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Jan 29, 2015

Ovechkin strikes twice as Capitals blank Pens

Alex Ovechkin scored goals. Sidney Crosby lost faceoffs. Lots and lots of faceoffs. The latest Ovi-Sid showdown was a no-contest. Ovechkin netted twice to take the NHL lead in goals, and Crosby struggled mightily in his return from his latest injury as the Washington ...

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jan 28, 2015

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jaroslav Halak faced more traffic on the ice inside than in the snow outside. He handled both nearly flawlessly and carried the New York Islanders to yet another win over the New York Rangers. Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his ...

Toews, Kane lift Blackhawks to win

Jan 22, 2015

Toews, Kane lift Blackhawks to win

With a couple of flicks of the wrist, the Chicago Blackhawks headed into the NHL All-Star break with momentum. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Marc-Andre Fleury in a shootout to propel the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday ...

Flyers win feisty game against Pens

Jan 21, 2015

Flyers win feisty game against Pens

Heated rivals for years, the Flyers and Penguins scrapped through the kind of game that should have been settled on pay-per-view. Claude Giroux delivered the biggest blow of all, scoring 3:57 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Pittsburgh 3-2 in a fight-filled game Tuesday ...

Hurricanes storm past Maple Leafs

Jan 20, 2015

Hurricanes storm past Maple Leafs

The Carolina Hurricanes took advantage of the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs and kept up their strong play this month. Eric Staal scored twice and Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. ...

Nash carries Rangers by Penguins

Jan 19, 2015

Nash carries Rangers by Penguins

A pair of shutout losses last week briefly cooled off the streaking New York Rangers. A productive 48-hour span buoyed by the return of Rick Nash’s shooting touch made sure the dip didn’t turn into a slump. Nash scored 26 seconds into the game ...

Lightning top Avalanche

Jan 18, 2015

Lightning top Avalanche

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t have much time to dwell on giving up the tying goal late in the third period. Ryan Callahan scored in regulation and got the decisive goal in the shootout to lift Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the ...

Okposo scores four goals to lead Isles past Penguins

Jan 17, 2015

Okposo scores four goals to lead Isles past Penguins

Kyle Okposo called former Islanders star Bryan Trottier a mentor. He made his teacher proud on a night New York’s career-leading scorer was honored on Long Island. Okposo scored three of his career-high four goals in a wild third period, and the Islanders rallied ...

Wild thrash listless Sabres

Jan 16, 2015

Wild thrash listless Sabres

Goalie Devan Dubnyk had such an easy time in his Minnesota Wild debut Thursday night, he barely worked up a sweat. When teammate Matt Cooke tossed him a towel in the locker room following a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Dubnyk tossed it ...

Power play lifts Devils past Kings

Jan 15, 2015

Power play lifts Devils past Kings

Steve Bernier netted his first two power-play goals of the season, and the New Jersey Devils scored three times during a 68-second span of the second period in a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Martin Havlat, Michael Cammalleri and Michael ...

Islanders cool Rangers hype

Jan 14, 2015

Islanders cool Rangers hype

All the accolades and platitudes the New York Rangers received during their recent three-game California sweep were quickly transferred to the rival New York Islanders, who dismantled the Broadway Blueshirts upon their return to Madison Square Garden. Undaunted and unfazed by the positive press ...