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Jackets blank Pens in preseason opener

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Jean-Francois Berube and Jet Greaves combined for 28 saves and the shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 in a preseason game on Monday night.

Berube recorded 20 saves and Greaves had eight.

Yegor Chinakhov opened the scoring 16:28 in, and Adam Boqvist's first goal of the preseason at 4:10 of the third extended the lead to 2-0. Emil Bemstrom' scored on a wrist shot at 17:43 of the third.

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Revamped 'Canes seek deep playoff run

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The past three seasons have seen the Carolina Hurricanes end a long postseason drought, become an every-year playoff team and win their first division championship in 15 years.

They figured they needed changes to accomplish even more.

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Flyers to count on offseason pickups

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The sounds of Philadelphia in the fall are familiar at this time of season: the bellyaching from talk radio to chirping tweets on the Eagles' poor start. The cheers of nearly 30,000 fans imploring Bryce Harper to bring October baseball back to Philly. The explanations and potential plans on how the 76ers will handle Ben Simmons.

Lost in the shuffle of the pennant race and trade rumors, the Philadelphia Flyers mosey about with little fanfare and less expectations headed into a season where a return to the playoffs would be a success. Even in a funky pandemic season, when crowds were allowed back at the shared arena, the Sixers packed the place, while the Flyers limped along with a couple of thousand fans and frittered away a once intimidating home-ice edge.

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Moves raise expectations for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils coach Lindy Ruff doesn't like it when a question starts with the phrase: "You've been around hockey a long time..."

It's the equivalent of saying: "Hey, you're old."

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GM Yzerman feels Wings making progress

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have been mired in a long, painful rebuild and the end doesn't seem to be in sight from outside the organization.

The last time they made the playoffs five years ago, Dylan Larkin was a rookie. When the captain and center looks at the reshaped roster, he doesn't have to feign optimism.

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Blackhawks G Lankinen out of protocol

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen practiced Monday after he was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list.

Lankinen had been held out since Friday. His absence doesn't necessarily mean he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Kraken top Canucks in preseason debut

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The concourses of the Spokane Arena were jammed. The merchandise lines snaked through the crowds, causing bottlenecks as fans filed in for their first glimpse of the Seattle Kraken.

There seems to be little doubt about the popularity and reach of the NHL's newest franchise, even when playing 300 miles away from home.

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Blues extend GM Armstrong for 5 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues signed longtime president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension Saturday.

Armstrong, 57, was named the organization's 11th general manager after the 2009-10 season after joining the Blues as assistant general manager in 2008.

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Sens acquire F Sanford from Blues

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators acquired Zach Sanford on Saturday, sending St. Louis native Logan Brown to the Blues in exchange for the veteran forward.

St. Louis also received a conditional 2022 draft pick from Ottawa.

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Sabres strip injured Eichel's captaincy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel was stripped of his captaincy by the Sabres on Thursday, raising further questions about his future in Buffalo due to a widening rift over how to treat a neck injury that has sidelined the center for six months.

With the two sides at a stalemate, general manager Kevyn Adams announced the decision to remove the "C" as the Sabres opened training camp without Eichel, who will be placed on injured reserve after failing his physical.

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