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Blues beat Knights to finish 3-0 trip

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko's tenure with the St. Louis Blues was a hot topic during the offseason after he requested a trade earlier in the summer, and again after the team left the 29-year-old winger unprotected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

The organization might be thankful he's still wearing a Blues sweater.

Tarasenko broke a tie midway through the third period in St. Louis' 3-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.


Atkinson's 2 goals lift Flyers by Bruins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cam Atkinson collided with the boards on a goal that had Philadelphia fans cheering louder than the goal song blaring overhead. The Flyers bench was loud, too.

"All the boys were howling," Atkinson said. "It was just a good vibe."


Oilers put G Smith on injured reserve

EDMONTON. Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers placed goalie Mike Smith on injured reserve Wednesday because of a lower-body injury.

The Oilers recalled goalie Stuart Skinner from the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League.


Kraken's new arena set for debut

SEATTLE (AP) The first event ever inside Climate Pledge Arena - whether it will be considered the official first event or not - was far from a soft opening.

"Dave Grohl said he was going to tear the building down," joked Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke on Wednesday, barely 12 hours after Foo Fighters christened the new facility. "He came close, at 2 + hours I think he was intent."


Ovie scores in 1,200th game, Caps win

WASHINGTON (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov skated to the bench after a turnover cost the Washington Capitals a goal against and wanted to slink into the ground.

None of his coaches or teammates said a thing, but it took until he scored his second goal of the game on the way to the Capitals beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Tuesday night that Kuznetsov finally felt better. He was the most noticeable player on the ice, finishing with three points after an assist on Alex Ovechkin's empty-netter for career goal No. 734 and looking like the player Washington needs him to be.


Jets captain Wheeler positive for COVID

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler will miss at least four games while sidelined for COVID-19.

The Jets said before their game Tuesday at Minnesota that Wheeler was symptomatic after testing positive for the virus.


Isles Hall of Famer Bossy has cancer

MONTREAL (AP) Former New York Islanders winger Mike Bossy, who helped the team win four straight Stanley Cups, disclosed Monday that he's been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Bossy, a Montreal native, revealed the news in a letter to TVA Sports, the French-language network where he works as a hockey analyst. He will take leave from his job while undergoing treatment.


Oilers top Ducks to start season 3-0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers extended their season-opening winning streak to three games with a 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

"You don't want to give up five goals, ever," Draisaitl said. "That means you have to scramble offensively to win a game. We don't want to be a team like that. Obviously the two points are big, we needed that, but there are lots of things we can do better defensively."


Sabres rally to beat Canucks, now 3-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored 23 seconds apart in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Buffalo's alternate captains, Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons, each added a goal and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 32 saves. After finishing in last place for the fourth time in eight seasons, the Sabres are 3-0 for the first time since 2008 and the fifth time in franchise history.


Barkov, Panthers pull away from Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal 3:40 into the third period and the Florida Panthers won their third straight game by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Barkov slammed a loose puck in the crease past Andrei Vasilevskiy for his second of the season. It came 1:04 after the Lightning tied it 1-all on Brayden Point's goal.

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