NHL hockey

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz, front, covers the puck after stopping a shot by Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 12, 2019 - 1:21 am
DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen put his first shot right where Carter Hart could make a great save. He didn't give the Philadelphia goaltender a chance on his next two scoring opportunities. Rantanen had two goals and Pavel Francouz made 32 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the...
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Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. This was Oshie's second goal of the night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 11, 2019 - 10:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson and Zdeno Chara traded punches, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins exchanged scoring chances and goals and a showdown between the NHL's top two teams more than lived up to its billing. T.J. Oshie scored twice in under four minutes and John Carlson got the go-...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer watches action from the bench during the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins series in Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks have fired coach Peter DeBoer, a person with direct knowledge of the move said, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 11, 2019 - 10:04 pm
The slumping San Jose Sharks fired coach Peter DeBoer on Wednesday less than seven months after playing in the Western Conference final. Doug Wilson announced the change after the Sharks returned home from a road trip on a five-game losing streak and five points out of playoff contention. San Jose...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in New York. Smaller defensemen like the 5-foot-9 Spurgeon have taken on more importance around the league in recent years for their mobility and puck-moving skills. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)
December 11, 2019 - 4:00 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The defining moment of Jared Spurgeon's hockey career came when he was just 13: His peewee coach in Edmonton moved him from forward to defenseman. There was no going back for Spurgeon, even though he hasn't grown much bigger since then. Minnesota's 5-foot-9, 167-pound...
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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick protects the goal against the New York Rangers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 11, 2019 - 3:33 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has heard the chatter about his lackluster play in a contract season. A change of position helped get Toffoli on the scoresheet, which pushed his struggling team back into the win column. Toffoli had a goal and an assist, and Los Angeles ended a four-...
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury defends against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
December 11, 2019 - 2:08 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury has enjoyed many big moments during his decorated NHL career. This one might have been the most emotional. Fleury made 28 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Tuesday night in their goaltender’s first game since the death of his...
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) deflects the puck as Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski (16) applies pressure in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Dallas. Pavelski scored Dallas' second goal of the game on the deflection. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
December 11, 2019 - 1:13 am
DALLAS (AP) — Rick Bowness had quite a day. Bowness woke up as an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars and finished Tuesday with his first win as an interim head coach in 15 years, hours after coach Jim Montgomery was fired. Behind Ben Bishop’s first shutout this season and 32nd of his career,...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) reacts after scoring a goal against Florida Panthers goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
December 10, 2019 - 10:04 pm
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn scored to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Tuesday night. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay. Evgenii Dadonov had the goal for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 46 saves in his third...
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Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, Andrew Cogliano (11), Jason Dickinson (18) and Corey Perry (10) watch play against the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. The Stars won 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
December 10, 2019 - 6:26 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday, citing unspecified unprofessional conduct in a surprising blow to one of the preseason favorites in the NHL's Western Conference. General manager Jim Nill said Montgomery had acted inconsistently with “core values and...
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The winning goal shot by Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan, left, flies past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz into the net in overtime of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Denver. The Flames won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 10, 2019 - 1:24 am
DENVER (AP) — The Calgary Flames have traded controversy for good fortune and turned their season around. They even found a way to beat the Colorado Avalanche. Sean Monahan scored 2:09 into overtime and the Flames rebounded after losing a two-goal lead to beat the Avalanche 5-4 on Monday night...
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