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Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger is helped off the ice during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Panthers down another goalie, injured Driedger to miss weeks

Jan. 18, 2020 12:16 PM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what’s believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers. The Panthers announced the diagnosis Saturday, calling it a lower-body injury. Driedger was hurt midway through the first...

Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) celebrates his goal with teammates Patrik Laine (29) and Mark Scheifele (55) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian network kicks off 6 NHL broadcasts in Plains Cree

Jan. 18, 2020 3:11 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Clarence Iron believes he is on a divine mission to revitalize the Plains Cree language through hockey. He will be the play-by-play announcer with host Earl Wood and analyst John Chabot on Sunday night when APTN televises the Winnipeg Jets game in Chicago against the Blackhawks....

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches the puck Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) and Anthony Cirelli (71) look for the rebound and Jets' Luca Sbisa (5) defends during first-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cirelli scores 1st career hat trick, Lightning rout Jets 7-1

Jan. 18, 2020 12:25 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Anthony Cirelli had shaving cream on his ear, hair and T-shirt. He didn't mind a bit. The foam was part of the celebration his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates gave him Friday night after he scored his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout over the Winnipeg Jets. “Yeah they...

Anaheim Ducks center Sam Steel (34) celebrates his overtime goal against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer (47) in an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Anaheim won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Sam Steel's OT goal lifts Ducks over Hurricanes 2-1

Jan. 17, 2020 11:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks don't have another game for nine days. After a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, Ducks coach Dallas Eakins would like to change the schedule. "I wish we were playing the day after tomorrow," Eakins said. “I don't quite understand...

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson, right, controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Predators' Arvidsson fined $2,000 under NHL diving policy

Jan. 17, 2020 3:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has been fined $2,000 by the NHL under the league’s rules regarding diving and embellishment. NHL Rule 64 was designed to penalize players who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. A player gets a warning for a...

Bruins waive Backes, send him to minors

Jan. 17, 2020 1:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have waived 14-year veteran David Backes. Backes has scored 245 goals with 309 assists in 944 NHL games, spending the first 10 years of his career with the St. Louis Blues and the last four in Boston. A two-time U.S. Olympian, he was an all-star in 2011, and the following...

Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates Elias Pettersson (40) and J.T. Miller (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Virtanen, Markstrom lead Canucks over Coyotes 3-1

Jan. 17, 2020 2:31 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jake Virtanen borrowed a move from his Western Hockey League days — and it helped lift the Vancouver Canucks to victory. Virtanen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves to lead the Canucks past the Arizona...

Stars D Johns likely to return after 1 1/2-year absence

Jan. 17, 2020 1:19 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Star defenseman Stephen Johns appears on track to return to Dallas' lineup for the first time in 22 months on Saturday. Johns, who returned from a conditioning assignment with Texas of the AHL, was not active for Thursday's game but will travel with the Stars for their game at Minnesota. He...

San Jose Sharks center Joel Kellman, front, drives down the ice with the puck with Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin, back left, and defenseman Erik Johnson in pursuit during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Grubauer makes 27 saves, Avalanche blank Sharks 4-0

Jan. 17, 2020 1:16 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin's only shot of the game gave Colorado the lead in the first minute. Philipp Grubauer made it stand up for the last 59. "First shot, first goal, we keep working and don't look back," Grubauer said. It was just the type of performance the scuffling Avalanche needed. Grubauer...

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark, left, makes the save of the shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Roman Polak, right, as center Rasmus Asplund, obscured, defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Dahlin breaks tie, Ullmark helps Sabres beat Stars 4-1

Jan. 17, 2020 12:58 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin’s tiebreaking goal in the second period held up for Buffalo on Thursday night. Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark and aggressive play in the neutral zone held Dallas scoreless until Buffalo scored two empty-net goals for a 4-1 win over the Stars. Dahlin took a pass from Henri...