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Inside the NHL: Are dirty plays increasing?

Barry Melrose and Scott Burnside dissect whether there are more controversial hits or if there is just more attention on them, plus World Cup bubble players and trade deadline outlook.

Top 3 plays of the week (1:43)
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The Panthers' trade deadline game plan

In the mix for the Atlantic Division crown, what will the Florida Panthers do at the deadline? Craig Custance gets the inside scoop.

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Power Rankings: Not looking back

The Blackhawks are riding high again and don't appear to be letting their foot off the gas as they hold onto the top in the Rankings for another week.

Getzlaf has to get it going for Anaheim to reach playoffs (0:55)
Blackhawks finding championship-caliber consistency (3:03)
Parents of Darnell Nurse wrong to cheer him in fight? (1:06)
Anaheim, Tampa the teams to watch post All-Star break (3:04)
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Carey Price back on the ice

Montreal Caandiens goalie Carey Price was back on the ice on Friday morning. A clip from TSN shows the goalie skating and doing light stickhandling with a glove and blocker.

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Top 20 trade targets

Craig Custance ranks the 20 most impactful players that could be traded before the Feb. 29 NHL trading deadline, including Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.

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Concussion lawsuit against NHL grows

Twelve more former NHL players have joined a lawsuit claiming the league was negligent in informing them about the dangers of concussions.

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Photos: If hockey terms were heavy metal bands

Ever wonder what would happen if you mashed up common hockey terms with the world of heavy metal? Well you're in luck, because we know just how that would turn out.


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Went to my first #Devils game with my dad on Feb. 27, 1995. Saw Brodeur for the first time on Oct. 7, 1995. Tonight was pretty cool.

Klingberg propels Stars in OT

John Klingberg scored the winner in overtime and Kari Lehtonen finished with 37 saves as the Stars top the Wild 4-3, handing Minnesota its 11th loss in its past 12 games.


Capitals win fourth straight

Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st goal of the season, and Marcus Johansson finished with a goal and two assists in Washington's 5-3 win over Nashville. The Caps are 27-1-0 when scoring first this season.


Kings rout Bruins in Lucic's return to Boston

In his first game back at the TD Garden since being traded, Milan Lucic finished with a goal and assist in Los Angeles' 9-2 win. It was the 4th time in the past 20 years that at least nine different players scored for a team in a game.


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Devils goalie Cory Schneider talks about the pregame ceremony to retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30.