straight -- over the Jets on Sunday night at the United Center.

Kane, 31, had an assist on Brandon Saad's goal to join Hall of Famers Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull ...Read more

Wild looks for rout to become springboard

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Muffing its lineup card before getting steamrolled on national television to continue a winless streak was a debacle that could have haunted the Wild.

But if there ever was a way to move that 7-3 mess Tuesday in Pittsburgh to the back seat, the team might have discovered it Saturday.

By dominating the Stars 7-0, the Wild posted ...Read more

Williams returns for Canes, scores winning goal in shootout to beat Islanders

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin William was nervous, a lot more than he expected. He admitted it. This one was different.

For the first time since last May, Williams was back in the Carolina Hurricanes' lineup Sunday, back on the ice before a sellout crowd at PNC Arena, competing, trying to win a tough hockey game.

And then doing it, dramatically. In ...Read more

For the Sharks, when's the right time to start playing the kids?

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VANCOUVER -- Joe Thornton skated through the neutral zone and caught up to Brandon Sutter before he delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder check that laid out the Vancouver Canucks forward. Sutter then skated across the ice back toward Thornton, only to receive a short left hand to the face for his troubles.

It all took place at the end of a ...Read more

Penguins deliver 4-3 win against Boston Bruins

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PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby had two beautiful assists, Matt Murray settled down after a shaky start, and the Penguins rallied from three goals down to secure a satisfying 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins took the lead with 7:25 left in the third period. Malkin barreled into Bruins blue-liner ...Read more

'Alphabet Soup Line' spells victory for Flyers, who need to sustain desperation level over final 2-plus months

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PHILADELPHIA -- How tight is the race for the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots?

Heading into Sunday, just two points separated the four teams battling for those positions. That means those teams, including the Flyers, need to be playing with lots of desperation over the final two-plus months.

After a rather listless loss to visiting ...Read more

San Jose Sharks end road trip with barely a whimper

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Bob Boughner wanted the San Jose Sharks to empty their tanks in their last game before they begin their bye week.

Instead, the Sharks put forth another dismal offensive display, with Aaron Dell's performance the only reason Saturday's game with the Vancouver Canucks didn't get completely out of hand.

Dell ...Read more

Rested Wild blow out Stars, 7-0

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Improved play has led to better results for the Wild after a 1-5-1 skid stirred flashbacks to the team's season-opening rut.

But there may be another catalyst behind the Wild's recent rebound: Rest.

After coach Bruce Boudreau called off practice Wednesday to give players a break from hockey, the Wild returned rejuvenated to ...Read more

Konecny, van Riemsdyk lead Flyers to 4-1 win over the Kings

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PHILADELPHIA -- Right after he scored his second goal of the night, Travis Konecny looked at James van Riemsdyk and yelled, "What a pass!"

It sure was.

Konecny and van Riemsdyk hooked up for the Flyers' first two goals, made Alain Vigneault look like a genius, and led the way in a 4-1 win over the limping Kings.

Joel Farabee scored for the ...Read more

Toews, Kubalik each score twice in surging Blackhawks' 6-2 victory against Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- Blackhawks fans not only will have a chance to see Patrick Kane pick up his 1,000th career point Sunday at the United Center, they'll welcome home the NHL's hottest team.

Drake Caggiula scored 21 seconds into the game, Jonathan Toews had two goals and two assists and Brandon Saad scored in his first game back after missing a month ...Read more

Binnington pulled again as Avalanche beat Blues, 5-3

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Jordan Binnington's troubles against the Colorado Avalanche continued Saturday in Denver. After allowing four goals on 11 shots, he was pulled for the second time in 16 days at Pepsi Center.

In a 7-3 loss in Colorado on Jan. 2, Binnington was pulled with 5:41 left to play after allowing all seven goals. Saturday in Denver, he gave way to Jake ...Read more

Steel lifts Ducks to 2-1 overtime win over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes' first game without Dougie Hamilton did not well for the home team.

Sam Steel's goal at 1:36 of overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory at PNC Arena.

Sebastian Aho, back at center, scored for the Canes in the first period, his 24th of the season but his first in eight games. But defenseman Erik ...Read more

Sidney Crosby scores game-winning goal to beat Red Wings in overtime

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DETROIT -- The Penguins have plowed through all kinds of obstacles while posting one of the NHL's top records since the start of December. They've lost important players. They've erased big leads. They've snapped back after bad breaks.

During this torrid stretch, they also haven't had two sluggish games in a row.

That changed Friday against ...Read more

Sharks routed by Avalanche as ugly road trip continues

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DENVER -- All of the work the Sharks have put in over the last month to establish some semblance of an identity was nowhere to be found Thursday night in a blowout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sharks fell behind early and never recovered, allowing two goals in the first period and two more in the second in what became a 4-0 loss to the ...Read more

New-look Wild cool off Lightning, hang on for 3-2 victory

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure if he and his staff made the right call Wednesday, scrapping practice in favor of giving players a mental break on the heels of getting pancaked in Pittsburgh.

But based on how the team returned, it certainly looked like Boudreau and Co. knew exactly what the group needed.

After ...Read more

Bruins coast, snap Penguins' four-game winning streak

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BOSTON -- Twenty-four seconds.

Those quick ticks off the clock were all it took for the Penguins to take a one-goal lead over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden. In just his second game back from core muscle surgery, Sidney Crosby ripped a slap shot from the left circle past Jaroslav Halak.

Twenty-four seconds. Those fleeting ...Read more

Carey Price, Ilya Kovalchuk carry Canadiens past Flyers, 4-1

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PHILADELPHIA -- After winning three of their previous four games against NHL heavyweights, the Flyers got decked by a lightweight Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Montreal 4, Flyers 1.

So much for the apparent momentum gained from the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win Wednesday in St. Louis, the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Goalie Carey ...Read more

Panthers, down to their third goaltender, hold on to beat Kings, 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Chris Driedger stretched out his right leg to protect the net from an incoming Los Angeles Kings shot attempt that ultimately went wide midway through the first period.

The puck cleared well past the Florida Panthers' goaltender, but Driedger remained down. A trainer checked on him before he was ultimately helped off the ice.

...Read more

Zack Smith scores 2 goals and Patrick Kane nabs 998th point as Blackhawks beat Canadiens 4-1 for their 3rd straight win

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MONTREAL -- Zack Smith scored a pair of first-period goals, Patrick Kane picked up his 998th career point and Montreal native Corey Crawford continued his mastery of the Canadiens at the Bell Centre with 32 saves as the Blackhawks won 4-1 on Wednesday for their third straight victory.

The Hawks improved to 22-20-6 and moved within four points ...Read more

'Pretty shocking': Sharks react to rival Golden Knights hiring Pete DeBoer

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DENVER -- The Sharks knew that Pete DeBoer would find another job as an NHL head coach at some point.

They just didn't think it would be with their most bitter rival.

DeBoer replaced Gerard Gallant on Wednesday morning as the coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, who have lost four straight games and entered the day in fifth place in the Pacific ...Read more