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Eastern Conference

Canucks rally in the second period to beat Blue Jackets 5-2
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The Blue Jackets are limping into their five-day break after another surprising loss to one of the NHL's worst teams. Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver, Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves and the Canucks rallied to beat Columbus 5-2 on Friday night. The Blue Jackets also lost 3-1 to Buffalo on Thursday […]

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Florida Panthers prefer long-term agenda over short-term gain
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If the Florida Panthers are going to emerge from the season with a playoff spot, they’re going to need to find a little more scoring. “It’s going to take somebody that’s going to be involved in that process for us to make a move,” Tallon said, speaking to reporters in Florida on Friday. Tallon said […]

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Malkin powers Penguins past Red Wings 4-1
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Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from their bye week and picked up right where they left off. Malkin had two goals and two assists, and the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. ''It's always fun when you win and have more confidence,'' Malkin said.

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Report: Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson requests trade
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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has requested a trade, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. The 31-year-old Johnson, who was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to Columbus six years ago next month, had been one of the team’s more relied-upon defenders, but this year things changed. During Thursday’s loss to the Buffalo […]

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Bruins, Canadiens shake off rust to resume rivalry
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Fatigue won't be an issue when the Boston Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday. The Bruins (23-10-7) and the Canadiens (18-20-4) are playing their first games after their league-mandated five-day break. This is the first meeting since Claude Julien was fired as Bruins coach last February and took over the Canadiens […]

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Meanwhile, Bruins gear up for their first 'Claude Bowl'
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MONTREAL – It's been so long since the Bruins played the Montreal Canadiens in a regular-season game that counted – almost a year in fact – that it might be easy to forget Saturday night is the first time the Black and Gold will face off against former

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Rangers, Islanders rivalry heats up with playoff race
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A pair of local rivals will resume their frantic race for an Eastern Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon, when the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Both the Rangers and Islanders are coming off their five-day "bye week" and will be playing for the first time since Sunday, when […]

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New ‘Canes owner believes team can win now; gives vote of confidence to coach, GM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have a new owner in Tom Dundon and he did not waste any time in showing his excitement for the team. “As the opportunity arose to become the majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes and I began analyzing the organization, the one thing that immediately jumped out to me was that with […]

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New Hurricanes owner Dundon values 'winning more than money'
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The new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes is new to owning a professional sports team and, for that matter, relatively new to hockey. ''I don't think I'm going to walk in and understand more hockey than (general manager Ron Francis). Dundon, who repeatedly described himself as impatient, has taken over the team with the NHL's […]

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Lightning lose Victor Hedman for 3-6 weeks
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The Tampa Bay Lightning lost Victor Hedman to a lower body injury on Thursday night and it did not look great when he left the ice. The injury will force Hedman to miss the All-Star game in Tampa Bay later this month. It is possible he could be replaced by one of his teammates, Mikhail […]

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Red Wings look to continue win streak against Penguins
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Rested but hardly satisfied with their place in the Eastern Conference standings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena in their first game coming off a bye week. Pittsburgh (22-19-3) has won two in a row for the first time since a four-game winning streak Nov. 25-Dec. 2. […]

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McAvoy not thinking about hitting ‘rookie wall’
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Words like "brilliant" and "phenom" have been tossed around with great regularity through the first half-season of 20-year-old Charlie McAvoy's NHL career and with good reason, given a consistent performance that belies his rookie status. McAvoy leads all NHL rookies by a wide margin with 22:54 of ice time per game and has been strong […]

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