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Olympic hockey forges on, even without NHL stars
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GANGNUENG, South Korea — It was a miracle — on thin ice. A hockey game broke out the other night at the lukewarm Pyeongchang Games where for the first time in two decades the NHL stayed home. The day special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly interfering with the 2016

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Vigneault picks shaky time for even mild Lundqvist criticism
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Look, on one hand, it would probably be cowardly for New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault to skirt all questions about his team’s struggles. “I believe that we’re a goaltender getting on a roll here to being back in the hunt and back into the playoffs,” Vigneault said. Goaltending got better, we went on […]

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Five ways to make the All-Star Game even more fun
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Our writers have some radical ideas on how to improve the NHL’s midseason classic, such as turning it into a four-team international tourney, pitting the defending Cup champs against the world, restoring the fantasy draft and reuniting Team North America.

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How to make the NHL All-Star skills competition even crazier — and more fun
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The NHL All-Star Skills Competition is crazy fun as it is. But it can always be a little crazier. Here are 10 suggestions, including dodgeball on ice, human bowling and the 100-on-3 challenge.

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Vegas’ start is even more impressive than it seems
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As the NHL’s season heads into its second half the Vegas Golden Knights remain the league’s most improbable success story. Through their first 39 games they have already won more games than Minnesota, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and San Jose all won in their debut seasons, and they are just one win away from matching […]

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Wild could really use Parise, even if he’s limited
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Look, it’s tough to imagine Zach Parise doing enough to make his contract look any less frightening for the Minnesota Wild. It’s also tough to imagine 33-year-old Parise playing like prime-age, forechecking and scoring phenom Parise once he returns from an AHL stint to shake off the rust, as has been reported by Dane Mizutani […]

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Cam Atkinson’s season to forget gets even worse
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The season that’s quickly become one to forget for Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets got even worse as The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports that the forward suffered a broken foot and will miss 4-6 weeks. Atkinson will have surgery Tuesday or Wednesday after blocking a Seth Jones shot during Saturday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Preview: Lightning look to even season series vs. Islanders
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Two of the NHL’s highest scoring offenses meet again as the Tampa Ba Lightning host the New York Islanders.

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Golden Knights pad Pacific lead, even with Burns’ first goal
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Coming into Friday’s game, what was stranger: Brent Burns having zero goals on the season despite 84 shots on goal in 20 games, or the Vegas Golden Knights leading the Pacific Division? Both points ended up being relevant to the discussion, as Burns finally scored his first goal of 2017-18 to help the San Jose […]

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Even in their struggles, Bruins have reason(s) to be thankful
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Thanksgiving in the United States has become an important holiday in NHL circles because it provides a regular-season marker that allows teams to gauge their playoff viability. Roughly 75 percent of teams in a playoff spot at Turkey Day end up qualifying

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Golden Knights shocking NHL even with their mascot | SC with SVP | ESPN
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SVP’s 1 Big Thing takes on the surprising success of the Vegas Golden Knights, but expresses a few complaints, including why their mascot is a snake and not a knight. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔ Watch Latest Episodes on WatchESPN: http://es.pn/LatestEpisodes ✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV Get more ESPN on […]

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Even Jack Eichel cannot save the Sabres from their miserable goaltending
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There are only a few teams worse off in the standings than the Buffalo Sabres. Arizona has yet to win a game in the 2017-18 season while Montreal’s offense continues to stall with no signs of hope. As for the Sabres, who rank as the NHL’s third-worst team in the league with just one win […]

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