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Goaltender Thatcher Demko keeps smiling in nail-biting NHL debut, Canucks win

Goaltender Thatcher Demko keeps smiling in nail-biting NHL debut, Canucks win

VANCOUVER — It was a wild ride with a dangerous swerve toward hitting the ditch, but goaltender Thatcher Demko couldn't stop grinning the whole game.
Howard gets 1st shutout, Red Wings beat Senators 2-0

Howard gets 1st shutout, Red Wings beat Senators 2-0

DETROIT — Out of the playoffs and sinking fast with one win in 14 games a week ago, the Detroit Red Wings could have embraced tanking to bolster their chances in the NHL draft lottery. Instead, they launched a winning streak.
Bruins beat Panthers 5-1, regain first place in East

Bruins beat Panthers 5-1, regain first place in East

BOSTON — Nick Holden has only been in Boston for about a month, and he's already learned that he needs to keep his stick on the ice when he's playing with David Krejci.
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov out for rest of regular season

Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov out for rest of regular season

DENVER — The playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche received a big blow when goalie Semyon Varlamov and defenceman Erik Johnson were ruled out for the remainder of the regular season due to injuries.
Ovechkin, a durable 'Russian machine,' reaches 1,000 games

Ovechkin, a durable 'Russian machine,' reaches 1,000 games

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin is built like a linebacker with the motor of a steam engine and the mentality of a wrecking ball. He can score like no other player of this generation and few in history and has the physicality to match.
Marchessault's OT goal lifts Vegas past St. Louis,  4-3

Marchessault's OT goal lifts Vegas past St. Louis, 4-3

LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee stood alone in the hallway outside of his team's locker room Friday night, as someone walked by and blurted: "One more George.
Ducks edge Kings 2-1 in OT on Rakell's goal

Ducks edge Kings 2-1 in OT on Rakell's goal

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rickard Rakell scored 4:41 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Friday night. Nick Ritchie also scored and John Gibson saved 28 shots for the Ducks, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games.
Lightning stops 3-game slide with 7-3 win over Rangers

Lightning stops 3-game slide with 7-3 win over Rangers

NEW YORK — Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored two goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a three-game slide with a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night. J.T.
Varlamov strong before exiting, Avs beat Blackhawks 5-0

Varlamov strong before exiting, Avs beat Blackhawks 5-0

DENVER — Semyon Varlamov stopped everything — including a hard-crashing Chicago player late in the third period. Only, the collision took its toll: sending the Colorado goaltender flying into the net and knocking him out of the game.
Lightning surge past Rangers 7-3 to end 3-game slide

Lightning surge past Rangers 7-3 to end 3-game slide

NEW YORK — Coming off an emotional loss that knocked them out of first place, the Tampa Bay Lightning took a little while to get going against the New York Rangers. They eventually found their stride.