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Cal Petersen helps Kings beat Blues for 6th straight win

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ST. LOUIS — Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period to send the LA Kings past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Cal Petersen made 35 saves, improving to 3-0-1 in his past four starts.

Oskar Sundqvist scored late in the third for the Blues, who fell to 1-5-1 in their past ...Read more

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Wild pours it on in 6-2 victory at Colorado

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DENVER – A revitalized offense isn't the only souvenir the Wild picked up during its five-game road trip coming out of a COVID-19 shutdown.

The team also secured eight out of a possible 10 points, climbing back into a playoff position in the West Division after outmuscling the Avalanche 6-2 on Wednesday at Ball Arena to extend its season-long...Read more

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Claude Giroux sparks Flyers' 4-3 win over Rangers after he returns from COVID-19 absence

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PHILADELPHIA — Since their schedule has been so spread out because of four coronavirus-caused postponements, the Flyers’ recent stretch of poor play has not been magnified.

But they entered Wednesday having quietly lost four of their last five games, and needing a win to climb back into an East Division playoff spot.

They went out and, ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Do you trust this strong Florida Panthers start to season?

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This was Wednesday afternoon, before coach Joel Quenneville saw his Florida Panthers lose to Dallas, and he was asked some watered-down version of the question he’s asked regularly about his team’s start: Does he trust everything he sees?

“I just think we’re pretty consistent in our team game, and that’s what I like about our team so ...Read more

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The Florida Panthers can't get to Anton Khudobin in shutout loss against Dallas Stars

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Before Wednesday’s game, Joel Quenneville said he expected a more “dangerous” Dallas Stars team than the one his Panthers beat on Monday.

Well, what Quenneville got was the same Anton Khudobin in net.

That was not a good thing for the Panthers.

Two nights after only allowing two goals on 51 shots faced, Khudobin did not surrender any as...Read more

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Lightning stop Hurricanes in 3-0 win

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TAMPA, Fla. — The goals came early for the Lightning Tuesday night, and from there, Tampa Bay showed how it could play against the Hurricanes when given a lead.

Tampa Bay won its second straight over Carolina, 3-0 at Amalie Arena, playing one of its strongest defensive games of the season against a Hurricanes team that can give opponents fits...Read more

Penguins nab overtime win vs. Capitals, 3-2, amid Jason Zucker's injury woes

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WASHINGTON — The Penguins on Tuesday walked out of Capital One Arena with another win over the rival Washington Capitals. This one came in thrilling fashion, with Kasperi Kapanen scoring in overtime to give them a 3-2 victory.

But they appear to have suffered a significant loss during the third period.

The Penguins may be without Jason ...Read more

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Blue Jackets rally but fall in shootout to Chicago, 6-5

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Blue Jackets spent almost all of Tuesday trying to dig out of an early hole.

They tied it twice but could never go ahead, and fell 6-5 in a shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena.

It was the second time in two weeks the teams played a 6-5 game. Columbus won by that score Feb. 11 in Chicago by scoring four...Read more

Listless offense continues to haunt Red Wings in 2-0 loss to Nashville

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DETROIT — Take two hockey teams who've had a season-long struggle to win games or score goals and what do you have?

A game such as Tuesday's Red Wings' game against Nashville, a 2-0 Predators victory that will not be on many highlight shows for its dazzling offense.

Nashville scored two power play goals in the third period, snapping a 0-0 ...Read more

Special teams woes continue as NJ Devils fall to Sabres for third straight loss

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For the first time all season, the Devils are pointless in three straight games. Special teams were partially to blame again on Tuesday night.

Victor Olofsson scored an early power play goal and the Devils lost their way late in the game in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Devils came into the game with the worst penalty kill in the league...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Artemi Panarin is a brave man. Keep him in mind when the Flyers play the Rangers on Wednesday.

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In mid-July 2019, nearly three weeks after he had signed a seven-year, $81.5 million free-agent contract with the New York Rangers, Artemi Panarin did a courageous thing, simply by speaking his mind in his homeland.

Panarin is a native of Korkino, a small mining town in the Ural Mountains, and he gave a YouTube interview to a Russian journalist...Read more

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Wild stay hot on West Coast with 6-2 victory at San Jose

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Goals were in short supply for the Wild going into and coming out of the team's COVID-19 shutdown.

Not so much anymore.

The offense continued to deliver, lifting the Wild over the Sharks 6-2 on Monday at SAP Center for the team's third consecutive victory — a run in which the Wild has scored 14 times.

Marcus Foligno ...Read more

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Tampa Bay Lightning outfights Carolina Hurricanes for 4-2 victory

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning are playing what amounts to a four-game series with a playoff feel to it.

After the first two games, it’s now tied 1-1. The Lightning, who had been stymied offensively by the Canes this season, won 4-2 on Monday at PNC Arena.

Ondrej Palat’s goal pushed Tampa Bay ahead 3-2 at 8:04 of the third...Read more

Blues' struggling offense shut out again, lose 3-0 to Kings

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In a season that has made little sense, there was one thing the Blues could count on: They came into their game Monday night against Los Angeles 4-0 in home openers of a series.

But the Blues are so banged up now, and so out of sorts on the ice, that it shouldn’t be a surprise that they can't even count on that any more. Their four goals on ...Read more

Dom Amore: Don't sweat it, Whalers fans, the wearing of the green only means Hartford's hockey team will never be forgotten

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There is one person in Connecticut, one person old enough to have gone to Whalers games, old enough to have covered a few dozen of them for the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, who is not outraged over the Carolina Hurricanes’ latest appropriation of the name and likeness.

You guessed it. Now, allow me to elucidate …

I ...Read more

Second-period shooting flurry proves to be enough in Florida Panthers' win over Stars

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Somehow, someway, the Florida Panthers were going to get the puck past Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin.

It took an all-out onslaught in the second period to make that happen.

The Panthers put 29 shots on goal in the middle frame — a franchise record for a single period — and finally got a pair past Khudobin before holding on for a 3...Read more

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Sam Carchidi: Beyond the glitzy outdoor game: Can't judge the Flyers until their real team arrives

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If you take away the glitz, the picturesque location, and the drones flying overhead to bring incredible footage into your living room Sunday night, this was just another regular-season game that can be best described this way: The Flyers are buying time until their real team appears on your flatscreen.

After three game-time changes caused by ...Read more

David Ayres saved the Hurricanes a year ago today. And yes, a Disney movie is happening.

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At 10 o’clock Monday morning, David Ayres said he was doing his sixth interview of the day.

A year after the fact, people still want to hear his story. They still want to hear about the night he put on his goalie gear in Toronto, went in net in an emergency and won an NHL game for the Carolina Hurricanes.

That the Canes beat the Maple Leafs ...Read more

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Connor Murphy comes off injured reserve for the Chicago Blackhawks as Lucas Carlsson goes on it

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The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed back top defenseman Connor Murphy from a right hip injury Monday, but will lose Lucas Carlsson for 10 to 14 days with a strained groin.

Forward Dylan Strome was also a scratch from Monday’s practice in Columbus and has been placed in concussion protocol.

Murphy, who has two goals and three assists in 13 games,...Read more

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Flyers drilled by Bruins in Lake Tahoe

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The league’s advocates will call this weekend a success despite the hiccups. The cynics will call this a mistake on the lake. Two games in two days on a makeshift rink was asking for trouble.

The Flyers will call it a wasted trip.

Carter Hart’s struggles against the Bruins continued, as Boston scored three goals in a second-period burst ...Read more