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LAS VEGAS – Patrick Kane is a self-professed hockey nerd. The South Buffalo native watched the Stanley Cup playoffs closely as Central Division rival St. Louis capped its run from last place in the league in January to the summit in June. It's a lesson Kane said his Chicago Blackhawks and a lot of other teams can learn from. "You're just watching as a fan, not really ro…

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CHICAGO — There's not going to be any Stanley Cup celebration in the Windy City and, for the second straight spring, it's looking like there won't be any playoff games at all. The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the NHL's most up-and-down teams all season but it looked like they had things solved last month when they roared back from last place in the Western Confer…

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When the Sabres arrived in Columbus to open their post-break schedule, they were the sidelight story to the NHL's biggest ongoing drama. Pity the poor Blue Jackets. They've never won a playoff series since they were born in 2000, topped by the ungodly collapse that changed history last spring. Columbus, remember, won the first two games of its opening-round series in Wa…

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There are teams that are completely organized, there are teams where you sometimes wonder what they're up to and then there are the Carolina Hurricanes. What in the world is up with these guys? New owner Tom Dundon and new coach Rod Brind'Amour are not distinguishing themselves this season. Same for General Manager Don Waddell. The Canes' playoff drought stretches to…

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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane insists he still feels like the same kid who dangled all the way from South Buffalo to become the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick by the time he was 18. But the time has sure flown by. Come Monday, Kane hits The Big 3-0. He'll join a group of NHL superstars now on the other side of 30, a list that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Alexan…

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Rick Dudley stood with a cup of coffee on the HarborCenter's upper concourse, while the NHL's best prospects worked out in tank tops and shorts on the arena floor below. Dudley is the quintessential hockey scout, a tireless bird dog who bought a house 15 years ago in Lewiston, although he worked for the Chicago Blackhawks, because he mapped out 34 amateur and pro arenas…

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The Chicago Blackhawks just aren't the Chicago Blackhawks anymore. It's downright jarring to see. Now, Patrick Kane is still Patrick Kane, one of the great players in the NHL. At least for the last eight games, Jonathan Toews looks like Captain Serious again in rolling up 11 points. But Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp are shells of their former selves and…

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It will be a tournament going on halfway across the world, in the middle of their season and with games often being played in the dead of night in the United States or Canada. And while many NHL players remain disappointed they won't be playing in the Pyeongchang Olympics, they still think it will be hockey worth watching. Out of sight, out of mind? No way. "More tha…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- At just 29 years old, South Buffalo native Patrick Kane is at a career crossroads. No longer is he one of the young superstars of the NHL. Instead, he's a wily veteran still capable of producing big numbers but now also trying to help a new generation of Chicago Blackhawks become stars in their own right. How stark is it to realize this is Kane's 11th sea…

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CHICAGO -- No team worth its salt is going to take the Buffalo Sabres lightly because nobody wants to blow the two points there to be taken against the NHL's worst team. The Chicago Blackhawks figure to be particularly focused Friday night in United Center as they try to break a five-game losing streak -- their longest in six years -- against a Buffalo team they've defeate…

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CHICAGO -- The Buffalo Sabres might get a bad timing award for showing up in The Windy City when they did. The Chicago Blackhawks take a five-game losing streak into Friday's matchup in United Center and looking to start a turnaround against a Buffalo club they've dominated in recent years. The Sabres have lost 11 straight to Chicago (0-9-2) and are 0-6-1 in their pr…

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Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

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At least on the ice, this has been a normal training camp for Jack Eichel. While his agents continue to work with the Sabres on a long-term contract extension, Eichel goes about his business getting ready for the season with workouts, quiet morning practice sessions and meaningless exhibition games. It's a far cry from last September, when Eichel was in the middle of a …

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Blackhawks star and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane voluntarily traded seats with a soldier on a flight this week to allow the soldier to sit in first class, according to the flight attendant who said she coordinated the switch. Teri Truss, a flight attendant for Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle Airlines), posted a photo with Kane that has been retweeted more than 4…