Thompson’s 5 goals tie Sabres single-game high

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson tied a franchise record with five goals against the host Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Thompson tied the mark at 16:07 of the second period, which put the Sabres up 7-2 on their way to a 9-4 win. It was his 21st goal of the season. He became the second Buffalo player with five goals in a single game, joining Dave Andreychuk, who accomplished the feat against […]

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Devils win 13 in a row to equal franchise record

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Devils tied a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 at home Monday night. The Devils previously won 13 straight games from Feb. 16 to March 23, 2001, a team that would go on to play for the Stanley Cup. Their current streak started Oct. 25 and has fueled the Devils’ surge to the top of the Metropolitan Division. This is the […]

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NHL Power Rankings: Every team’s MVP so far

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. The quarter mark of the 2022-23 NHL season is fast approaching, as teams will hit game No. 20 on their schedules within the coming days. To mark the occasion, we’ve identified the MVP for all 32 teams, presented in conjunction with this week’s updated 1-32 power rankings. How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors rates teams against one another — taking into account game results, […]

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Boston rising: Five keys to the Bruins’ better-than-expected start

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. The Boston Bruins were rumored to be washed up. They were supposed to be too old. And too injured. And too past their prime. No way could this Bruins’ team run with the younger, faster Atlantic Division teams — let along the high-flying league at large. That part turned out to be true; the Bruins haven’t been keeping up. They’ve been setting the pace. Boston cruised to a league-best 12-2-0 record […]

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Kane out 3-4 months after skate blade cuts wrist

EDMONTON, Alberta — Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane will miss three to four months after being cut on the left wrist by a skate blade, the team announced Wednesday. The injury occurred during Edmonton’s 3-2 win at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Kane, 31, got tangled with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers just inside the Edmonton defensive zone and while on the ice was cut by Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon’s skate blade 3 minutes, 27 seconds into the second period. […]

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Apologetic Neely: Bruins failed in vetting Miller

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said the signing of prospect Mitchell Miller was his biggest regret as an NHL executive, and he expressed concern over failures in the team’s vetting process. “I’m extremely upset that we have made a lot of people unhappy with our decision,” Neely said Monday. “I take a lot of pride in the Bruins organization and what we stand for, and we failed there.” The Bruins signed Miller, a […]

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Ovechkin sets record for most goals with one team

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Alex Ovechkin set the NHL record for most goals scored with one franchise, netting his 787th career goal with the Washington Capitals to break a tie with Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe’s career total with the Detroit Red Wings. The record-breaking goal came on home ice against the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. In the second period, Ovechkin posted his seventh goal of the season, a power-play tally with assists from Trevor van […]

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Bolts reinstate Cole after NHL closes investigation

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL said it found no evidence to substantiate sexual misconduct allegations against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Cole and considers the matter closed. Cole was immediately reinstated by the Lightning, who had suspended him with pay. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to respond to and refute the anonymous allegations made against me, which I categorically deny,” Cole said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to returning to the ice with my teammates […]

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Lightning suspend Cole pending investigation

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Tampa Bay Lightning suspended defenseman Ian Cole on Sunday night pending an investigation into allegations made on social media that he sexually abused a woman when she was a minor. In a statement, the Lightning said they are aware of the allegations against Cole and are cooperating fully with the NHL on an investigation. “Our organization takes these allegations very seriously,” the team’s statement read. “While we continue to gather more details, […]

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Leafs GM betting on team to earn his contract

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said he does not have a contract beyond the 2022-23 NHL season but doesn’t see that becoming a distraction for himself or the team. “I’m more than happy to go through the year and be evaluated on the year and then have the decision made, because I believe in our group,” Dubas said on the first day of Toronto Maple Leafs camp on Wednesday. Dubas was […]

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