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Follow live: Malkin's 11th career hat-trick helps Pens retake the lead

The Penguins and Capitals have had no problem finding the back of the net tonight as the teams combined to score 9 goals in the second period.

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The benefit to three-point regulation wins

Would a change to three points for a regulation win change NHL teams' strategies in the final five minutes? We asked a handful of NHL coaches.

Red Wings come out on top with Vanek's goal (0:41)
Boyle sneaks in go-ahead goal for Lightning (0:31)
Islanders ride three-goal second period past Bruins (1:01)
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Why are the Wild so much better this season?

With a comeback win over the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Minnesota Wild took over the lead of the Western Conference and showed they are for real. But how are they doing it?

Ennis attempts unbelievable lacrosse-style goal (0:15)
Benn snaps two sticks in frustration during Dallas' loss (0:21)
Is the NHL in denial about potential CTE link? (6:58)
Did NHL conceal information regarding risks of brain trauma? (2:10)
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Midseason NHL awards and trade buzz

Who are the leading candidates for the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies? Who is on the trading block, and which teams will be buyers/sellers?

Tavares ties it, but Stempniak wins it for Hurricanes (0:38)
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Mile-high makeover: Avs ready to rebuild

Colorado GM Joe Sakic will listen to offers on any player on his roster not named Nathan MacKinnon or Mikko Rantanen, says Pierre LeBrun. Will the Avs deal Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog?

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Who is the first-half MVP?

Which player was most valuable to his team in the first half of the season? We canvassed our experts, and some of their responses might surprise you. Or not.

Goalie fight ends with one-punch knockout (0:18)


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This is the 3rd time in Evgeni Malkin's career that he's scored 3 goals in a period. But this is the first time that he's done it without an empty-netter.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

No matter the outcome of this game between the Capitals and Penguins, this is pure entertainment. What a game.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou talks about trying to beat Carey Price and his highlight reel goal against the Penguins.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Thomas Vanek says he believes it's too early to write off the Red Wings playoff streak. Back-to-back wins against the Penguins and Canadiens have helped give young Red Wings team some confidence.


Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek's goal breaks a scoreless tie late in the second period vs. Canadiens. Vanek now has five goals in his last six games. If Red Wings fall out of playoff race, he becomes an interesting option at the trade deadline, especially for teams looking for power play help.