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Florida Panthers pound Red Wings for one of their most complete wins of the season

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers returned home and got Aleksander Barkov back from a weeks-long battle with an illness Thursday, but it was one of the least heralded Panthers who powered Florida to an impressive 5-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings in Sunrise.

Chris Tierney, playing in only his second game since getting called up from AHL ...Read more

Home is no help as Blues fall to Winnipeg 5-2

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Success does not beget success, at least not for the Blues.

Coming off an encouraging, for the most part, performance in two games in New York (even if it earned them only one win), the Blues could not keep the good times going on Thursday in their return to Enterprise Center. They had little answer for Central Division-leading Winnipeg on ...Read more

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Lightning rebound with 5-2 win over Predators

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TAMPA, Fla. — After a sluggish start in their last game against Detroit, the Lightning came out Thursday night focused on establishing themselves early against the Predators.

Their opening was much better, scoring two goals inside the game’s first three minutes. But they allowed the Predators back into the game before pulling out another ...Read more

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Kris Letang returns to Penguins practice as full participant 10 days after stroke

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PITTSBURGH — Less than two weeks removed from suffering the second stroke of his career, defenseman Kris Letang is back in action.

During Thursday's practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Letang sported a yellow sweater, signifying that he was a full-contact participant. He had the stroke Nov. 28. As for playing in games, Letang's ...Read more

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Rookie goalie makes NHL debut as Sharks lose to Vancouver Canucks in OT

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sharks coach David Quinn made the somewhat unexpected decision Wednesday night to replace starting goalie Kaapo Kahkonen with rookie Eetu Makiniemi.

Quinn’s move no doubt provided a bit of a spark but didn’t result in a Sharks win.

Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson scored with 34.7 seconds left in overtime to ...Read more

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Golden Knights wilt in 3rd period, lose 3rd straight at home

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The two pieces of broken stick stayed below the goal line as goaltender Logan Thompson skated to the Golden Knights’ bench.

His frustration had boiled over with 8:26 to play Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. It was hard to blame him. Even if his poor stick had to pay the price by getting smashed over his goal post.

After entering the third ...Read more

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Wild squander early lead, end four-game winning streak vs. Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta — The Wild's latest meltdown wasn't as dramatic as the previous one, but it stung more.

After recovering from a four-goal, third period collapse a game earlier at Dallas, the Wild didn't bounce back from blowing a two-goal lead to Calgary until late in the third period but were still dropped 5-3 on Wednesday in front of 17,...Read more

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Bruins overwhelm depleted Avs, 4-0

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The lineup that the Colorado Avalanche iced on Wednesday at Ball Arena will never be confused with the team that the captured the Stanley Cup last spring. But the Bruins can only beat the team that’s in front of them, and that’s what they did, grinding down a game but over-matched Avs team of call-ups and taking a 4-0 victory to kick off ...Read more

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Flyers concede an early lead and fall to the Washington Capitals, 4-1

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PHILADELPHIA — Just as they did in their game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, the Flyers made a mistake in the third period, paid the price, and couldn’t overcome the resulting deficit.

After going into the final frame tied, 1-1, with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers turned the puck...Read more

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Canadiens score twice in 7 seconds, defeat Kraken 4-2

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Getting the whole Shane Wright “revenge tour” thing out of the way early seemed to have the Kraken poised for a positive night needed ahead of a long road trip.

But after Wright scored his first career NHL goal late in Tuesday night’s opening period, the Kraken had one of those momentary lapses early in the second they’d managed to ...Read more

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Florida Panthers finish an up-and-down road trip with another ugly loss in Winnipeg

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The Florida Panthers’ long road trip is finally — mercifully — over.

It wasn’t necessarily all bad for the Panthers on their five-game, nine-day trip through the Western Conference, but it was certainly trying and it ended with another ugly 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday in Canada.

Florida finishes the trip with two wins, an ...Read more

Sidney Crosby shrugs off illness, scores twice to power Penguins to win over Blue Jackets

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PITTSBURGH — One dominant period was all the Penguins needed to take care of business against the Columbus Blue Jackets, winning, 4-1, Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.

They started slow, but with three goals in the second period the Penguins powered past the last-place Blue Jackets, who were without three of their top defensemen, including a two-...Read more

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Trade buzz about Max Domi is growing, but it's 'all noise' to the Chicago Blackhawks center

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NEWARK, N.J. — When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Max Domi and Andreas Athanasiou to one-year contracts in July, they knew one or both might draw some trade buzz down the line.

That buzz is here for Domi.

Over the weekend, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes suggested the Edmonton Oilers could be interested buyers. The Oilers might be without forward ...Read more

Blues stop the bleeding, hold on for 7-4 win over Islanders

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Thomas Greiss couldn’t have picked a better time for his best game of the season.

Josh Leivo couldn’t have picked a better time for his first Blues goal. Same with Will Bitten and his first NHL assist (and point). It all added up to a sorely needed 7-4 victory by the Blues on Tuesday at UBS Arena over the New York Islanders...Read more

Red Wings double Lightning 4-2 in coach Lalonde's return to Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. — The homecoming couldn't have come out better for Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde.

Returning to the arena where Lalonde was part of a coaching staff that won Stanley Cups and just missed a third, and matching wits against friends Lightning coach Jon Cooper and assistant Jeff Blashill (who Lalonde replaced with the Wings), Lalonde ...Read more

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Smith's shootout winner leads Knights past Bruins

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Left wing Reilly Smith scored in the fifth round of a shootout and the Golden Knights defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 Monday in TD Garden.

The Knights were up 3-0 in the second period despite being without center Jack Eichel (lower-body injury) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (personal reasons). The Bruins fought back to tie things 3-3 with a ...Read more

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Goalie Carter Hart rebounds and the Flyers defeat the injury-plagued Colorado Avalanche, 5-3

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PHILADELPHIA — No captain Gabriel Landeskog, no winger Valeri Nichushkin, no winger Artturi Lehkonen for the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, due to injury. That was (almost) no problem for the Flyers, who have been decimated by injuries of their own for the last two seasons.

The Avalanche showed up to the Wells Fargo Center ...Read more

San Jose Sharks' PK reaches a breaking point as road trip ends with a thud

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Even the NHL’s best penalty kill units have a breaking point, and the Sharks reached it on their four-game road trip that ended Sunday night in Buffalo.

The Sharks were shorthanded four more times Sunday and allowed two power-play goals — each after delay of game, puck-over-glass infractions — in a 6-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at ...Read more

Red Wings open road trip with 4-2 victory in Columbus

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Usually playing a second game in two nights doesn't prove successful for teams.

There's often travel involved, that much hockey in 48 hours (or less) is tough on the body, and things seem to get compounded when you're the road team.

But bring it on, say the Red Wings.

For the third time this season, the Wings went on the road of a back-to-...Read more

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Wild blow big lead in Dallas, but win 6-5 in shootout

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Despite squandering a four-goal, third-period lead, the Wild pushed their win streak to four games by prevailing 6-5 in a shootout against the Stars on Sunday at American Airlines Center at the beginning of a four-game road trip.

Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Frederick Gaudreau scored in the shootout, with Gaudreau's finish standing up ...Read more