Connor McDavid, Oilers chase Carter Hart and embarrass Flyers, 6-3

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- In an attempt to shake the Philadelphia Flyers out of their recent offensive funk -- they had a combined three goals over their previous two games in Western Canada -- coach Alain Vigneault scrambled all four lines Wednesday in Edmonton.

It didn't work.

Oh, the Flyers had a lot more offensive-zone time and a slew of great ...Read more

Evander Kane, Sharks top Hurricanes

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Goalie Martin Jones kept the San Jose Sharks in it with one solid save after another in the opening minutes of Thursday night's game with the Carolina Hurricanes. Evander Kane and his opportunistic teammates took care of the rest.

Kane scored a team-record three goals in the first period for his second career hat trick and ...Read more

'It always gives you goosebumps': Dave Bolland, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Blackhawks in 2013, returns to Chicago for 'One More Shift'

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CHICAGO -- Dave Bolland's return to the United Center on Friday to take "One More Shift" with the Blackhawks will no doubt be met with raucous applause and a standing ovation.

His return last summer to Boston's TD Garden, site of his Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Bruins in Game 6 six years ago, was met with silence.

Not a single Bruins ...Read more

Blackhawks still waiting for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to emerge from slow starts

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CHICAGO -- The question hung in the air for a few seconds as Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton thoughtfully considered the right way to answer.

It was a fair query about whether Jonathan Toews had improved in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers. Toews finally recorded an assist after going scoreless during the Blackhawks' first three games, in ...Read more

Hurricanes blank Kings, 2-0

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LOS ANGELES -- For much of the last week, Todd McLellan has been coaching on the fly.

Such is the reality of the Los Angeles Kings' early-season schedule, which subjected the team to an awkward seven-day break between the end of the preseason and start of the regular season, then consecutive games twice in five days during the first week.

"We ...Read more

Slow-starting Flyers fall to Flames, 3-1, despite strong outing from Brian Elliott

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CALGARY, Alberta -- If the Flyers were playing home Tuesday night, coach Alain Vigneault might have been tempted to go up into the Wells Fargo Center's new Rage Room and broken a few TVs after the opening period.

The Flyers played an awful first period, fell behind early, and were chasing the game all night.

They dropped a 3-1 decision to the ...Read more

Brutal second-period stretch crushes Wild in 4-2 loss to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurts.

There was the three-goal outburst by the Penguins in 2 minutes, 28 seconds, back-to-back tallies by the Jets in 28 seconds and a pair by the Avalanche in 1:27. The Predators started the trend in the season opener with two in 1:29.

But the Wild's latest letdown lasted much longer.

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Blues and President Trump keep it light during White House visit

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WASHINGTON -- The Stanley Cup was there. So was Laila. And basically the entire team. And yes, they played that certain song.

It was just another Cup-related event for the St. Louis Blues, except this one was in the White House Rose Garden with President Donald J. Trump presiding.

The president made a few political remarks early on, used the ...Read more

Corey Crawford's 27 saves lift the Blackhawks to their 1st win of the season, 3-1 over the Oilers

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Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots and Patrick Kane, Alex Nylander and Brandon Saad scored to give the Blackhawks their first win of the season, 3-1 over the previously undefeated Oilers on Monday.

A crowd of 21,260 -- the 500th consecutive United Center sellout including playoff games -- saw the Hawks improve to 1-2-1 and the Oilers drop to 5-1. ...Read more

Youngsters leading the Flyers; Brian Elliott getting start Tuesday in Calgary

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CALGARY, Alberta -- It's a small sample size, but in the first three games of the season, seven of the Flyers' 10 goals have been scored by players ages 23 and under.

Add the strong play from goalie Carter Hart, 21, and it's clear that the kids have triggered the Flyers' solid start.

On Tuesday in Calgary, however, they will turn to their ...Read more

Alex Stalock shuts out Ottawa as Wild wins for first time this season

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KANATA, Ontario – The wait is over.

After getting off to the worst start in franchise history by dropping its first four games, the Wild finally climbed out of that rut Monday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Alex Stalock had 26 saves for his sixth career shutout.

The catalyst to the victory was someone ...Read more

Logan Couture, Martin Jones lead Sharks past Calgary Flames

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl scored their first goals of the season Sunday night, and they both had Logan Couture to thank.

Couture set up Meier for his goal at the 3:04 mark of the first period then found Hertl for a shorthanded marker late in the second period as the San Jose Sharks won for the first time at home this season...Read more

Flyers salvage a point but fall in shootout to Vancouver Canucks, 3-2

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- You didn't expect them to go 82-0, did you?

After opening the season with consecutive wins, the Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 3-2 shootout decision Saturday night to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Tanner Pearson scored the winner in the shootout as the Canucks (2-2) won their second straight.

Goalie ...Read more

Wild drop to 0-4 after loss to Penguins in home opener

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A return home didn't make life any easier for the Wild.

It only got worse.

After getting blitzed in three straight games on the road, the Wild were overrun, 7-4, by the Penguins during their home opener Saturday in front of an announced sellout of 19,157 at Xcel Energy Center to sink deeper into a 0-4 funk that continues the...Read more

Alex Iafallo's late goal lifts Kings to home-opening win over Predators

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LOS ANGELES--Todd McLellan called a timeout and tried to calm his team. For the second time in a week, the Los Angeles Kings let a three-goal lead slip away. A once-celebratory Staples Center crowd had been silenced, leaving only a nervous murmur to sweep through the stands. From behind the bench, McLellan posed his players a question.

"We ...Read more

Red Wings lose momentum in 5-2 loss to rival Maple Leafs

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DETROIT -- A loud, bipartisan crowd set a lively atmosphere as the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs renewed their rivalry.

Saturday's event at Little Caesars Arena featured a thrilling third period as the Wings' fourth line injected energy just when it seemed the Leafs had grabbed momentum. The Wings pushed, but the Leafs used their ...Read more

Robin Lehner and Calvin de Haan make Blackhawks debuts, but Jets rally for 3-2 overtime victory

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CHICAGO -- Robin Lehner and Calvin de Haan waited patiently to make their Blackhawks debuts, albeit for different reasons.

De Haan is the top-four defenseman acquired in the offseason from the Hurricanes whose nagging groin injury forced him to miss the entire preseason as well as the first two games of the season.

Lehner is the 2018-19 Vezina...Read more

Blues suffer first regulation loss, fall to Canadiens, 6-3

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues suffered their first loss in regulation this season, allowing a season-high five goals in a 6-3 loss to the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal.

After allowing four goals to Ottawa on Thursday, the Blues gave up six more (the last into an empty net) to Montreal and if Blues coach Craig Berube was concerned about the team...Read more

Blue Jackets hand Hurricanes first loss of season

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the first five games of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes knew nothing but winning.

Now, the Canes must deal with their first loss.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, looking to jumpstart their season, rolled into PNC Arena, put in 60 minutes of work Saturday and left with a 3-2 victory over the Canes.

The Hurricanes' 5-0 start...Read more

The puck from an NHL player's first goal is priceless. Except to one car thief.

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CHICAGO -- The moment an NHL player scores their first goal, somebody from the organization immediately springs into action.

The puck is retrieved, marked with tape or some other identifying marker before it's eventually given to the player, who presumably will cherish it from now until eternity.

After Dominik Kubalik scored the first NHL goal...Read more