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Pens' Crosby still without return date

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby still isn't sure when he will be cleared to return after he had left wrist surgery last month.

Crosby skated with his teammates for more than an hour Friday in the latest step in his recovery from surgery in early September. The team announced at the time of the procedure that Crosby would miss a minimum of six weeks. The six-week mark passed on Wednesday with Crosby still inching his way back.

The three-time Stanley Cup winner has been dealing with pain in the wrist off and on since shortly after the 2014 Olympics. He initially hoped offseason rest would give it time to heal properly, a strategy that worked for him during previous summers. But as training camp for the 2021-22 season loomed with symptoms still lingering, he opted to have surgery in hopes of fixing the problem for good.


McDavid nets 200th, Oilers stay unbeaten

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Connor McDavid and Leon Draisatl came up together through the Edmonton Oilers' system, putting up prodigious numbers nearly side by side.

The friends have continued the success in the NHL, so it seemed fitting they reached the same milestone only days apart.


Bobrovsky wins 300th, Panthers now 4-0-0

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Sam Bennett scored the go-ahead goal and Sergei Bobrovsky earned his 300th NHL win as the Florida Panthers remained undefeated with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

The 4-0-0 start is the best in Panthers history. They had seven points in the standings through the first four games on three other occasions: 1996-97, 1999-2000 and last season. Florida made the playoffs in each of those seasons.


Devils' Hughes has dislocated shoulder

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL draft, has a dislocated left shoulder and will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Devils placed Hughes on injured reserve Thursday. They said he won't need surgery at this time and he has started physical therapy. He will be re-evaluated next week.


Kotkaniemi scores in return, 'Canes win

MONTREAL (AP) Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first goal for Carolina in his return to Montreal, helping the Hurricanes beat the winless Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old Kotkaniemi left the Canadiens for the Hurricanes over the summer after signing a $6.1 million offer sheet. The Finn was booed every time he touched the ice, let alone the puck.


Capitals win 9th straight against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Washington Capitals had the New Jersey Devils' number last season, winning all eight games. Nothing seemingly has changed this season.

Daniel Sprong set up the Capitals' first goal and scored on a second-period breakaway in one-sided 4-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night.


Canucks win, drop Blackhawks to 0-4-1

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Dickinson, Tanner Pearson and Brock Boeser scored their first goals of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the winless Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Thatcher Demko made 29 saves and Conor Garland added an empty-netter with 1:02 left to help the Canucks (2-2-1) end a two-game slide. Vancouver scored two goals in the second period to take the lead for good in the fifth of a six-game road trip, its longest to start a season in team history.


Lafreniere snaps tie, Rangers top Preds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Alexis Lafreniere scored with 9:07 remaining in the third period to lift the New York Rangers over the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Thursday night.

Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow also scored and Igor Shesterkin made 28 saves for New York, winners of three straight. Shesterkin has stopped 99 of 102 shots in those three games.


Connor leads short-handed Jets by Ducks

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor scored twice and added an assist with regular linemates Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele in COVID-19 protocol and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.

Playing on a line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Evgeny Svechnikov, Connor scored his first goal into an empty net with 2:49 left, then beat goalie John Gibson with 1:14 to go to cap the scoring.


Sharks beat Senators, improve to 3-0-0

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored in the second period and James Reimer made 30 saves in the San Jose Sharks' 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

The Sharks improved to 3-0-0. They have outscored opponents 11-4.

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