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Nick Suzuki locked in as a cornerstone for Montreal Canadiens’ future

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5466788.1582041329!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nick-suzuki.jpg The Montreal Canadiens are putting on a brave face as Monday's trade deadline approaches. The players and coaches are saying the right things to the media about not giving up hope in their pursuit for a playoff spot and to their credit, the team's effort on the ice hasn't wavered. But the odds they will make it are long and everyone knows it. Even with the seemingly miraculous return of captain Shea Weber from injury weeks earlier than

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Cleveland Cavaliers split with coach John Beilein after just 54 games: reports

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468095.1582090288!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/beilein-john-021820.jpg Cavaliers first-year coach John Beilein will end a rough season by stepping down after 54 games, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The former Michigan coach, who was a surprising hire by the Cavs last year because of his age (67) and lack of any pro experience, is expected to say goodbye to staff and players Wednesday when they return from the all-star break, ESPN.com reported, citing anonymous league sources.Beilein signed a five-year contract — the final year was

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Blake Wheeler, Nik Ehlers lead Jets as trades begin taking toll on Kings

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468056.1582082383!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/appleton-mason-021820.jpg Captain Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist in his 700th game with the Jets franchise, and Winnipeg defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Tuesday. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists and Patrik Laine scored a goal into an empty net and added one assist. Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton also had goals Jack Roslovic and Mark Scheifele both contributed a pair of assists.Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets (31-25-5), who wrapped up

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Habs collapse late to suffer season series sweep at hands of league-worst Red Wings

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468037.1582081674!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/price-carey-021820.jpg Andreas Athanasiou scored his second goal with 5:15 remaining in regulation to cap Detroit's three-goal third period and the Red Wings rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Tuesday night. Detroit swept the season series against the Canadiens, earning four of its NHL-low 15 victories against them.Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier did not give up a goal in the third period and finished with 19 saves. Nate Thompson and Jeff Petry scored to give Montreal a 2-0 lead

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Crosby colossal as Penguins comfortably coast past anemic Maple Leafs

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468039.1582080474!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/maple-leafs-penguins-hockey.jpg Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker, Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello also scored as Pittsburgh moved past Washington into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry stopped 34 shots while picking up his 13th win in his last 17 games.Crosby had his 34th career game with at least four points, most

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Sens sink Sabres on night of Chris Phillips’ jersey retirement ceremony

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468003.1582083668!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hkn-senators-phillips-20200218.jpg The Ottawa Senators had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday. The night started with Chris Phillips' No. 4 being raised to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony.Then, Craig Anderson made 23 saves to pick up his 200th win with the franchise as Ottawa beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-4. Anderson moved into a tie with Tuukka Rask for 40th all-time in wins with 287. "It proves that I've been here a long time, that's all that really says," said Anderson

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Ottawa Senators retire Chris Phillips’ No. 4 jersey in pre-game ceremony

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5468003.1582076180!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hkn-senators-phillips-20200218.jpg Retired defenceman Chris Phillips was honoured by the Senators on Tuesday night by having his No. 4 raised to the arena rafters ahead of Ottawa's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Phillips, who spent his 17-year career with Ottawa, is just the third Senators player to ever have his sweater number retired by the team alongside Frank Finnigan's No. 8 and Alfredsson's No. 11."Incredible," said Phillips of seeing the banner go up. "It was kind of a finality with

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Canadian moguls skier Brayden Kuroda dies suddenly at 19

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5467939.1582071903!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/kuroda-brayden-021820.jpg Canadian freestyle moguls team member Brayden Kuroda has died suddenly, Freestyle Canada said on Tuesday. He was 19. Kuroda, the Penticton, B.C., native who made his world cup debut this year, passed away suddenly on Monday, Freestyle Canada said in a news release. The cause of death was not disclosed. "Our hearts are crushed with the immeasurable loss of this effervescent, bright, talented young man," Freestyle Canada Chief Executive Officer Peter Judge said in a news release. Described

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Braves’ Nick Markakis: Everyone on cheating Astros ‘deserves a beating’

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5467774.1582064211!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/markakis-nick-190413-1180.jpg Before taking batting practice, Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis teed off on the scam-ridden Houston Astros. "I feel every single guy over there deserves a beating," he said Tuesday from North Port, Fla.Markakis wasn't happy with commissioner Rob Manfred, either. "I think the commissioner completely handled it the wrong way. But that's the way he did it and we got to live with that. I know a lot of people disagreed with the way he handled this decision," Markakis

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Canucks’ Brock Boeser to be sidelined 8 weeks with rib injury

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5467566.1582058813!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/boeser-brock-200201-1180.jpg The Vancouver Canucks expect forward Brock Boeser to be out of the lineup for the rest of the regular season due to a rib cartilage fracture. General manager Jim Benning says the team will have a better idea on a specific timeline after Boeser, who was hurt on Feb. 8, sees a specialist on Wednesday. Boeser sustained the injury after getting tangled up with Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane at 2:30 of the third period of

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