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Plekanec returns to Canadiens with winning attitude

Hopes second stint in Montreal results in playoffs because 'nobody wants to be a loser'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Tomas Plekanec isn't certain what his role will be this season with the Montreal Canadiens. But the veteran center, who returned to Montreal on Sunday after a pit stop with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, is going to make sure he does his part to get the Canadiens back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Tavares will lead Maple Leafs by example, Keon says

Toronto Hall of Famer believes addition of former Islanders captain is important step forward

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Winning, Toronto Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon says, is a process. And the Hockey Hall of Fame center, who in 2016 was voted the greatest player in Maple Leafs history, believes that Toronto's addition of high-profile free agent John Tavares is a strong, bold step on the road to even better things.

"He's going to bring a lot of experience," Keon said of Tavares, who signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Sunday, arriving in Toronto a veteran of 669 regular-season and 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the New York Islanders, from 2009-18. "He's had success. Hopefully this takes (the Maple Leafs) to the next step.

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NHL Awards growing on Gainey

Four-time Selke winner impressed by evolution of ceremony, role of defensive forward

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The photograph was taken in 1981, at the NHL's annual awards luncheon in Montreal. Former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Frank Selke is presenting Canadiens forward Bob Gainey with the Selke Trophy, which since 1978 had been awarded annually to the NHL's top defensive forward.

There are four names engraved on the trophy between the two men, and all of them are Bob Gainey.

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Rinne honored to join boyhood heroes with Vezina Trophy win

Predators goalie admired Brodeur, Roy, Hasek growing up

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Pekka Rinne's miniature Vezina Trophy will be going back home to Kempele, Finland, and the Nashville Predators goalie figures that his father, the custodian of the Rinne memorabilia collection, will soon be cleaning up his old bedroom to give it a place of honor.

Rinne was named winner of the Vezina at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday. It was the 35-year-old's first win after having finished second in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and third in 2011-12.

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Gainey named adviser with Peterborough of OHL

Five-time Stanley Cup winner with Canadiens rejoins organization he played for before Hall of Fame NHL career

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Bob Gainey has come full circle in his Hockey Hall of Fame career.

A five-time Stanley Cup champion as a forward with the Montreal Canadiens, with another championship won as general manager of the Dallas Stars in 1999, Gainey is joining Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League as a volunteer senior adviser to the board of directors in all areas of hockey and business operations.

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Bergeron will be ready for Bruins camp, Selke finalist had surgery

At NHL Awards for seventh straight season, center anxious to get back on skates

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Patrice Bergeron had groin surgery 10 days ago, and the Boston Bruins center is feeling a little anxious about the training time he's missing.

His coach is not.

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Ovechkin should keep celebrating Cup win, Subban says

Norris Trophy finalist at NHL Awards enjoys watching Capitals captain's championship party

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- P.K. Subban has watched the seemingly endless and wonderfully creative Stanley Cup celebration of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who needed 13 seasons to become an NHL champion.

And the Nashville Predators defenseman doesn't want it to stop.

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Ovechkin 'has earned the right to his fun,' Lindsay says

Red Wings icon thrilled to see Capitals forward win Stanley Cup

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Ted Lindsay never strolled through a Las Vegas casino cradling the Stanley Cup in his arms. The 92-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend never danced in the electro-thump of a nightclub, the trophy pressed overhead.

Lindsay never celebrated winning the Cup by doing the breaststroke fully clothed in a public fountain, nor guzzled from it while being dunked into the silver chalice, dipped into it while being held by the ankles by teammates.

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McKenzie, two-time Cup winner with Bruins, dies at 80

Forward played on Boston's championship teams in 1970, 1972

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Johnny McKenzie, a forward who was a key cog on the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972, died Friday at his Boston-area home after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

McKenzie, nicknamed "Pie," was born Dec. 12, 1937 in High River, Alberta, about 40 miles south of Calgary. He was a rodeo competitor early in his life, earning the nicknames "Cowboy" and "Bronco." Those came before "Pie Face," for his apparent resemblance to a Canadian candy bar's cartoon illustration, which would be shortened to "Pie" for the shape of his face (or his posterior, according to old friend and Bruins teammate Phil Esposito).

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Stanley Cup ready for busy summer after Capitals win first championship

Most famous trophy in sports will be on the go following hectic night of celebrations

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Like countless others in this town's casinos and on the Strip, for which neon surely was invented, the Stanley Cup went sleepless Thursday night toward the burnished dawn of Friday.

Here's hoping that it would sleep off its hangover Friday on the Washington Capitals' morning charter flight back east, because Lord Stanley's priceless trophy won't have an instant to catch its breath until further notice.

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