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Blue Jackets’ Matiss Kivlenieks dies in fireworks-related accident aged 24

Kivlenieks, 24, dies after fleeing hot tub and hitting headLatvian Hockey Federation confirmed death on MondayLatvia’s Matiss Kivlenieks, a candidate to be the Columbus Blue Jackets’ future starting goaltender, died in Michigan on Sunday night after fl…

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Former No 1 pick retires from NHL citing ‘unresolved’ concussion symptoms

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time All-Star retiresNash, third among active players in goals, played 15 seasonsFormer No 1 overall NHL draft pick and six-time All-Star Rick Nash has retired because of concussion-related symptoms, his agent sai…

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Pittsburgh Penguins fan stabbed in head refuses treatment until end of game

  • Police responded to report of stabbing at auto detail shop on Wednesday
  • 43-year-old victim was found bleeding from scalp but declined treatment
  • Victim waited until end of game then drove himself to UPMC Mercy hospital

A Pittsburgh man stabbed in the head with a screwdriver during the Penguins’ playoff opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night refused medical attention until the game was over, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the City of Steel Auto Detail shop in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood at 9.12pm local time on Wednesday, where they found the 43-year-old victim bleeding from the scalp, a Pittsburgh police spokesperson told the Guardian.

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Brandon Saad: my family’s struggle in Syria has been an eye-opener

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward has been helping his Syrian relatives adjust to life in the US after fleeing the civil war in their homeland

No one needs to tell Brandon Saad that there are more important things in life than hockey. For the past few years, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward has watched as his relatives left war-torn Syria to make a safer life for themselves in the United States.

“It’s definitely an eye-opener with them coming over and getting adjusted to the lifestyle and the new language and things like that,” he tells the Guardian. “It definitely puts things in perspective for you.”

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Flames burn bright as Rick Nash shows flickers of old Rangers form

One month in, the action on the ice is as unrelenting as the Blues have been impressive and the Canadiens disappointing. Where do we go from here? Continue reading…

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Bruins highlight NHL’s East but plenty of questions remain for the rest

With the puck dropping on the NHL season tomorrow, Colin Horgan previews the Eastern Conference and wonders whether the Bruins, Rangers, or Canadiens have enough mettle to end the Wests recent Cup dominance Colins Western Conference preview: California…

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Kings force game seven against Sharks after losing first three games

NHL playoffsLA become ninth team to go distance after trailing 0-3Minnesota head to game seven against ColoradoPittsburgh advance to second round over Columbus Continue reading…

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Bruins bring down Red Wings to make Eastern Conference semifinals

Boston win 4-2 and advance to meet Canadiens Jokinen gives Penguins lead over Blue Jackets Continue reading…

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Blackhawks, Stars and Blue Jackets win to tie NHL playoffs series

Chicago beat St Louis in overtime to tie series 2-2Dallas overcome top-seeded AnaheimColumbus defeat Pittsburgh Continue reading…

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Seabrook and Cooke hits show dark side of NHL playoffs

Week one of the playoffs brought highlights such as Nathan MacKinnon’s goals and lowpoints like Brent Seabrook and Matt Cooke’s fouls Continue reading…

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NHL playoffs: expect Boston to go deep and Blues to upset Blackhawks

St Louis lost their last six but can topple Chicago, while the quality of Colorado and Anaheim shows the strength of the West Continue reading…

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Coach Roy’s Colorado Avalanche overcome Jets for fourth straight win

• Stastny scores and says: ‘We just kept going’
Colin Horgan: Calgary’s Monohan conundrum

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period and Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots as the Colorado Avalanche picked up a fourth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored and Gabriel Landeskog added two assists for the Avalanche. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy, they have won 10 of their 11 games.

“That was the first time we came from behind in the third period,” Stastny said. “We got chances and we didn’t stop. We just kept going.”

Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had a goal and assist each for the Jets. The Avalanche trailed 2-1 entering the third but came out strong at the start of the period. They put nine quick shots on goalie Al Montoya before Hejda equalized with 12:47 left off an assist by Stastny. Stastny netted the winner with 5:28 left to give Colorado its fourth straight victory.

“When [Alex Tanguay] brings two guys to him, you know something good is going to happen,” Stastny said. “I was just going back door and trying to yell as loud as I can to Landy because he was looking to shoot. He changed his mind at the last second and just gave me a tap-in. He passed it between two sticks. That’s something we practice.”

The Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning had shootout wins on Sunday, while the Anaheim Ducks ended the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ three-game winning streak with a 4-3 result at Columbus and the San Jose Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.

At Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers for a seventh victory in nine games. The Kings outshot the Oilers 48-18 in regulation and overtime. Nail Yakupov scored for Edmonton on a power play in the second period and Mike Richards tied it less than 14 minutes later. The Kings are 5-0 in games that have gone past regulation. Jonathan Quick improved to 4-0 in shootouts, having stopped 10 of 11 shots he’s faced in tiebreakers. In 2010-11, he led the NHL with 10 shootout wins and had an .818 save percentage.

Corey Perry scored the clincher for the Ducks with 2:25 remaining, wristing a shot over sprawled goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. The Ducks lost Saku Koivu late in the second period on a hit that resulted in the ejection of Columbus’ Brandon Dubinsky.

The Sharks were outshot for the first time this season but Alex Stalock stopped 38 shots in his first NHL start, helping San Jose to yet another win. The 26-year-old Stalock made 16 saves in the first period and helped the Sharks jump out to a 3-1 lead.

At Sunrise, Florida, Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula both scored in the shootout to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Stamkos made some nice moves and slipped the puck past Jacob Markstrom for the deciding goal.

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