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Steven Stamkos could play for Lightning this season

Center skates with Tampa Bay teammates for first time since knee surgery

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos could return this season, general manager Steve Yzerman said Monday after the center took part in an optional morning skate at Amalie Arena.

Stamkos hasn't played since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 15. The injury required arthroscopic surgery, and the Lightning said would be out at least four months.

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Rich Peverley raising heart health awareness

Stars host Pevs Protects Day with former center dropping ceremonial puck

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com 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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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 / NHL.com 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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Auston Matthews leading Maple Leafs' playoff push

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

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com 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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Jonathan Quick makes happy return for Kings

Goalie, injured on opening night, returns to give Los Angeles playoff hopes boost

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES - When you don't watch someone in a full NHL game for about 10 months, it's easy for the memories to blur and fade a bit around the edges.

Even when it comes to the Los Angeles Kings franchise goaltender Jonathan Quick. The last time fans were able to see Quick in action at Staples Center was on April 22 when the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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 / NHL.com 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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Tomas Jurco ready for fresh start with Blackhawks

Forward, traded from Red Wings on Friday, has no points in 16 games this season

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Forward Tomas Jurco is looking for a fresh start with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jurco, who was traded from Detroit Red Wings on Friday for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, skated at left wing on the third line with center Marcus Kruger and right wing Marian Hossa in practice Saturday and will be in the lineup against the St. Louis Blues at United Center on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).

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Oilers unlikely to shake up roster

Edmonton could remain quiet at NHL Trade Deadline, focused on first Stanley Cup Playoff berth in 11 years

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The NHL Trade Deadline hasn't given the Edmonton Oilers a lot of reasons to get excited over the past decade.

Usually by this point, they're looking ahead to the following season, and any pre-deadline moves being considered are mostly of the selling variety to acquire assets for the future. 

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'Slap Shot' hits home for Mike 'Doc' Emrick

Hockey film, released 40 years ago Saturday, has pumped up NHL on NBC voice before broadcasts

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor in Chief

"Doc" reads "Slap Shot" lines

"Doc" Emrick reads favorite lines from "Slap Shot"

NBC play-by-play veteran Mike "Doc" Emrick reads his favorite lines from the movie "Slap Shot"

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Mike "Doc" Emrick isn't just a big fan of the movie "Slap Shot." He's a walking encyclopedia of the classic hockey film that was released 40 years ago Saturday.

Emrick, the voice of the NHL on NBC, can seemingly quote the movie about the fictional Charlestown Chiefs in the rough-and-tumble Federal League at will. In a video for NHL.com produced by NBC, he recited his favorite lines, mostly those of Chiefs manager Joe McGrath, played by Strother Martin.

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Bruce Boudreau thrilled about role in 'Slap Shot'

Wild coach was extra in hockey classic that was released 40 years ago Saturday

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Bruce Boudreau, a showman at every stage of his career, was once an extra in the hockey classic "Slap Shot." The coach of the Minnesota Wild doesn't mind telling you he reveled in every minute of the filming experience.

"I was quite a ham," Boudreau said. "The director [George Roy Hill] was saying, 'We're going to show how bad Charlestown is; the goalie is going to be getting a lot of shots; and so we're probably going to have the camera on the net the whole time.

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