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How Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev has battled back from serious injury

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mikhail Sergachev still can’t watch the video of the play that ended his regular season two months ago at Madison Square Garden.

It’s still too soon, and it brings up too many bad memories. The surgery scars on his left leg, above his knee, along the upper side of his inner calf and across the front of his ankle, already ...Read more

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Blues fall to Hurricanes 5-2, on brink of playoff elimination

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ST. LOUIS — For the last two months, the Blues have found themselves in games like Friday’s against Carolina.

Clinging onto playoff hopes. Scoreboard-watching the Golden Knights. Hoping to stave off elimination by poaching another victory.

By losing 5-2 to the Hurricanes, it’s going to be tougher for the final two games to hold the same ...Read more

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Knights strike early, often against Fleury, clinch playoff spot

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LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights will defend their Stanley Cup title.

The Knights clinched a playoff spot for the sixth time in their seven-year history after a 7-2 win over Marc-Andre Fleury and the Minnesota Wild at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Right wing Jonathan Marchessault scored his 42nd goal of the season, and center Chandler ...Read more

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Cooley customer: Los Gatos native sets record as Sharks beat Seattle Kraken

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It’s fair to say San Jose Sharks goalie Devin Cooley is looking more comfortable in his NHL surroundings with each passing game.

Perhaps more than that, the Los Gatos native looks like he belongs at this level.

Cooley set a new personal record as a professional with a remarkable 49 saves Thursday — including 19 in a busy first period — ...Read more

Erik Karlsson's OT winner puts Penguins back into playoff position with win over Red Wings

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins were in complete control Thursday — of both this game and their playoff standing — when they took a 5-3 lead on Jeff Carter’s short-handed goal.

PPG Paints Arena was rocking and the Detroit Red Wings reeling. It looked like the Penguins were well on their way to a huge win. But then they did it again.

The Red ...Read more

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Flyers halt losing streak at eight games with 4-1 victory at Rangers

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NEW YORK — No quit in New York.

It may be the rallying cry for the New York Rangers, but on Thursday night, the visitors showed they’re not done yet.

The Flyers entered the night in a downward spiral. They were losers of eight straight, getting embarrassed and outplayed by teams at the bottom of the NHL standings. Facing a Rangers team ...Read more

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Phil Thompson: If this is Joel Quenneville's first attempt at contrition for the 2010 Blackhawks scandal -- try again

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CHICAGO — Former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has sat down for at least two interviews this year, and the first subject he tackled in each wasn’t Kyle Beach, but instead pickleball.

“Playing a lot of pickleball down in Florida, pickleball heaven right around Naples,” he told The Leafs Nation in February.

Earlier this week,...Read more

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Kate Shefte: Hockey's unwritten rules: Here's why you don't touch the trophy or step on the logo

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SEATTLE — Watch your step. Don't touch that trophy. That one's OK, as long as the captain says it's OK.

Hockey is riddled with strange superstitions and one of the NHL's biggest taboos, and one of its unwritten rules, is fairly well known. Someone who harbors dreams of winning the Stanley Cup one day absolutely, positively does not lift it ...Read more

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Golden Knights mowed down by Oilers; playoff spot on hold

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The Golden Knights failed to clinch a playoff spot after losing, 5-1, to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar scored, and goaltender Adin Hill made 21 saves in his return to the lineup. Hill hadn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury March 23.

The Knights (42-28-8) ended the road portion ...Read more

Explosive first period guides Blues to 5-2 win against Blackhawks to fend off elimination

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues couldn't be killed on this night.

On a night in which the Blues could have been eliminated officially from postseason contention, they responded emphatically with a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night at Enterprise Center.

If the Blues lost in regulation, combined with a Vegas win over Edmonton, St. Louis ...Read more

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Kate Shefte: Hockey's unwritten rules: Here's why you don't snow the goalie

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SEATTLE — The goal is tantalizingly close. Endorphins and emotions are high. But according to hockey etiquette, there's just no need to hit the brakes suddenly, sending a wave of accumulated ice shavings over and into the helmet of the goaltender.

At first glance, "snowing" the goalie appears perversely satisfying — what anyone might do if ...Read more

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Sharks let slip a two-goal lead, lose in OT to Calgary Flames

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SAN JOSE — Andrei Kuzmenko scored a power-play goal at the 2:58 mark of overtime to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday before an announced crowd of 11,031 at SAP Center.

With Mario Ferraro serving a holding penalty, Kuzmenko collected a loose puck near the side of the Sharks net and beat goalie Mackenzie ...Read more

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Nathan MacKinnon eviscerates Wild defense in much-needed Avalanche victory

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In a season full of spectacular performances, Nathan MacKinnon may have authored his masterpiece Tuesday night.

It wasn’t just that MacKinnon had at least four points for the eighth time this season, including seven times at Ball Arena. Or his third hat trick of the year. Or that he reached 50 goals for the first time in his career, or pulled...Read more

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Panthers shut out Senators, near home-ice advantage in first round of playoffs

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SUNRISE, Fla. — It’s official — this is the second-greatest regular season in Florida Panthers history.

The Panthers, who shut out the visiting Ottawa Senators, 2-0, on Tuesday night, have 104 points. This season’s Panthers passed the 2015-2016 team (103 points). But with just three games left, Florida’s franchise record of 122 points...Read more

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Flyers drop eighth consecutive game in blowout loss at Canadiens

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MONTREAL — In a season of must-wins, this was the must-win of must-wins.

The Flyers entered Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens desperate. They had to stop the bleeding. And it wasn’t a small, slow bleed; it was a seven-game losing streak kind of bleed. If they wanted to make the playoffs, they had to find the game that ...Read more

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Hurricanes cruise past Bruins, 4-1

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BOSTON — Perhaps the Bruins were due for a stinker in this tough stretch of their schedule. And the Carolina Hurricanes were only too happy to deliver it to them.

After the B’s beat the Canes in Carolina last week, the B’s showed they could be hospitable hosts as well, dropping a 4-1 decision at TD Garden as the Hurricanes rode a dominant...Read more

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Charlie Lindgren, Capitals put dent in Red Wings' playoff hopes with 2-1 win

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DETROIT — Making the playoffs for the Red Wings has just become a little more difficult.

Maybe a lot. We'll see in the next several days, but Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Washington certainly isn't going to help matters.

Washington goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 43 saves spurring the victory, as the Wings outshot the Capitals, 44-23, but were ...Read more

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Russian rookie learns Wild's rules -- including an odd one about Kaprizov

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CHICAGO – In the month since he arrived from Russia, Marat Khusnutdinov has previewed the potential that made him an intriguing Wild prospect.

He hasn't scored his first NHL goal, but the center picked up his second assist Sunday in the 4-0 win at Chicago, but his confidence has been on the rise.

"It's a lot quicker of a game," said ...Read more

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3 takeaways from Knights' loss: New forward's debut spoiled

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The Golden Knights let another opportunity get away.

The Knights grabbed a lead twice, failed to maintain it both times and lost 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

The Knights led 2-0 and 3-2 before failing to score in the third period. They suffered their second straight loss in regulation after Friday’s 7-4 defeat to ...Read more

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Penguins' four-game win streak snapped in overtime against Maple Leafs

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TORONTO — The Penguins lost, 3-2, in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. That snapped their four-game win streak.

Jake McCabe got the winner with 3:30 left in OT and tired Penguins on the ice.

The Leafs took their first lead, 2-1, early in the third period, after Erik Karlsson went to the penalty box for ...Read more