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Pacioretty has hat trick, Golden Knights beat Coyotes 6-2

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty had a hat trick and an assist to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Sunday in the NHL preseason opener. Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith, and Brayden McNabb also scored for the Golden Knights. They had five straight goals after falling behind 2-1 midway through the first period. Smith and McNabb scored short-handed. Ilya Lyubushkin and Vinnie Hinostroza scored
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Bruins sign D McAvoy to 3-year, $14.7 million deal

[ad_1] BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year contract that will pay him $14.7 million. The deal was announced Sunday by general manager Don Sweeney. The 21-year-old McAvoy emerged as one of the top defensemen on the Eastern Conference championship team last year. Playing alongside Zdeno Chara on the No. 1 pairing, he had even more ice time than the longtime iron man,
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Far from Czech home, Kubalik adjusts to life with Blackhawks

[ad_1] CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik is leaning on David Kampf while he transitions to life in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. He peppers his Czech countryman with all sorts of questions. “I think he’s a little bit mad at me right now,” a grinning Kubalik said, “because I’m still asking ‘What’s that?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ and ‘Where’s the training room?’ Stuff like that.” The Blackhawks have
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Wild sign defenseman Spurgeon to 7-year, $53M extension

[ad_1] ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of 14 goals, 29 assists, 152 shots on goal, 91 hits and 82 games played. He led the Wild with 145 blocked
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Pavelski, Perry switch to Stars after long stays in 1st home

[ad_1] FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Joe Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost deal for one year after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That’s where the differences end for the veteran forwards trying to help the Stars make back-to-back playoff trips for the first time
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Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended 3 games by NHL

[ad_1] 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 its punishment Saturday, saying it followed a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal. “I have decided
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Rangers begin training camp with goal of making the playoffs

[ad_1] The New York Rangers have two clear goals this season: to keep improving and return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The addition of forwards Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko, and defenseman Jacob Trouba this summer helped accelerate the team’s rebuild, and now the Rangers believe they are ready to take the next step in the second year under coach David Quinn. “We want to make the playoffs,”
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Study shows hockey great Stan Mikita suffered from CTE

[ad_1] CHICAGO (AP) — A posthumous study of Stan Mikita’s brain shows the hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Chicago Honors Dinner on Friday night at the request of Mikita’s family. CTE is a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated
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Marner agrees to 6-year contract to remain with Toronto

[ad_1] TORONTO (AP) — Restricted free-agent forward Mitch Marner has agreed to a six-year contract to remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs confirmed the deal Friday night. The contract has an average annual value of $10,893,000. The 22-year-old Marner missed the team’s golf event Wednesday and didn’t accompany the group to Newfoundland on Thursday for the start of training camp as his representatives continued to negotiate with