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Ducks confident in playing 'simple road game' to end Predators' streak
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The Nashville Predators are halfway from reaching their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history in part because they do a good job at taking leads and not coughing them up. Anaheim, for their part, has developed a knack for comebacks this postseason, as they showed in Game 2 when they fought back from 2-0 […]

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Bobby Orr: Gordie Howe 'the best to ever play the game'
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On the eve of the NHL's unveiling of the top 100 players of all time, a man who ranks among them has cast his ballot. Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr spoke to reporters prior to Friday's event, stating that no one was better than Gordie Howe. “Gordie in my mind is the best to […]

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'It’s a different game': Lamoriello struck by impact of Leafs rookies
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are providing a new challenge for one of hockey’s most experienced front office executives. The rapid emergence of rookie forwards Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander – all of whom rank within the top five in team scoring – has put the club in playoff contention perhaps a year or […]

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Wheeler on Laine own goal: 'Hate to see a guy feel that way after a game'
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It was the first real blemish on an outstanding rookie campaign. Winnipeg Jets rookie sensation Patrik Laine put another puck in the net Sunday night; unfortunately it was into his own, proving to be the game-winner for the opposing Edmonton Oilers. Related: Laine unthinkably fires rebound into own net The goal left the 18-year-old visibly […]

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Maroon bemused by concussion mandate: 'It's a man's game'
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The Edmonton Oilers were more than a touch annoyed when a call came down explaining that Connor McDavid would have to leave the bench and enter the mandated concussion protocol after tripping over a blade and whacking his mouth off the ice Sunday night. The rhetoric after the game was more likely than not impacted […]

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Trotz: High-sticking call on Backstrom was 'disrespectful to the game'
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The Washington Capitals were not pleased with a third-period penalty call on Nicklas Backstrom that led to a game-winning goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. More specifically, it was Barry Trotz who had some choice words for what appeared to be some serious embellishment on the part of Nick Foligno. "I hope the […]

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Toews, Keith, Seabrook sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at NLCS (Video) (Puck Daddy)
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Chicago Blackhawks players have shown support for local sports teams in the past. Captain Jonathan Toews posted a photo of himself on Instagram at a recent Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. In 2015 he brought the Stanley Cup to Wrigley with the rest of the team and threw out the first pitch. Last October […]

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Gretzky praises Crosby: 'I think he's the best player in the game'
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Kind words from one generational talent to another. Before he was drafted, many deemed Sidney Crosby the next “Great One” in comparison to Wayne Gretzky, and though many of No. 99’s records are safe from Crosby’s reach, Gretzky lauds what “Sid the Kid” has accomplished, and what he’s doing this postseason. “I watch him play […]

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Zatkoff: Kessel horrible at cards, but 'talks a big game'
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Everyone's a blogger these days, including Pittsburgh's Jeff Zatkoff. The Penguins' third-string goaltender is writing for NHL.com during the Stanley Cup Final, and he dropped an interesting nugget in his reaction to Game 2 about what he expected to be a joyous flight to San Jose. This is a big one for us. It's only […]

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'Thank God we win the game,' Ovechkin says after 2 missed breakaways
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Alex Ovechkin believes in a higher power. The hockey gods, at the very least. The NHL's best goal-scorer was sprung on two breakaways in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night – the second after an incredible tip pass by Nicklas Backstrom – but was stopped each time by rookie Matt Murray. Luckily […]

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Doughty: 'There's no way we can go down another game'
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Drew Doughty has no interest in trying to recreate history. Facing the prospect of a second 3-0 first-round series hole at the hands of the San Jose Jose in the past three years, the Los Angeles Kings defenseman is adamant about the need to get things going immediately. "We have a lot more to give, […]

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Coyle addresses Keith's stick swing: 'You don't expect that ever in a game'
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Charlie Coyle‘s nose was no worse for wear following an ugly stick-swinging incident Tuesday, one that he rightfully sees no place for in hockey. The Minnesota Wild forward briefly left a game against Chicago with a slashed nose after Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith swung a stick at his face. A day later, and relatively unscathed, […]

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