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Rangers defeat Maple Leafs in shootout

Henrik Lundqvist makes 32 saves for New York to outlast Frederik Andersen

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for the New York Rangers in a 2-1 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursday.

He stopped Auston Matthews and Leo Komarov on breakaways in overtime.

"It was a fun game, pretty challenging game," Lundqvist said. "They're a pretty tricky team with a lot of skill up front; we knew that going into this game. But in the end, going into overtime, I do have a short memory, but I definitely remember losing in a shootout (on Tuesday) against [the Montreal Canadiens 3-2] at home. I didn't want to come up short here twice in two days, so it felt really important to come up with a win."

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Filip Forsberg scores hat trick again, Predators win

Forward has three goals in back-to-back games, helps defeat Avalanche

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Filip Forsberg scored his second straight hat trick for the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Forsberg had a hat trick in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. It is his fourth NHL hat trick. The last player to score a hat trick in consecutive games is Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows (Jan. 5-7, 2010).

"I just try to attack the game," Forsberg said. "I think our line did a good job of that today. Just try to play fast and go forward and obviously try to find each other. I think we got a couple of goals and a couple of good looks earlier than that as well."

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Patrick Kane gets hat trick in Blackhawks win

Corey Crawford makes 34 saves against Coyotes

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane had a hat trick to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their third straight victory, 6-3 against the Arizona Coyotes at United Center on Thursday.

Kane has 23 goals after scoring in the first, second and third periods for his third regular-season NHL hat trick and first this season.

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Sean Monahan scores 100th NHL goal in Flames win

Center reaches milestone in second period against Lightning

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Sean Monahan scored his 100th NHL goal to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Dougie Hamilton and Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames (31-26-4), who are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games. Brian Elliott made 23 saves.

"We got down 1-0 off a tip from the point and the guys really didn't get too low on it and we just battled back and scored a big goal and a couple unanswered there," Elliott said. "You know sometimes it comes together and guys are clicking a little bit and it showed tonight."

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Thomas Greiss, Islanders shut out Canadiens

Makes 24 saves to help spoil Claude Julien's 1,000th game as NHL coach

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for his third shutout, and the New York Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at Bell Centre on Thursday for their third straight win.

Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and John Tavares scored for New York (29-21-10), which has won the first two of a nine-game road trip.

"We did a heck of a job today, really, all over the ice," Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "Our first three strides were very purposeful. We frustrated them, really good neutral zone, we broke the puck out extremely well. Our (defensemen) played great, so I think you can go through every player, we had a pretty good effort."

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Sidney Crosby's legacy in Pittsburgh goes beyond Cup

Two-time champion has 'saved' Penguins, sparked surge in area youth hockey

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Standing onstage at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last month, a proud Mario Lemieux was surrounded by fellow members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian and talking about how one of them, Sidney Crosby, had changed the fortunes of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"He saved our franchise again," Lemieux said, repeating a phrase he's uttered frequently during the 12 seasons since that fateful day when the Penguins won the 2005 NHL Draft Lottery and the right to select Crosby at No. 1.

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Anton Khudobin boosts Bruins past Kings

Backup goalie makes 27 saves for Boston, which has won five of six

by Forrest Lee / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- David Pastrnak scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

Brad Marchand, Dominic Moore and David Krejci scored for the Bruins (31-24-6), who won for the fifth time in six games under coach Bruce Cassidy. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his first start since Feb. 11.

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NHL Centennial

Wayne Gretzky persisted to score No. 77

Oilers forward broke Phil Esposito's single-season NHL record for goals 35 years ago Friday

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Wayne Gretzky scored his record-setting 77th goal the way he got the first 76: He just kept shooting.

Gretzky entered the Edmonton Oilers' game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 24, 1982 with 76 goals, equaling the single-season record set by Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins 11 years earlier. For more than 53 minutes, he fired away at Buffalo goaltender Don Edwards, only to come up empty. Gretzky had two assists in the first period but was not dominating play, as he often did. Most of the roars at the Aud were for Buffalo's Gilbert Perreault, who had a hat trick and tied the game 3-3 with a goal 2:27 into the third period.

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100 Greatest Players

Wayne Gretzky: 100 Greatest NHL Players

'The Great One' all-time leader in goals, assists, points, holds 61 League records, won four Stanley Cup titles with Oilers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Every superlative has been used, many strung together, to describe the otherwordly talent of Wayne Gretzky, who commonly is regarded as the greatest hockey player ever.

