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Blue Jackets D Jones leaves with injury

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist in the third period and the Florida Panthers rallied to beat the host Lightning 3-2 in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Trailing 2-0 at the start of the third, Dadonov scored 2:16 in. Aaron Ekblad added a short-handed goal at 7:03 to tie the score, and Aleksander Barkov scored the game-winner just over five minutes later.

James Reimer made 27 saves for Florida.


Defending champion Caps seeking repeat

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Tom Wilson caught himself. He knew what was about to come out of his mouth went against years of hatred between his Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I don't know why I'm saying this, but you respect a team like Pittsburgh," the top-line right winger said. "It's so hard to win, let alone to do it twice."


Knights hope to build on unlikely debut

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights stunned the league with a run to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season and almost seemed to be leading a charmed existence.

But the storybook season ended with the Washington Capitals hoisting the Cup on Vegas' home ice and the bitter taste remains, which is driving the defending Western Conference champions as they prepare for season No. 2.


Pens hope long summer equals fast start

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups.

And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the last 35 years to capture three straight titles - they recovered from a blah start to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling to Washington - that special gear they relied on so heavily during their run of dominance never materialized.


Talented Lightning embracing lofty goals

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning know there are no shortcuts to winning a Stanley Cup title.

Three deep playoff runs over the past four seasons ended in disappointment that lingers in the minds of the defending Atlantic Division champions, who understand it takes a lot more than an abundance of talent to be successful.


Preds see no reason to mess with success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators see no reason to make any major changes to a roster that won the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy, not with a group that has been so very close to that elusive Stanley Cup the past two seasons.

"It didn't work out in the playoffs the way we wanted," Nashville captain Roman Josi said. "But we truly believe this team can win a Stanley Cup, and that's why we want to keep this team together."


Sharks aiming high after Karlsson trade

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Coach Peter DeBoer embraced the high expectations for the San Jose Sharks after general manager Doug Wilson presented him two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson on the eve of training camp.

A franchise that perpetually has fallen just short so many times now has the pieces in place to win it all.


Reloaded Blues hoping for big season

ST. LOUIS (AP) One talented Russian winger. Deep lines and pairings. Years of playoff heartache.

Months after Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the St. Louis Blues are looking to follow in their footsteps.


Stars ready for fun under Montgomery

DALLAS (AP) This is the third season in a row the Dallas Stars have a different coach and a different style. They're ready to have some fun with the guy fresh out of college.

After the differing approaches of grizzled veterans Lindy Ruff and then Ken Hitchcock in a one-season return of their Stanley Cup-winning coach from two decades ago, there is more of an emphasis on relentless offense with new coach Jim Montgomery in his transition from the college ranks to first-time NHL head coach.


Devils going for more than just playoffs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Getting to the playoffs isn't going to be good enough for the New Jersey Devils this season. The goals are now higher.

Coming off their worst season in nearly 30 years, the Devils shocked the NHL last year by returning to the postseason for the first time since 2011-12.

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