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It was all over on April 8. Following the Florida Panthers’ 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Sunrise, forward Shawn Thornton hung up his skates, in a manner of speaking. His Reebok Ribcor skates went straight into the trash. The career enforcer was done with them, after 20 pro hockey seasons, 14 of them …

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There’s a wonderful moment in Peter Yates’s 1973 crime thriller picture, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, when the titular character, played by Robert Mitchum, is taken for a night out to the Boston Garden to watch the Bobby Orr/Phil Esposito-led Bruins play the Chicago Blackhawks. This is supposed to represent a final instance of pure, …

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After writing pieces about the NHL Expansion Draft and The Strengths and Weaknesses of Playoff Teams, I’m going to be the Fashion Police. Let’s judge all 31 NHL Jerseys. Hey, nobodies’ perfect. There are problems everywhere you look, including in the NHL. Recently, Adidas (the new NHL athletic wear manufacturer) announced there will be changes …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz stood shoulder to shoulder at center ice as midnight approached, crowd on its feet, Prince of Wales Trophy in hand. Another shot at the Stanley Cup in the offing. On the surface, it could have been a scene ripped from 2008 when the longtime Pittsburgh Penguin …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) It has been an extraordinary 11 months for P.K. Subban. The defenseman moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference. Left his native Canada to live in the American South. Blended in with new teammates, created a new home and learned a new system of money, too. Oh, and along the …

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MOSCOW (AP) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called the country’s national hockey team ”spineless” after it failed to qualify for the playoffs at the world championships. Lukashenko, an authoritarian leader who has held power since 1994, told government officials the Belarusian players lack ambition, have ”no commitment at all” and are ”absolutely spineless.” Skill, fitness and teamwork are all lacking, he added. …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) ��� The Pittsburgh Penguins kept getting by even as their star players kept skating off the ice in pain. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching. “Just play,” coach Mike Sullivan kept …

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final. It needed seven games and two overtimes in the finale, but Chris Kunitz netted the game-winner to close out the series for the Penguins on Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The 37-year-old Kunitz had gone 34 games without a goal before scoring twice in Game 7 …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final. Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin …

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