For Kings' Jack Campbell, getting shot in goal is just the start

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LOS ANGELES -- Ten years ago, Jack Campbell shared the net with Adam Murray for the U.S. national development team that was getting ready to play in the under-18 World Junior Championships.

Murray is a year older than Campbell and got priority to wear jersey No. 30, so Campbell took No. 1. Winning that tournament prompted Campbell to keep ...Read more

What we learned in the NHL last week: For once, the league gets it right on player discipline

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What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:


The Lords of Discipline have been woefully inconsistent but they correctly nailed Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson with a 20-game suspension without pay for his needless hit to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in an exhibition. ...Read more

James van Riemsdyk will miss 5-6 weeks; Jordan Weal steps in on Flyers' third line

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The early part of the Flyers' season just got a lot more challenging.

James van Riemsdyk, the biggest free-agent signing of general manager's Ron Hextall's tenure, will miss five to six weeks with an injury suffered Saturday in Colorado, the club announced Monday.

The 29-year-old left winger, playing in his second game in his second stint with...Read more

Campbell is strong in net as Kings defeat Red Wings

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings might want to just sit out Jonathan Quick for, say, the first three days of next season. Just to be safe.

Their franchise goalie has compiled a strangely unfortunate injury history in that window. He suffered a major groin strain in the season opener two years ago and, on Sunday, was placed on injured ...Read more

Blackhawks drop home opener to Maple Leafs 7-6 in OT despite Patrick Kane's late heroics

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CHICAGO -- Morgan Rielly's overtime goal lifted the Maple Leafs to a wild 7-6 victory Sunday night, ruining the Blackhawks' home opener at the United Center.

Patrick Kane scored a pair of late third-period goals to tie it twice, including the final one with 29 seconds left in the game.

On a night honoring the legendary Stan Mikita, a one-time ...Read more

Joe Thornton placed on injured reserve, leaves Sharks road trip

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Joe Thornton flew back to San Jose on Saturday to meet with doctors after he experienced swelling in his surgically-repaired right knee following the Sharks 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings.

As a result, the Sharks placed Thornton on short-term injured reserve, recalling Dylan Gambrell from the AHL Barracuda, who ...Read more

Flyers fall to Avalanche; James van Riemsdyk leaves with injury

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DENVER -- The Flyers have never started a season by winning their first two games on the road with both victories against Western Conference teams.

They were denied that accomplishment Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.

Colorado took advantage of defensive miscues and defeated the Flyers, 5-2, as goalie Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves and Colin...Read more

Toews gets game winner, hat trick in Hawks win over Blues

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ST. LOUIS--The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks renewed their rivalry on Saturday and the Blues got their first point but not their first win, falling in overtime 5-4 at Enterprise Center. Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway, his third goal of the game, with 2:52 to go in the extra period after Vince Dunn had a shot blocked.

Vladimir ...Read more

Wild's home opener spoiled by shootout loss to Knights

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first impression the Wild made on the 2018-19 season wasn't a flattering one.

Players looked slow, there was miscommunication in the defensive zone and the offense was timid.

Not all those problems were rectified in the team's second run-through, but their impact was minimized because goalie Devan Dubnyk was dynamic -- ...Read more

Kings' rally falls short against Sharks

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LOS ANGELES--The mood in Staples Center ran the spectrum early after puck drop, and none of it was a good sign for the Los Angeles Kings.

They played a sluggish first period in which the big roar in the first 15 minutes was for the score of the Dodgers playoff game. It was a low groan when Drew Doughty lay on the ice in pain from a slash to the...Read more

Blackhawks hope to continue winning ways but Blues will be a good test

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The Blackhawks were very happy to come away with a road victory over the Senators in the season opener Thursday night but they know they're going to have to be much better Saturday night when they visit the Blues.

"We did a lot of good things yesterday," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We got our feet wet. But it's going to take a much more solid...Read more

Simmonds leads Flyers past Golden Knights in opener

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LAS VEGAS -- The Philadelphia Flyers ruined a party-like atmosphere Thursday night for a sellout crowd that included Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton.

A few hours after Vegas celebrated last season's improbable Western Conference championship and hoisted a banner to the rafters, the Flyers jolted the second-year Golden Knights, 5-2, at T-Mobile ...Read more

Zach Parise scores but Wild lose to Avalanche, 4-1

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DENVER -- Shots sailed wide, passes missed the mark and the Wild put themselves off-side a few times -- the usual signs a team was playing a game that counted for the first time in nearly six months.

But the one letdown the Wild couldn't afford as they settled in for another season was neglecting Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon.

After all...Read more

Patrick Kane scores in OT to push Blackhawks past Senators in season opener

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Patrick Kane's backhander in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 overtime win over the Senators in Thursday night's season opener at Ottawa.

Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews had first-period goals and Brent Seabrook added the tying goal in the third after a scoreless second period.

The Hawks overcame a slow start by Cam Ward...Read more

Blues fall to Jets, 5-1

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ST. LOUIS -- Opening night for the Blues was a dud, as they unveiled their renovated and renamed building to a sellout crowd and got clubbed by the Winnipeg Jets, 5-1.

The Blues were down only 1-0 entering the third period, no small feat against team seen by many as a Stanley Cup contender, and then gave up three goals in 1:44 toward the middle...Read more

Islanders hand Hurricanes 2-1 loss in overtime

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour knew that being a head coach would mean being able to handle both good wins and tough losses.

Brind'Amour's first game as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday was a tough loss. The Canes tied the score late in regulation but then lost 2-1 on Josh Bailey's power-play score at 43 seconds of OT at PNC ...Read more

Red Wings' youth shines, stumbles in 3-2 OT loss to Blue Jackets

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DETROIT -- The evening began on a high note as Henrik Zetterberg made his return to Little Caesars Arena.

It was only to drop a ceremonial puck, but it gave fans a chance to cheer Zetterberg for the first time since he announced his retirement in September.

The season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, however, began on a low note as ...Read more

Ducks still 'work in progress' despite impressive road win over Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The site of the finale of the Anaheim Ducks' embarrassing playoff exit last spring was the appropriate setting for their first step toward catching a wave of youth and speed.

It was after being swept out of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks that the Ducks realized relying on brawn and a plodding pace wouldn't get them far ...Read more

Kings need more from their roster with onset of injuries before season starts

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LOS ANGELES--Their preseason featured more red flags than red lights.

The Los Angeles Kings went scoreless in their final two games, a painfully familiar statistic, and they looked out of sync at times. They lost three forwards to injury, including second-leading scorer Dustin Brown, and their playmaker of the future, Gabriel Vilardi, still ...Read more

Ducks' need for speed met?

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The room was filled with fresh, clean-shaven faces wearing looks of wonderment.

Sam Steel. Max Comtois. Kiefer Sherwood.

They're all primed to skate in an NHL game for the first time when the Ducks open their season against the Sharks in San Jose on Wednesday.

For a club coached by Randy Carlyle, whose preference for veterans...Read more