NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Los Angeles Kings' dressing room was empty, except for Cal Petersen, when Drew Doughty walked through.
The arena noise had long ended, and Doughty gave his goalie a pat on the behind in a gesture that summed up the night. Petersen somehow blocked out the aural assault from a record 17,627 fans at Bridgestone Arena for ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- According to San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher, Erik Karlsson used some colorful language as he celebrated his power play goal early in the second period.
In this case, using inappropriate language only seems appropriate considering that Karlsson waited 45 days and 21 games to score his first goal with the Sharks. ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour is considered a players coach, and the Carolina Hurricanes coach had a lot to say to his players Saturday -- none of it nice.
With the Columbus Blue Jackets leading the Canes 4-1 in the second period, Brind'Amour used his timeout. An expressive type, he was an animated as he has been all season on the bench, ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The difference on the scoreboard could have been much wider, but it wasn't.
And that opened the door for the Sabres to stay in the hunt amid a spunky effort that only churned out more perseverance the longer the game progressed.
Such is how Wild coach Bruce Boudreau described what he witnessed when he watched Buffalo take on...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers were cooked Saturday afternoon. They trailed 5-1 in the third period. Their penalty kill had been shredded for three goals in four attempts.
The Wells Fargo Center was church-quiet.
But in a comeback for the ages, the Flyers roared back and scored four goals in a 6:04 span to force overtime.
They only picked up a ...Read more
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Detroit Red Wings keep finding ways to win.
They were short on the bench and came up short on the ice to start their Saturday matinee against the Devils at Prudential Center, but Dylan Larkin scored with 50.3 seconds left in overtime to secure a 3-2 final. After winning just once in their first 10 games, the Wings have won ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks won the possession battle and limited the high-powered Toronto Maple Leafs attack to one goal.
They're in a rut, though, and scratching out wins isn't easy right now. Even when the Ducks deliver a fine performance like this one Friday at Honda Center, it isn't enough. And they're left to wonder what it will ...Read more
LAS VEGAS--The second period has easily been the St. Louis Blues' best period this season. They entered Friday's game in Las Vegas at plus-7 on the season in the second. It became plus-10 at T-Mobile Arena, after three-goal second sparked the Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
It marked the sixth game this season the Blues ...Read more
CHICAGO -- This one was a sure thing for the Blackhawks, right?
Of course not. There is no such thing in the NHL.
But if you can't beat the NHL's worst team on your home ice when their goalie is making the first start of his career in his second NHL game, well, you're not going to get dealt much of a better hand than that.
The Kings had other...Read more
The Flyers announced Friday that Brian Elliott, their 33-year-old goaltender who is coming off a season that included surgeries to his hip and core muscles, would miss the next two weeks with what the team described as a lower-body injury.
Elliott crouched in pain after attempting to push off laterally during Kyle Palmieri's wraparound goal ...Read more
The United Center is one of the toughest buildings for opposing teams to play in, according to an NHL.com poll of 61 players.
But it's not the toughest.
That distinction goes to the Predators' Bridgestone Arena, which received 15 votes, far surpassing the six votes for the Jets' Bell MTS Place and the Penguins' PPG Paints Arena. The United ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- And the bragging rights swing back to Patrick Marleau.
Mitch Marner said the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-6) owed Marleau a win in San Jose and they delivered Thursday night, beating the Sharks 5-3 in Mr. Shark's second game at SAP Center as a member of the visiting team.
Marleau, who's the Sharks all-time leader in points (1,...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bout of illness knocked one of the Wild's top forwards out of the lineup, but winger Zach Parise's absence didn't slow down the offense -- especially Parise's linemates.
Captain Mikko Koivu and winger Nino Niederretier, along with stand-in Charlie Coyle, led the Wild to a bounce-back performance against the Canucks, a 6-2 ...Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Detroit Red Wings faced another rally as penalty problems left them short on the bench and on the scoreboard.
They trailed by a goal entering the third period against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre, faced with mounting a comeback for the fourth time in the last five games. Jimmy Howard came ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Rivalries can be fun for fans, exhilarating for players, and they can not matter much to a rookie coach trying to snap his team out of an eight-game losing streak.
There will be time for Jeremy Colliton to care who the opponent is when his Blackhawks are playing the Blues -- sometimes known in these parts as the hated Blues -- but ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton made sure that his 400th goal will be remembered.
Thornton scored the milestone goal just 13 seconds after Joe Pavelski tied the game late in the third period at SAP Center, charging the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.
In doing so, Thornton became just the seventh player...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Drew Doughty swung his stick in disgust and made that irritating skate back to the bench after the puck was fished out of his net. For the fifth time.
It perfectly captured the state of the Los Angeles Kings, whose defensive disarray against an offensive buzzsaw proved to be a combustible mix Tuesday. Doughty and his teammates ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' points streak is over.
Listless for two periods, they awoke in the final 20 minutes Tuesday but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Florida at the Wells Fargo, ending their six-game points streak (5-0-1).
The Panthers, who survived a wild scramble in front of their net in the waning seconds, extended ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A 10-point lift up the standings from five victories wasn't the only souvenir the Wild returned home with after a seven-game stint on the road.
The team also arrived back at Xcel Energy Center with the moxie that guided its success, since the Wild either dominated their way to wins or rallied with an impressive resiliency.
DETROIT -- After going winless through their first seven games of the season, the Detroit Red Wings have won seven of their last eight games.
Their latest victory came Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, where a first-period cushion gave way to a 6-1 rout of the Arizona Coyotes. The Wings scored early and often to improve to 8-8-2 after starting 1...Read more