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Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Vilardi scores quickly in NHL debut as Kings defeat Panthers

Feb. 21, 2020 2:29 AM EST

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 wasn't expecting that. No one was," Vilardi said....

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, right, celebrates with left wing Max Pacioretty after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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

Feb. 21, 2020 2:20 AM EST

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 roared when he was announced in the starting lineup....

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) battles for the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) and defenseman Jake Muzzin, center, watch during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Muzzin helps Maple Leafs blank Penguins 4-0

Feb. 20, 2020 11:48 PM EST

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 Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Thursday night. The Maple...

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) makes a save against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Dilip Vishwanat)

Jordan Binnington blanks Coyotes as Blues post 1-0 win

Feb. 20, 2020 11:45 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington had a light night in net for the St. Louis Blues, yet he couldn't relax, even as his teammates peppered Antti Raanta with shots. Ryan O’Reilly scored and Binnington made 14 saves to lead the Blues to a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. ...

Philadelphia Flyers' Brian Elliott (37), left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, right, as Travis Sanheim waits for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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

Feb. 20, 2020 11:28 PM EST

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 Blue Jackets 4-3 on Thursday night for their second...

New Jersey Devils teammate celebrate with left wing Jesper Bratt (63), center, after Bratt scored a game-tying goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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

Feb. 20, 2020 10:59 PM EST

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 on Thursday night. Blackwood downplays the...

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates his goal with defenseman Shea Weber (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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

Feb. 20, 2020 10:23 PM EST

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 third in a row, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal...

New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) blocks as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek (17) tries to flip the puck to a teammate during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NHL teams get jump on deadline with flurry of early trades

Feb. 20, 2020 4:08 PM EST

Tom Fitzgerald changed teams twice at the NHL trade deadline as a player and knows how it feels. As interim general manager of the New Jersey Devils, he didn’t wait until deadline day to trade captain Andy Greene or forward Blake Coleman. Beating the buzzer by more than a week, Fitzgerald recalled his own...

Washington Post wins 'Grand Slam' honors at APSE contest

Feb. 20, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Post is the lone media group to earn Grand Slam honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest that wrapped up this week in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Post, competing in the A Division (83,000 and over circulation), placed...

Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello, left, is checked by Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Galchenyuk scores in shootout, Wild beat Canucks 4-3

Feb. 20, 2020 3:11 AM EST

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," Evason said. "You hear things happen for a reason and...