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Central Division goalie Devan Dubnyk, right, of the Minnesota Wild, is scored on by Pacific Division forward Johnny Gaudreau, of the Calgary Flames, as forward Bo Horvat, of the Vancouver Canucks, skates by during the first game of an NHL All-Star hockey game at Staples Center, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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  • Central Division goalie Devan Dubnyk, right, of the Minnesota Wild, is scored on by Pacific Division forward Johnny Gaudreau, of the Calgary Flames, as forward Bo Horvat, of the Vancouver Canucks, skates by during the first game of an NHL All-Star hockey game at Staples Center, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NHL luminaries praise All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 format

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to the NHL All-Star Game, less is definitely more. While the NFL’s Pro Bowl spent years struggling with ballooning scores, little defense, a lack of effort and concerns over its long-term viability, the NHL seemingly remedied many of those same issues by changing to a 3-on-3 format last […]
  • Metropolitan Division forward Wayne Simmonds, of the Philadelphia Flyers, scores on Atlantic Division goalie Carey Price, of the Montreal Canadiens, during an NHL All-Star hockey game at Staples Center, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Simmonds, Gretzky engineer Metropolitans’ All-Star Game win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Simmonds’ first All-Star weekend after a nine-year NHL career was strange enough. Having Wayne Gretzky for a coach made it even more surreal. And after he scored the tiebreaking goal to become the All-Star Game MVP in his former home city, the Philadelphia forward could only think of one word […]
  • Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler of the western conference NHL All-Star hockey team speaks during a media availability, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Big goalie, little kid dominate All-Star Skills Competition

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big Mike Smith and little Ryker Kesler stole the show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. The towering Arizona goalie scored a 188-foot goal during the Four Line Challenge on Saturday night, and the 6-year-old son of Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler scored on Montreal goalie Carey Price during the Shootout. […]
  • Singer Justin Bieber, who is playing for Team Gretzky, is pushed into the glass by Chris Pronger of Team Lemieux during the first period of the NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Justin Bieber gets hit, bounces back in celeb hockey game

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber got a taste of NHL hockey and the Staples Center glass Saturday, courtesy of NHL great Chris Pronger. The pop star responded by showing off skills that would not have looked out of place in his native Canada during a celebrity exhibition game. Bieber was driven into the boards […]
  • National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NHL brass still leaning against Olympic shutdown in 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is likely to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics unless something big changes in the next few months. The league’s owners are still leaning against allowing the world’s top hockey players to participate in the Olympics next year, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. In the league’s most strident comments […]
  • Celebrity players, from left, Cuba Gooding Jr., Justin Bieber and Eric Lindros sit on the bench as Team Gretzky head coach Wayne Gretzky, top center, stands in the background during the first period of the NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    With Tortorella’s dog ailing, Gretzky becomes All-Star coach

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Columbus coach John Tortorella had to drop out of the NHL All-Star weekend to take care of his ailing dog, the league turned to the Great One to replace him. Wayne Gretzky will coach the Metropolitan Division team in the All-Star Game on Sunday as a last-minute fill-in for Tortorella. […]
  • Former NHL hockey players, from left, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux speak during a news conference prior to an NHL 100 ceremony, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    The NHL 100: Hockey’s greatest players honored in centennial

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr were among the easiest choices for The NHL 100, the group of enduring superstars chosen and honored by the league Friday night as the best players in hockey history. Yet if the Great One, Super Mario and No. 4 had to pick an NHL […]
  • Welcome to Hockeywood: NHL All-Stars converge for LA party

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sidney Crosby only took a few steps into the lobby of his downtown Los Angeles hotel Friday before he was besieged by a bevy of sprinting fans. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain signed what he could and slipped away. From Crosby and Mario Lemieux to the sneakiest autograph hounds, every part of […]
  • Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Copp (9) and Blake Wheeler (26) celebrate Copp's goal as Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith (2) and Scott Darling (33) watch during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Chicago. The Jets won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Little, Jets beat Blackhawks 5-3

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets were just OK for most of the first part of the season. Except for their games against the Chicago Blackhawks. Against the Blackhawks, they were perfect. Andrew Copp and Bryan Little scored in a 32-second span in the third period, and Winnipeg continued its dominance against Chicago with a […]
  • Nashville Predators left wing Cody McLeod, right, bumps helmets with goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, as they celebrate the team's 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Smith scores twice in 3rd, Predators beat Blue Jackets 4-3

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators won’t mind the weekend off for the All-Star break. They just hope they can pick up next week where they left off. The Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves looking for some answers. Craig Smith tied his career high by scoring two goals in the third period, and the […]