Blues hold on in wild third period, defeat Avalanche, 4-3

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DENVER -- The Blues survived a wild -- no make that bizarre -- third period, holding off the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, to boost their Central Division-leading record to 6-2 Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche scored two third-period goals into an empty net -- once when Blues goalie Carter Hutton was trapped under defenseman Robert ...Read more

Blackhawks fall to Oilers, 2-1, in overtime

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CHICAGO -- Normally the Blackhawks don't hold a skate the morning in which they play the second of back-to-back games, especially if they travel the night before.

But after the Hawks put on what coach Joel Quenneville called a "brutal" effort in a loss to the Blues on Wednesday, he called an optional morning skate at the United Center on ...Read more

Flyers get stopped by Pekka Rinne, Predators in 1-0 loss

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PHILADELPHIA -- After erupting for a total of 13 goals in their previous two games, the Flyers' offense stalled Thursday night as Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne registered the 44th shutout of his career.

Predators 1, Flyers 0.

Colton Sissons finished an odd-man rush by beating Michal Neuvurth to the far corner, giving Nashville a 1-0 lead with ...Read more

Adrian Kempe has first career hat trick in Kings' win over Canadiens

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Cammalleri's smile was subtle. Adrian Kempe's could be seen from space.

Together they helped the Los Angeles Kings overcome what could have been a big bummer.

It's been that type of start to the season for the Kings that their one area of offensive concern -- the third line -- sprung alive Wednesday in a 5-1 win against ...Read more

Blackhawks look lackluster in 5-2 loss to Jaden Schwartz, Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- Remember opening night, when the Blackhawks looked like they were about to take the NHL by storm with a remade defense and explosive scoring lines after they scored 10 goals on the defending champion Penguins?

Through two periods Wednesday the Hawks were about as far from that as possible. Against the Penguins, they had eight goals...Read more

Red Wings goalies struggle in 6-3 loss to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- The Detroit Red Wings couldn't overcome poor goaltending as they faced the top offense in the NHL.

Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on the first four shots he faced Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, and Petr Mrazek got beat on the first shot he saw. Detroit's skaters played well as they attempted a rally, but the Wings came up short in...Read more

Andreas Athanasiou in Switzerland, losing money off Red Wings offer

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TORONTO -- While the Detroit Red Wings went to work in Toronto, restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou is still searching for work overseas.

His agent, Darren Ferris, told the Free Press on Wednesday morning that Athanasiou is still in Switzerland, where he has been for more than 10 days. Ferris did not respond when asked if Athanasiou has an...Read more

Sharks take down Habs, 5-2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski might have been a bit fortunate to see a puck that he partially deflected early in the second period wind up behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Pavelski had a clearer idea of what was going to happen when he came up with his second point Tuesday at SAP Center.

Pavelski kicked ...Read more

Michal Neuvirth, second-period eruption carry Flyers to 5-1 win

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PHILADELPHIA -- Goalie Michal Neuvirth was outstanding, the Flyers' new-look top line and their power play continued to excel, and a four-goal second-period eruption turned a tight game into a rout Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Put it all together and it produced a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, lifting the Flyers' record to ...Read more

Penguins beat Rangers, 5-4, in overtime

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NEW YORK -- For the first 20 minutes, the Penguins' game against the Rangers Tuesday night went mostly to script.

Penguins stars breaking out, the two-time defending champions overwhelming a Rangers team struggling to find its footing on the season.

The final 40 minutes -- and then some -- didn't quite follow suit, but it ended with two points...Read more

Red Wings' return to new home spoiled by Lightning, 3-2

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DETROIT -- After four games on the road the Detroit Red Wings finally got to play a second game in their new home.

They rallied from an early two-goal deficit against Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at Little Caesars Arena but ultimately fell to a very talented opponent, 3-2.

Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored goals....Read more

Kings have turned things around, Vegas has been golden

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What we learned during the past week (and more) in the NHL:


The Los Angeles Kings are off to a franchise-best start at 4-0-1, looking every game like kids who have been freed from detention in a stuffy classroom. They've maintained a strong defensive game while capitalizing on the offensive freedom given them by...Read more

Kopitar, Brown lead Kings to 3-2 win over Islanders

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LOS ANGELES -- The mojo between Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown has reached a point where they can combine for a goal even though neither actually put the puck in the net.

Midway through the first period Sunday, Kopitar executed what seemed like a called shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E: Through the defender's legs, off another defender's stick and ...Read more

Sabres take advantage of sloppy Ducks, notch first win of season

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks' Cam Fowler fired the puck with all of his 215 pounds leaning into the slapper.

Unfortunately, the puck was directed at the boards, and afterward Buffalo Sabres center Johan Larsson iced the game with an empty-net goal to make the final score 3-1.

With four of their first six games at home, the Ducks had a ...Read more

Mike Sullivan wants the Penguins to shoot more

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As the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins are the class of the NHL, the team other franchises are actively modeling in their attempts to win a Stanley Cup.

So, yeah, it was a bit odd to hear, after the Penguins' 4-3 win against Florida on Saturday, coach Mike Sullivan say his team could learn a thing or two from a Florida ...Read more

New-look power play has yet to show improvement for Blackhawks

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Patrick Sharp acknowledged up front that what he was about to say wasn't going to break any new ground.

After the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime victory against the Predators on Saturday, Sharp was asked what the Hawks can do to bolster their anemic power play, which went 0-for-6 against the Predators.

It wasn't so much that the Hawks went scoreless...Read more

Kings beat Buffalo Sabres 4-2

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LOS ANGELES--With great power comes great comeback ability.

The Los Angeles Kings' power play was like a slot machine that hadn't paid off in weeks. It got good looks in the first three games of the season but found itself 0-for-16 going into Saturday.

It came alive just in time. Down by a goal, the Kings stormed back on the Buffalo Sabres ...Read more

Blackhawks defeat Predators in overtime, 2-1

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CHICAGO -- For the first time in a long time, the Blackhawks got to take "Chelsea Dagger" off the shelf with the Predators in town.

After playing nearly 175 minutes of hockey against the new bosses of the Western Conference at the United Center without scoring a goal – a stretch the included two April playoff games – the Hawks finally ...Read more

Sidney Crosby tips scales for Penguins in 4-3 win over Panthers

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PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby isn't much for tennis.

It's a shame, if you think about it, what with the world-class eye-hand coordination the man possesses. Few players are better at deflections, tipping shots or scoring goals from did-he-really-do-that angles.

With the Penguins needing to bank a win against one of the rare inferior teams on ...Read more

Late Blues rally falls short in 2-1 loss to Lightning

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Blues had a chance for a very good road trip or a so-so journey depending on the outcome of Saturday's game at Tampa Bay. They ended up in the "so-so" category, falling to 4-2 on the season with a 2-1 loss to the Lightning at Amalie Arena.

After falling behind 2-0, the Blues made a late run at Tampa Bay, with a Vladimir ...Read more