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Follow live: Super rookie Laine, Jets host Rangers

Patrik Laine, second overall pick in the 2016 draft, not only leads all first-year players with 17 goals, but he is tied atop the NHL goal-scoring list.

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Patent office denies Golden Knights trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark request, citing a "likelihood of confusion." The franchise had just unveiled its name Nov. 22.

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10hScott Burnside

Non-NHL Olympic rosters for USA, Canada

If the NHL and NHLPA can't come to an agreement with the IOC about participation in the Olympics, what would Team USA and Team Canada look like? We drafted some teams.

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Photos: The NHL's top young guns

Has this season's youth movement heralded the best talent wave in NHL history? These 15 fledgling stars with skills beyond their years are changing the fortunes of their teams -- and making a convincing case that this is hockey's golden age.

Over 10,000 teddy bears rain down after Kitchener Rangers' goal (0:26)
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Sources: NHL, NHLPA mulling 'bye week' in '17-18

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are discussing plans to implement five-day bye weeks for teams during the the 2017-18 season, according to sources.

Backstrom goes five-hole on OT winner (0:31)
Stewart goes five-hole on breakaway goal (0:51)
Kelly puts the Senators up for good (0:39)
McDavid records two assists, but Oilers fall to Sabres (1:11)
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2dCraig Custance

Teams hurt most by bad, old deals

Which NHL teams have the biggest disadvantage due to declining players still making big money? What's the cost still being paid?

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3dJoe McDonald

Pastrnak's creativity leading Bruins

We talk a lot about Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, but David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins is making his case as being one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.

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3dJoe McDonald

Gaudreau's return boosts Flames' hopes

Back three weeks early from a fractured finger, young star Johnny Gaudreau is giving the Calgary Flames a serious chance at making a run at the Pacific title. Plus, Corey Crawford injury benefit?

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8dScott Burnside

Why Kucherov, not McDavid, is my MVP

Connor McDavid is crazy good and Carey Price is the game's best goalie. But neither would get Scott Burnside's award vote. Here's why Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Suter deserve the hardware instead.

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6dScott Burnside

Johansen, Draisaitl top under-24 rankings

Nashville's Ryan Johansen and Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl lead the charge for the league's young guns in the latest edition of our under-24 rankings. Plus, can the Ducks contain Connor McDavid?

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7dPierre LeBrun

Let teams shoot for three

With 15 teams essentially tied in the standings, Pierre LeBrun says it's time to allow the cream to rise and award three points for a regulation-time victory.

Toews and Matthews get destructive in game of 'call your shot' (3:37)


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Mild mystery why he fell so low. Not like Allsvenskan isn't scouted so well. OEL, H Lindholm, W Nylander all dominated and drafted high.

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My thoughts on Pastrnak as a prospect aside (readers will know I liked him), every Swedish scout I talked to loved him as a draft prospect.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Check that: Did I say the Bruins' David Pastrnak scored his 17th goal of the season? Make that 18 now after his one-timer from the high slot beat Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard. Pastrnak is tied with Sidney Crosby for the league lead in goals with 18. Yes, you heard that right, Pastrnak is tied with Crosby. This kid is so dynamic and exciting to watch.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bruins' David Pastrnak comes out of the penalty box and scores for his 17th goal of the season. He's one goal behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby for the league lead. Here's how one Western Conference coach described Pastrnak: "Love him. Great offensive instincts. He's a natural goal scorer with great release. He gets his nose dirty and he's got a little bite to him. He's a perfect fit with [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron." Gotta give former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli credit for drafted Pastrnak in the first round (No. 25th overall) in 2014.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

When John Mitchell scores his first point of the season to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-0 lead over the Bruins, you know it's frustrating night for the Bruins. The Avalanche entered this game 0-4-1 in their last five and knew this game was an opportunity to take advantage of a Bruins team that plays on back-to-back nights. If this holds up for Colorado, it's a good base to build off moving forward against the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon scored a shorthanded goal for a 2-0 lead over the Bruins. It was MacKinnon's seventh goal of the season. He has the ability to be an elite player in this league but this is the season he needs to elevate his game. The Avalanche need him to be that type of player in order for the team to have success.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly provided an update regarding the Vegas NHL expansion franchise getting its trademark declined. He said the decision was a surprise but still expects the Golden Knights to ultimately get registered. "Most importantly, from our perspective nothing changes," Daly said. "The franchise will go forward with that name and that logo. We have every expectation that we'll ultimately get that registration."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Duchene has 10 goals this season, all on the road, for the Colorado Avalanche. Once he gets on a roll, goals should start to come in bunches. He's highly skilled and will go into traffic to score. He has great hands around the net and just proved it on that goal to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. He can flat out fly and is an exciting player to watch. He's the type of player that will do anything for his teammates.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL's Board of Governors made no decision today on Olympic participation in 2018. There was no formal vote. Bettman did say there was a strong negative sentiment among owners about going to the Olympics.

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Bettman on how league would handle NHL players that play in Olympics regardless of NHL's participation: "We're not going to go there today."

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Bettman on offering Olympic participation for CBA extension: "No demands were made. It was never like that. It was always in a discussion."

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Bettman says cap range was given. Doesn't share specific number but says range goes from current cap to a couple million increase.