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Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 06, 2020 - 12:24 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The label has a nice ring to it around Philly: The first-place Flyers. It's a tie, for now, in the Metropolitan Division and it's still March, but for a franchise that 15 months ago was nestled at the bottom of the standings and fired their coach, their GM, and ran through...
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Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko, right, makes a save as Arizona Coyotes' Carl Soderberg, of Sweden, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 05, 2020 - 3:09 am
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Lawson Crouse scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Arizona Coyotes tightened the playoff race in the Western Conference with a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. "We're a desperate group and we're playing some...
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Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala celebrates his goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
March 03, 2020 - 11:53 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala is becoming the top-flight scorer the Minnesota Wild have been lacking for so long. Their playoff push has begun to take off, too, just when they looked bound for the lottery. Fiala scored for the fifth straight game, this time against his former team, and the...
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Edmonton Oilers right wing Alex Chiasson, right, and center Connor McDavid (97) celebrate a goal as Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) and defenseman Esa Lindell (23) react during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
March 03, 2020 - 11:43 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Alex Chiasson scored a power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen stopped 42 shots and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of likely Western Conference playoff teams. The Oilers got a man advantage 36 seconds into the extra period when...
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Winnipeg Jets' Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Riley Sheahan (23) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 01, 2020 - 1:49 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Saturday night in a matchup of teams slowed by injury and chasing playoff spots. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the tiebreaker with 5:16 remaining and assisted on both of Draisaitl's...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, left, defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) and Robin Lehner (90) celebrate after defeating the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
February 29, 2020 - 2:13 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored twice, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday night. William Karlsson and Nicolas Roy also scored to help Vegas get its franchise-record eighth straight win and open a six-point lead ahead of Vancouver...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020 file photo St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a break in play in the first period, prompting the Blues and Anaheim Ducks to postpone their game Tuesday night, Feb. 11, 2020. Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, file)
February 26, 2020 - 5:07 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. General manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement on Wednesday. In a news conference at the Enterprise Center, Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the...
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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, right, moves the puck while under pressure from Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Walker during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Oilers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
February 25, 2020 - 3:53 am
Mired in a run of one playoff appearance in 13 seasons, the Edmonton Oilers could really use some hockey deep into April and perhaps May and June. General manager Ken Holland took a few small steps toward making that happen at the NHL trade deadline by picking up defenseman Mike Green and forwards...
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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (21) puts the puck past Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
February 23, 2020 - 9:44 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Okposo hopes he and the Buffalo Sabres provided general manager Jason Botterill a reason to rethink his approach a day before the NHL's trade deadline. For a team that looked like it was in need of major roster overhaul as recently as two weeks ago, the Sabres have...
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Nashville Predators right wing Rocco Grimaldi (23) scores the winning goal against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) in a shootout during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 22, 2020 - 11:58 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are trying to stay close enough in the playoff chase to be where they need to be when the season ends. Rocco Grimaldi scored in the eighth round of the shootout, and the Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Saturday night to pull within a...
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