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NHL roundup | Crosby scores twice as Penguins top Ducks

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
NHL roundup | Crosby scores twice as Penguins top Ducks. Enlarge Image. NHL roundup ... Each week (usually at 1 p.m.

Michael Arace commentary | Pressure's off; time for Blue Jackets to win

Columbus Dispatch - ‎9 hours ago‎
They are no longer the last-place team in the NHL. They're 28th! They keep going like this, they might even get to 20th.

Lightning begin pivotal stretch with rivalry night (blog) - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
One of the original perceived 'benefits' of realignment was the eventual creation of non-traditional rivalries based on playoff matchups.

NHL roundup | Ovechkin reaches 30 goals again as Capitals beat Flyers

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Alex Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in each of his first 11 seasons, and Braden Holtby made 33 saves as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Sunday.
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Blue Jackets notebook | Decision could loom with Korpisalo

Columbus Dispatch - ‎18 hours ago‎
But Tortorella also allowed that this is what happens in the NHL, and the emphasis should always be on winning games. In the six games before playing the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Korpisalo was 4-1-1 with a .936 save percentage and 2.37 ...
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2016 All-Star Game(s) Preview

Maple Leafs Hot Stove - ‎Jan 30, 2016‎
Ever since realignment heading into the 2013-14 season, the NHL has felt like a league divided more by its four divisions than by two greater conferences (though of course the conferences still exist and function).

Blue Jackets notebook | Flying puck at practice injures Jared Boll

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Enlarge Image Eamon Queeney | Dispatch Jared Boll was sitting on a bench while others took their turns during drills when an errant puck struck him in the collarbone area.

NHL roundup | Palat, Stralman lead Lightning past Penguins

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
Crosby moved within one point of becoming the 106th NHL player to reach 900 points. If he gets the point in his next two games, Crosby will become the 10th-fastest to the milestone.

Silver Linings To Gray Clouds: The Pulse Of The Sports Fan In Early 2016

MediaPost Communications - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
The NHL seems to have a hit with the new 3-on-3 overtime format, with nearly 6 in 10 strongly agreeing that it has been a great change for hockey.

Women's Basketball Scores First With Better Playoffs

Bloomberg View - ‎Jan 30, 2016‎
Proponents of keeping the divisions will point to geography and time zones, but even that's somewhat recent; recall that up until the NHL's realignment in 2013, the Detroit Red Wings were designated a Western Conference team. Until 2002 the Arizona ...

NHL roundup | Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres in shootout

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
MAPLE LEAFS 3, DEVILS 2: P.A. Parenteau's shootout goal lifted Toronto to the win, giving their coach, Mike Babcock, a reason to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game. CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 2: Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in his return from a ...

NHL roundup | Sidney Crosby's hat trick powers Penguins past Senators

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby scored three straight goals for his first natural hat trick in more than five years, and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened the second half of the season with a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

NHL roundup | McGinn, Larsson lift Sabres past Canadiens

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
NHL SUSPENDS WIDEMAN 20 GAMES: The NHL barred Calgary Flames defense-man Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official. Wideman was ...

Michael Arace commentary | John Scott's star rose above NHL image machine

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
Someone from the NHL called Scott and said, “Do you think (being an All-Star) is something your kids would be proud of?” As Scott writes at The Players' Tribune: “That's when they lost me.

Blue Jackets notebook | Matt Calvert energized after hard hit

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
CALGARY, Alberta - The Blue Jackets kept their shifts short on Friday as a way to fight fatigue, but they still needed a wake-up call.

Single-elimination wildcard "play in" proposed for NHL Playoffs

Detroit Sports Nation - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
The question on that is, how does the NHL implement this concept? The league already made a change back in 2013-2014 when they did the division realignment and gave the playoff format at the time a shake-up, and turned it into what it is today.

AM 54: Calgary

Columbus Dispatch (blog) - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
CALGARY, Alberta - On the day the Blue Jackets traded Ryan Johansen to Nashville, Alexander Wennberg's comfort zone was altered.

Atkinson Named NHL's 2nd Star

Columbus Dispatch (blog) - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson, who had four goals and an assist in back-to-back wins over the Montreal Canadiens last week -- including his third career hat trick -- was named the NHL's second star of the week. The NHL awarded NHL All-Star Game ...

G53: Wennberg Seals Comeback

Columbus Dispatch (blog) - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - There were staccato bursts of offense for both teams, but mostly last night's gathering between the Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks was like watching 3-year-olds finger paint.
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NHL notebook | Bettman: League will not take an application from Seattle

Columbus Dispatch - ‎Jan 31, 2016‎
Bettman said a 10-owner executive committee will eventually suggest the league should add two teams, one or none. Expansion was barely addressed at the NHL Board of Governors meeting Saturday morning after it was discussed extensively in December.