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Lightning star Kucherov out indefinitely

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov will be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury he suffered late in the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions' overtime win over the Washington Capitals last weekend.

"It's definitely not a day-to-day thing, so we'll wait until we get an official word, but he's definitely out," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after practice Monday. "He's going to be out for a while here. We're not going to put a timetable on it until we get an official word. In the short term here he's definitely out."

Kucherov missed all of the 2020-21 regular season after undergoing hip surgery in the offseason. He returned in the playoffs to have eight goals and 24 assists to help the Lightning win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.


NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey. Kane will forfeit about $1.68 million of his $7 million salary for this season with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Flyers rout Kraken in Hakstol's return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The final months of Dave Hakstol's time coaching the Flyers came with angry fans chanting "Fire Hakstol! Fire Hakstol!" With this kind of lopsided score in his return, Philly fans might just throw out a welcome mat.

Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny scored, Carter Hart stopped 24 shots and the Flyers spoiled Hakstol's return to Philadelphia with a 6-1 win over the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.


Tierney scores 2 PPGs as Sens down Stars

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Chris Tierney scored on two second-period power plays and Filip Gustavsson made 32 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

"I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help the team win," Tierney said. "A couple good bounces. But that's what they say, is if you go to the net you're going to get bounces, so it's good."


Pens score 4 in 1st, chase Fleury in win

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins are doing just fine so far without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Drew O'Connor scored his first NHL goal, Danton Heinen got his third in three games and Pittsburgh tallied four times in the first period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in its home opener Saturday night.


McDavid hat trick gets Oilers by Flames

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid scored three goals for his 11th career hat trick and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Saturday night.

Mike Smith made 45 saves, and Jesse Juljujarvi had a goal and two assists for Edmonton (2-0). Derek Ryan also scored, and Leon Draisaitl added three assists.


Bennett scores 3 as Panthers beat Isles

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The only hat trick of Sam Bennett's career before Saturday wasn't exactly enjoyed by the Florida Panthers, since it happened against them nearly six years ago.

They liked this one far more.


Pacioretty, Stone on shelf for Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Vegas lost two more players when forward Max Pacioretty and captain Mark Stone got hurt Thursday against Los Angeles, adding two key names to the Golden Knights' long list of injuries.

Pacioretty is week to week after he broke a foot during the 6-2 loss at the Kings, coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday. Pacioretty led Vegas with 24 goals last season.


Blues get 2 from Perron, hold off Avs

DENVER (AP) David Perron's teammates gave him a hard time for sitting out Friday's practice. The extra rest seems to have paid off for the St. Louis Blues.

"I've never taken so much heat for taking the time I needed to play today," Perron said. "I had to score one at least."


Lafreniere scores at home, Rangers win

MONTREAL (AP) Alexis Lafreniere snapped a third-period tie with a power-play goal in his first NHL game back home, and the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night for their first victory under new coach Gerard Gallant.

Lafreniere, the top pick in the 2020 draft, grew up about an hour from Montreal in Saint-Eustache, Quebec. He scored for the Rangers (1-1-1) just 26 seconds after Jonathan Drouin pulled Montreal (0-3) even.

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