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Flyers lose in overtime to Islanders on fluke goal, 1-0

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PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers, perhaps energized knowing they have a rare three-day break before their next game, dominated the first two periods Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The outhustled the Islanders, won a majority of the board battles, and spent most of the first 40 minutes in New York’s end.

But Isles goalie Ilya Sorokin was the ...Read more

Penguins suffer their first loss vs. Buffalo this season in dispirited 4-2 defeat

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres, with their young legs, sure looked like a rested team Sunday afternoon. The Penguins, meanwhile, played as if they had stopped at an all-you-can-eat chicken wing buffet on the way to KeyBank Center.

Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances in the second half of a weekend back-to-back. The Sabres ...Read more

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Panthers felt they were better than the Lightning on Thursday. They backed it up Saturday.

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Brandon Montour walked away from his first exposure to the Tampa Bay Lightning this year with the feeling his Florida Panthers “were the better team” Thursday, despite an overtime loss in Tampa. The Panthers, rejuvenated by Montour and a handful of other new additions, felt they outplayed the Lightning for nearly the entire game and only ...Read more

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Hakanpaa's first goal with Hurricanes the winner in 3-1 victory over Predators

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Try as they might, the Nashville Predators have not been able to beat the Carolina Hurricanes this season.

The Canes topped the Predators for the sixth straight time Saturday, winning 3-1 at PNC Arena and keeping their lead in the Central Division.

Jani Hakanpaa, in his second game with the Canes, had the game-winning goal in...Read more

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Malcolm Subban pitches his 2nd shutout of the season in Blackhawks' 4-0 bounce-back win vs. Red Wings

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Patrick Kane scored a first-period goal and the Chicago Blackhawks got some highlight-reel saves from Malcolm Subban to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-0, on Saturday.

The Hawks concluded their season series against the Red Wings with six wins in eight games. After the Red Wings stunned them, 4-1, on Thursday, the Hawks bounced back.

Subban ...Read more

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Wild make quick work of Sharks to sweep three-game homestand

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — An own goal, chest bump and seeing eye shot.

The scoring sequence was one of the quirkiest the Wild has had, but it did the trick — the appetizer in a buffet of offense as the Wild toppled San Jose, 5-2, Saturday in front of 3,000 at Xcel Energy Center to seal the Wild's third straight win.

Three goals in 1 minute, 12 ...Read more

Blues squander 2-0 lead, fall out of playoff spot in 3-2 loss to Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a 2-0 lead after a strong first period, the Blues had a key victory and a firmer grasp of fourth place and the playoffs in their sights.

Instead, the 2-0 lead vanished in the second period at Gila River Arena, and by the time the game ended, so did fourth place in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

So at the moment, ...Read more

Jeff Carter's line gets on the scoreboard as Penguins beat Sabres yet again

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Saturday’s game at KeyBank Center, as expected, provided little intrigue. The Penguins once again handled the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-2 win.

Even as the Sabres made their last push, it never really seemed fathomable that they could actually beat the Penguins. Are they even allowed to do that?

The sleepy afternoon matinee did ...Read more

Flyers bullied by the Capitals again, 6-3

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PHILADELPHIA — Carter Hart’s disappointing season hit another bump when he was scratched just before the matinee start with a lower-body injury.

Even worse, his coach said, not finding out until 90 minutes before face-off put a wrench in his goaltending plans for the two games this weekend.

Truth of the matter, however, is that even Bernie...Read more

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Wild's fourth line flexes again in 3-2 win against Sharks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild's depth chart might be upside down.

For the second straight game, the team's fourth line was invaluable – contributing two goals in a 3-2 win over the Sharks Friday at Xcel Energy Center that gives the Wild a chance to sweep the week when they finish their back-to-back against San Jose on Saturday.

Zach Parise ...Read more

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Kings' next two games postponed because of COVID-19 issues with Avalanche

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LOS ANGELES — The NHL postponed the Kings’ scheduled games at Colorado on Friday and Sunday after a third member of the Avalanche entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols on Friday, the league announced.

The Avalanche’s game against St. Louis next Tuesday also was postponed. The Avalanche aren’t expected to reopen their facilities for ...Read more

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Blue Jackets lose early lead, fall 4-1 to Stars in Dallas

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For the first 20 minutes, it looked like Columbus might be able to take advantage of a sluggish performance from the Dallas Stars and come away with a win.

Then the Stars woke up, and the Blue Jackets couldn't do much about it. Though Columbus struck first and led 1-0 after the first period, Dallas added four goals in the second and third to ...Read more

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Flyers rally past Penguins in shootout, 2-1, as Carter Hart shiness

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Trying to revive his team’s moribund offense, Flyers coach Alain Vigneault scrambled all four lines Thursday and inserted rookie right winger Wade Allison into the lineup as he searched for a spark.

Allison was impressive in his NHL debut, and the new-look attack — shut down in the first two periods — did enough good things to rally past ...Read more

Red Wings beat Blackhawks as Jakub Vrana scores in first game with Detroit

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DETROIT — Jakub Vrana showed off his skill set in his first time in a Detroit Red Wings uniform.

He was one of two newcomers in Thursday’s game at Little Caesars Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. Vrana scored a pretty goal in the second period, soaring up ice and ripping the puck from the slot. That stood as the winning goal in the 4-1 ...Read more

5 takeaways as Rangers shut down Devils again to stay in playoff chase

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The road-team win streak in the 2021 Devils-Rangers season series ended emphatically Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers needed just 47 seconds to get on the board and rode the wave of a three-goal first period to a 4-0 victory over New Jersey.

Here are five takeaways from the second of four games in the weeklong cross-river ...Read more

Hurricanes rebound from stinging loss by beating Predators, 4-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Rod Brind’Amour was disappointed by much of what he saw in the Carolina Hurricanes’ last game, but the coach had to like much of what he saw Thursday.

The Canes did nearly everything right against the Nashville Predators, taking a 4-1 win at PNC Arena with the kind of play Brind’Amour expects and keeping their hold on ...Read more

Lightning defeat Panthers in overtime, 3-2

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TAMPA, Fla. — After another forgettable first period, the Lightning finally got a bit of a spark in the second period Thursday night against the Panthers with plenty of shot opportunities that eventually came to fruition.

And the spark held as Tampa Bay defeated Florida, 3-2, in overtime as Victor Hedman scored on a breakaway 54 seconds into ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: Right now, the Blues are the Frazier to the Avalanche's Ali. But the Blues are putting up a fight.

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It’s tough sledding when going up against an Avalanche.

Colorado’s players are playing better as a team than this Blues team is right now. The Blues are the Alydar to Colorado’s Affirmed, the Frazier to the Avs’ Ali. They sure put up a fight, but don’t often win.

But is Colorado a seven-game series better than St. Louis? Even after ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Penguins must keep Bryan Rust long-term, for Sid's sake

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It absolutely belongs in the Pittsburgh sports radio Topic Hall of Fame, right up there with “Did the Patriots cheat?” “How much blame does Ben get?” and “Why’s Nutting so cheap?”

It might be the grandaddy of ’em all.

“Does Sid need a winger?”

We’ve been talking about it since Sidney Crosby broke into the NHL in 2005. Oh...Read more

Blues can't overcome another poor second period, lose to Avalanche, 4-3

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues showed, once again, that they can hang with the Colorado Avalanche, which has the best record in the NHL. They just need to find a full 60 minutes.

The second period may be the middle of the game, but it’s going to be the end of the Blues. The Blues have struggled in the period much of the season — they’ve been ...Read more