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Andersen, Matthews spark Maple Leafs to sixth consecutive win

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It's hard enough to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs these days, but when you can't score a goal against them, it's downright impossible.

Frederik Andersen made 33 saves in a 6-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for his second straight shutout. It was the Maple Leafs' sixth straight win, something they hadn't done since Dec. 6-16, 2014 (also 6-0-0), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Auston Matthews, who missed four games because of an upper-body injury, scored twice in his return to the lineup. Matthews, playing in his second season, has 52 NHL goals. Only Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has more goals (57) since the start of last season.

 

Just where he drew it up

Mike Babcock doesn't have time for your coaching tools. He's going to draw one up right there on the boards. 

 

Classic matchup, historic setting

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is set, and it will feature the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks at one of the most historic and hallowed stadiums in all of sports. 

 

Poised for a streak?

Don't look now, but the Arizona Coyotes have won two games in a row. Anthony Duclair's hat trick powered them past the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime Saturday.

 

Legendary gathering

Besides a superhero movie, it's unusual to have these many legends together, but there they were, some of the best in NHL history, sharing the Bell Centre ice.

Video: TOR@MTL: Canadiens celebrate NHL 100 with six legends

 

Heading Far East

After 22 seasons at Brown University, longtime coach Digit Murphy left the comfort of her school and her country to help grow women's hockey in China. Amalie Benjamin has the story.

 

Stranger things

Matt Duchene's pregame ritual is a strange one, even as far as pregame rituals are concerned. But hey, judge for yourself.

 

Old-school Saturday

The Calgary Flames took a train from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and dressed appropriately for the throwback transportation. Seriously, these outfits are worth seeing. 

 

Nice sweater, Trebek!

A huge hockey fan and longtime host of the television game show "Jeopardy," Alex Trebek showed up at the Senators game wearing the home colors and even helped out with a little trivia.

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