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Penguins GM Rutherford abruptly resigns

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Jim Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014 tasked with jumpstarting a star-laden but stalled franchise to life.

By the end of his third season as general manager, the Penguins became the first team in a generation to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

Those banners will serve as long-lasting reminders of the success of Rutherford's tenure, one that came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when the 71-year-old Hall of Famer resigned just two weeks into the abbreviated 2021 season.


Canucks roll as Sens' slide reaches 6

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) J.T. Miller had two goals and an assist, Tyler Motte scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks handed the Ottawa Senators their sixth straight loss, 5-1 on Wednesday night.

"I think we need to push ourselves," Miller said. "I know it looks pretty for you guys because I got some points today but at the same time there's not much difference in the game."


Duchene lifts Preds over 'Hawks in SO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For Matt Duchene, confidence was the difference.

Duchene scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.


Sharks to return home in mid-February

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'Canes set to return from COVID pause

The Carolina Hurricanes played just three games this season before having to shut down workouts and postpone four games due to COVID-19 concerns.

They returned to practice this week and are set to play Thursday against Tampa Bay in what amounts to a second try at starting the season, although coach Rod Brind'Amour is missing key names and concerned about conditioning issues following the unexpected layoff.


Sens get Kopacka from Sharks for Jaros

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Jack Kopacka and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday for defenseman Christian Jaros.

Kopacka was acquired by the Sharks from the Anahaim Ducks earlier Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Trevor Carrick. In 2019-20, the 22-year-old from Michigan had seven goals and eight assists in 37 games San Diego in the AHL and four goals and four assists in five games for Tulsa in the AHL.


Rantanen scores in 6th straight, Avs win

DENVER (AP) Brandon Saad scored twice, one in a three-goal flurry at the end of the first period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for the sixth straight game to tie an Avalanche record, and Valeri Nichushkin added a short-handed goal and an assist in the rout.


Without coaches, Vegas loses in shootout

LAS VEGAS (AP) Missing all their coaches, Max Pacioretty and the Vegas Golden Knights still managed to earn a point.

Strange night, but they'll certainly take it.


Stars beat Wings in OT, move to 3-0-0

DALLAS (AP) Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. John Klingberg, who scored the other Dallas goal, passed up a couple of opportunities to shoot and sent the puck to Dickinson, who beat Thomas Greiss from the high slot.


Bruins edge Pens on Smith's late OT goal

BOSTON (AP) Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the Boston Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie's goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Boston has gone to overtime or a shootout in four of its first six games, winning three.

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