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Sports >  NHL

Easy as 1, 2, 3: Hat tricks on the rise in NHL this season

Around the league, there have been 61 hat tricks through the first 770 games of the season – the most since 1995-96 (62), according to research by the NHL stats and information department. Leading the surge are Alex Ovechkin of Washington and Patrik Laine of Winnipeg with three each.
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Young scorers lead the way as NHL All-Star weekend arrives

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

It’s only fitting that Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon are serving as captains for this weekend’s NHL All-Star game. The three high-scoring forwards are all 23 or younger and part of a youth movement that is taking over the NHL. It will be on center stage when the league’s best players gather this weekend in San Jose, California, for their annual midseason celebration.

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Around the NHL: Puck and player tracking gets TV test at All-Star Weekend

The NHL’s upcoming puck and player tracking will get its first on-air television testing at All-Star Weekend. NBC will showcase the tracking technology during the skills competition and then feature it as part of a digital-only broadcast during the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament. It’s a chance for the network to see just how much data it should use when puck and player tracking becomes a reality.
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Struggling Edmonton Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

The Edmonton Oilers have fired president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli amid another season that has failed to live up to expectations. The team announced Chiarelli’s abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. Chiarelli took over the Oilers in 2015. President and CEO Bob Nicholson says Keith Gretzky will assume more responsibilities as the Oilers look for a full-time GM.
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Barry Trotz beginning to change culture for New York Islanders

Barry Trotz is beginning to change the culture for the Islanders like he did with the Capitals before winning the Stanley Cup. New York’s first-year coach has implemented the off-ice discipline and on-ice structure he brought to Washington. Trotz has the Islanders in first place and sees similarities to his first season with the Capitals.
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Here they go again: Panthers hoping for late-season surge

The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break – only to miss the playoffs by a single point. This year, they’re heading into the break on a three-game winning streak and playing perhaps their best hockey of the season after spending the first three months of the year sputtering near the bottom of the NHL. So here they go again, trying for another late and improbable playoff push.
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Bruins look to stay healthy after mid-winter break

The Boston Bruins almost made it into their mid-winter break completely healthy. Forward Joakim Nordstrom is recovering from a fractured lower leg bone. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion from the game before their break on Saturday. Otherwise, the Bruins lineup from the start of the season was on the ice when they completed their 49th game with a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. They’re in third place in the Atlantic Division despite fighting through injuries.
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Rick Nash retires at 34 because of effects of concussion

Rick Nash has decided to retire at 34 because of unresolved symptoms from a concussion he suffered in March. Agent Joe Resnick says Nash decided under advice from doctors that the risk of brain injury was too great if he returned to play hockey. Nash played 15 NHL seasons for the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins and won two Olympic gold medals with Canada.