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World Cup of Hockey set to affect start of NHL season
TORONTO (AP) -- Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have been skating, scoring and setting each other up as if they're in midseason form with the Boston Bruins....

Hunwick, Holland each score twice, Maple Leafs rout Sabres
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Hunwick and Peter Holland each scored twice to help the Toronto Maple Leafs rout the Buffalo Sabres 8-1 on Friday night in exhibition play....

NHL 2016-17: Odds stacked against Penguins repeating
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After the Penguins paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby took it to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Evgeni Malkin to Moscow and Phil Kessel to a children's hospital in Toronto as part of the summer-long celebration....

Pens, Caps, Lightning and Panthers make East crowded at top
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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The gang's almost entirely back for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, Steven Stamkos re-upped with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the retooled Florida Panthers look ready for their close up....

NHL's Western Conference race seems to be set up to be wild
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The NHL's Western Conference should be wild all season, perhaps as much as ever as parity reigns and points are tough to come by on any given night....

NHL preseason opens with Blues topping Blue Jackets 7-3
The NHL preseason opened Sunday, with the Blues outscoring the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3 in the first half of day-night games between split squads. The teams play again later Sunday in the only other preseason action....

Sabres' Kane blames legal woes on being targeted as athlete
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Saying his recent off-ice legal problems "come with the territory" of being a professional athlete, Sabres forward Evander Kane acknowledged Thursday that he needs to be more careful when putting himself in potentially troublesome situations....

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