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It can be both a terrifying and liberating feeling: that of having absolutely nothing to lose. When you walk around the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing rooms over the last few days, either at the Air Canada Centre or their practice facility in nearby Etobicoke, you’re struck by the remarkably loose atmosphere and state of mind. …

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1. The U.S. dropped the “Mother of all Bombs” in Afghanistan today. Last week, the U.S. launched a missile strike in Syria. Healthcare remains an issue. I can go on and on. However, one reporter at Thursday’s press briefing decided this was a good time to ask press secretary Sean Spicer about the NHL playoffs. …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury will remain in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their playoff series against Columbus while Matt Murray deals with a lower-body injury. Murray was scheduled to start Game 1 but left after suffering a lower-body injury in warm-ups. Fleury came on and made 31 saves as the Penguins …

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It’s 2005-06 all over again for Wayne Gretzky when it comes to youngsters Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews making their NHL playoff debuts. The Great One couldn’t help but share his enthusiasm in a text to The Associated Press, comparing McDavid and Matthews’ arrival on the postseason stage with the same buzz generated during Sidney …

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The Anaheim Ducks open their run at the 2017 Stanley Cup on Thursday night. And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this by resurrecting one of the best videos we’ve ever done. And you can watch this internet gold up top! Check out Ryan Kesler interviewing Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf on ‘Between …

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The Vegas Golden Knights don’t yet know which players will take the ice for them during the franchise’s inaugural season in 2017-2018, but they do know who will be behind the bench. On Thursday morning, the team announced that Gerard Gallant would be the Golden Knights’ first-ever head coach. Gallant released a statement as well. “Being …

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Like many who hail from the Boston area, Denna Laing has always held a deep appreciation for Patriots’ Day and the thousands who run the Boston Marathon each year on the third Monday in April. Even so, the former Princeton women’s hockey star never imagined that she’d one day cover the grueling 26.2 miles, herself. …

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It’s safe to say that Oilers were very, very ready for playoff hockey on Wednesday night, even if their team wasn’t. After an 11-year drought, the Stanley Cup Playoffs returned to Edmonton as the Oilers opened up their first-round series against the Sharks with a home game at Rogers Place. The Sharks ultimately took the opener …

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The St. Louis Blues stole Game 1 of their opening round series with an overtime win on the road against the Wild on Wednesday night. Jake Allen’s ridiculous performance between the pipes was a big reason why. The 26-year-old Blues goalie brought his A-game for the series opener, making a career-high 51 saves against the league’s second-best offense in …

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