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Trade deadline power rankings

Big Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes is among the players whose stock has risen recently as the trade rumors being to heat up ahead of the March 1 deadline.

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The benefit to three-point regulation wins

Would a change to three points for a regulation win change NHL teams' strategies in the final five minutes? We asked a handful of NHL coaches.

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Sheary pokes puck into net for game winner (0:38)
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Red Wings come out on top with Vanek's goal (0:41)
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Boyle sneaks in go-ahead goal for Lightning (0:31)
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Why are the Wild so much better this season?

With a comeback win over the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Minnesota Wild took over the lead of the Western Conference and showed they are for real. But how are they doing it?

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Timo Meier's breakaway goal fuels Sharks in win (0:25)
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Islanders ride three-goal second period past Bruins (1:01)
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Draisaitl's goal helps Oilers win despite save by Mike Smith (0:46)
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Ennis attempts unbelievable lacrosse-style goal (0:15)
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Benn snaps two sticks in frustration during Dallas' loss (0:21)
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Is the NHL in denial about potential CTE link? (6:58)
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Did NHL conceal information regarding risks of brain trauma? (2:10)
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Midseason NHL awards and trade buzz

Who are the leading candidates for the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies? Who is on the trading block, and which teams will be buyers/sellers?

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Mile-high makeover: Avs ready to rebuild

Colorado GM Joe Sakic will listen to offers on any player on his roster not named Nathan MacKinnon or Mikko Rantanen, says Pierre LeBrun. Will the Avs deal Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog?

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Who is the first-half MVP?

Which player was most valuable to his team in the first half of the season? We canvassed our experts, and some of their responses might surprise you. Or not.

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Sidney Crosby (#87) had 4 points on Monday in the Penguins 8-7 win, which gives him 988 points and ties him for 87th place on the NHL's all-time points list with former Bruins star Rick Middleton.

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The last team (before the Penguins) to win an OT game scoring at least 8 goals was the Quebec Nordiques on Dec. 12, 1992 at the San Jose Sharks at the Cow Palace. Current Penguins coach Mike Sullivan forced overtime in that game for the Sharks when he tied the game at 7-7 with 1:51 left in the 3rd period. But Scott Young scored the OT winner for an 8-7 victory.

Pens' Sheary nets winner in wild 8-7 victory

Pittsburgh and Washington combined to score a whopping 15 goals, the last of which came courtesy of Conor Sheary in overtime.

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The last time the Capitals scored 7 goals and didn't win was against the Penguins on Oct. 11, 1988. They lost to the Penguins, 8-7. Mario Lemieux had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Penguins in that game. The Capitals had won 69 straight regular-season games when scoring at least 7 goals.

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This is the 4th time the Capitals and Penguins have each scored at least 6 goals when facing each other and 1st time since Oct. 11, 1988. (Penguins won that game 8-7).

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Tonight is the 2nd time the Penguins have scored at least 7 goals in a game against the Capitals in the Alex Ovechkin era. The other was in January 2006 (an 8-1 win).

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This is the 3rd time in Evgeni Malkin's career that he's scored 3 goals in a period. But this is the first time that he's done it without an empty-netter.