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30mJoe McDonald

Jagr is just crazy-good enough to catch Howe

Sure, he's 51 goals behind. But considering how well Jaromir Jagr prepares for each season, don't be surprised if he catches Gordie Howe on the all-time goals list.

Ovechkin, Capitals top Panthers (0:55)
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19hCraig Custance

How the Sabres can survive without Eichel

Don't write off the Buffalo Sabres just yet. Despite losing Jack Eichel and Evander Kane to injury, they're still earning points. Here's how.

Matthews scores fifth goal in loss to Wild (0:16)
Daniel Sedin's goal the difference for Canucks (0:42)
McDavid, Oilers power past Blues (0:54)
Martinez's OT goal lifts Kings over Stars (0:29)
Penguins score three goals in third to top Sharks (0:52)
Bruins edge Devils on Bergeron's goal (0:19)
Duchene nets two as Avalanche blank Lightning (0:43)
Mitchell's goal extends Canadiens' lead (0:19)
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22hJoe McDonald

Laine announces his arrival with authority

All the rookie hype understandably has been on Auston Matthews. But with Patrik Laine's hat trick, including the winner in OT, against Matthews' Leafs, the Calder clash is officially on.

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Laine notches hat trick with winning goal in OT

Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, scored the tying goal in the final minute of the third period and then got the game-winner in OT to record his first career hat trick.

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2dCraig Custance

Secrets to Chicago's roster-building success

The Blackhawks continue to be a top contender despite paying extraordinary amounts to a few key stars. How have GM Stan Bowman & Co. done it?

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2dJoshua Kloke

Do team captains still matter?

Connor McDavid is the youngest player to don the ceremonial C. But some teams seem to be in no hurry to name a captain. How important is having a guy with the letter on his jersey nowadays?


Weber-PK deal, Rinne, Marchand, 538

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald update the effect of the Shea Weber-P.K. Subban deal and wonder if Marian Hossa is worthy of the Hall of Fame. Plus, Predators GK Pekka Rinne, Bruins LW Brad Marchand and Neil Paine of 538 stop by.

Chara congratulates Hossa on reaching 500 goals (1:24)
Stamkos' ridiculous goal sends game to OT, Bolts prevail (0:31)
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3dJoe McDonald

McDavid, Matthews, Ekblad ushering in a new era

So many young and talented players are making a big splash in the NHL this season. But which ones will have the biggest long-term effect on their teams? We've picked the best candidates.

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4dScott Burnside

Power Rankings: Penguins can fly

Sure, it's early, but that won't stop the rankings from happening. After less than a week of the season, the Penguins and Blues are looking strong. As for the Blue Jackets ... not so much.

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3dCraig Custance

Why the Blues like former first-rounders

The St. Louis Blues are among the NHL teams with the most former first-round picks, and they just added Nail Yakupov. What's behind their strategy?


Russillo @ryenarussillo

Just finished NHL fantasy draft. Happy with team. Couldn't find Gerald Diduck or Vincent Damphousse but like my depth.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien enjoyed watching Hall of Famers Milt Schmidt and Bobby Orr drop the ceremonial puck prior to Boston's 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the home-opener at TD Garden.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Very impressed by Chase De Leo. Skilled, competitive, makes plays at both ends of the ice. He's not too far away from the Jets.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Lot of skill on Manitoba's (WPG) forward group. Lemieux, Roslovic, and Copp only on the second power play unit.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

The ageless Jaromir Jagr scores his first goal of the season and No. 750 for his career to pull the Panthers even with the Capitals in the second period. He's really amazing. All smiles on the bench right now.