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Islanders top Blue Jackets, 4-3, inch closer to playoff spot

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Anders Lee celebrates his go-ahead goal in the third period. The Islanders don’t need any outside assistance, only to continue securing enough points in their remaining games, to clinch a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup ...

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Eric Staal makes emotional return to Raleigh with Rangers

Pat Leonard/New York Daily News A wall of commemorative photos welcomes Eric Staal back to Raleigh on Thursday. RALEIGH, N.C. – First Eric Staal turned left to the visitors’ locker room at PNC Arena on Thursday morning, not right to ...

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Rangers look to lock up playoff spot vs. Hurricanes

Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images Alain Vigneault wants his squard to clinch its playoff berth as soon as possible. Alain Vigneault has spoken for weeks about the importance of getting a checkmark next to the Rangers’ name in the standings, ...

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Rangers let Eric Staal travel early to be with family

Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images Eric Staal has barely seen his family since joining the Rangers on Feb. 29. Days after Eric Staal made his Rangers debut on Feb. 29 at the Garden, which came a day after the longtime ...

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Okposo, Islanders get crucial shootout win over Hurricanes

Kathy Willens/AP Islanders’ Kyle Okposo chases Carolina’s Justin Faulk here but scores the game-winner at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night. Consecutive third-period comebacks against the Hurricanes might prove to be the difference in the Islanders returning to the playoffs. ...

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Sabres’ David Legwand wipes nose on teammate Marcus Foligno

Don’t be so snotty! While Buffalo Sabres teammates David Legwand and Marcus Foligno sat on the bench during a recent game, their bonding session went a little too far. Instead of grabbing a tissue or even a towel, Legwand decided ...

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NHL exec notes link between fighting, concussions: report

Mary Altaffer/AP Deputy commissioner Bill Daly (l.) and commissioner Gary Bettman (r.) in 2012. Emails unsealed by a U.S. federal court in Minneapolis revealed NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in September 2011 that fighting in hockey leads to more ...

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Rangers' Mats Zuccarello nominated for Bill Masterton Trophy

Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images Mats Zuccarello (r.) returned to the Rangers after recovering from a serious brain injury during last year’s playoffs. Mats Zuccarello’s incredible resilience and passion for his teammates and hockey have earned him this season’s nomination ...

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Rangers get point but fall to Penguins in overtime, 3-2

Seth Wenig/AP Henrik Lundqvist watches a first period goal from Penguins’ Matt Cullen trickle past him and into the net. Eric Staal played like a man possessed in Sunday night’s 3-2 Rangers overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the ...

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Alain Vigneault opts to wing it with Eric Staal on outside

Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports Eric Staal (12) shoots on Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon (39) on Saturday night. MONTREAL — Eric Staal made his first start on the wing in his 13th game as a Ranger Saturday night, skating in ...

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