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Ducks edge Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

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Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. 464 more words

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Ex-Spit Derek Lanoue calculates Stanley Cup payoff for grinders

It pays to fight in hockey and it especially pays to hoist the Stanley Cup if you’re a grinder.

In a study that seems more inspired by a Don Cherry rant than a master’s thesis, former Windsor Spitfire Derek Lanoue, of Belle River, calculated the payoff for being an enforcer and, in a first, the payoff for winning the Stanley Cup other than fulfilling a boyhood dream. 803 more words

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‘I came here with my eyes wide open’: Mike Babcock introduced as Toronto Maple Leafs’ new coach

Live: The Toronto Maple Leafs got their US$50-million man and it’s time for him to meet his new town and its long-suffering fan base

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Kucherov scores early in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3 of East finals

By Fred Goodall

TAMPA, Fla. – Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. 476 more words

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Risk-premium for new Toronto Maple Leaf coach Mike Babcock

In signing Mike Babcock as its new head coach, for a reported US$50 million over eight years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made him the highest paid coach in the history of hockey. 727 more words

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Wings lose Babcock, set sights on Blashill

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland’s Wednesday morning began with Mike Babcock coming over for a house visit. Three hours later, their professional relationship ended. 507 more words

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Pat Hickey: Mike Babcock is treated like a saviour, and Claude Julien like a scapegoat

There’s ample evidence that you can’t buy a Stanley Cup, but that hasn’t prevented the Toronto Maple Leafs from trying.

The folks at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment opened the vault Wednesday and won the Mike Babcock Sweepstakes, luring him away from the Detroit Red Wings with an eight-year contract worth a reported $50 million. 676 more words

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