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MONTREAL — If there are any misgivings about the NHL’s crackdown on slashes to the hands, they are not shared by the general managers. Teams are scoring about half a goal more since officials made the quick tap to the hands or the top of the stick the NHL’s most frequently called minor penalty. The
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What was the most impressive performance from Thursday night’s games? Emily Kaplan: For me, it was the goaltending in the New Jersey Devils–Toronto Maple Leafs game. I fully intended to watch the first period of this game and then switch to something else, but I was hooked from the scoreless first period on. In what
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Greg Wyshynski: As the poster in Fox Mulder’s office read: “I Want To Believe.” I want to believe in watching the Red Wings (9-8-2) that we’re watching a burgeoning star in 23-year-old Anthony Mantha, who has more than half the points (19) that he scored last season (36) in 41 fewer games. I want to
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Who is your first-quarter MVP? Defend your choice! Greg Wyshynski: Like any MVP debate, let’s begin with a definition of terms, or at the very least my terms. You can’t win the MVP if your team is not in a playoff seed, because otherwise the regular season is an 82-game exercise in nihilism. And your
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Through the first month-plus of the season, the NHL has given fans a more entertaining product in the form of increased scoring. This season, goal scoring is at its highest since the 2005-06 season, with games averaging 6.04 goals per game. That’s exactly a half-goal more per game than last season. If the league keeps
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11:50 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — As usual, the big names came out to celebrate hockey’s biggest names. An impressive group walked the red carpet on Sunday night, Hollywood style, to honor the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. This class was highlighted by best — if unlikely — hockey friends in Paul Kariya
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2:06 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — Does Gary Bettman have any regrets about the NHL skipping the 2018 Olympics? “None at all,” the commissioner said. The NHL’s (non-)Olympic participation took up a good portion of Bettman’s 30-minute Q&A session at the annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference in Toronto on Monday. Interviewer Gord Miller peppered
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Who is the most underappreciated Hall of Famer of all time? Greg Wyshynski: Jari Kurri has 601 career goals (19th all-time) and 1,398 career points (21st all-time). That he earned the majority of them playing with Wayne Gretzky on the Edmonton Oilers from 1980-88 has turned Kurri into the go-to example of a great player
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1:24 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — The Hockey Hall of Fame is an homage to great NHL moments and achievements, and to the evolution of the sport itself. The museum’s white whale, in terms of memorabilia? A puck used in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2010 Stanley Cup-clinching game, which has been missing ever since Patrick
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