• Undefeated Isles break out in 3rd, top Rangers 6-3

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are perfect in the young season. Back to back wins over the Carolina Hurricanes were nice, but a blowout victory over the rival Rangers in Madison Square Garden is something to savor. Kyle Okposo scored his 100th NHL goal to snap a tie 48 seconds into the third period, and the undefeated Islanders netted four goals on seven shots in the final frame to beat the sliding New York Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday night. The Islanders, who opened with a home-and-home sweep of Carolina, improved to 3-0 when they broke loose for four goals in the first 10:59 of the third to send the Rangers (1-3) to their third straight loss. Okposo made the most of the second costly turnover by defenseman Michae

  • Ducks score twice in shootout, defeat Flyers 4-3

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back in California, the Ducks might want to keep their bags packed and find a hotel. After dealing with some opening-night jitters, Anaheim found quite a home — and three wins — on the road. William Karlsson and Jakob Silfverberg each scored in the shootout to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Ducks finished 3-1 on a season-opening four-game road trip. They allowed a total of six goals in the last three games after giving up six in the opener. "It makes the flight a lot easier when you battle back and get the two points you needed," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. They play their next five games at home. The Flyers only hav

  • Seguin has 3 goals, Benn 4 points in Stars' win

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Through the first two games of the season, the Dallas Stars had trouble scoring. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn closed that gap in a hurry. Seguin scored three goals, including the tiebreaker with 7:44 left in the third, and Benn added a goal and three assists to lift the Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night for their first win. "That was an awesome display," said Lindy Ruff, who collected his first win as Stars coach after an 0-1-1 start. "I thought both guys played well. Seggy had a heck of a game and Benny the same thing." Seguin redirected Benn's shot to give the Stars the lead then added an empty-netter. Seguin also opened the scoring in the first.

  • Wild hire Richard Park as player development coach

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have brought back another former player for a job in the organization, hiring Richard Park as a player development coach. The appointment was announced Tuesday for Park, whose responsibilities will include working with players with the affiliate Iowa Wild in the AHL. The 38-year-old Park played 14 seasons in the NHL, including three with the Wild. Four of his teammates from the 2003 squad that reached the Western Conference finals currently have roles with the Wild. Andrew Brunette and Darby Hendrickson are assistant coaches, Brad Bombardir is the director of player development and Wes Walz is a TV studio analyst who has also worked with Wild-sponsored youth camps.

  • Panthers seeing dismal crowds to start season

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have already smashed one team record this season. That's not a good thing. With an announced attendance of 7,311 for Monday's game against Ottawa, the Panthers were playing before their smallest home crowd in franchise history. The previous mark was 10,063 against Carolina in 2007. Attendance woes are common in South Florida. The Miami Hurricanes struggle to get people to football and basketball games, the Miami Marlins are traditionally near the bottom of baseball's attendance rankings and the Panthers have rarely seen full houses. But the latest Panthers crowd was meager even by Miami standards, with several sections having just a few people in the seats and hardly any

  • Anderson, MacArthur lead Sens over Panthers 1-0

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators put together a strong defensive performance on the road — even if hardly anyone was there to see it. Anderson made 30 saves, Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal and Ottawa beat winless Florida 1-0 Monday night in front of the smallest crowd in Panthers history. MacArthur raced up the middle of the ice past two Florida defenders and sent a backhander past Roberto Luongo at 15:34 of the second period for Ottawa's second power-play goal in 14 opportunities this season. It was the first goal this season for MacArthur, who was assisted by Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson. "Turry made a great play and gave me the breakaway," MacArthur said.

