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Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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VANCOUVER – There are a lot of reasons the job of an NHL general manager is a tough one. Here's the latest one to add to the list: How do you know what kind of team to build these days? It sure seemed like the NHL was going back to a speed game when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year's Washington-Vegas Cup final certainly h…

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The St. Louis Blues just won the Stanley Cup on Wednesday and were feted with a parade and rally under the Gateway Arch on Saturday. The official end of hockey season? Hardly. Things are done on the ice for now but will really start heating up off of it. The NHL Awards are Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin joining St. Louis goalie Jordan…

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BOSTON – It was seven games over 17 days, the first Stanley Cup final to go the distance since 2011. In the end, the St. Louis Blues completed their worst-to-first transformation and won the Cup for the first time in their history with Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 at TD Garden. Here are seven random thoughts in the wake of the final: 1. Hea…

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BOSTON – Gary Bettman had given Ryan O'Reilly the Conn Smythe Trophy. Then St. Louis teammate David Perron took care of the big moment. As a 3-year-old idolizing his 8-year-old brother, Cal, O'Reilly had practiced this in the family kitchen of their home outside London, Ont. Take the Stanley Cup and hold it over your head. Use whatever you could. A garbage can, milk jug…

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BOSTON – It all comes down to this. Virtually every player on both teams has had this vision, either on a driveway or a backyard rink. Game 7. Stanley Cup final. The winning goal. Somebody's dream is coming true Wednesday night in TD Garden. The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will stage the NHL's first ultimate game in eight years, since the Bruins' 4-0 win in …

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BOSTON – High draft picks for sure. Big money sometimes. That's a generally accepted recipe for successfully building your team in the NHL. The combatants in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final here Wednesday night in TD Garden don't follow that formula at all. The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are the composite results of a good deal of luck, but are also the works of …

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BOSTON — When it comes to goaltending during the run to the Stanley Cup, Jordan Binnington is getting the bulk of the notoriety. But Tuukka Rask could end up with all the hardware. You can make a solid case that Rask has been the better goalie in five of the six games played in the Cup final, and his strong play might give the Bruins a key advantage when the series c…

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ST. LOUIS -- Something about this town makes Boston sports icons speak up and have their teammates listen. It was nearly six years ago, midway through Game 5 of the World Series, when David Ortiz gathered the Red Sox in the Busch Stadium dugout -- in full view of fans and television cameras -- and urged them to settle down and play their game. The message got through…

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ST. LOUIS – It's just random chance landings I've had here over the years. Add another one to the list of a wild run at the mouth of the Mississippi. The Stanley Cup was in town Sunday night with the St. Louis Blues trying to raise it for the first time in their 52-year history with a win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Cup final. And for all the talk of Bost…

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ST. LOUIS — One more win for the St. Louis Blues to win the first Stanley Cup in their 52-year history. One win for the Boston Bruins to get the series back home for the ultimate showdown Wednesday night. That's what will be at stake Sunday night in Enterprise Center as the Blues and Bruins play Game 6 of the Cup final. St. Louis has won two straight to take a 3-2 lead …

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ST. LOUIS — Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara says he's fine. At least that's what it sounded like as the 42-year-old gritted through answering a few questions from reporters Saturday in Enterprise Center. The Bruins captain would not answer a direct inquiry if he has a broken jaw after being struck by a Brayden Schenn shot in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. Chara m…

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ST. LOUIS — The 52-year wait could end Sunday night. After 4,046 regular season games, the St. Louis Blues play the 390th playoff game in their history when they meet the Boston Bruins in Enterprise Center. For the first time, they can win the Stanley Cup with a victory. "It's crazy. It's tough to sleep right now," Blues center Ryan O'Reilly said Saturday on the e…

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ST. LOUIS — As the Stanley Cup final moves back to the land of the Gateway Arch for what could be the crowning moment of the the St. Louis Blues' 52-year history on Sunday night, the focus is once again off the players. No one is waxing poetic nearly enough about Jordan Binnington's 38-save performance in Game 5 in Boston. About three goals in two games for Ryan O'Reill…

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BOSTON – Too much Jordan Binnington. Too much Ryan O'Reilly. And a huge assist from the striped shirts. On a night when Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara showed historic grit by playing through a broken jaw, the St. Louis Blues made some history of their own by pulling with one win of their first Stanley Cup. It was a wild night at TD Garden as the Blues held on for …