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Pettersson, Markstrom lead Canucks to OT victory over Hurricanes

Elias Pettersson scored 40 seconds into overtime for his 100th NHL point and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 Thursday night. Brock Boeser had tried to centre a pass, but the puck hit a broken stick on the ice. Pettersson picked up the puck and scored on a backhand. Carolina outshot Vancouver 42-24, yet the teams were still locked in a scoreless tie through regulation. The Canucks (16-12-4) improved
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Gaudreau scores twice, Flames rally past Maple Leafs

Johnny Gaudreau had his first two-goal game of the season and the Calgary Flames scored three goals in the first three minutes of the third period, rallying to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Thursday night. Gaudreau tied it 2-2 just 19 seconds into the third, sending a wrist shot past Frederik Andersen after being set up by Mikael Backlund. Then, after Michael Frolik's third goal in as many
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Wild strike late to sink another Oilers comeback attempt in high-flying affair

Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal with 4:47 remaining in the third period, Ryan Donato scored for the third straight game and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on Thursday night. Jordan Greenway, Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin added goals for Minnesota, which has points in 13 of its past 14 games. Rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen stayed unbeaten in four career games with 28 saves for the
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Antoine Roussel’s return to Canucks a sweet ending to recovery from knee injury

Just sitting on the couch wasn't an option for Antoine Roussel. Facing a long recovery after undergoing major knee surgery last March, the Vancouver Canucks forward kept himself busy looking after his two children and also enrolled in a university class. So, what did he study? Political science? History? Literature? "Maple syrup," he said. Ok. Different. "I just wanted to know the process of everything," Roussel said. "It's something I'm
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Former hockey pros describe the sport’s dark side

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has responded to a string of allegations about racism, bullying and physical abuse in the league, declaring "we will not tolerate abusive behaviour of any kind." The fallout began when player Akim Aliu described being called the n-word by his then-coach Bill Peters, who has since resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames. So, is this a moment of reckoning for hockey? Today on Front Burner,
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Cayden Primeau picks up 1st career win as Habs survive Senators’ rally with OT victory

Ben Chiarot scored the overtime winner and Cayden Primeau made 35 saves for his first NHL victory as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Wednesday. Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar scored in regulation for the Canadiens (15-11-6), who have won three in a row and four of their last five. Montreal was playing the second half of a back-to-back after beating Pittsburgh 4-1 Tuesday. Brady Tkachuk and
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Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer after slow start to season: reports

The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Peter DeBoer in a decision made solely for hockey reasons, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. The Sharks are currently sixth in the Pacific division with 32 points in 33 games. They are five points behind Vegas for the second wild-card spot.Peter DeBoer is out as SJ coach. Again, a hockey decision — nothing else.—@FriedgeHNICSource confirms Pete DeBoer has been fired as head coach of the
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Akim Aliu says ECHL equipment manager used blackface to dress as him for team Halloween party

Akim Aliu revealed another tale of racism from his time in professional hockey on Wednesday. Aliu, who recently came forward with allegations of a racist incident involving former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, told the Wall Street Journal that as a member of the ECHL's Colorado Eagles in 2011, an equipment manager wore blackface to a Halloween party Aliu attended. The Nigerian-born Aliu says he was told a few days before the
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Undrafted Nico Daws trying to force way into Canada’s world junior crease

Nico Daws had never played internationally, never participated in a single Hockey Canada practice and was passed over by all 31 teams at last June's NHL draft. So how does a goalie with that resumé find himself on the cusp of making his country's roster for the world junior hockey championship? Daws took a moment before answering. "Honestly, I don't really know." His eye-popping numbers over the last three months