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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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Derek Dorsett Comments on His Decision to Stop Playing in the NHL (Dec. 06, 2017)
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Derek Dorsett meets with the media for the first time since announcing he will not return to the Canucks due to risks associated with playing. Dorsett has played 515 NHL games through 10 seasons (51-76-127) with three teams (Columbus, New York Rangers, Vancouver). “I’m devastated by the news. It will take a long time for […]

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Canuck's Dorsett not cleared to resume playing
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Derek Dorsett‘s playing days appear to be over. The forward will not return to the Vancouver Canucks' active roster due to both his current condition and the health risks associated with playing, general manager Jim Benning announced Thursday. Dorsett underwent cervical disc herniation surgery last December and was cleared to return this season, but recently […]

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Ron Hextall: Flyers ‘not playing poorly’ during 9-game losing streak
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During this nine-game skid, the Flyers have scored to take or extend leads 15 times. How much longer will Hextall allow his head coach and players to “battle through this” before a hammer needs to drop?

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Are the Bruins playing to the personalities of their goalies?
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What's happening between the pipes is beginning to become much more than a coincidence for the Boston Bruins. After four spirited wins with Anton Khudobin in goal, Tuukka Rask had his number called and the B's responded with a medium work ethic, low energy game in a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. […]

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Michael Raffl rejuvenated playing with Flyers' dynamic fourth line
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Don't think for one minute Michael Raffl isn't having fun. For a guy that scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and was at times featured in a top-line role alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, remaining his jovial self would seem like a challenge. At 28 years old, Raffl is an elder statesman of sorts among Laughton […]

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Jagr 'not against' playing on Flames' 3rd or 4th line
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Jaromir Jagr will be back in the NHL this season, but at 45 years old, he's well aware of the circumstances of the team he's joining. On Monday, the veteran agreed to a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames. At his age and with the Flames' depth, chances are Jagr will feature prominently on the […]

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Bruins playing it safe with Chara, hope to see dividends later
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It’s not your imagination if you feel like you haven’t seen 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara much this preseason. After all, it’s awfully difficult to miss the massive D-man out on the ice, and some of the Bruins' sloppy D-zone mistakes in Detroit and Philly probably wouldn’t have happened if Ol' No. 33 was out there. Chara, […]

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Watch: Bieber gets hype playing NHL 18
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@justinbieber already putting up mad points in NHL 18 😂 A post shared by NHL on NBC Sports (@nhlonnbcsports) on Sep 20, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT We've all been there: getting a bit too rowdy over a favorite video game. Such was the case Wednesday for pop superstar Justin Bieber, as the Canadian singer finally […]

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Red Sox will start playing anti-racism PSA before games at Fenway Park
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The Boston Red Sox will be the first of five Boston pro sports teams to air an anti-racism PSA before its games starting Sept. 28. The PSA is titled “Take the Lead” and it comes after a season of high-profile racially charged incidents involving the Red Sox. The Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins […]

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Fantasy: 3 players who'll benefit from playing alongside a superstar
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In a lot of ways, hockey players are just like us. They put their pants on one leg at a time, go to the office every morning, and occasionally profit off the hard work of others. Across the NHL, a number of players have the distinct advantage of playing next to a guy who makes […]

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Penguins Predictions: Sprong, Aston-Reese have competition for NHL playing time
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Editor's note: Beat writer Jonathan Bombulie will make a series of Penguins predictions leading up to the start of training camp Sept. 15. THE ISSUE Either Daniel Sprong or Zach Aston-Reese will be the call-up who plays the most NHL games this season. THE CASE FOR 1. Track record: In each of Mike

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