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Evgeni Malkin healthy, productive for Penguins

30-year-old learning from Sidney Crosby, regaining his place among hockey's elite

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have just one of the best players in the world. They have two of them. 

It's easy to forget that sometimes the way captain Sidney Crosby, for good reason, earns so many accolades. When posted its midseason votes for the Hart Trophy on Friday, Crosby was the frontrunner to be most valuable player. Evgeni Malkin was an also-ran.

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Penguins looking ahead after wild win vs. Capitals

8-7 overtime victory fun for forwards, not for goalies, defensemen

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins were a few minutes late to their practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Tuesday.

That was understandable.

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Max Pacioretty keeps scoring goals for Canadiens

Montreal captain not letting distractions stop him from doing what he does best

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Max Pacioretty sat back and smiled.

When told he would be read a list of all the manufactured controversies that have surrounded him since he was named the 29th captain of the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 18, 2015, an admittedly long list, Pacioretty did not get upset.

He got curious.

He wanted to hear it, see how many there actually were, and see if he'd forgotten any.

He wanted the actual list for himself.

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Penguins, Capitals play game for ages

Turn back clock with 15-goal thriller that's must-see-TV

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

Here's the thing about the impromptu '80s night Monday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh: This isn't the 1980s.

The reason the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals was such a stop-what-you're-doing-and-turn-on-the-game event was that this isn't an era of wide-open hockey.

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Atlantic Division notebook

Bruins struggling to score goals; Maple Leafs in playoff mix

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

In one respect, the Boston Bruins have remained remarkably consistent. Throughout the 2016-2017 season, they have been near the top of the NHL in shots per game. The problem is that, until recently and again on Monday, the Bruins weren't converting many of them. Not nearly enough to be considered an elite team.

That was what led Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to tell the Boston Globe in the first week of January, "You can look at shooting percentages and say, 'Well, eventually it's going to come along.' It doesn't come around if you miss the net. The amount of times that we do, I think is a real problem.

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Lightning fighting to stay in playoff mix

Tampa Bay dodging obstacles after injuries to key players

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The hallway outside the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room sounded a lot like a construction zone at Staples Center on Monday afternoon.

All that was missing was a cordless circular saw and a nail gun or two.

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Henrik Lundqvist needs to be difference for Rangers

Goalie, who has allowed 19 goals in past five games, says making 'save at right time' key to success

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Until recently, the best story from what has been an otherwise good season for the New York Rangers was that Henrik Lundqvist wasn't the story. His team, which in the past has needed him to carry it through parts of the season, was scoring plenty of goals, and his defense was doing enough to give him time to find his game.

Time is up.

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Capitals not paying attention to winning streak

Washington remains loose despite ascent to top of NHL standings

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Psst! Have you seen the standings?

The Washington Capitals are in first place.

Yes, first place. Again.


Don't say it too loudly. 

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Canadiens, Rangers take part in wild, wacky fun

Montreal's three goals in 62 seconds highlight eventful Original Six game

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / Columnist

MONTREAL -- It's no mystery that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist doesn't include Bell Centre among his favorite NHL arenas.

And it's also no secret that during their 620-game body of head-to-head work, heading into the game Saturday on Montreal ice, the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens had seen their share of weird, wacky and just plain wonderful.

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Justin Schultz at home with Penguins

Defenseman regains confidence, on pace for 50-point season less than year after trade from Oilers

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

Less than a year ago, Justin Schultz couldn't have felt lower as a hockey player. On defense for the Edmonton Oilers, he struggled, lost confidence, struggled more and lost confidence more when his own fans booed him. The snowball grew too big to bear on Feb. 23, when he was minus-3 in a 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators.

"I didn't even want to be on the ice," Schultz said. "I wanted to go crawl in a hole or something."

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