  • Stamkos scores 3, Lightning rout Canadiens 7-1

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos was a little upset at himself after not scoring a goal in the first two games of the season. He took out his frustration on the Montreal Canadiens. Stamkos scored three times, defenseman Victor Hedman had a career-high four points and the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Canadiens 7-1 on Monday night. After Stamkos scored on a breakaway off a pass from deep in the defensive zone by Hedman at 13:15 of the second period, the Lightning captain completed the hat trick from the top of the right circle on Tampa Bay's sixth power-play goal this season. That made it 4-1 with 1:46 left in the middle period. "I've learned over the years that you stick with it, usually the flood gates open," Stamk

  • Karlsson scores 2 in Ducks' 5-1 win over Sabres

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A week ago, William Karlsson wasn't sure he made the Anaheim Ducks' roster until the center boarded the team flight for a season-opening four-game eastern road swing. On Monday afternoon, the rookie 21-year-old center was celebrating his first two NHL goals following a one-sided 5-1 win over the winless Buffalo Sabres. "I had a goal to make the team, but I was ready to go back to Norfolk," Karlsson said, referring to the Ducks' Virginia-based AHL affiliate. "But now I'm here. And now my next focus is the next game." Karlsson has certainly earned his opportunity filling the third-line center role in place of injured forwards Dany Heatley (groin) and Kyle Palmieri (ankle).

  • Briere's goal beats clock; Avs beat Bruins 2-1

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche haven't showed much scoring prowess so far. That didn't matter after Daniel Briere beat the clock for their first win of the season. Briere scored off a rebound with less than a second left in the third period to lift the Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday in a matchup of two teams struggling offensively. "Hopefully there are many more to come, but it's certainly a good feeling to find a loose puck like that late in the game and get a big win especially after the start that we had," Briere said. "It's been a little bit of a roller coaster to start the season, but we are hoping this game will get us on our way." It was Briere's 300th career goal.

  • Wild goalie Kuemper named NHL's 2nd star of week

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper has been named the NHL's second star of the week for posting consecutive shutouts. Kuemper made 16 saves in the opener against Colorado Thursday and stopped 30 stops in the rematch on the road Saturday against the Avalanche. The Wild became only the fifth team in the league in the last 70 years to start a season with back-to-back shutouts. The San Jose Sharks also did that last week. The NHL named Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec the first star and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby the third star. The Wild made a roster move Monday, placing right wing Stu Bickel on waivers, a sign right wing Justin Fontaine will be ready to play soon. He missed

  • Buffalo selected to host 2016 NHL draft

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are already hosting the NHL's annual pre-draft scouting combine in each of the next two years. Now, they're getting the 2016 draft. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman formally announced Buffalo's selection at a news conference shortly before the Sabres' home game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday afternoon. "Awarding the 2016 NHL draft to Buffalo honors the passion of its fans for our sports and reflects the commitment Terry and Kim Pegula to the Sabres and to Buffalo," Bettman said, referring to the Sabres owners. Bettman said that awarding the draft to Buffalo also builds on the growing buzz taking place in the city after the Pegulas completed their purchase of the NFL Buffalo Bi

  • Coach: Carolina's Staal out for Buffalo game

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Injured Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal will miss Tuesday night's game against Buffalo. Coach Bill Peters disclosed Staal's status Monday and said forward Patrick Dwyer also will be out against the Sabres. Staal is out with an unspecified upper body injury while Dwyer has a lower body injury. The durable Staal has missed only 17 games during his 10-year career. Peters also said forward Jeff Skinner is "getting real close" to returning after suffering a concussion during a preseason game Oct. 5 at Washington. The coach said Skinner skated alone Monday, is expected to skate with the team before Tuesday night's game and "hopefully by Thursday, he'll be ready to go." Carolina

  • NHL's fastest skater? Maybe Avalanche's MacKinnon

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Ask players around the league who's the fastest skater in the NHL and the same names come up: Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Cogliano and Carl Hagelin. Edmonton's Hall likes the speed of New York Islanders' Grabner, but he mentioned another player without hesitation. "Nathan MacKinnon," Hall said of the young Colorado Avalanche player. "When we played against him last year, he took off at one point during the game and I'd never seen anything like that." MacKinnon, last year's Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year with 24 goals and 39 assists, might be the best combination of speed and skill since Pavel Bure.

