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Liveblog: Colorado beats Canadiens 2-0

Posted on 15 February 2018

Alexander Kerfoot’s goal, with three minutes left, sealed the deal.The game was scoreless for 36 minutes.Then Carl Soderberg beat Antti Niemi with a wraparound to give the home team the lead 16 minutes into the second period..Shots were 43-25 for the team that lost. ...

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Habs Game Report: Niemi's strong game squandered in loss to Avalanche

Posted on 15 February 2018

DENVER — Backup goaltender Antti Niemi turned in a strong performance but Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov was a tad better as the Avalanche defeated the Canadiens 2-0 Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center. It was a familiar story as the Canadiens outshot the home team but failed to put a puck behind Varlamov, who continued his mastery over the Canadiens.  He improved his career ...

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Nylander, Marner upping the ante for Maple Leafs

Posted on 14 February 2018

Well, there go the savings.There was a time, just a couple of months ago, that the Maple Leafs might have consoled themselves with the sophomore struggles of William Nylander and Mitch Marner by at least imagining they would cost the club a few million dollars less when the time came to negotiate the second contract of their NHL careers.But those dreams are fading. Or gone. The two kids, ...

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First-place Raptors reach 40 wins by outshooting Heat

Posted on 14 February 2018

Even ticked off, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey nailed the quote.Miffed that his team almost blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Miami Heat 115-112 on Tuesday night, Casey dug out the best analogy he’s perhaps ever used to explain that his dissatisfaction is legitimate because the true measure of his team’s talent is still to be taken.“I’m upset, even though ...

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First-place Raptors overpower sleepy Hornets

Posted on 12 February 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—It’s all sweetness and light when you’re rolling like the Toronto Raptors are rolling, and the joking and fun times continue unabated.After another lopsided win, another victory so thorough that the team’s starting five got another entire fourth quarter off, the good-natured jabs flowed freely.“Ah, I’m tired of them,” Kyle Lowry said of the team’s backup gro ...

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Figure skaters wrap up Canada’s first Olympic gold in Pyeongchang

Posted on 12 February 2018

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA — Hallelujah, Canada.And “Hallelujah” Patrick Chan.Artistically and metaphorically, the classic song of praise and mourning by Leonard Cohen — as covered in this version by Jeff Buckley — was the perfect interpretive vehicle for the 10-time Canadian champion.It lifted him — and his Canadian team event platoon — to Olympic champion.It helped bring Canada ...

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Raptors deal Bruno to Kings, then beat up on Knicks

Posted on 09 February 2018

Masai Ujiri showed his faith in the Toronto Raptors roster by not making anything close to a substantial move at the NBA’s trade deadline Thursday and the kids on the squad went out and said thank you in their own unique way.After making a minor move to ship out young G Leaguer Bruno Caboclo, Masai watched the Raptors whack the New York Knicks 113-88 at the Air Canada Centre, the presi ...

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In the Habs' Room: Price praises Giroux; Julien points to penalties

Posted on 09 February 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Carey Price had a simple answer when asked why the Canadiens came out on the short end of a 5-3 decision against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. “Claude Giroux,” he said, after the pride of Hearst, Ont., scored a goal and added two assists to spark the Flyers’ offence.“He’s definitely got great vision and he’s pretty shifty out there, ...

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What you need to know ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Posted on 08 February 2018

It’s Olympics time again, and soon some of the world’s best athletes will be schussing down the slopes, whirring through the air, zooming down the tracks and skating across the ice. This year, the Winter Games take place in South Korea for the first time.Here’s what you need to know about the coming events.When are the Winter Games?Feb. 9-25. (There are a few prelimi ...

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen returns, holds off pressing Predators

Posted on 08 February 2018

It sometimes takes Maple Leafs fans at the Air Canada Centre some convincing to get loud.They didn’t need it Wednesday night the way Frederik Andersen played.They were chanting “Fred-Dee, Fred-Dee” through a second period when Andersen was at his magical, goal-stealing best and again with a minute to go on a game-saving pad save on a Ryan Johansen wraparound attempt.Andersen’s 44-sav ...