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Bjorkstrand injury is latest blow for hard-luck Blue Jackets

By MITCH STACY | February 21, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Injuries to key players keep coming for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who now have lost top goal-scorer Oliver Bjorkstrand for the rest of the season.The 24-year-old forward fractured an ankle in Thursday night's loss to the Philadelphia...

Vilardi scores quickly in NHL debut as Kings defeat Panthers

By JOE REEDY | February 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not many players can top the NHL debut that Gabriel Vilardi had on Thursday night.The Los Angeles center scored 10 seconds into his first shift and added an assist as the Kings defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4.“My first shift I...

Vegas stops Tampa Bay’s 11-game streak with 5-3 win

By W.G. RAMIREZ | February 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hours before making his Vegas debut, Alec Martinez sat on the team bench, gazing onto a clean sheet of ice while collecting his thoughts inside an empty T-Mobile Arena, a place he called the loudest venue in the NHL.The crowd of 18,376...

Scheifele scores 3 times as Jets beat Senators 5-1

February 20, 2020

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Scheifele broke out of his slump in a big way.Scheifele snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals, helping the Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Thursday night."It's not about goals, it's not...

Muzzin helps Maple Leafs blank Penguins 4-0

February 20, 2020

TORONTO (AP) — After two listless performances, Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe wanted to see his team step up.It was only one game, but the Maple Leafs delivered.Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists, Frederik Andersen made 24 saves and Toronto beat the...

Hayes’ OT goal powers Flyers past Blue Jackets 4-3

By MITCH STACY | February 20, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Hayes and the Philadelphia Flyers looked at their home-and-home series with Columbus as a chance to jump-start their playoff push.They are off and running now.Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime, and the Flyers beat the slumping...

Mackenzie Blackwood has 36 saves, Devils beat Sharks 2-1

By TOM CANAVAN | February 20, 2020

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils finally have found a winning formula. Just put Mackenzie Blackwood in goal.Blackwood made 36 saves in winning his fifth straight start and the Devils beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in a matchup of struggling franchises...

Jordan Binnington blanks Coyotes as Blues post 1-0 win

By DAVID SOLOMON | February 20, 2020

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored and Jordan Binnington made 14 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.Binnington recorded his second consecutive shutout and the eighth of his career. He had allowed...

Ovechkin scores 699th goal, Capitals lose to Canadiens in OT

By STEPHEN WHYNO | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — All eyes were on Alex Ovechkin needing two goals to reach 700 in his career. The other No. 8 on the ice scored twice instead.Ovechkin scored his 699th goal to close in on another milestone, but the Washington Capitals dropped their...

Galchenyuk scores in shootout, Wild beat Canucks 4-3

February 20, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored the tying goal and the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Wednesday night and delivered new coach Dean Evason his first win as an NHL coach."It's amazing,"...

Saarela’s first NHL goal helps Panthers top Ducks 4-1

By DOUG PADILLA | February 20, 2020

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Florida Panthers showed a little rebounding prowess, getting a pair of friendly bounces off the end boards to deliver a key 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.Vincent Trocheck and Aleksi Saarela each scored...

Francouz makes 27 saves, leads Avs to 3-1 win over Islanders

By MICHAEL KELLY | February 20, 2020

DENVER (AP) — Pavel Francouz made 27 saves and lost his first NHL shutout with just over two minutes remaining as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Wednesday night.“I was telling my father (Wednesday) I’m going to get him...