Based purely on statistics, there is no argument -- the man is without peer, nor will he have one in the foreseeable future. He owns many records from the ranks of peewee hockey to the NHL, sitting atop every meaningful offensive category, often miles ahead of the players ranked second.

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Trade Coverage

NHL Trade Buzz: Penguins eye more help on defense

After acquiring Ron Hainsey from Hurricanes, Pittsburgh seeking additional depth

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are six days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET., March 1), and the Pittsburgh Penguins might try to add another defenseman after acquiring Ron Hainsey on Thursday. Also, the Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild are looking for insurance but are unlikely to mess with chemistry that has been working.

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

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Unmasked

For goalies, getting traded can be complicated

Devan Dubnyk of Wild, Steve Mason of Flyers well-acquainted with switching teams

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

When it comes to acquiring a goaltender before the NHL Trade Deadline, set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET, there are a lot of factors to consider, from contract status to expansion draft eligibility, before even beginning to look at an increasingly deep pool of statistical analysis.

Still, finding the right fit isn't always easy. That's partly because there are so many other factors that go into a successful pairing, including matching style to system and mindset to opportunity.

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Capitals 'most complete team' of Alex Ovechkin era

Washington GM says it's at 'highest level we've ever played at'

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- There have been many successful Washington Capitals teams during captain Alex Ovechkin's 12 seasons in the NHL, but their general manager said Thursday he believes this version is the best one he has seen.

"You could make an argument, but to me it is the most complete team," Brian MacLellan said Thursday. "I think everybody feels that way. These past three years, we've continually built a culture, a structure, the coaches have evolved systems-wise. We've added guys every year that have worked out. Things have kind of evolved to a good way where I think we should be playing at our highest level we've ever played at."

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Trade Coverage

Dennis Wideman open to trade from Flames: report

Defenseman willing to waive clause prior to Deadline

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Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman said he is willing to waive his no-trade clause, the Calgary Herald reported Thursday.

"If that's something that [the Flames] want to do, then they can call and I definitely would be open to it," Wideman told the newspaper. "I think, as a player, you don't want to be anywhere that you're not wanted. So if they want to move you and someone wants to take you, then it's nice to go somewhere like that if that's the case. … And if I don't hear anything, then I guess I'm here."

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Behind The Numbers

Analyzing top NHL Trade Deadline candidates

Brian Boyle of Lightning, Shane Doan of Coyotes could be on move before March 1

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 1, and some prominent names have been circulating in the rumor mill, including forwards Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes, Patrick Eaves of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders.

Over the past month, we dove into the underlying numbers to gain more insight into a dozen other players rumored to be available before the trade deadline. This week, we use similar statistics to get a better understanding of this next batch of players who potentially could be changing jerseys soon.

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Trade Coverage

Penguins intend to hold on to Marc-Andre Fleury

Goaltender could be essential piece in Stanley Cup run, Pittsburgh GM says

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to keep goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday.

Over the past two months, Fleury primarily has backed up Matt Murray, who is 22-7-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 34 games (32 starts). With the emergence of Murray, trade speculation surrounding Fleury, Pittsburgh's goalie for the past decade, has heightened.

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Short Shifts

Anthony Beauvillier scores hometown goal, dad cries

Rookie played first game at Bell Centre in Montreal with family looking on

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Beauvillier scores in return home

NYI@MTL: Beauvillier beats Price to make dad tear up

Anthony Beauvillier opens the scoring on the short side after a taking a solo lap pregame, scoring in front of his family in his return home

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No matter the outcome, it was going to be a special night for Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier.

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Sidney Crosby gives thrill to Little Penguins

Pittsburgh captain joins teammates to surprise kids during youth hockey clinic

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- A group of youth hockey players took the ice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Thursday knowing they were skating where the Pittsburgh Penguins practiced an hour earlier.

What they didn't know was several of the Penguins, including captain Sidney Crosby, were heading back out to join them for a private practice session.

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NHL.com staff picks top active U.S.-born player

Patrick Kane of Blackhawks, Auston Matthews of Maple Leafs receive plenty of support in poll celebrating Hockey Across America Week

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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane is the best active United States-born player in the NHL, according to a poll of NHL.com writers.

Kane, 28, received a first-place vote on all 11 ballots for a score of 110. The poll was conducted to help celebrate Hockey Week Across America, which runs through Sunday.

The rankings were calculated by a points-based system based on the votes of the 11 participating staff members. Point values are assigned to each ranking. The point values are assigned as follows: 10 points for a No. 1 ranking, down to one point for a No. 10 ranking.

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