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The NHL’s best and worst this week

[ad_1] MOSCOW -- Last season, CSKA Moscow became the first team in KHL history to finish first in the regular-season standings and then go on to win the Gagarin Cup. Now they have a chance to do it twice in a row. At 32-10-3, Red Army has the league's best record and an astounding plus-76 goal differential. A big reason why? Two names that are familiar to North American hockey
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Best and worst of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game

[ad_1] ST. LOUIS -- The NHL All Stars descended upon St. Louis for the past three days, and what a weekend it was.Players perched atop the 100-level launched pucks over the crowd. Women's hockey players dazzled. Blues legends ... appeared. Connor McDavid was dethroned. Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong spewed out a few F-bombs (no, that wasn't your TV feed cutting out). And oh yeah, they also staged a
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Bruins’ David Pastrnak surprised to win All-Star MVP in losing effort

[ad_1] ST. LOUIS -- Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak was surprised he won the NHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award, and the new Honda CRV that comes with it, because it came on a losing effort."Definitely surprised. I would expect the winner should win MVP, you know?" said Pastrnak, who had four goals and two assists in the two 3-on-3 tournament games at Saturday's All-Star event in St. Louis.Pastrnak
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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane calls Shooting Stars contest fun but ‘gimmicky’

[ad_1] ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane said the newest NHL All-Star skills competition, which featured players shooting pucks over the heads of fans at targets placed on the ice below, was "a little gimmicky," even as he enjoyed winning the inaugural Shooting Stars challenge."I'm kind of a fan of the original drills that used to be done in the skills competition," Kane said after Friday night's skills competition at Enterprise
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NHL experts pick our favorite All-Star moments, suggestions for new events, and bold predictions

[ad_1] The NHL All-Star Weekend is upon us. Friday includes the Skills Competition, the highlight of the weekend for a large chunk of fans, including old standards like fastest skater and hardest shot, along with new additions like the women's 3-on-3 game and the Shooting Stars event. Saturday will feature the EA Sports Chel Gaming Challenge, and the actual All-Star 3-on-3 round-robin tournament.The league is constantly making tweaks to the
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NHL Power Rankings – 1-31 poll, plus every team’s best decision this season

[ad_1] The 2019-20 NHL season will take a pause this week as the league descends upon St. Louis for All-Star Weekend, a celebration of the league's best. For this week's edition of the Power Rankings, we identified the best decision each team has made since the end of the 2018-19 season.How we rank: The ESPN hockey editorial staff submits selections ranking teams 1-31, and those results are tabulated to the
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How to make the NHL All-Star skills competition even more fun

[ad_1] 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 the other end of the ice. Those competitions were turfed for this year's All-Star Weekend in St. Louis.
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Flyers’ Gritty under investigation over alleged assault during fan event

[ad_1] Police in Philadelphia are investigating a complaint that Gritty, the Flyers' mascot, punched a 13-year-old following a photo shoot at a November event for season-ticket holders, a police spokesperson told The Philadelphia Inquirer.Chris Greenwell told the Inquirer that his son, Brandon, playfully patted Gritty on the head after the photo was taken and walked away. Greenwell said Gritty left his chair, "took a running start" and "punched my son
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The NHL’s Analytics Awards at midseason

[ad_1] The NHL's All-Star Weekend isn't the mathematical midway point of the season, but it is perhaps the spiritual one. As we head into this week's events, it is a good time to reflect on some notable performances we have seen in the 2019-20 season.But rather than running down the current leaders for individual awards, heralding players who will be recognized for their work in St. Louis this weekend or
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Patrick Kane gains entry to NHL’s elite 1,000-point club with assist as Blackhawks skate past Jets

[ad_1] 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 home 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 it past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck for his 13th goal and a 4-1 lead, ultimately drawing the