ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Wild banked three wins out of a possible four during their recent road trip despite little to no production from some of their offensive leaders.
But the likes of Jason Zucker and Eric Staal resurfaced Thursday to ensure the team didn't sag in its return home, leading the Wild to a 3-2 win over the Jets in front of 19,072...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie goalie Carter Hart helped the Flyers' end their post-holiday misery Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
For the first time since before Christmas, they celebrated a victory.
Hart, 20, stopped 37 of 38 shots as the Flyers defeated Dallas, 2-1, and snapped an eight-game losing streak.
The Flyers, who were 0-6-2 ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The mood in the locker room darkens with each loss. The puzzled faces abound; the melancholy atmosphere.
Hampus Lindholm acknowledged that right now, hockey isn't as fun as it's meant to be. How could it be?
The Anaheim Ducks have dropped a franchise-record nine consecutive games. Really, there's no end in sight.
Even a ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks have struggled to put together more than two strong lines for most of the season, which is why coach Jeremy Colliton found a home for Alex DeBrincat on the third line several weeks ago.
It appeared to have been a good idea, with DeBrincat scoring six goals in that new role. But that statistic is a bit misleading. Three...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Next up on Erik Karlsson's hit list: Bobby Orr, Phil Housley and Brian Leetch.
Karlsson entered into rare territory Tuesday, recording three more assists as the San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 at SAP Center to earn their fourth straight win.
In doing so, he became just the fifth defenseman in NHL history to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Flyers set an NHL record Tuesday night at Capital One Arena.
The bad news: It was an unwanted record -- seven goalies used in a team's first 43 games.
The worse news: The new goalie, the well-traveled Mike McKenna, couldn't stop the Flyers' spiral as they lost their eighth straight, falling to the defending Stanley Cup ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The Blues just can't figure it out at Enterprise Center this season. After spotting Dallas a 3-0 second-period lead Tuesday, St. Louis got a David Perron goal to close the gap and had plenty of chances in spurts over the second and third periods.
But they couldn't get another shot past Dallas goalie Ben Bishop -- the former Blue --...Read more
DETROIT -- Their homestand ended as it began: with the Detroit Red Wings in position to win but coming up short.
They completed a five-game stretch at Little Caesars Arena with a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday. Former teammate Tomas Tatar set up two of the goals.
Andreas Athanasiou had a terrific performance, scoring twice to reach...Read more
BOSTON -- Road-weary and run-down, the Wild looked every bit of a team completing a back-to-back at the conclusion of a four-game trip that spanned nearly a week by limping to a 4-0 letdown to the Bruins Tuesday in front of 17,565 at TD Garden that nixed the team's three-game win streak.
But with six points from three victories already in tow, ...Read more
What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:
THE DUCKS NEED CHANGES. OR HELP. OR BOTH.
Their slump reached 0-6-2 on Sunday and they're barely clinging to a playoff spot. They ranked 30th in goals per game at 2.35 through Sunday's action and their top scorer, Ryan Getzlaf, stood 96th in the league with 29 points. But it's virtually ...Read more
CHICAGO -- How have the Blackhawks been winning lately? Let coach Jeremy Colliton count the ways.
"We've come from behind in games, we've had really good starts in games," he said. "We've won in different ways and we've played some really good teams. There have been games when we've been under a lot of pressure and we've weathered the storm and...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Facing a goalie making his first NHL career start couldn't help the Flyers end their skid Monday night.
They lost their seventh straight, dropping a 3-0 decision to the St. Louis Blues and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, 25, who had struggled in two relief appearances this season.
Binnington had to make just 25 saves against a...Read more
MONTREAL -- Few whistles.
Tons of saves.
Unlike the first meeting between these two teams in which the Wild ran away for a 7-1 rout, an even, competitive back-and-forth struggle played out in the encore Monday -- a duel the Wild eventually prevailed in by corralling a 1-0 win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre to improve to 3-0...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- There's Blackhawks hot, which was lukewarm with a dash of Tabasco.
Then there's Penguins hot, which has been volcanic with helpings of supernova.
Since these teams met Dec. 12 -- a 6-3 Hawks victory -- both have had their best stretches of the season. The Hawks won five of six to finish 2018, while the Penguins had lost only once...Read more
Make it four in a row for the suddenly surging Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canes held off the struggling Ottawa Senators on Sunday, surrendering a two-goal lead but winning, 5-4, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
For the first time since October, the Canes (19-17-5) have won four straight games as they reached the halfway point of ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Every path to the playoffs for the Blackhawks involves posting one of the NHL's best records over the final three months of the season.
In other words, they'll have to become a team they haven't been.
Patrick Kane is a realist. Even though the Hawks have started to win regularly after bad stretches in November and early December, he...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With three defensemen sidelined by injury, the San Jose Sharks found a way to derail the hottest team in the NHL.
Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson logged heavy minutes, charging the Sharks 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center Saturday night by combining for five assists.
The win snapped the Lightning's point ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Everything fell into place as the Los Angeles Kings cleansed their palate from their last loss. It turned out all they needed was big gulp of orange and blue tonic in the form of the Edmonton Oilers.
Jonathan Quick recorded his 300th career win and Anze Kopitar his 300th goal to garnish a 4-0 floodgates-opening win at Staples ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- Two days after an ultra-solid victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the St. Louis Blues once again couldn't stand prosperity.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Blues watched the New York Islanders score the next four goals. They made things interesting late with Ryan O'Reilly's 16th ...Read more
- Wild eke out 2-1 victory over Blue Jackets
- Kings allow six goals in second period in 7-1 loss to Avalanche
- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane team up to beat Capitals and snap the Blackhawks' 5-game skid
- Gunnarsson goal gives Blues 3-2 win over Senators
- Flyers beat Canadiens behind strong showings from Carter Hart, Nolan Patrick
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