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Two scoring flurries lead Florida Panthers to season-opening win over Chicago Blackhawks

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It took the Florida Panthers some time to get the offense going on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s to be expected when nearly half of the 20 players on the active roster for the first game of the season are new to the team and there were all of 11 practices and no preseason games to get acclimated with each others.

There ...Read more

Penguins beat Capitals in shootout to win home opener, avoid 0-3 start

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The Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a shootout to win their home opener at PPG Paints Arena and avoid starting the 2020-21 season 0-3.

Elvis left the building when Casey DeSmith stopped Alex Ovechkin in the fourth round of the shootout. He was the only fan in attendance with PPG Paints Arena closed to fans due to government ...Read more

Blue Jackets show improvement despite late collapse, second straight loss to Predators

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It wasn’t an exact replay of the season-opener, but the result was the same Saturday night in the Blue Jackets’ second straight loss to the Nashville Predators.

After playing strong through two periods, forcing the game into the third tied 1-1, the Predators again surged ahead in the final 20 minutes for a 5-2 victory that sent the Blue ...Read more

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Johansson's OT goal lifts Wild to 4-3 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES — Instead of jetting off to a new city, the Wild hung around Los Angeles after its season opener for a double dose of the Kings — one of the quirks in the 2021 schedule that has the Wild playing every opponent at least twice before moving on to someone else.

The rematch didn't hint at a rivalry brewing between these new ...Read more

Kings blow another third-period lead in overtime loss to Wild

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings fell in overtime for a second straight game to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at Staples Center, losing 4-3 to open the season 0-0-2.

Here are five takeaways from the season’s second game:

—Another blown lead

For the second straight game, the Kings found themselves ahead 3-1 at the second ...Read more

Red Wings get first win of season thanks to goals from Bobby Ryan and Dylan Larkin

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DETROIT — Bobby Ryan scored in his Detroit Red Wings debut, and two key rebuilding blocks helped the team win its first game of the season.

After being shutout in the season opener, and through the first period Saturday at Little Caesars Arena, the Wings found their scoring touch early in the second period. Their effort paid off with a 4-2 ...Read more

Sharks can't keep up with Phil Kessel, Coyotes in 5-3 loss

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The San Jose Sharks couldn't keep up with Phil Kessel and the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon at Gila River Arena.

The Sharks allowed two goals by Kessel, including one at the 5:13 mark of the second period, in a 5-3 road loss to the Coyotes as the two teams split their season-opening, two-game series.

Timo Meier had a goal and two ...Read more

Devils beat Bruins in final seconds of overtime as Sharangovich nets game-winner

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NEWARK, N.J. — As the seconds ticked down in overtime, Damon Severson found a path with a behind-the-back pass and got the puck to 22-year old Yegor Sharangovich. Sharangovich, in just his second NHL game, had a chance for an exciting way for his first NHL goal.

"It's a really great pass by Severson," said Sharangovich. "I had a breakaway. I ...Read more

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Sam Carchidi: NHL TV ratings soar. So do spirits of local front-line workers who attended Flyers' opener.

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PHILADELPHIA — The NHL’s TV ratings are soaring. Are fans tired of watching Netflix? Hungrier for hockey after the pandemic delayed the season? A combination of both?

With no hockey in October, November and December, the withdrawal, apparently, was painful.

That helps explain why a record number of folks watched NHL openers on TV in both ...Read more

8 is enough for Avs in 8-0 blowout of Blues

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DENVER — If the St. Louis Blues made a statement in their season-opening win Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche replied Friday, with a couple of exclamation points.

If the Blues said: We’re still here.

The Avalanche countered with: So are we.

Of course, just two games into a 56-game regular-season schedule, it’s impossible to make firm ...Read more

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After slow start against Blackhawks, Lightning find their groove in a hurry

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TAMPA, Fla. — With all the pomp of opening night — their Stanley Cup banner unveiling to go along with the anticipation of a new season — behind them, the Lightning’s concentration could squarely be on the ice Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena.

Leading into this abbreviated 56-game campaign, players and coaches...Read more

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Sean Couturier injured, but Travis Konecny's first career hat trick, Carter Hart’s goaltending lift Flyers over Penguins, 5-2

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PHILADELPHIA — Beating their king tormentor, Sidney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh Penguins twice in a row to start the season wasn’t an easy task.

And it was made more difficult Friday night when Sean Couturier, the Flyers’ star center, left the game with an injury early in the first period and did not return.

But even without Couturier, ...Read more

Kirill Kaprizov scores on OT breakaway in debut, lifts Wild over Kings 4-3

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LOS ANGELES – Changes were everywhere.

Crowd noise was piped in, the pregame hoopla was scaled back, and both benches were scrubbed down at intermission – all adjustments the NHL has made from the last regular season to resurrect itself in individual arenas during the middle of a pandemic for a shortened, 56-game schedule.

The Wild lineup ...Read more

Evander Kane, Martin Jones shine as Sharks top Coyotes in shootout

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The San Jose Sharks’ game with the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night represented their first chance to try and put a disastrous 2019-2020 season in the rear view mirror.

After some hairy moments, they finally got the end result they wanted.

Ryan Donato, Logan Couture both scored in the shootout and Martin Jones made a subsequent save on ...Read more

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Hurricanes open new season with 3-0 win over Red Wings

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The Carolina Hurricanes opened a new season Thursday with the kind of effort that should please their coach, Rod Brind’Amour.

The Canes took the early lead against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. They were physical. They got their shots and limited the Wings’ opportunities in helping goalie Petr Mrazek face just 14...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: The Blues are back and remind St. Louis what it missed about hockey

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Parayko’s slapshot and Jordan Kyrou’s speed and that thing Jordan Binnington does when he quickly sticks his neck forward and pulls it back, perhaps an old habit or tick or calming mechanism after a close call.

You remember just how freakily connected David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly are, like those twins you grew up with. You’re ...Read more

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Blackhawks place Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach on long-term injured reserve

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CHICAGO — It looks like Jonathan Toews is going to be on the shelf for a while.

The Chicago Blackhawks captain and top-line center, who missed all of training camp and the season opener with an unspecified illness, was officially placed him on long-term injured reserve Thursday.

The Hawks also placed Kirby Dach on LTIR. The center broke his ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: The Chicago Blackhawks' shortcomings figure to keep them from the playoffs. ‘Progress’ will be a team buzzword until the winning returns.

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As they begin the 2021 season playing in empty arenas with a young and unproven team, the Chicago Blackhawks will be trying to stave off irrelevance until the rebuild turns a corner.

When that will be is anyone’s guess, but coach Jeremy Colliton on Tuesday was awarded an extension through the 2022-23 season, so if they’re not there by then,...Read more

Blues come on strong to beat Avs in opener

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DENVER — More than three months later than usual, hockey season began Wednesday night for the St. Louis Blues in the shadow of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. So late in fact, that the 2020 part of “2020-21” season can be scrapped.

Unlike last season, no banners were unfurled to honor a Blues’ Stanley Cup championship. There was no ...Read more

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Lightning celebrate, then dominate in opener

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning claimed the Stanley Cup under the most unusual of circumstances — isolated and far from home — but their first game back in their home arena, a night set for celebration as they unveiled their championship banner and started their title defense, was even more atypical.

With no fans in the stands, Amalie Arena ...Read more