League looks overseas, slumps were snapped and Jets are soaring

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


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

Kings didn't rush Kempe's development, and it's paying off

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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

Fourth line lifts Sharks to win over first-place Kings

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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

Ducks can't quite catch Lightning after slow start

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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

Sharks blank Canucks, 5-0

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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

Red Wings go deep in shootout vs. Blue Jackets, but lose, 2-1

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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

Blackhawks defeat Hurricanes, 4-3, in overtime

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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

Jason Zucker's goal gives Wild 1-0 win over Flyers

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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

Flyers' Brandon Manning: A firefighter at heart

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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

Panthers snap five-game losing streak with victory vs. Sabres

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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

The defense rests for the Kings in loss to Lightning

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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

Ducks' power-play clicks in victory over Canucks 4-1

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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

Red Wings wrap up road trip with 6-3 loss at Flames

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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

Top line sparks Flyers past Chicago; Shayne Gostisbehere makes some history

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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

Blues top Coyotes in shootout, 3-2

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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

Jason Zucker's hat trick gives Wild needed victory over Canadiens

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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

Lightning blast Sharks, 5-1

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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

Wild slide to fourth loss in five games after 4-2 defeat to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- Asked about his team's lack of a superstar, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said his team was built to do things collectively. "We do everything by committee," he said, before Wednesday's game at Toronto. "We don't worry about it."

Maple Leafs fans were plenty worried about the loss of their own superstar, Auston Matthews, who missed the ...Read more

Kings rally to edge Ducks in OT

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--It might only be November, but it felt like springtime at Honda Center.

In the first meeting of the season between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, the Southern California clubs renewed their rivalry in a chippy, physical game that resembled a playoff affair.

And it was the Kings who rallied from a 3-1 deficit on the ...Read more