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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

NHL executive committee unanimously recommends forwarding Seattle expansion bid to December vote

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NEW YORK -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday the league's executive committee voted 9-0 to forward Seattle's expansion bid to a full board of governors vote in December, clearing the way for a 32nd franchise by October 2020.

Bettman said the 2020 date isn't yet solidified and will depend on the ability of a $700 million KeyArena ...Read more

Blackhawks eyeing Oct. 18 for Corey Crawford to make season debut

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The Blackhawks are looking at Oct. 18 as a possible date for goalie Corey Crawford to make his season debut as he returns from a concussion suffered last season, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

The Hawks host the Blues on Oct. 13 then have four days off before playing the Coyotes at the United Center.

"Optimistically looking at the ...Read more

Recovering goalie Corey Crawford returns to full practice with the Blackhawks

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Corey Crawford's recovery from a concussion he suffered last season entered a new phase Monday when he participated in the Blackhawks' regular team practice for the first time during training camp.

"That was good," the goalie said afterward. "I was able to get a few shots, and I felt pretty good for the first time. We'll just go from there but ...Read more

Kings' Dustin Brown is out indefinitely

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings took another hit to their lineup with the announcement Sunday that Dustin Brown is out indefinitely with a broken finger.

Brown was injured in the preseason finale Saturday when he appeared to get struck by the puck on a shot by teammate Anze Kopitar. He skated to the bench and did not return for the third ...Read more

NHL preview: A look at the biggest questions in the Western Conference

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LOS ANGELES -- The Vegas Golden Knights established a blueprint for how to run an expansion team, becoming a huge box-office draw while they shocked the hockey world and reached the Stanley Cup Final. Now, what do they do for an encore?

Their path won't be easy. The West became tougher when the San Jose Sharks, loading up for a Cup run, ...Read more

NHL preview: A look at the biggest questions in the Eastern Conference

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LOS ANGELES -- The Stanley Cup's guardians had no problem with Alexander Ovechkin eating caviar out of the famed trophy's bowl. But when it came to doing keg stands -- a handstand on the Cup to guzzle beer -- the Cup keepers declared the Washington Capitals guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Capitals' celebrations were long and hearty, ...Read more

Ducks' Corey Perry out five months after knee surgery

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It must feel like Groundhog Day for the Anaheim Ducks.

The club began the 2017 season ravaged by injuries, and one year later, they have another damaging blow to deal with. Corey Perry underwent surgery on his right knee Wednesday, general manager Bob Murray said, and the Ducks winger will be sidelined approximately five months.

Perry suffered...Read more

Duncan Keith's hunger for ice time isn't going away as he gets older

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Try to take food away from a hungry animal and you'll get an idea of what it's like asking Duncan Keith to cut back on playing time.

"The last thing he's worried about is cutting back, and if you want to cut back he looks at you like, 'Why?' " Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after training camp Wednesday at MB Ice Arena.

At 35, Keith is...Read more

Corey Crawford ends session after 20 minutes but Blackhawks say it was part of the plan

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Corey Crawford's 20-minute on-ice workout Wednesday morning seemed to end earlier than expected but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said it was part of a plan and there hasn't been a setback in Crawford's recovery from a concussion.

"No (issues)," Quenneville said after practice. "He's been on the ice six days in a row and tomorrow he's not ...Read more

Nearing 30, Patrick Kane is revitalized and ready to get Blackhawks back to playoffs

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Blackhawks fans approach Patrick Kane like an old friend all the time because, well, he's a superstar and that's what fans of superstars sometimes do.

Some of them cut right to the chase.

"They'll ask you straight up, "Are we going to be better this year?" Kane said.

And what does he tell them?

"I'll just keep it simple and tell them we'll ...Read more

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman isn't feeling pressure to make any major deals

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Blackhawks fans were a little frustrated that general manager Stan Bowman didn't make any flashy moves as the summer went on.

And they became even more ornery watching Western Conference teams that finished ahead of the Hawks last season seemingly get even stronger.

The Hawks' Central Division appears to be loaded. The Predators and Jets are ...Read more

Blackhawks' Crawford still not ready to practice, reveals he suffered a concussion

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Whatever you want to call Corey Crawford's long-awaited return to the ice when the Blackhawks opened training camp Friday -- a practice, a goaltending session or just having a skate -- it was a step in the right direction from an injury Crawford finally disclosed publicly was a concussion.

"I'm still getting over symptoms," Crawford said. "Most...Read more