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Bobrovsky sharp as Jackets blank Rangers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky made his typical batch of highlight-reel saves to help the Columbus Jackets shut out the potent New York Rangers.

Bobrovsky made 36 saves for his 21st career shutout and Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin scored in the Blue Jackets' 2-0 victory over New York on Friday night.

New York ran into a hot goalie in Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner who notched his second shutout of the season in powering Columbus to its third straight victory.

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Jackets extend Atkinson for $41M, 7 yrs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed all-star winger Cam Atkinson to a seven-year contract extension worth $41.1 million.

The deal announced by Friday secured the 28-year-old Atkinson, the team's top scorer the past two seasons, through 2024-25. He'll make $5.8 million a year.

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Tatar helps Wings beat slumping Sabres

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings were putting the puck everywhere other than into the net for two-plus periods. They were shooting off the post, across the crease and firing wide on chances.

Luke Glendening broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Tomas Tatar scored a go-ahead goal midway through third and the Red Wings went on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Friday night.

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Witkowski banned 10 games for fighting

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski for 10 games, costing him more than $40,000 in lost salary, for his actions against the Calgary Flames.

The league announced the punishment Friday night after Detroit beat Buffalo 3-1.

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Bettman: No Montreal outdoor game venue

MONTREAL (AP) The NHL wanted to hold an outdoor game in Montreal to mark its 100th anniversary, but couldn't find a suitable venue, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

Holding an outdoor game indoors at the domed Olympic Stadium wasn't considered, and Percival Molson Stadium, which is 102 years old, is too small and antiquated to stage a regular-season hockey game in the cold.

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GMs pleased with crack down on slashing

MONTREAL (AP) If there are any misgivings about the NHL's crackdown on slashes to the hands, they are not shared by the general managers.

Teams are scoring about half a goal more since officials made the quick tap to the hands or the top of the stick the NHL's most frequently called minor penalty. The rule was aimed not only at protecting players after some gruesome hand injuries last season, but also to eliminate it as a tactic to cause skilled players to lose control of the puck.

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NHL had humble beginnings 100 years ago

MONTREAL (AP) The five men who met on Nov. 26, 1917, to form the National Hockey League could not have dreamed of the 31-team, multi-billion-dollar enterprise it is a century later.

That day the owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs, along with league president-to-be Frank Calder, drew up a document at the posh Windsor Hotel in Montreal that established the NHL out of the ruins of the strife-torn National Hockey Association, which had been founded in 1909.

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Vegas activates G Subban from IR

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights activated goalie Malcolm Subban from injured reserve Friday, and assigned goalie Dylan Ferguson was assigned to Kamloops of the Western Hockey League.

Subban, the brother of Nashville star P.J. Subban, left with a lower-body injury Oct. 21 in the third period of an overtime victory over St. Louis. Claimed off waivers from Boston on Oct. 3, he's 2-0-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average in three games this season.

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Landeskog has hat trick as Avs rout Caps

DENVER (AP) Gabriel Landeskog has been a vocal captain for the Colorado Avalanche. This time, he led by example and carried his team to victory.

Landeskog scored three goals - one on a penalty shot - for his first career hat trick, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and four assists and Colorado made it a successful return from Sweden with a 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

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Leafs beat Devils 1-0 on late OT goal

TORONTO (AP) Toronto coach Mike Babcock had a simple message for William Nylander after he ended a goal slump with the winner.

Nylander struck with 2.2 seconds to play in overtime and Frederik Andersen made 42 saves to help the Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

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