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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand get Bruins past Stars

Forwards combine for six points, Boston wins for sixth time in past seven

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had three points to help the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

"Yeah, we were getting the bounces," Bergeron said. "Sometimes it doesn't always go your way, but this afternoon it was one of those days where we were getting the looks and generating some chances off of us moving our feet, but also reading off each other."

Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins (32-24-6), who closed a four-game road trip 3-1-0 and have won six of their past seven games (6-1-0).

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Trade Coverage

NHL Trade Buzz: Canucks could be sellers

Veteran goalie Ryan Miller, forward Alexandre Burrows may be traded prior to Deadline

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are three days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, March 1) and the speculation increases around the Vancouver Canucks as sellers. Also, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile weighs how much change is enough as he contemplates possible moves.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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game recap

Johnny Gaudreau sends Flames past Hurricanes

Forward has two goals, assist to help Calgary win fourth straight to end road trip

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 34 saves to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

The Flames (33-26-4) won their fourth straight to finish a five-game road trip 4-0-1. Calgary has 70 points and holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

The Hurricanes (25-25-8) have lost six of the past seven games (1-5-1).

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Sunday Long Read

40 years later, Hanson Brother embraces 'Slap Shot'

Life after classic film not always easy for former NHL player Steve Carlson

by Shawn P. Roarke @SRoarke_NHL / Director of Editorial

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Becoming one of the Hanson Brothers was easy for Steve Carlson.

Then a 20-year-old free spirit, he was suited for his role in the cult-classic film "Slap Shot."

Remaining Steve Hanson for the past 40 years has been a bit more difficult.

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NHL Stadium Series

Sidney Crosby has special night at Heinz Field

Penguins captain scores League-leading 34th goal in outdoor win against Flyers

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby knew Saturday was special.

Not because he scored a goal, something he's done in three straight games and four of his past five. Not because he had two golden chances to score again, because that's been a common occurrence this season.

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NHL Stadium Series

Super scene in Pittsburgh

Sidney Crosby, packed Heinz Field make for another special outdoor game

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

PITTSBURGH -- This was the better memory Sidney Crosby wanted.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain glided backward off the right side of the net in the first period Saturday night, head up, stick down. The pass came through the slot, fast and flat on the outdoor ice, and Crosby looked down and settled the puck on his blade for a split-second.

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Trade Coverage

Blue Jackets will be patient prior to deadline

President John Davidson won't force trade with 2017 Expansion Draft looming @NHL

The Columbus Blue Jackets will remain patient prior to the NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, March 1) with the 2017 Expansion Draft looming this summer.

"We all dream. We all want. And then we settle into reality," president John Davidson told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday. "What's more complicated this year, [Aaron], is the expansion draft. We're all dealing with this. So when you make deals, you have to look at who now is going to be exposed, who's not, and are we going to pick a different format for protection ... everything pulls into it. We'd like to do things, for sure. But not at the expense for two months as a rental. Not at the expense of pushing one more guy out there, exposed, this summer."

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Player Safety

Brandon Manning to have hearing with Player Safety

Flyers defenseman faces discipline from NHL for interference on Jake Guentzel of Penguins @NHL

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

The incident occurred at 3:26 of the second period of the 2017 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Heinz Field. Manning was not penalized on the play.

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Trade Coverage

Chris Kunitz of Penguins can relate to trade deadline

Veteran forward recalls shock, pain of being dealt from Anaheim to Pittsburgh in 2009

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / Columnist

PITTSBURGH -- Chris Kunitz has become a beloved member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has helped them win the Stanley Cup twice. He has helped Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each win the Hart Trophy as most valuable player and Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium paraded seven penguins into Heinz Field before the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Each penguin was named for a Penguin. Of course, one was named Kunitz.

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NHL Stadium Series

Flyers at 'critical point' of season

After loss to Penguins, know time is running out to make playoff push

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- It didn't take long after the final horn sounded on the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Saturday for the Philadelphia Flyers to turn the page.

With 21 games left and time running out for them to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, forward is the only way they can afford to move.

The Flyers lost 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field and remained five points out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

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Short Shifts

Real penguins march into Stadium Series

Birds named after members of Stanley Cup champions introduced at Heinz Field @NHL

Colony of penguins hit the ice

PHI@PIT: Group of penguins enter ice at Heinz Field

A colony of penguins enter the ice at Heinz Field prior to the faceoff between the Flyers and Penguins in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

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PITTSBURGH -- There truly was a march of the penguins at Heinz Field on Saturday.

Before the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, seven penguins from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium took center stage.

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Auston Matthews leading Maple Leafs' playoff push

Rookie center up to 30 goals, has Toronto in win-now mode

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- By the end of the game, when Andrew Shaw scored the game-winner for the Montreal Canadiens at 1:06 of overtime, the two goals by Auston Matthews hardly mattered. They were easily forgotten, easily dismissed in the moment, even though they had gotten the young star to 30 goals on the season before the calendar turned to March.

No, the moment that counted had come not long before Shaw's goal, when Matthews burst out on an overtime breakaway that could have ended the game, ended a stretch of 14 consecutive games of futility for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Canadiens dating back to January 2014.

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NHL upholds Antoine Vermette's 10-game suspension

Ducks forward had appealed punishment for physical abuse of official

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK -- Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed to Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Antoine Vermette releases statement on suspension

Ducks forward appealed 10-game ban for physical abuse of officials @NHL

Statement from Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette, whose 10-game suspension for violating rule Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14 was upheld on Saturday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Vermette had appealed the suspension.