  • Kings beat Jets 4-1 for 1st win of season

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The banners are affixed to the rafters, and the Stanley Cup has been put away. The Los Angeles Kings finally got back to the everyday business of winning hockey with a boost from the line with the catchiest nickname from last season's championship run. Kings linemates Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles' first victory of the season, 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Martin Jones made 29 saves for the Kings, who took a four-goal lead in the second period and cruised to their first win in three games. Los Angeles got a dominant game from That 70s Line — the jersey-number-inspired name for Carter's line with youngsters Toffoli and Pearson.

  • Maple Leafs score 5 in 2nd period, rout Rangers

    Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers spent the first part of the night celebrating the success of last season, and the rest of it trying to figure out what has gone wrong so far in this one. Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs broke out of their scoring slumber with five goals in the second period against Henrik Lundqvist and wrecked the Rangers' home opener with a 6-3 victory on Sunday night. "Obviously, there are things we need to work on," said Lundqvist, who watched the third period from the bench with a baseball cap on. "They're a good team ... we just made it a little too easy for them to score." The Rangers were outscored a combined 11-5 in a pair of weekend losses on consecutive days.

  • Wild sign defenseman Brodin to 6-year extension

    Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year, $25 million contract extension Sunday. Brodin has started his third season with the Wild, who drafted him out of Karlstad, Sweden, with the 10th overall pick in 2011. He joined the team as a 19-year-old, the youngest defenseman in the NHL who led all rookies in average ice time with 23 minutes, 12 seconds per game in the 2013 season. Through 126 games, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Brodin has 10 goals, 21 assists and a plus-8 rating. He has played mostly with Ryan Suter on the team's first blue-line pairing. Brodin's new contract will run through 2021.

  • Coyotes assign Justin Hodgman to Portland

    Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Justin Hodgman to Portland of the American Hockey League on Sunday. The 26-year-old Hodgman led the Coyotes in scoring in the preseason with four goals and five points in five games. He had 11 goals and 15 assists last season in 49 in the KHL with Metallurg, Torpedo and Admiral.

  • Miller, Higgins help Canucks beat Oilers in SO

    Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Miller came up big when it counted most in his home debut with the Vancouver Canucks. The veteran goalie shook off a couple of bad goals, making big saves in the third period and overtime before stopping all three attempts in the shootout as the Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Saturday night. Signed as free agent in the offseason to provide a calm influence in the Vancouver crease after years of goaltending controversy, Miller battled to keep his team in the game after going down 4-2 midway through the second period. "It's a nice way to finish. The boys worked real hard and bailed me out," he said.

  • Ekman-Larrson's OT goal leads Coyotes over Kings

    Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There might not be a starting goaltender controversy for the Arizona Coyotes yet, though Devan Dubnyk will at least be discussed when head coach Dave Tippett and goaltending coach Sean Burke talk about who is in goal for the Coyotes' next game. That's because Dubnyk, a six-year NHL veteran who was traded twice last season, got the call over Coyotes No. 1 goalie Mike Smith and stopped 24 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. Oliver Ekman-Larrson beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net on a power play with 14 seconds left in overtime, giving the Coyotes (1-1) their first win of the season.

  • Kuemper shuts out Avs as Wild win, 3-0

    Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Darcy Kuemper doesn't really want to be in net when the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche finally break out of their offensive funk. The Minnesota Wild goalie will gladly take his second straight shutout of the Avalanche and leave town, not having to face them again until February. Let some other goalie feel the wrath of a frustrated Colorado squad. Kuemper stopped 30 shots and Jason Zucker scored his first goal since January, helping the Wild beat the Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday night. "That is a real good team," said Kuemper, who blanked Colorado 5-0 at home in the season opener on Thursday. "But we stuck in there. We weathered a lot of their storms.