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TORONTO — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band’s website said he died Tuesday night “with his
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Which surprising team has the goods to be around at the end of the season? Greg Wyshynski: The Philadelphia Flyers seemed to be about a year away from making a big playoff push, but they also seemed like a team that could surprise this season if their atrocious 5-on-5 offense (fourth fewest goals scored in
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What should the NHL do with the All-Star Game? Greg Wyshynski: The All-Star Game has become one of those events derided by everyone who isn’t onsite for it, because those in attendance usually have a blast. It’s a massive multiday celebration of hockey bestowed upon an NHL city. And it’s super fun. That said, I’m
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What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: “Plan the parade” has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe — a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that’s inherent to Leafs’ fandom, and really the only thing that’s spared them from
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The Washington Nationals‘ bizarre and heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday was just the latest in a string of heartbreaking setbacks for Washington, D.C., sports teams in 2017. The D.C. area has not seen a team reach the final four of any major pro
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Our committee of 20 hockey experts has voted. Granted, it’s based on a small sample size, but the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins no longer rule the Power Rankings roost. A young, high-scoring squad has roused its long-suffering fan base in Toronto to become the early team to beat, followed by some of
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5:26 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season home debut Tuesday after two wins in the first two road games to begin their NHL tenure. Follow along as ESPN chronicles the team’s preparations for their big night. Some fans have gathered to watch
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Nationals make more history in D.C. The Nationals were down 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, but Bryce Harper hit a 2-run homer off Carl Edwards, Jr., and after Anthony Rendon walked and Mike Montgomery came into pitch, Daniel Murphy singled. Then came the coda: Ryan Zimmerman launched a three-run homer into the night,
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Gomes caps Indians comeback Yan Gomes’s hit in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the Indians a 9-8 win in a game in which they trailed, 8-3, entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Prior to this game, there had been 515 postseason games in major-league history in which one team had a lead
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TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goalie Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick next year. The Maple Leafs assigned Pickard to the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Pickard, 25, was 15-31-2 with a 2.98 goals-against average in 50 games last season for Colorado.
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Boston Bruins forward David Backes is expected to be sidelined at least three to four weeks while undergoing treatment for diverticulitis. Both Backes and Patrice Bergeron (lower body) missed Thursday night’s season opener against the Nashville Predators, and winger Noel Acciari left the game with an upper-body injury. Backes had missed Wednesday’s practice with an
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EDMONTON, Alberta — An Edmonton police officer attacked last weekend was honored by the Oilers before their home opener against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Constable Michael Chernyk received a standing ovation as he walked onto the ice during a pregame ceremony and stood beside anthem singer Robert Clark for his performance of “O
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LAS VEGAS — The NHL’s fledgling Golden Knights understand Las Vegas is in need of inspiration and hope after last weekend’s deadly shooting, and they’re trying to provide some. Golden Knights players have visited the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, United Blood Services, and the Las Vegas Convention Center, where a family assistance center