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Rich Peverley raising heart health awareness

Stars host Pevs Protects Day with former center dropping ceremonial puck

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

DALLAS -- Former Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley nonchalantly grabbed a street hockey stick and stepped into the middle of a ball hockey game outside of American Airlines Center on Sunday.

As the orange ball skipped toward Peverley, the first time a young Stars fan, wearing a Mike Modano jersey, stopped chasing the play, he realized who had just stepped into the game, smiled and said "wow."

Three years removed from an unfortunate and sudden end to his playing career, that's the type of impact Peverley has on people.

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Patrick Eaves makes Ducks debut

Forward plays 16 minutes in loss to Kings after trade from Stars

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Fortunately for Patrick Eaves, the madcap merry-go-round should stop spinning now.

Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday afternoon and made his debut with them Saturday, a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

"I got in at like midnight and met everyone at breakfast this morning," said Eaves, who played the past three seasons for the Dallas Stars.

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game preview

Preview: Blues at Blackhawks

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford out with illness; St. Louis back after five-day break

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

BLUES (31-24-5) AT BLACKHAWKS (38-18-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

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Preview: Senators at Panthers

Ottawa forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman game-time decisions; goalie James Reimer to start for Florida

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

SENATORS (32-21-6) at PANTHERS (28-22-10)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-F, NHL.TV

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game preview

Preview: Sabres at Coyotes

Buffalo looks to end losing streak; goalie Louis Domingue gets start again for Arizona

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

SABRES (26-25-10) at COYOTES (21-32-7)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, MSG-B, NHL.TV

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NHL Insider

Rich Peverley helping others after health scare

Former NHL forward, who went into cardiac arrest during game, raises funds for lifesaving devices

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

GUELPH, Ontario -- A raw edge bites at Nathalie Peverley's voice, nearly three years later. Her voice thickens, becomes huskier, as the memories and fears and anxieties rise, once again, to the surface. It has all taken time to process, and still the emotion is palpable.

There was the cardiac arrest that eventually ended Rich Peverley's hockey career; the surgeries, the workouts that were ultimately in vain; the retirement, the way that life changed completely and irrevocably.

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NHL Stadium Series

Matt Cullen thrives outdoors for Penguins

Scores game-winner in Stadium Series after skating on pond at home

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen, despite his inexperience with NHL outdoor games, had a secret weapon when it came to the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday at Heinz Field.

So it shouldn't have come as a huge surprise that he scored the winning goal in the Penguins' 4-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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NHL Stadium Series

Matt Murray felt nervous, but it didn't show

Penguins goalie makes 36 saves in victory against Flyers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- It shouldn't be surprising to hear a 22-year-old rookie goalie admit to being nervous before playing in front of 67,318 fans in his first NHL outdoor game. Then again, Matt Murray isn't a normal rookie goalie.

Murray is a Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Admitting to nerves isn't typical from him. He barely did it during the Penguins' run to the championship in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. That's why it was jarring to hear him do it Saturday.

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Fantasy projected goalie starters

Updates from correspondents, teams, reports

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy /

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.


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Fantasy picks: Dion Phaneuf of Senators has value

Underrated Ottawa defenseman among Feb. 26 DFS options against Panthers

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Sunday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Sunday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Sunday night including, Patrick Kane and Brad Marchand

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Each day this season,'s fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

NOTE: These recommendations are for five-game contests, excluding the 12:30 p.m. ET game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars, and the 3 p.m. ET game between the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes.

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NHL Centennial

This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky sets single-season goals record; 'Miracle on Ice' remembered @NHL

It was a week to remember for Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who became the first NHL player in more than seven years to score three goals in back-to-back games. No one had accomplished that feat since Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 5-7, 2010.

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Feb. 19-25:

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100 Greatest Players

King Clancy: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Was highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history when he retired in 1936

by Stu Hackel / Special to

Many of the colorful yarns involving Francis Michael "King" Clancy, whose Hall of Fame career extended to refereeing, coaching and serving as an assistant general manager, ambassador and raconteur, come in different versions, perhaps seasoned with a touch of blarney, including those stories he told himself.

Some things, however, are indisputable: The King, a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, was one of hockey's most beloved figures, spry with a high-pitched voice and a face that looked, as Toronto journalist Trent Frayne once wrote, "like a Dublin back alley."

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Rogers Hometown Hockey: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Wayne Gretzky almost signing with Canucks, Bobby Ryan's difficult path to NHL among featured stories @NHL

Hometown Hockey: Nanaimo, BC

GamePlus | Hometown Hockey: Nanaimo, BC

Hometown Hockey heads to Nanaimo, BC, where Bobby Ryan learned important lessons on and off the ice and Willie Mitchell kicked off his career

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Sportsnet will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, prior to the game between the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. There will also be features during the intermission of that game, as well as during the 7:30 p.m. ET game between the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. The location this week is Nanaimo, British Columbia, and the show will celebrate the history of hockey in the city.

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This Date in NHL History

Feb. 26: Doug Bentley, Max Bentley total 10 points

Plus: Mark Messier scores 20th goal at age 40; Sweden wins gold medal at Torino Olympics

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1947: The Bentley brothers are too much for the New York Rangers. 

Doug Bentley scores four goals and sets up two more, and brother Max Bentley scores three goals and assists on another to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Rangers 9-7 at Madison Square Garden.

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Trade Coverage

Top 20 NHL Trade Deadline targets

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk lead list of players who could be moved by March 1

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

The NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 1 is fast approaching, and there could be many big names switching teams in the next two weeks. Here is a look at some of the most coveted players who could be on the move: 

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