Zack Smith scores 2 goals and Patrick Kane nabs 998th point as Blackhawks beat Canadiens 4-1 for their 3rd straight win

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MONTREAL -- Zack Smith scored a pair of first-period goals, Patrick Kane picked up his 998th career point and Montreal native Corey Crawford continued his mastery of the Canadiens at the Bell Centre with 32 saves as the Blackhawks won 4-1 on Wednesday for their third straight victory.

The Hawks improved to 22-20-6 and moved within four points ...Read more

'Pretty shocking': Sharks react to rival Golden Knights hiring Pete DeBoer

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DENVER -- The Sharks knew that Pete DeBoer would find another job as an NHL head coach at some point.

They just didn't think it would be with their most bitter rival.

DeBoer replaced Gerard Gallant on Wednesday morning as the coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, who have lost four straight games and entered the day in fifth place in the Pacific ...Read more

Flyers beat Blues, 4-3, on Jake Voracek's OT goal

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ST. LOUIS -- The Flyers continued to show they can play with the NHL big boys on Wednesday night.

They got goals from Tyler Pitlick, Michael Raffl, Travis Konecny, and Jake Voracek, and jolted the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in overtime, 4-3, at the Enterprise Center.

Voracek scored from the high slot with 1:27 left in ...Read more

Flyers goalie Carter Hart to miss 2-3 weeks with abdominal strain

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ST. LOUIS -- The Flyers will be without their No. 1 goalie for a handful of games.

Carter Hart will be sidelined two to three weeks because of a lower abdominal strain, and the Flyers demoted winger Joel Farabee to the Phantoms on Wednesday to open cap space and recall Alex Lyon as their backup goalie Wednesday.

Hart suffered the injury while ...Read more

Critical Sharks road trip begins with 6-3 loss to Coyotes

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The tight, defensive brand of hockey the Sharks played with on their two-game homestand last week didn't make it to Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday.

The Sharks allowed two goals by Phil Kessel and another to Taylor Hall in the first two periods as their three-game road trip began with a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Kevin ...Read more

Jonathan Toews' OT goal and Dominik Kubalik's 2nd straight 2-goal game gives the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Senators

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Dominik Kubalik had two goals for the second consecutive game and scored in his fifth straight and Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the Blackhawks a sorely needed 3-2 overtime victory over the Senators on Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Hawks' second consecutive win upped their record to 21-20-6...Read more

Penguins put on a show in Sidney Crosby's return, rout Wild

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PITTSBURGH -- He's back. And he's still pretty good.

Sidney Crosby made his much-awaited return Tuesday, scoring a goal and piling up four points in a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at PPG Paints Arena.

Crosby had not played since Nov. 9 and had sports hernia surgery Nov. 14, exactly two months to the day before the captain returned to the ...Read more

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford intends to play somewhere next season but isn't sure he's ready to be a backup

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- By a stroke of scheduling luck, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton won't have to make what could have been a very difficult decision.

While it's hard to imagine Corey Crawford not starting when the Hawks come to his hometown of Montreal to face the Canadiens, the current situation is different than in years past.

Crawford is ...Read more

Flyers storm back from 3-goal deficit and stun Bruins, 6-5, on Travis Konecny's shootout goal

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bad coverage. Poor defensive gaps. Another awful first period.

That pretty much describes how the Flyers played for the first half of Monday's wildly entertaining game at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center.

At the time, little did anyone believe they could overcome a 5-2 deficit against the mighty Boston Bruins.

But they ...Read more

Blues win ninth straight at home, beat Ducks 4-1

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues tied a franchise record with their ninth straight home win and did it without a whole lot of difficulty, beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Monday night at Enterprise Center.

A dominating second period segued into an efficient third period which featured an almost comical gift goal when Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm ran into ...Read more

Huberdeau sets franchise points record, and the Bobrovsky-less Panthers beat Toronto

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MIAMI -- The Florida Panthers had already put the game out of reach on Sunday, but the two moments down the stretch were just as meaningful.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal late in the second period and assisted on a Mike Hoffman power-play goal in the third period to break Olli Jokinen's franchise record for career points as the Panthers ...Read more

Penguins pull out late victory over Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The road-weary Penguins in the third period Sunday let the Arizona Coyotes take their first lead of the evening. And after that, for the first time in a while, they didn't show much push with the game on the line.

Leave it to Brandon Tanev and their obnoxious third line to provide a jolt.

The spark-plug winger emerged with ...Read more

New lineup, old result for Wild in 4-1 loss to Canucks

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wild injected two new faces into its lineup, but the change wasn't enough to snap the team out of its recent funk -- which extended to three games after a 4-1 loss to the Canucks Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

Two Vancouver goals in just 1 minute, 12 seconds during the second period were the difference, flipping a ...Read more

On Joe Pavelski's return, Patrick Marleau, Aaron Dell steal the show for Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau and Aaron Dell spoiled Joe Pavelski's return to SAP Center on Saturday night.

Marleau's goal at the 2:56 mark of the second period proved to be the winner, as the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the Dallas Stars 2-1, their fourth victory in six games and their second straight without injured captain Logan ...Read more

Dominik Kubalik scores twice, Patrick Kane reaches 995 career points in Blackhawks' 4-2 victory vs. Ducks

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CHICAGO -- Rookie Dominik Kubalik scored for the fourth straight game and notched his first multi-goal game to lead the Blackhawks back from an early deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night at the United Center.

Kubalik's 16 goals rank second on the Hawks behind Patrick Kane's 24 and move him into a tie for the league lead ...Read more

Perron scores again as Blues beat Rangers, 5-2

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ST. LOUIS -- David Perron, who shortly before the game learned he was going to the All-Star Game for the first time, kept the good times rolling with a goal in his fourth straight game as the Blues won for the eighth straight time at home, beating the New York Rangers, 5-2, on Saturday night at Enterprise Center.

The eight-game home win streak ...Read more

Flyers offense sputters in 1-0 loss to Lightning

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers stood toe-to-toe with the hottest team in the NHL on Saturday, but a rare bit of bad luck at home was the difference in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

Pat Maroon jammed home a bouncing puck with Matt Niskanen in the way. For all the firepower on the Lightning roster, it was Maroon who scored his first goal in 24 games to ...Read more

Reimer has 41 saves as Hurricanes shut out Kings, 2-0

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- PNC Arena had that distinct green hue again Saturday.

It was Whalers Night, when the Carolina Hurricanes switch out of their red-and-white uniforms to don the green sweaters with that iconic logo from the franchise's Hartford Whalers past.

Several Canes players wore headbands in the pregame warmups, giving it a 1980s look on ...Read more

Jared McCann scores in OT to lift Penguins over Avalanche, 4-3

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DENVER -- As good as the Penguins have been without Sidney Crosby these past two months, they are bound to run into a high-powered club that will simply outman them. Friday at Pepsi Center, it looked like this was that night.

But Matt Murray had another solid start, Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust both lit the lamp again and Jared McCann scored in...Read more

Mrazek shines in net for Hurricanes in 3-0 shutout of Coyotes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For almost two periods Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes were seemingly caught in a game of several near-misses and one make.

That all changed in the final 73 seconds of the second period. Lucas Wallmark and Martin Necas both scored and the Canes punched out a 3-0 victory at PNC Arena behind goalie Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek, masterful...Read more