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7:00 AM ET The NHL’s abridged 56-game 2021 season is up and running. But there have been a few COVID-19 related speed bumps along the way, particularly with the Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. Here’s everything you need to know about how the virus is impacting the hockey season, and what comes next.
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11:07 PM ET Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella benched center Pierre-Luc Dubois in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, and the disgruntled star didn’t see the ice again after the first period. Dubois went to the bench with 4:36 remaining in the opening period, following a lackadaisical shift that
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2:33 PM ET Associated Press The Washington Capitals will be without Alex Ovechkin and three other prominent players for at least the next four games because of COVID-19 protocols, coach Peter Laviolette said. Ovechkin, a three-time NHL MVP, was placed on the league’s unavailable list Wednesday along with No. 1 center Evgeny Kuznetsov, starting goaltender
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6:55 PM ET Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and three teammates were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol-related absences list on Wednesday, as the league fined the team $100,000 for a violation of health and safety protocols. Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov were all added to the daily list
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6:41 PM ET Associated Press DENVER — Colorado and Minnesota swapped veteran defensemen on Tuesday, with the Avalanche acquiring Greg Pateryn and the Wild receiving Ian Cole. The trade represents a significant salary-cap savings for Colorado from Cole’s $4.25 million hit to Pateryn’s $2.25 million. It also frees up a spot on the left side
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5:14 PM ET The NHL announced that it will stop using pucks with imbedded tracking technology for the foreseeable future due to complaints about their performance during the start of the 2021 season. The change is effective beginning with Tuesday night’s games. The NHL reviewed the first supply of tracking pucks that it has been
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3:55 PM ET Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois has requested a trade from the team, which is why interest around the league was piqued when he didn’t take a regular shift during the second period of the team’s 3-2 win over Detroit on Monday afternoon. Coach John Tortorella denied he “benched” the 22-year-old scorer.
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11:32 AM ET Associated Press The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors. The International Ice Hockey Federation cited safety concerns and said it will seek a new country to co-host the tournament with Latvia or host it on its own. Criticism
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11:02 PM ET Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle scored his 100th career goal and kept his consecutive games streak alive in their season-opening win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, just days after it appeared he might be a healthy scratch. Yandle scored the second goal in the Panthers’ 5-2 home victory over the Blackhawks,
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5:00 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jared McCann has been fined $10,000 for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim, the NHL announced Saturday. The incident occurred at 14:32 of the second period of Friday’s game in Philadelphia. McCann was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing. The fine is the maximum
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3:04 AM ET ESPN News Services St. Louis Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly was critical of his team’s effort in Friday night’s 8-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, saying that the Blues “embarrassed ourselves” in the second game of the season. “That was very disappointing,” O’Reilly said. “We came into the game and you could just
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8:03 PM ET The Ottawa Senators honored the memory of celebrity fan and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died last November, with a moment of silence before their season-opening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. Trebek, 80, died on Nov. 8, almost two years after revealing he had pancreatic cancer. He surprised
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4:56 PM ET The Dallas Stars will open their season Jan. 22 against the Nashville Predators after their first four games had to be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team. In training camp, 17 members of the Stars tested positive for COVID-19, which forced the team to shut down its facilities for
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