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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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 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
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
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