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3:57 PM ET ST. LOUIS — Wayne Gretzky called women’s hockey players involvement in the NHL All Star game “a big step forward” in growing the sport — and he hopes the league will continue to stay committed to the women’s game. “Exposure is everything,” Gretzky told ESPN on Friday, ahead of the inaugural 3-on-3
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12:35 PM ET I don’t want to say there’s a slight power imbalance in the NHL this season, but it might be time to contract the entire Western Conference for its abject inferiority. OK, that’s not entirely fair. Let’s relocate the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche to the superior conference, and then contract the
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7:00 AM ET The NHL appears to have gotten the message that its star players want the All-Star Game’s skills competitions to be challenging but not debilitating. It was outright painful to watch seasoned professionals struggle with carrying the puck through some convoluted, light-up gate or fruitlessly send 100 passes toward a tiny net on
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7:23 PM ET ESPN News Services Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (wrist) won’t play in this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game but he will attend the event in St. Louis, the team announced on Wednesday. Matthews, 22, is day-to-day while he gets treatment for an ongoing wrist issue, Toronto said. 2 Related Matthews is tied
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11:55 PM ET ESPN News Services Joel Quenneville is used to winning games at United Center. When you coach the Chicago Blackhawks for 11 seasons, it comes with the territory. Tuesday night was more of the same for him … just on the opposing bench. Frank Vatrano had three goals, Mike Hoffman had two assists
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8:50 PM ET New York forward Artemi Panarin, the Rangers’ leading scorer and potentially the biggest offseason addition of any team in the NHL, missed Tuesday’s game vs. the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury. Panarin, signed by the Rangers in July after he led the Columbus Blue Jackets to the playoffs, has 26
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3:51 PM ET Associated Press Former NHL forward Akim Aliu has signed in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season, a source told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Aliu joins the Czech league team with 14 games left in the season; playing for HC Litvinov gives him a chance to display his game
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10:48 PM ET Chicago forward Patrick Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points with an assist Sunday in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at United Center. Kane fed Ryan Carpenter from behind the net on a pass that eventually ended up on Brandon Saad‘s stick. Saad deposited
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5:13 PM ET ESPN News Services The Washington Capitals lead the NHL in wins, points and goals as they storm into their bye week. If there was a category for dramatic, come-from-behind, weekend, matinee victories in the NHL, the Capitals would probably lead that as well. 2 Related Alex Ovechkin scored three goals, continuing a
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2:46 PM ET ESPN News Services ST. PAUL, Minn. — Stephen Johns played in his first game in almost 22 months when the Dallas Stars visited the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Forward Radek Faksa was placed on injured reserve to make room for Johns on the active roster. Johns had been out since late
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12:25 PM ET Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what’s believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers. The Panthers announced the diagnosis Saturday, calling it a lower-body injury. Driedger was hurt midway through the first period of the
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3:56 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has been fined $2,000 by the NHL under the league’s rules regarding diving and embellishment. NHL Rule 64 was designed to penalize players who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. A player gets a warning for a first
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