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Ovechkin, Kuznetsov support Russians playing under neutral flag at Olympics
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Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov believe Russian athletes should compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, at all costs. On Tuesday the IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, removing the flag, the anthem, and any athletes with a history of doping. However, clean athletes from Russia will still have the opportunity […]

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Illustrated Review: How the Penguins busted the Senators' neutral zone trap
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In the early stages of the Eastern Conference Final, the narrative attached to the Ottawa Senators was they were a boring team to watch, running a neutral zone trap, squeezing the offensive life out of their opponents and games. It became such a self-aware story that fans chanted "1-3-1" at Canadian Tire Centre after the […]

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Rangers looking for better execution, neutral zone play in Game 4 (Puck Daddy)
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NEW YORK, N.Y. — The scoreline read 3-1 as the Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 3 against the New York Rangers following 60 minutes of suffocating hockey. The Rangers finished with only 17 shots, making Matt Murray’s NHL playoff debut a fairly easy one. He wasn’t tested much, with the best Rangers chances shot directly into […]

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Neutral arbitrator reduces Wideman's suspension to 10 games from 20
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A neutral arbitrator has reduced Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's suspension for making contact with an official from 20 games to 10, the NHL and NHLPA announced. The incident occurred on Jan. 27, when Wideman, on his way to the Flames’ bench after taking a big hit, collided with linesman Don Henderson. The collision appeared […]

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