LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings began a stretch Saturday that will see them play seven times in 11 days, with all but one of those games coming against playoff contenders.
That's a span that could go a long way toward determining the team's own postseason future. But it's one that got off to a bad start with Aleksander Barkov's tiebreaking ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first year of the so-called "bye week" has coaches raging across the NHL, particularly because teams coming off of them have won three of 19 games to date.
The Nashville Predators came off its five-day break Saturday and didn't even have the chance to practice Friday because they had to fly to Minnesota.
Still, coach ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Before their extended break, the Blackhawks had won five consecutive games and were playing some of their best hockey of the season.
So one of the main questions headed into Saturday's game against the Oilers was if the Hawks would resume their quality play or if the six-day break would act as a hard reset and bring them back down.
BUFFALO -- It was the end of line for several Blues' streaks on Saturday afternoon. Their penalty kill perfection under new coach Mike Yeo ended at 23 straight. Also done was their six-game overall win streak and their five-game road win streak. And they gave up a goal when down two players for the first time this season.
It was bound to happen...Read more
DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek again gave the Detroit Red Wings the chance they needed.
Mrazek turned in a third straight strong start this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, making 34 saves through overtime to lead the Wings to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals, who despite coming off their bye week still boasted the best record in the ...Read more
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Defenseman Josh Manson had the puck behind the Anaheim Ducks' net in the opening minutes of the second period Friday at Honda Center. Then, just as quickly, he lost it. Jaromir Jagr, the Florida Panthers' ageless wonder, wanted it, so he swiped it.
Jagr skated to the front of the Ducks' net, shifted the puck from his backhand...Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Another milestone achieved.
Just not another emotional, overtime win for the Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin recorded his 500th NHL assist in the second period, but the Penguins dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at Nationwide Arena.
Playing 24 hours after Sidney Crosby reached 1,000 points in his...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said he expected his team to be rested and hungry after their five-day bye week.
The Canes were rested. They're hungry for wins.
But sharp? The Canes, in their first game back after the NHL-mandated break, were a little too sloppy and sluggish at times in their game Friday ...Read more
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Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin hasn't had the same offensive impact in his second NHL season as he had as a rookie.
Larkin has 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points this season. He has a minus-18 rating in 55 games heading into Saturday's home game against the Washington Capitals.
"Right now, we have 25 games left," Larkin said. "...Read more
Defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful hand surgery and will be out six weeks, the Penguins announced Friday morning.
Meantime, they recalled defensemen Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy ahead of Friday's game at Columbus.
The surgery for Maatta was performed by Penguins head team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas of the UPMC Sports Medicine team...Read more
LOS ANGELES--At first blush it seemed like a good idea.
Starting this season each NHL team would get a midseason bye week, a five-day break from games and practice to rest and recuperate from the rigors of a demanding six-month schedule.
But the R and R has mostly resulted in Ls, with just three of the first 13 teams to take their league-...Read more
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Philadelphia Flyers' season has turned ugly.
They dropped a 6-3 decision Thursday to Edmonton before a howling sellout crowd at Rogers Place.
It was the Flyers' fifth loss in their last six games, and made them 0-6-2 in games played in Western Canada over the last three seasons.
Coupled with the New York Islanders' ...Read more
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild have had quite the knack this season of not letting one loss fester and turn into two, and Thursday night against a team fighting for its playoff lives, the Wild turned to backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper to keep the streak alive.
The Wild haven't lost two in a row in 2 1/2 months and haven't lost two in a row in ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby picked up his 1,000th NHL point and later helped the Penguins grab a dramatic win, 4-3 in overtime, against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.
The historic moment came when Crosby won a loose puck and dished to Chris Kunitz in the slot at 6:28 of the opening period.
The key moment came with 21.1 ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- By recent standards, the Blues surrendered two week's worth of goals to the Vancouver Canucks Thursday at Scottrade Center. But a crowd of 19,291 watching them play at home for the first time in 12 days didn't leave disappointed.
The Blues extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory over the Canucks. ...Read more
As president of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, Andrew Sobotka often has to explain that his group is not just for gay hockey players but for "everyone."
"We don't limit the ability to participate in our organization based on sexual orientation, based on skill level or any other barriers," Sobotka said.
Sobotka will have a good chance to ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Antoine Vermette will not be with the Ducks for the next 10 games after the NHL on Thursday made official its suspension of the veteran forward for the use of his stick against an official.
An automatic suspension is levied in cases of player abuse on an official, and Vermette's act of hitting linesman Shandor Alphonso with ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski's heroics helped the San Jose Sharks salvage an unlikely point Wednesday night against the Florida Panthers.
Pavelski scored twice in the final 3:21 of the third period to send the game into overtime. But Jonathan Huberdeau scored just 1:38 overtime to give the Panthers a wild 6-5 win over the Sharks at SAP ...Read more
CALGARY, Alberta -- Oh, (Western) Canada.
There's something about this part of the country that hasn't agreed with the Flyers in recent years.
They started their three-game road trip Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
For those scoring at home, the Flyers are now 0-5-2 in games played in Western Canada over the...Read more
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- On the rare days that Jaromir Jagr feels like talking, there are few subjects that are off limits.
Want to know who is his favorite wrestler?
"I like the Rock," Jagr growls in a deep, gravelly voice. "I've seen all of his movies."
Was he inspired by Serena Williams and Roger Federer both winning Australian Open titles ...Read more