Month: December 2017

New in the 2017-18 season, we will have an OHL column called the Sunday Seven. Once a week or thereabouts, we will go around the league and highlight seven stories of note and share analysis. This week, we celebrate the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and their 23-game winning streak by devoting more than half this
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A year ago, 2017 was looking promising for the Flyers. They had a 10-game winning streak early in the season and were right in the middle of the playoff hunt in the Metropolitan Division. Back-to-back playoff appearances were in their mind. The season ended with the Flyers on the outside looking in. This season, they
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As the calendar runs out on 2017, the Carolina Hurricanes season really got going in earnest Friday night as they began a deep dive into competition in the Metropolitan Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins came calling for the season’s first matchup with the Hurricanes. Raleigh’s Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Phil Kessel, leads his struggling team in points
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ORCHARD PARK, New York — Amid freezing temperatures and snowfall from start to finish, a record 44,592 people attended Friday’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship preliminary-round game between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. It shattered the previous record-high attendance for a World Junior Championship of 20,380 in Ottawa in
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NHL isn’t going to get drawn into any discussions about participating in future Winter Olympics until after the Pyeongchang Games are complete. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that’s the answer he provided to International Ice Hockey Federation general secretary Horst Lichtner on Friday. Daly and Lichtner happened to sit together
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The New York Rangers are set to host the Buffalo Sabres at Shea Stad… err, Citi Field (usual home of the New York Mets) in the latest edition of the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor game on New Year’s Day. It’s the 10th time the league is putting on the special showcase. Do you still care
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According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
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For many, expansion teams in professional sports should suck. They should be destined for a multi-year sentence of futile failure. It’s sort of like an unwritten rule that speaks to the initiation of new franchises. As a result, fans are treated to disappointing results night after night and are left with little reason for optimism. Players
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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is filled with great opportunities for sports fans across the spectrum. College football bowl games, the winding down of the NFL season, featured NBA marquis-matchups and of course “holiday hockey” fill the sport menu. Like filling up on holiday food, the sports fan can overdose on a
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Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for six games for an unsuspecting punch on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard in a Dec. 23 game. Rinaldo drew a match penalty for punching Girard in the face and setting off a brawl during Colorado’s 6-2 victory on Friday. Just before the punch, Rinaldo delivered a
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Dec 28, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN If the hockey year of 2017 was anything, it was … interesting. We had back-to-back Stanley Cup champions for the first time in 19 years. We had the frequent (and unavoidable) entanglements between hockey and politics, both domestic and international. We had players who inspired us — and players who
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