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Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher and Washington Capitals' Michal Kempny battle during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 10:53 pm
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night at the Videotron Centre. Michael Chaput, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen and Rinat Valiev also scored for Montreal, and Charlie...
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Montreal Canadiens' Max Domi is pulled away by linesman Ryan Daisy after a brief fight with Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 4:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game. The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi. The...
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Montreal Canadiens' Max Domi is pulled away by linesman Ryan Daisy after a brief fight with Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 12:44 am
MONTREAL (AP) — Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said Max Domi's sucker punch on Aaron Ekblad was "gutless." Domi was given a match penalty for punching Ekblad in the nose in the third period in the Panthers' 5-2 exhibition victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Ekblad left...
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In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2018, referee Wes McCauley, top, calls a penalty as the Montreal Canadiens face the New Jersey Devils during preseason NHL hockey game action in Montreal. An informal poll of NHL players leaves no doubt as to who the most popular referee is: Veteran McCauley. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 19, 2018 - 12:51 pm
Wes McCauley keeps his good calls close and his bad calls closer. Any time the veteran NHL referee is feeling too good or gets down on himself, he breaks out a binder full of his missed calls and looks through it. "It's a humbling book," McCauley said. "Trust me, I've made a lot of mistakes. There'...
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Florida Panthers NHL hockey players Aleksander Barkov, left, of Finland, and Derek MacKenzie pose after a practice session in Sunrise, Fla., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Barkov is the new captain of the Florida Panthers. Barkov is taking over for forward MacKenzie, who held the role for the last two seasons. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald via AP)
September 18, 2018 - 3:27 am
Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno. "There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want to rush. You don't want to regret. Once...
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New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) celebrates his overtime goal with teammates Pavel Buchnevich, left, and Jesper Fast during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
September 17, 2018 - 10:24 pm
Neal Pionk scored 1:20 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, giving David Quinn a win in his preseason coaching debut Monday night. Pionk's goal was the only time the Rangers led in the game. Lias Andersson had two goals and Pavel Buchnevich also...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, Calgary Flames owners group members Murray Edwards, left, and Clay Riddell, listen as newly-named Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke is annouced in Calgary, Alberta. Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81. The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying he died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 16, 2018 - 10:56 pm
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81. The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying he died Saturday. "We mourn the passing of a great man of industry,...
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New York Islanders players celebrate their victory after a preseason NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in New York, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
September 16, 2018 - 10:51 pm
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Kieffer Bellows and Cal Clutterbuck scored power-play goals in the first period to help the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Sunday in the preseason opener for both teams. Bellows opened the scoring at 6:55, and Clutterbuck connected with 4:14 left in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) skates during NHL hockey training camp in Edmonton, Alberta. McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL in 2015. As he became one of hockey’s best players and signed the richest annual contract in the league, McDavid protected himself against that lockout even if he’s optimistic it will be avoided the way work stoppages in 2004-05 and 2012-13 weren’t. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 16, 2018 - 1:04 pm
Connor McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL — in 2015. As he became one of hockey's best players and signed the richest annual contract in the league, McDavid says he remains optimistic there will not be another work stoppages like those in 2004-05...
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John Moore of the Boston Bruins, second from left, and from left, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Noah Hanifin of the Calgary Flames battle for the puck during their game in the 2018 NHL China Games in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Boston beat Calgary 4-3 in a shootout. (Color China Photo via AP)
September 15, 2018 - 1:23 pm
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames in the NHL exhibition season opener on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. Down to their last shooter, Boston tied the shootout on Marchand's goal. After Calgary's...
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