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Seguin playing like true No. 1 center for Stars

Overtime goal, defensive play against Bruins shows how far he's come in Dallas

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- It seemed to take forever, long enough for two Boston Bruins to make sliding save attempts, long enough for goaltender Anton Khudobin to stack two pads, long enough for an entire city to curse under its breath yet again. But Tyler Seguin was content to bide his time, to go around David Pastrnak, around Ryan Spooner, and past Khudobin, ending the need for the delayed penalty, and ending the game, giving the Dallas Stars the 3-2 win at 2:59 of overtime on Monday at TD Garden.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

O'Ree still has impact on Weekes, community

Grace, humility, energy of League's first black player continues to inspire NHL Network analyst, former goaltender

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

MILTON, Mass. - When former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes was growing up in Toronto, he saw diversity on his hockey teams, with teammates who were black and white, Chinese and Mexican, Russian and Filipino, Italian and Greek, Czech and Portuguese.

As a child, he had read about Willie O'Ree, who broke the color barrier in the NHL on Jan. 18, 1958, but at 16 began hearing more about O'Ree, what he had done, what he had meant. And it meant something to him.

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NHL Insider

Healthy Backes at top of his game again for Bruins

Forward fueling Boston's surge after early return from colon surgery

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Three weeks and three days earlier, David Backes had lain on a table for four hours, a surgeon carving into him. Slowly and methodically, the doctor had cut out 10 inches of Backes' colon, removing the infection and, he hoped, making him well.

Backes had tried to be patient, to rest and recover after the surgery the way he needed to, the way his pregnant wife urged him to. The Boston Bruins' forward knew the timetable was supposed to be eight weeks; however, he had gotten the green light from that same doctor and a return to games beckoned. All he had left to do was test it. Test himself.

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NHL Winter Classic

'Road to Winter Classic' finale celebrates big day for hockey

Rangers, Sabres enjoy family skates before taking ice for real on Jan. 1 in last episode of series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Frigid temperatures and outside ice necessitate certain preparations for the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Some of them in earnest; the hand warmers and extra insulation. Some of them in jest, like the Rex Specs goggles ordered for Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Amazon and handed over as a joke by his teammates, and the balaclava donned to gentle mocking by Sabres forward Jack Eichel.

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Bergeron busts out with four goals for Bruins

Five points against Hurricanes his NHL career high

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- It was only halfway through the game and Boston Bruins linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were already plotting.

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NHL Winter Classic

'Road to Winter Classic' finale celebrates great day for hockey

Rangers take cuts on, off ice at Citi Field; Sabres jokingly battle elements before Jan. 1 game in last episode of series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Frigid temperatures and outside ice necessitate certain preparations for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Some of them in earnest; the hand warmers and extra insulation. Some of them in jest, like the Rex Specs goggles ordered for Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Amazon and handed over as a joke by his teammates, and the balaclava donned to gentle mocking by Sabres forward Jack Eichel.

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NHL Insider

Bruins' climb up standings keyed by balanced scoring attack

Line of Nash, Heinen, Backes among those chipping in offense in supporting role

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Beyond the Boston Bruins' top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak, the names get a bit more obscure.

There are rookies and players still looking to find their footing in the NHL, some role players and, well, more rookies.

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Road to NHL Winter Classic

Rangers, Sabres celebrate Christmas, family on 'Road to Winter Classic'

Zuccarello shops for tree; players' wives, kids embrace buildup to outdoor game

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

While Mats Zuccarello searches for a Christmas tree at a pop-up tree shop on the streets of Manhattan, he realizes he is missing a key component: a topper. 

With no stars in sight, Zuccarello opts for the decorative bow atop one of the other trees at the shop, slipping it off to bring it home. Along with grabbing a tree stand, he now has all he needs, especially with a younger brother, Fabian, to throw the mid-sized tree over his shoulder to get it home after losing at the ultimate brotherly decision maker, rock-paper-scissors.

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Road to NHL Winter Classic

'Road to Winter Classic' family affairs for Rangers, Sabres

Zuccarello shops for Christmas tree; players' wives, kids enjoy buildup to outdoor game

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

While Mats Zuccarello searches for a Christmas tree at a pop-up tree shop on the streets of Manhattan, he realizes he is missing a key component: a topper. 

With no stars in sight, Zuccarello opts for the decorative bow atop one of the other trees at the shop, slipping it off to bring it home. Along with grabbing a tree stand, he now has all he needs, especially with a younger brother, Fabian, to throw the mid-sized tree over his shoulder to get it home after losing at the ultimate brotherly decision maker, rock-paper-scissors.

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Namestnikov quietly having superb season with Lightning

25-year-old forward's smarts, skills make him perfect complement to Stamkos, Kucherov

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- He is easily overshadowed, this soft-spoken 25-year-old, the third wheel on perhaps the best line in the NHL this season. The names Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov roll off the tongue, their rhythms easy, their achievements impressive. But Vladislav Namestnikov? That one is harder.

Namestnikov, though, has been the perfect complement to the perfect line this season, a crucial piece powering the Tampa Bay Lightning, the best team in the League. He has helped make the line what it is, even if he isn't piling up quite as many points as his linemates.

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