Hurricanes blank Kings, 2-0

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LOS ANGELES -- For much of the last week, Todd McLellan has been coaching on the fly.

Such is the reality of the Los Angeles Kings' early-season schedule, which subjected the team to an awkward seven-day break between the end of the preseason and start of the regular season, then consecutive games twice in five days during the first week.

"We ...Read more

Slow-starting Flyers fall to Flames, 3-1, despite strong outing from Brian Elliott

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CALGARY, Alberta -- If the Flyers were playing home Tuesday night, coach Alain Vigneault might have been tempted to go up into the Wells Fargo Center's new Rage Room and broken a few TVs after the opening period.

The Flyers played an awful first period, fell behind early, and were chasing the game all night.

They dropped a 3-1 decision to the ...Read more

Brutal second-period stretch crushes Wild in 4-2 loss to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurts.

There was the three-goal outburst by the Penguins in 2 minutes, 28 seconds, back-to-back tallies by the Jets in 28 seconds and a pair by the Avalanche in 1:27. The Predators started the trend in the season opener with two in 1:29.

But the Wild's latest letdown lasted much longer.

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Blues and President Trump keep it light during White House visit

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WASHINGTON -- The Stanley Cup was there. So was Laila. And basically the entire team. And yes, they played that certain song.

It was just another Cup-related event for the St. Louis Blues, except this one was in the White House Rose Garden with President Donald J. Trump presiding.

The president made a few political remarks early on, used the ...Read more

Corey Crawford's 27 saves lift the Blackhawks to their 1st win of the season, 3-1 over the Oilers

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Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots and Patrick Kane, Alex Nylander and Brandon Saad scored to give the Blackhawks their first win of the season, 3-1 over the previously undefeated Oilers on Monday.

A crowd of 21,260 -- the 500th consecutive United Center sellout including playoff games -- saw the Hawks improve to 1-2-1 and the Oilers drop to 5-1. ...Read more

Youngsters leading the Flyers; Brian Elliott getting start Tuesday in Calgary

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CALGARY, Alberta -- It's a small sample size, but in the first three games of the season, seven of the Flyers' 10 goals have been scored by players ages 23 and under.

Add the strong play from goalie Carter Hart, 21, and it's clear that the kids have triggered the Flyers' solid start.

On Tuesday in Calgary, however, they will turn to their ...Read more

Alex Stalock shuts out Ottawa as Wild wins for first time this season

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KANATA, Ontario – The wait is over.

After getting off to the worst start in franchise history by dropping its first four games, the Wild finally climbed out of that rut Monday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

Alex Stalock had 26 saves for his sixth career shutout.

The catalyst to the victory was someone ...Read more

Logan Couture, Martin Jones lead Sharks past Calgary Flames

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl scored their first goals of the season Sunday night, and they both had Logan Couture to thank.

Couture set up Meier for his goal at the 3:04 mark of the first period then found Hertl for a shorthanded marker late in the second period as the San Jose Sharks won for the first time at home this season...Read more

Flyers salvage a point but fall in shootout to Vancouver Canucks, 3-2

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- You didn't expect them to go 82-0, did you?

After opening the season with consecutive wins, the Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 3-2 shootout decision Saturday night to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Tanner Pearson scored the winner in the shootout as the Canucks (2-2) won their second straight.

Goalie ...Read more

Wild drop to 0-4 after loss to Penguins in home opener

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A return home didn't make life any easier for the Wild.

It only got worse.

After getting blitzed in three straight games on the road, the Wild were overrun, 7-4, by the Penguins during their home opener Saturday in front of an announced sellout of 19,157 at Xcel Energy Center to sink deeper into a 0-4 funk that continues the...Read more

Alex Iafallo's late goal lifts Kings to home-opening win over Predators

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LOS ANGELES--Todd McLellan called a timeout and tried to calm his team. For the second time in a week, the Los Angeles Kings let a three-goal lead slip away. A once-celebratory Staples Center crowd had been silenced, leaving only a nervous murmur to sweep through the stands. From behind the bench, McLellan posed his players a question.

"We ...Read more

Red Wings lose momentum in 5-2 loss to rival Maple Leafs

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DETROIT -- A loud, bipartisan crowd set a lively atmosphere as the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs renewed their rivalry.

Saturday's event at Little Caesars Arena featured a thrilling third period as the Wings' fourth line injected energy just when it seemed the Leafs had grabbed momentum. The Wings pushed, but the Leafs used their ...Read more

Robin Lehner and Calvin de Haan make Blackhawks debuts, but Jets rally for 3-2 overtime victory

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CHICAGO -- Robin Lehner and Calvin de Haan waited patiently to make their Blackhawks debuts, albeit for different reasons.

De Haan is the top-four defenseman acquired in the offseason from the Hurricanes whose nagging groin injury forced him to miss the entire preseason as well as the first two games of the season.

Lehner is the 2018-19 Vezina...Read more

Blues suffer first regulation loss, fall to Canadiens, 6-3

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues suffered their first loss in regulation this season, allowing a season-high five goals in a 6-3 loss to the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal.

After allowing four goals to Ottawa on Thursday, the Blues gave up six more (the last into an empty net) to Montreal and if Blues coach Craig Berube was concerned about the team...Read more

Blue Jackets hand Hurricanes first loss of season

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the first five games of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes knew nothing but winning.

Now, the Canes must deal with their first loss.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, looking to jumpstart their season, rolled into PNC Arena, put in 60 minutes of work Saturday and left with a 3-2 victory over the Canes.

The Hurricanes' 5-0 start...Read more

The puck from an NHL player's first goal is priceless. Except to one car thief.

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CHICAGO -- The moment an NHL player scores their first goal, somebody from the organization immediately springs into action.

The puck is retrieved, marked with tape or some other identifying marker before it's eventually given to the player, who presumably will cherish it from now until eternity.

After Dominik Kubalik scored the first NHL goal...Read more

Hurricanes top Islanders, 5-2, for franchise-record 5-0-0 start to the season

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes still don't have a blemish on their record.

The Canes, showing off their speed and quickness, topped the New York Islanders, 5-2, on Friday to push their record to 5-0-0. That's the best start to a season in franchise history and had Canes fans roaring in the final seconds.

The Canes and Islanders last ...Read more

After his breakout season, Blues expect Sundqvist 'to get better and better'

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OTTAWA -- Craig Berube isn't one for bold predictions. It's not his style. But after Oskar Sundqvist's breakout 14-goal season, the Blues coach thinks even better things could be possible for the 25-year-old Swede.

"I think that he's potentially -- I'm not here to determine how many goals or points -- but you know he had a really good year last...Read more

Patrick Marleau scores two goals in return as Sharks edge Blackhawks, 5-4

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CHICAGO -- That familiar old fist pump from No. 12 was back.

But the best gestures from the Sharks' perspective Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks came after the game.

Hugs, fist bumps and handshakes.

Patrick Marleau scored twice in a dramatic return to the NHL and Barclay Goodrow scored the go-ahead goal at the 4:47 mark of the third ...Read more

Perron scores two goals as Blues beat Senators 6-4

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David Perron's second goal of the night put the Blues ahead with just over five minutes to play and Ryan O'Reilly scored into an empty net to finish a four-point game as the Blues beat the Senators 6-4 on Thursday night in Ottawa.

The Blues trailed 2-0 and 3-2 and came back to win their third in a row and improve to 3-0-1 on the young season. ...Read more