ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After three long days of anticipation and speculation as to whether Jason Zucker would match or break the NHL record for consecutive goals, it only took Nino Niederreiter 12 seconds to go on and steal his linemate's thunder.
Well, streaks are meant for breaking.
Niederreiter scored just 12 seconds into the game, firing a ...Read more
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Flames scored five times in the third period, the last into an empty net, as the Blues lost their second straight game, 7-4, at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.
The Blues tied the game at 4 with 7:17 to play, the second time in the period they had come back to even the score, but the Flames got the go-ahead ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Teuvo Teravainen's first career NHL hat trick -- including a power-play goal -- powered the Carolina Hurricanes past the Dallas Stars, 5-1, on Monday at PNC Arena.
Teravainen scored all three goals in the third period after Sebastian Aho scored his first of the season in the first period to energize the Canes. Jeff Skinner ...Read more
What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:
NHL STILL LOOKING OVERSEAS
Speaking before the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators played two games in Stockholm, Commissioner Gary Bettman outlined his plan for expanding the game outside North America. "The vision and hope is to establish a more regular and predictable presence for ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The clock was ticking on Adrian Kempe from the moment the Los Angeles Kings took him in the first round of the 2014 draft.
First-round selections are saddled with high expectations in the right-now world of hockey, where teenagers are sometimes rushed into the NHL too soon. But the Kings weren't counting every second of that time...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer spent the night shuffling up his top two lines. In the end, his bottom line won the game.
Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal at 12:50 of the third, redirecting Barclay Goodrow's shot from the side wall with his skate to give the Sharks (10-6) a 2-1 win over the first-place Los Angeles Kings (...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks were a step slow, a bit hesitant and they failed to create few good scoring chances until the final period.
Slow starts have plagued them all season, and this time, against the league-best Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ducks were hard-pressed to make up ground with only one quality period of hockey.
Perhaps the ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks might be better equipped this season to win more low scoring slugfests than free-wheeling affairs. But their 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday was hardly by design.
The Sharks frittered away four power play chances and misfired on a handful of other scoring opportunities in the first half...Read more
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DETROIT -- Their homecoming party in danger, the Detroit Red Wings kept chipping away at the would-be spoiler.
It took until the third period Saturday at Little Caesars Arena before the Wings scored on Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, and Andreas Athanasiou's goal pushed the game past regulation.
Frans Nielsen and Artemi ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Blackhawks have done a lot of diagnosing of their problems lately but hadn't found much in the way of a remedy.
From slow starts to the mediocre power play, the Hawks have talked ad nauseum about what they need to do better instead of fixing it on the ice. And Saturday's game against the Hurricanes began in all too familiar...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- At some point, someone other than Jason Zucker is bound to score a goal for the Wild. Just not Saturday, when Zucker scored his sixth in a row to lead the Wild past Philadelphia, 1-0, at Wells Fargo Center.
Zucker has scored all six of the Wild's goals in its past three games: a loss at Toronto, followed by consecutive victories...Read more
Brandon Manning plays with an edge and doesn't back down against bigger opponents. Those qualities have made him a valuable member of the Flyers' young defense.
He comes by his fearlessness honestly.
Manning's father, Leroy, set a good example. He has been a firefighter for the last 28 years, and some of his courage -- and desire to help ...Read more
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Entering Friday night's 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Florida Panthers rode a five-game losing streak. Potted with the holes of a leaky defense and speckled with an inconsistent penalty kill, the road to the bottom of the Eastern Conference was a treacherous one for Florida through the season's first month.
The Panthers ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The signs were there all along.
But in the flush of the Los Angeles Kings' early scoring success and their hot start -- led by the goaltending acrobatics of feisty Jonathan Quick -- it was easy to overlook that their defensive performances were beginning to unravel.
It didn't seem to matter to anyone other than Coach John Stevens,...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Anaheim Ducks can breath easy.
Their four-game losing streak is over.
And the power play finally broke out of its season-long slump in a massive way.
Anaheim's 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday snapped the team's longest skid since they opened the 2016-'17 season with four consecutive setbacks.
"It's ...Read more
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Detroit Red Wings kept making it interesting -- and kept making it hard on themselves.
They wrapped up their four-game trek through Canada on Thursday at the Saddledome with an entertaining, high-paced score fest against the Calgary Flames. The Wings pulled Petr Mrazek with 2:30 to go in regulation only to give up an ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- The player they call "Ghost" helped haunt the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
So did the Wells Fargo Center. (Really.) And the Flyers' blistering top line.
Shayne Gostisbehere make some history and Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek each had three points as the Flyers defeated Chicago, 3-1, and handed the Blackhawks their ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- It took a shootout, but the Blues were able to pick up two points with a 3-2 victory over the stubborn Arizona Coyotes before 18,156 at Scottrade Center.
Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues in the shootout, sandwiched around a miss by Vladimir Tarasenko. Meanwhile, goalie Carter Hutton stopped shots by Clayton ...Read more
MONTREAL -- Though his coach wanted to emphasize the positive, Jason Zucker wasn't completely buying in. While Bruce Boudreau was pleased with how the Wild played in their third consecutive loss Wednesday, the winger couldn't get past the fact that the results weren't coming.
"We need to bear down and get one of these wins and go from there," ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks couldn't complete a line change or get control of the puck. All they could do, it seemed, was watch the puck as it zipped around their own zone.
The Tampa Bay Lightning connected on at least six passes inside the Sharks' defensive zone in one second-period stretch Wednesday before Steven Stamkos fed ...Read more