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Capitals blow big lead, edge Bruins in overtime

The Capitals didn’t exactly end their overtime victory with a raucous celebration. No, instead Washington held a players-only meeting, still salty over blowing a three-goal lead. Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night. Justin Williams scored ...

Rust's hat trick rallies Penguins past Senators

Dec 6, 2016

Rust's hat trick rallies Penguins past Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan keeps insisting there isn’t a switch his team can flip that makes two-goal deficits vanish within a matter of minutes. It just seems that way. Bryan Rust had his first career hat trick, Sidney Crosby added his NHL-leading 17th ...

Pacioretty, Canadiens beat Kings

Dec 5, 2016

Pacioretty, Canadiens beat Kings

After struggling for offense throughout their road trip, the Montreal Canadiens finally found a whole bunch of goals at Staples Center. So did the Los Angeles Kings, which left goalie Carey Price both frustrated and grateful after a high-volume victory. Max Pacioretty had two ...

Blue Jackets fire 60 shots at Senators in victory

Dec 4, 2016

Blue Jackets fire 60 shots at Senators in victory

The Columbus Blue Jackets led 13 seconds in and then poured on a flurry of shots — and still needed a late rally and shootout to beat Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes. Columbus pummeled Smith with a franchise-record 60 shots, Alexander Wennberg scored ...

Sharks skate past Canadiens

Dec 3, 2016

Sharks skate past Canadiens

Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski scored in the first period, Martin Jones stopped 31 shots and the San Jose Sharks extended their mastery of Montreal at home by beating the Canadiens 2-1 on Friday in a matchup of division leaders. Jones won his third ...

Prolific line ignites Oilers in rout of Jets

Dec 2, 2016

Prolific line ignites Oilers in rout of Jets

Leon Draisaitl earned some high praise from linemate Connor McDavid. Draisaitl had two goals and an assist and McDavid had three assists in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. “He’s one of my favorite guys to play with for ...

Flames strike twice early, blank Maple Leafs

Dec 1, 2016

Flames strike twice early, blank Maple Leafs

The Calgary Flames left the Toronto Maple Leafs behind in a hurry. Freddie Hamilton and Kris Versteeg scored in the first minute and Chad Johnson made 39 saves in Calgary’s 3-0 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night. “Six (games) in nine nights and coming ...

Rangers finish strong to rally past Hurricanes

Nov 30, 2016

Rangers finish strong to rally past Hurricanes

Rick Nash came up big in the third period for the New York Rangers. Nash tied the score with a highlight-reel goal in the opening minute of the third and then set up Jimmy Vesey’s winner later in the period to rally the Rangers ...

Panthers fire Gallant in philosophical row

Nov 29, 2016

Panthers fire Gallant in philosophical row

Gerard Gallant wanted the Florida Panthers to play one way, and his bosses wanted another. As such, they’re not his bosses anymore. The Panthers cited philosophical differences Monday as the primary reason why they fired Gallant, a coach of the year finalist last season ...

Blackhawks win annual Black Friday rivalry game

Nov 26, 2016

Blackhawks win annual Black Friday rivalry game

When the Chicago Blackhawks make their usual visit to Anaheim on Black Friday, they always have a raucous cheering section of jersey-clad fans crowded against the glass from the pregame warmup onward. Although those fans didn’t get to see captain Jonathan Toews this time, ...

Canadiens cool off Hurricanes

Nov 25, 2016

Canadiens cool off Hurricanes

The Montreal Canadiens slowed down the streaking Carolina Hurricanes. Max Pacioretty broke a tie 14 seconds into the third period and the NHL-leading Canadiens beat Carolina 2-1 on Thursday to end the Hurricanes’ winning streak at five games. Carey Price made 31 saves, and ...

Ovechkin bags 16th hat trick of NHL career

Nov 24, 2016

Ovechkin bags 16th hat trick of NHL career

Alex Ovechkin stretched out his arms in celebration, teammates mobbed him along the boards and jubilant fans launched their hats onto the ice. This was the performance they had waited to see. Ovechkin scored his first hat trick this season and 16th of his ...

Blues overcome slow start in win

Nov 23, 2016

Blues overcome slow start in win

The St. Louis Blues turned around a listless start by getting gritty in the second period. Robert Bortuzzo and Paul Stastny scored 2:12 apart in the second period, and Jake Allen had 39 saves, helping the Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday ...