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Schlemko's goal in OT lifts Sharks over Avs

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks had put together three straight solid performances this week. The challenge Saturday was to maintain that level of intensity Saturday against the dismal Colorado Avalanche.

It happened in periodic bursts for three periods before David Schlemko came through in overtime.

Schlemko picked up a rebound after ...Read more

Furious rally ignites Wild's 5-3 win against Ducks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hours after Bruce Boudreau said half kidding he wished the Wild never had to play the Anaheim Ducks because he doesn't like playing against guys he really likes, the Ducks showed there are no friends on the ice.

The Ducks at Xcel Energy Center ready to battle and ruin Hockey Day Minnesota's grand finale.

Instead, it was the ...Read more

Kings hit road, continue to skid

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NEW YORK -- The first power-play goal was an anomaly, and the Los Angeles Kings could live with an anomaly.

The second power-play goal was a game-winner, which they could not stomach in a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Kings (22-20-4) faced a team that had not scored on the power play in six ...Read more

Blackhawks keep winning the hard way

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The Blackhawks were more than happy to end their father-son trip on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins, their second consecutive triumph after dropping their previous two games.

"We got four points out of two games, which is beautiful," winger Marian Hossa said.

But there was something that didn't sit quite right with the Hawks...Read more

Sharks' Tomas Hertl 'very close' to returning

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It seems all that stands between Tomas Hertl and a return to the Sharks' lineup are a few more contract practices to test out his once sprained right knee.

Hertl, now cleared to take contact on the ice, looked to be at full speed for Saturday's morning skate as the Sharks' practice facility.

"I think it's almost day-to-day ...Read more

Jets take advantage of power plays to spoil Copley's start, beat Blues

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Blues took a bold approach to their game Saturday in Winnipeg, giving goaltender Pheonix Copley his first NHL start against the Jets.

Copley held up his end of the bargain, but three Winnipeg power-play goals, including two from Bryan Little, helped the Jets to a 5-3 win over the Blues at MTS Centre.

The loss was the ...Read more

Many NHL teams end morning skate, but Kings and Ducks still do it

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LOS ANGELES -- Vancouver's Rogers Arena was quiet and empty on a recent Wednesday morning when the Los Angeles Kings, in groups of twos and threes, skated onto the freshly shaved ice.

In less than eight hours, they would meet the Canucks in the eighth game of a season-long nine-game trip. First, however, they had to push through a brisk 30-...Read more

Red Wings fall to Sabres, 3-2, in overtime

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Petr Mrazek looked like his old self, making save after save to help his Detroit Red Wings teammates.

His 34-save effort earned the Wings a point as they fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 in overtime, extending their point streak to four games.

Frans Nielsen scored on a power play as the Wings converted on the road for the ...Read more

Penguins coast to 7-1 rout of Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Remember when the Penguins couldn't win a game on the road?

Way back in the second week of January?

If so, forget it.

They overcame a sluggish start and went on to rout Carolina, 7-1, at PNC Arena Friday.

It was the second consecutive away victory for the Penguins, who had lost five of their previous six on the road, and ...Read more

Hossa's late goal lifts Blackhawks over Bruins, 1-0

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BOSTON -- The Blackhawks got a late goal from Marian Hossa in the third period to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden.

It was Hossa's first goal since Dec. 15. Tanner Kero set up the winning goal for the second consecutive game with a nifty pass to the goal scorer.

Scott Darling was in net for the Hawks in his first start ...Read more

Marcus Kruger nearing return for Blackhawks

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BOSTON -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday the Blackhawks don't have a specific timetable on center Marcus Kruger's return from a hand injury, but he said they plan to have him back in the lineup before the All-Star break begins Friday.

"We'll get a better assessment at some point," Quenneville said. "I think probably (this weekend...Read more

Ducks edge Avs, 2-1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A cracked pane of glass shattered whatever momentum the Anaheim Ducks had built from an overwhelming first period. And then they had trouble cracking Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard or the NHL's worst team.

Nick Ritchie made sure the Pacific Division leaders weren't broken.

Ritchie delivered a tiebreaking score with 2:02 left...Read more

Couture's game winner lift Sharks over Lightning

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks -- and Logan Couture -- simply had to grind things out Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Returning to the lineup after missing one game with an illness, Couture scored the winning goal just 22 seconds into the third period as the Sharks earned a 2-1 win over the Lightning for their third ...Read more

Allen yanked again as Blues fall to Capitals, 7-3

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues are running out of re-set buttons for goalie Jake Allen.

After the starting goalie sat out three straight games, the Blues said before Thursday's game against Washington that they had seen enough in practice that he was ready to return.

Well, Ken Hitchcock had seen enough in the game that he pulled Allen not once but ...Read more

Late Niederreiter goal lifts Wild over Coyotes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- What should have been a Wild layup was way too close for comfort. But in the end, the Wild pulled out a 4-3 nail-biter of a victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

The Wild have almost double the amount of points than the Coyotes, were facing a backup goalie and what should have been a tired opponent playing for ...Read more

Red Wings making plans with Helm, Kronwall on horizon

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The Detroit Red Wings have a couple of transactions in the works, with the expectation of getting two veterans back in the lineup.

Forward Darren Helm, who has been out with a dislocated shoulder, is likely to be able to play Friday at Buffalo.

"Darren will be a final determination after the pregame skate," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said ...Read more

Sharks continue to dominate Kings with 3-2 victory

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Kings won't see the Staples Center again this month. Which might not be such a bad thing given the way they've played there this week, losing consecutive games in regulation on the same homestand for the first time this season.

The second one came Wednesday, when the San Jose Sharks rode scores from Brent Burns, ...Read more

Mired in scoring slump, Blackhawks' Toews vows 'to not lose that faith'

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DENVER -- Admittedly frustrated while mired in an offensive slump, Jonathan Toews found the puck on his stick and a vacated goal in front of him late in the Blackhawks' victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Instead of depositing the puck into the empty net, Toews slipped it to rookie Tanner Kero, who took the gift and fired it in to ...Read more

Red Wings rally to force OT, win in shootout over Bruins, 6-5

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings dug their way out of a self-created crater to create their first three-game winning streak since October.

Rallying from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits, they used a late goal from Gustav Nyquist and a shootout goal from Frans Nielsen to secure a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

...Read more

Penguins snap road skid with 4-1 win against Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- It often wasn't pretty, and it certainly wasn't perfect.

However, because the NHL doesn't award style points, the Penguins figure to be quite content with their 4-1 victory against Montreal at the Bell Centre Wednesday evening.

The victory was the Penguins' second in a row, snapped a three-game losing streak on the road and raised ...Read more