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Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello scores against Colorado Avalanche's goalie Pavel Francouz during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
September 21, 2019 - 11:26 pm
Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) gets set for a faceoff during the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
September 20, 2019 - 1:17 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by players George Parros , left, and Kevin Westgath after meeting with NHL officials in New York. The NHLPA announces its decision whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement and set the clock ticking toward another potential work stoppage in 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 16, 2019 - 6:34 pm
The National Hockey League will play its next three seasons without the threat of a work stoppage amid optimism that labor peace will stretch beyond 2022. The NHL Players' Association on Monday announced it would not opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. Combined with the owners'...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019 file photo, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington. Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its punishment Saturday, Sept. 14, saying it followed a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 14, 2019 - 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced...
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September 08, 2019 - 1:07 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Alex Ovechkin, The Associated Press erroneously reported what season the Washington Capitals captain is entering. He is entering his 15th, not 14th, season. A corrected version of the story is below: Caps' Ovechkin leaner if not lighter going into 15th season...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 07, 2019 - 3:52 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association will meet again Friday, Sept. 6, in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations. Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement effective a year from now. Owners had the same option and chose not to end it, citing the health of the league and the momentum from a period of labor peace. Unlike previous negotiations where Commissioner Gary Bettman said there was a need for fundamental changes, the issues this time appear more manageable.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet again Friday in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations. Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement effective a year from now. Owners had the same option and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2012, file photo, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is shown before an NHL hockey game agains the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston. Tim Thomas broke a years-long public silence Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, after being named as part of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2019. The mercurial retired NHL goaltender who led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011 and made headlines for refusing to visit then-President Barack Obama at the White House has avoided the spotlight since walking away from hockey in 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
September 04, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Retired NHL goaltender Tim Thomas broke a years-long public silence Wednesday after being named as part of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2019. The mercurial Thomas, who led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011 and made headlines for refusing to visit then-President Barack...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
September 03, 2019 - 11:16 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt tried to find the right words to describe Jack Flaherty's one-hit effort over eight innings. "He was stellar. He was impressive," Shildt said. "You can throw a lot of superlatives out there about his performance." Flaherty dazzled in another dominant...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in Seattle. The NHL has informed the NHL Players' Association that it will not use its option to terminate the existing collective bargaining agreement next year. The league announced its decision Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, two days before its deadline to notify the union of whether it would reopen collective bargaining talks.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
August 30, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Citing what it called momentum from a sustained period of labor peace, the NHL said Friday it has informed the NHL Players' Association it will not use its option to terminate the existing collective bargaining agreement next year. The league announced its decision two days before its deadline to...
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