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Bettman says Montreal lacked venue for outdoor game on NHL 100th anniversary

MONTREAL — The NHL wanted to hold an outdoor game in Montreal to mark its 100th anniversary but couldn't find a suitable venue, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.
NHL GMs pleased so far on league initiative to crack down on slashing

NHL GMs pleased so far on league initiative to crack down on slashing

MONTREAL — If there are any qualms about the National Hockey League's crackdown on slashes to the hands, they are not shared by the general managers.
Blue Jackets sign star winger Cam Atkinson for 7 more years

Blue Jackets sign star winger Cam Atkinson for 7 more years

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed all-star winger Cam Atkinson to a seven-year contract extension worth $41.1 million.
Maple Leafs sign forward Josh Leivo to one-year extension

Maple Leafs sign forward Josh Leivo to one-year extension

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Josh Leivo on a one-year extension worth US$925,000. Leivo, 24, has recorded one assist in five games for the Maple Leafs this season. The Innisfil, Ont.
Canada's most popular pro sports league had humble beginnings 100 years ago

Canada's most popular pro sports league had humble beginnings 100 years ago

The five men who met on Nov. 26, 1917 to form the National Hockey League could not have dreamed of the 31-team, multi-billion-dollar enterprise it would become a century later.
'Mental toughness' helping Connor Brown avoid the dreaded sophomore slump

'Mental toughness' helping Connor Brown avoid the dreaded sophomore slump

TORONTO — When he arrived at the Maple Leafs' practice facility on Wednesday morning, Connor Brown saw he'd been bumped down the depth chart to the team's fourth line. That sort of demotion could leave a player feeling a bit sick to his stomach.
Haula scores winner, Lagace rebounds with 19 saves as Golden Knights top Canucks

Haula scores winner, Lagace rebounds with 19 saves as Golden Knights top Canucks

VANCOUVER — Two nights after finally looking like an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights got back to what's made them successful early in their first season — outworking opponents.
Bruins make Chara's goal hold up for 2-1 win over Kings

Bruins make Chara's goal hold up for 2-1 win over Kings

LOS ANGELES — The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings were two teams going in the wrong direction, the losses suddenly piling up for both of them.
Luongo stops 35 shots in Panthers' 2-0 win over Sharks

Luongo stops 35 shots in Panthers' 2-0 win over Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Roberto Luongo likes playing in San Jose. After making 35 saves for his 74th career shutout, he has even more reason to enjoy it.
Steven Stamkos leads Lightning past Stars, 6-1

Steven Stamkos leads Lightning past Stars, 6-1

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves to beat mentor Ben Bishop, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 6-1 on Thursday night.