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Hockey fans have pre-holiday feast

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Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, but NHL fans all over the world had a hockey feast on Wednesday.

A 15-game schedule featuring 30 of the 31 NHL teams -- the St. Louis Blues had the night off -- produced some incredible moments.

A total of 80 goals were scored in the 15 games, an average of 5.33 goals per game. There were 22 power-play goals and one shorthanded goal.

There were 1,010 shots on goal, 568 hits and six come-from behind wins.

Two of the goals were by Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser, who scored in his fourth straight game, a 5-2 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was Boeser's fifth straight game with a point, and he took over the rookie scoring lead with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).

Video: VAN@PIT: Boeser rips one-timer past Murray for PPG

One of the come-from-behind wins belonged to the Vegas Golden Knights, who scored four consecutive goals to overtake the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. The visiting Golden Knights (13-6-1) matched the record for most wins by a team through the first 20 games of its inaugural season. The 1917-18 Montreal Canadiens started 13-7-0 in the NHL's first season.

It was also an emotional night in the NHL. A special pregame ceremony took place before all 15 games to honor those affected by cancer. It was quite a sight to see.

Video: NHL unites for Hockey Fights Cancer light show

Simply the best

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Tavares keeps puck on a string to set up OT winner

John Tavares evaded Sean Couturier in incredible fashion, then found Josh Bailey for the game-winning goal in the New York Islanders' 4-3 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Video: PHI@NYI: Bailey buries own rebound to win it in OT

Kucherov favored to win Hart Trophy through first quarter

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who leads the NHL in goals with 17 and is second in the League in points with 33, is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy, according to a panel of voters.


Ovechkin goes bar down for Capitals

Alex Ovechkin scored his 14th goal of the season by on a breakaway with an incredible snap shot off the crossbar late in the first period of the Washington Capitals' 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators.

Video: OTT@WSH: Ovechkin goes bar down on speedy rush


Karlsson's wife announces she's expecting couple's first child

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda have one more thing to be thankful for this year: the expected arrival of their first child.


Subban wows to help Predators beat the clock

P.K. Subban went coast to coast, then snuck a pass through four Montreal Canadiens defenders to Ryan Johansen, who found Filip Forsberg in the slot for a goal in the final second of the first period of the Nashville Predators' 3-2 shootout win.

Video: MTL@NSH: Forsberg beats the clock for power-play goal


Sabres unveil Winter Classic uniform

The Buffalo Sabres unveiled the jerseys they will wear for the Winter Classic against the New York Rangers on Jan. 1.


Children play hockey dressed as turkeys for CapsGiving

The Capitals found the perfect way to celebrate their Thanksgiving Eve home game.


McAvoy's sweet shootout winner lifts Bruins

Rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy beat Cory Schneider with a wicked backhander in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins past the New Jersey Devils 3-2.

Video: BOS@NJD: McAvoy dangles for SO winner in 11th round

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