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Karlsson seems to be finding rhythm for Senators

Defenseman dances on bench, helps defeat Canadiens in NHL100 Classic

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Erik Karlsson wasn't sure what to call it. The Frostbite Frenzy? The Wintry Waltz? The Bitter Cold Bop?

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Karlsson eager for Senators to play NHL100 Classic against Canadiens

Defenseman ready for rare outdoors experience

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- The world's largest skating rink, as designated by Guinness World Records, is in Ottawa. So, too, is Erik Karlsson, who earns his living wearing skates.

Yet somehow, someway, the Ottawa Senators defenseman's steel blades have never made contact with the famed Rideau Canal, a 4.8-mile frozen stretch for skaters each and every winter in Canada's capital city.

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Gretzky feels McDavid's pain after Oilers loss to Maple Leafs

Understands captain's frustration following shutout

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Wayne Gretzky was about to disappear into the somber Edmonton Oilers locker room Sunday when he was asked what more the magnificent Connor McDavid could have done to score.

Gretzky simply shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't know," he said. "I just don't know."

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Hainsey showing Maple Leafs what it takes to win Stanley Cup

Following victory against Penguins, picks up championship ring he won with Pittsburgh last season

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Ron Hainsey walked out of the Pittsburgh Penguins offices Saturday night, smiling and clutching a box in his hand.

His Toronto Maple Leafs had just defeated the Penguins 4-3 at PPG Paints Arena, and the veteran defenseman, behind closed doors, was presented with his Stanley Cup ring.

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Crosby welcomes push from Matthews, McDavid

Penguins center not ready to be overtaken as face of NHL by next-generation stars

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby constantly hears the footsteps of youth clomping behind him, the sounds made by a new chapter of so-called generational players looking to overtake him as the face of the NHL.

His response: Bring it on.

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Gaudreau, Flames end up frustrated against Maple Leafs

Forward held without point in shootout loss

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Johnny Gaudreau is listed at 157 pounds. As he sat at his locker Wednesday, beads of sweat constantly trickling down his forehead, it certainly seemed as if the diminutive Calgary Flames forward (5-foot-9) would need to eat a couple of juicy porterhouse steaks during his postgame meal to come anywhere near that mark.

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Malkin, Jarry provide boost, more optimism for Penguins

Center returns, rookie gets shutout against Sabres

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- When the final horn sounded on Friday, Evgeni Malkin skated back to the Pittsburgh Penguins crease and gave Tristan Jarry a tap on the head.

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Vasilevskiy's quiet brilliance sparks Lightning

23-year-old goaltender making most of first chance to be starter in NHL

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- In a Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room full of expensive designer suits, the most valuable item of clothing in any cubicle likely comes from a thrift store.

To the uninformed, it looks like nothing more than an everyday camouflage jacket. But to the Lightning, it's a symbol of excellence awarded to the player deemed by his teammates to be the top performer during each individual game.

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Ovechkin fulfills promise to 13-year-old cancer survivor

Capitals forward said he'd score against Maple Leafs, then gets three

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- This was for Alex.

The other Alex.

When Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin beat Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney at 12:43 of the first period on Saturday, he immediately gestured toward the Air Canada Centre stands in the area where he thought Alex Luey, 13, was sitting.

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McDavid, Eichel looking for wins, not sympathy

Top two picks of 2015 Draft seek positives amid rough starts for Oilers, Sabres

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO - Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel aren't looking for sympathy. Only wins.

Unfortunately for each of them, those have been few and far between this season.

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