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Leon Draisaitl scores his 30th goal, Stuart Skinner makes 24 saves as Oilers top Kraken 2-1

Mar. 02, 2024 19:29 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Stuart Skinner answered every test thrown his way. The ones that came early on when Edmonton's goalie was still finding his way into the game, and especially those he turned away in a frantic final minute. Skinner made 24 saves, Leon Draisaitl scored his 30th goal...

Goalie fights, often a crowd favorite, have almost completely disappeared from the NHL

Mar. 01, 2024 15:51 PM EST

Watching fights between Patrick Roy and Mike Vernon and Ron Hextall and Felix Potvin in the 1990s, Martin Biron recalled, he always wanted to be the goaltender who could win a bout as the spunky underdog. Then he got into one against Ray Emery and asked himself, “What were you...

Washington Capitals bracing for changes ahead of the NHL trade deadline

Feb. 29, 2024 18:33 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Anthony Mantha has been traded before, just not like this. Three years ago, he joined the Washington Capitals from the Detroit Red Wings in a surprise deal completed minutes before the deadline. He was in the first season of a new contract and didn't yet have...

NHL fines Sabres coach Granato and Maple Leafs coach Keefe $25,000 each for arguing with officials

Feb. 29, 2024 14:04 PM EST

The NHL issued $25,000 fines each to Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe for separate instances of unprofessional conduct directed at officials. The league deemed Thursday that both coaches crossed the line during games on Tuesday night. ...

Shane Pinto has sparked the Ottawa Senators since returning from his half-season gambling suspension

Feb. 28, 2024 15:55 PM EST

Shane Pinto brushed off his three-point game in Washington, which came in a 6-3 Ottawa Senators loss to the Capitals and ended their two-game winning streak. He'd trade all his production victories. “I’m not too worried about that," Pinto said. "I just want to win...

Kids play hockey more skillfully and respectfully than ever, yet rough stuff still exists on the ice

Feb. 28, 2024 11:09 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tension is smoldering between each scrap for the puck and Blayke Nelson can often predict the spark 30 seconds ahead of time as he skates from corner to corner, his eyes fixed on the action and his whistle clenched between his teeth. “A kid will get tripped up,...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman calls on Jets, Winnipeg fans to find solution to falling attendance

Feb. 27, 2024 19:56 PM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Winnipeg a strong market where “hockey matters,” and said he believes the team's falling attendance will be resolved. Bettman spoke Tuesday, before the Jets hosted the St. Louis Blues. The Jets say...

20 years since NHL's record-setting brawl, fighting is down across the league but not going anywhere

Feb. 27, 2024 17:12 PM EST

Minnesota's Marcus Foligno took a hit, delivered one of his own to Chicago's Jarred Tinordi, and the two big guys dropped the gloves. Outdoors in front of 82,000 people in the Meadowlands, it took even less for Matt Rempe and Matt Martin to spice up the Rangers-Islanders showdown with a fight. ...

Senators-Flyers 2004 brawl in Philadelphia still holds NHL record for most penalty minutes

Feb. 27, 2024 13:39 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The root of one the wildest brawls in NHL history came only a week earlier, when Ottawa's Martin Havlat's rocked Mark Recchi in the face with his stick and drew a two-game suspension. The Ottawa instigator was a repeat offender, and his strike on the long-time...

Former NHL fighter Donald Brashear is still playing hockey at 52 and doing it his way

Feb. 27, 2024 11:27 AM EST

Donald Brashear fought in the NHL because that was his job, not because he wanted to drop the gloves — which he did more than all but seven players to ever play in the league. “Fighting was never the most important thing in my life,” Brashear said. “But I did it anyway and I...