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In battle of NHL's top two teams, Hurricanes take down suddenly reeling Bruins, 4-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes fans have been known to boo certain visiting teams when they take the ice at PNC Arena — a customary greeting.

Those boos were considerably louder Sunday.

The Boston Bruins were in town. It was a matchup of the two best teams in the NHL, the Bruins leading the Atlantic Division and the Canes the ...Read more

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Ducks head to break with a win over Coyotes

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Looking ahead to vacation – long or short – eventually works its way and takes up residence in the head of almost everyone.

Professional athletes included.

That’s why you see particularly unexpected results just before the Christmas break or the All-Star break or the final game of the regular season for non-playoff ...Read more

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Kraken take down Blue Jackets, head into All-Star break in first place in Pacific Division

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SEATTLE — Alex Wennberg scored the winner in his 600th career NHL game, Morgan Geekie and Eeli Tolvanen scored on either side of it and the Kraken finished out play before the All-Star break by moving into first place in the Pacific Division.

The Kraken turned in an imperfect effort but still held back the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on ...Read more

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Wild glide into All-Star break with shootout victory vs. Sabres

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild will be idle for the next eight days, but they should have some momentum waiting for them when they're back in action.

They've won two in a row after ditching a three-game skid, their 3-2 comeback in a shootout against the Sabres on Saturday in front of 19,212 at Xcel Energy Center lifting them to a 27-17-4 record ...Read more

Logan Couture's massive night leads Sharks past Penguins

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The Sharks displayed some impressive resilience Saturday after they experienced their most crushing loss of the season the night before.

And their captain led the way.

Logan Couture scored a go-ahead goal with 4:23 left in the third period, and later added an empty-net goal, as the Sharks held on for a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at ...Read more

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Bruins cough up late lead, game to Panthers, 4-3 in OT

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The Bruins are officially in a slump — at least according to 2022-23 Bruins’ standards.

For the first time this season, the Bruins have lost two games in a row — and it was a painful way to give up that point of pride on Saturday at FLA Live Arena.

The Bruins coughed up three leads — the last with less than two seconds left in ...Read more

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Lightning beat Kings, ride momentum into All-Star break

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TAMPA, Fla. — About an hour and a half before the puck dropped Saturday night, Jon Cooper had a concern. The Lightning coach was thrilled with how his team had played in beating the NHL-leading Bruins on Thursday night, and he was happy with how his players had stepped up against the Wild on Tuesday.

With the Kings coming into Amalie Arena ...Read more

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Avs survive Blues in 4-2 thriller featuring more Jordan Binnington theatrics

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DENVER — One underrated attribute of a spicy rivalry is an eerie sense of déjà vu.

When any moment can remind a fan base of its best, worst or angriest memories against the opponent, the friction must be flourishing. By that virtue, the Avalanche and Blues might form the NHL’s fiercest rivalry going right now.

They picked up this season ...Read more

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Flames extinguish Kraken's chances to sit alone in Pacific Division lead

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SEATTLE — One of the few memorable Seattle Kraken highlights of this game came when notoriously short-fused defenseman Will Borgen drew first-period applause for one-handedly throwing a pesky opposing forward to the ice.

Unfortunately for Borgen and his outskated, out-hustled teammates on Friday night, his one-armed banditry would also be the...Read more

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Another comeback bid falls short as Panthers' skid hits three with loss to Kings

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SUNRISE, Fla. — At the back of the Florida Panthers’ power play, Brandon Montour begged for help as he stared down the inevitability of a 2-on-1 rush for the Los Angeles Kings. The Panthers’ best chance to pull off a rare comeback in the first period Friday was about to spell doom. Blake Lizotte coasted across the blue line and zipped a ...Read more

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Red Wings blanked by Islanders, 2-0, head into break seven points out of playoffs

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ELMONT, N.Y. — The Red Wings head into the All-Star break still searching for a lengthy win streak and concrete momentum.

The inability to string some victories together is costing the Wings a chance to move up the standings and make a solid playoff push in a rugged and deep Eastern Conference.

And time is slowly slipping away.

The New York...Read more

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Hurricanes rally in final minute to force overtime, beat Sharks on Martin Necas goal

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RALEIGH, N.C. — There are few slow nights or easy games in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes faced the San Jose Sharks on Friday at PNC Arena — the Canes with 30 wins and 68 points this season, the Sharks with 14 and 38.

This one went to overtime before Martin Necas won it, 5-4, and only after the Hurricanes tied the score in the final two ...Read more

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Kraken's Matty Beniers out for next two games, casting doubt on All-Star availability

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SEATTLE — After suffering an apparent injury following a hit Wednesday, Kraken All-Star Matty Beniers was absent at Friday’s morning skate and will miss games Friday and Saturday before a break for the annual NHL showcase, putting his participation in question.

“He won’t be available today or tomorrow,” coach Dave Hakstol said Friday ...Read more

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Avalanche blows two-goal lead to Ducks; six-game win streak snapped

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DENVER — The Avalanche made a six-layer tank sandwich.

Six consecutive wins in which they never trailed were surrounded by losses to NHL bottom-feeders: Chicago before the beginning, and now Anaheim at the end.

The Ducks scored tying and go-ahead goals 24 seconds apart in the third period to complete a comeback from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits ...Read more

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Wild battle with and past Flyers, 3-2

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wild fought their way out of their losing streak.

Literally.

After showcasing their frustration in four scraps, including three within seconds of each other, the Wild zeroed in on their three-game rut and banished it with a 3-2 overtime win against the Flyers on Thursday in front of 19,177 at Xcel Energy Center to end ...Read more

Blues collapse in the desert, lose to Coyotes, 5-0

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TEMPE, Ariz. — This latest Blues loss was like a lot of losses early in the season — where they’d hang with a team for a good portion of the game and then collapse.

The collapse started with two goals by Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz in the second period. And then intensified with three more in the third, including Schmaltz’s third for the ...Read more

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Fabbri, Husso star in overtime as Red Wings edge Canadiens, 4-3

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MONTREAL — The Red Wings have been talking much recently about stringing some victories together.

To get into the playoffs, to stay within distance of the playoffs, they're going to have to pile victories together post-All-Star break. No better way to begin a streak like that this week, on the Fathers' Trip, and go into a lengthy break on a ...Read more

Penguins put forth another incomplete effort in 3-2 shootout loss

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WASHINGTON – The Penguins, consistently inconsistent, put forth another incomplete effort Thursday. But as has often been the case over the last couple of weeks, they managed to skate away with something in the standings.

The Penguins rallied in the latter stages of the third period to pick up a point but they lost, 3-2, to the Washington ...Read more

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Lightning beat the Bruins on home ice

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TAMPA, Fla. — Something had to give.

The Bruins pulled into Tampa having won seven straight games on the road, with the NHL’s second-best winning percentage. The Lightning had won 10 straight at Amalie Arena, and owned the league’s second-best home winning percentage.

Thursday night, it was an opportunistic Victor Hedman goal from the ...Read more

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78 years later, Blackhawks forward John Harms finally gets his rookie card as part of campaign to honor Indigenous players

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CHICAGO — John Harms seemed to fade from Chicago Blackhawks lore just as quickly as he arrived.

Harms, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound right wing for the Hawks from 1943-45, is best known for being the first player to score his first three goals in a Stanley Cup Final — before he ever scored in a regular-season game.

But he found himself out of the ...Read more