LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings jumped on a couple of early scoring chances and spent the rest of the night playing stellar defence. When a few shots broke through that defensive front, Jonathan Quick was there.
The Kings won the Stanley Cup two years ago with that basic formula, and they can see it clicking again as they close in on another playoff run.
CHICAGO - Marian Hossa will be sidelined for two to three weeks because of an upper-body injury, leaving the Chicago Blackhawks without one of their top scorers.
Hossa was injured Saturday night during Chicago's 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins outside at Soldier Field. It is unclear exactly when Hossa got hurt, but he took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicago's second power play of the first period.
CHICAGO - The swirling snow came down in waves, dancing around the upper deck before eventually descending to the temporary ice rink in the middle of a football field.
Playing in a winter wonderland, Jonathan Toews showed his two-way game is perfect for any conditions.
Toews had two goals and an assist at a picturesque Soldier Field, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Saturday night in the finale of the NHL Stadium Series.
CHICAGO - Forward Marian Hossa has left the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with an upper-body injury.
It was unclear when exactly Hossa was injured. He took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicago's second power play of the first period Saturday night at Soldier Field.
The Blackhawks announced the injury between the first and second periods. Hossa is third on the team with 24 goals.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - First, Ryan Miller. Now, Pat LaFontaine.
A day after trading their star goalie to St. Louis, the Buffalo Sabres lost another face of their franchise after LaFontaine abruptly resigned as president of hockey operations on Saturday a little more than three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL's last-place team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After consecutive strong games, Ondrej Pavelec has the Winnipeg Jets in the chase for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Pavalec made 39 saves in a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and coach Paul Maurice knows his goalie has been on a hot streak.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was a similar game — only with the Columbus Blue Jackets on the winning side — less than 48 hours later.
Artem Anisimov scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and special teams provided four goals in the Blue Jackets' 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
BOSTON - Alex Ovechkin looks as if he's ready to carry the Washington Capitals to one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots.
Coming off a strong game two days earlier, Ovechkin collected his 800th career point and raised his league-leading total to 43 goals with a pair of power-play scores, leading the Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
PHILADELPHIA - Flyers coach Craig Berube wasn't surprised by the way the Philadelphia bounced back on Saturday from a blowout loss because he's seen that type of resilience all season.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
Vincent Lecvalier, Sean Couturier and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which rebounded from a 7-3 home defeat to San Jose on Thursday.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, reaching the mark in the second period on Saturday in the New Jersey Devils' game against the New York Islanders.
The New Jersey forward moved into this elite group when he netted his 19th goal of the season. The Islanders have been Jagr's favourite target in his 20 NHL seasons. He has 61 goals and 88 assists in 101 career games.