NHL

Kovalchuk aiming for NHL return after 5 years away

MOSCOW (AP) Former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk says he wants to return to the league this summer and play there for ”several more years.” Kovalchuk tells Russian state sports channel Match TV that if he doesn’t try again to win a Stanley Cup, ”I won’t forgive myself for it when I get older.” Kovalchuk, who won the Olympic gold medal ...

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PREVIEW: Ducks look to avenge February loss to Red Wings (7p, FOX Sports West)

One team desperate to keep winning meets another hoping to win again as the Anaheim Ducks host the Detroit Red Wings Friday at Honda Center. This will be the second meeting of the year between teams that were bitter rivals before Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference in 2013. Detroit took the first head-to-head of the year, 2-1, in mid-February. Jimmy Howard was in net for ...

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Connor scores twice, Jets beat Blackhawks 6-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor hasn’t looked ahead all season and he’s not about to start doing it now. The 21-year-old rookie scored twice Thursday night to reach 25 goals, and the Winnipeg Jets rebounded from a quick deficit for a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. ”Going into the season I didn’t really set any expectations numbers-wise,” said Connor, ...

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Oshie scores 2 to help Capitals beat Islanders 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) T.J. Oshie scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists, and the first-place Washington Capitals beat the struggling New York Islanders 7-3 Thursday night. Andrei Burakovsky added a goal and an assist, and Lars Eller and John Carlson also scored to help Washington improve to 10-4-3 in its last 17 games ...

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Fiala, Turris rally Predators to 3-2 win over Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Nashville Predators keep rolling toward the best regular season in franchise history. Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris each had a goal and assist in the third period, leading Nashville to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Ryan Ellis also scored to help the Western Conference-leading Predators get their 21st road win of ...

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Coyotes squander lead in 3rd period, fall to Predators

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Nashville Predators keep rolling toward the best regular season in franchise history. Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris each had a goal and assist in the third period, leading Nashville to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Ryan Ellis also scored to help the Western Conference-leading Predators get their 21st road win of the ...

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Center stage: NHL contenders go deep down the middle

A linesman orders Sean Couturier out of the faceoff circle and Claude Giroux shrugs before stepping in and winning the draw. Two centers on the ice at once is a nice luxury for the Philadelphia Flyers to have. ”He’s one of the best in the league at faceoffs,” Couturier said of Giroux, who ranks third in the NHL. ”When you ...

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Allen, Blues seek third straight win in key game with Avalanche

ST. LOUIS — Jake Allen will continue to handle the goalie duties as the Blues prepare to host the Colorado Avalanche in a crucial Central Division matchup Thursday night. Carter Hutton was not on the ice during the Blues’ practice Wednesday after his neck issues flared up again. He was scheduled to see a specialist Wednesday afternoon. “We were expecting that Carter ...

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