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Canucks' Home Sellout Streak Ends At 474 Games

The Canucks' sellout streak ended at 474 games Saturday night with a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena in a loss to the Lightning.

The announced attendance on Saturday was 18,647 -- just 223 short of a sellout.

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Penguins Hand Islanders First Loss

The Penguins killed a lengthy 5-on-3 just minutes before Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored power-play goals 55-seconds apart in the second period, helping Pittsburgh hand the New York Islanders their first loss of the season, 3-1 on Saturday night, according to an ESPN.com report.

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Lucic Apologizes For Obscene Gesture

Bruins forward Milan Lucic apologized Saturday for the obscene gesture he made to Canadiens fans during Thursday's loss at Bell Centre.

On Friday, the NHL fined Lucic $5,000. After Saturday's morning skate, Lucic addressed the situation, apologizing to the Bruins, Canadiens and fans of both teams. 

"Obviously, I'm not proud of what I did there," Lucic said. "... I know (Canadiens fans) can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. I apologize for my actions. I regret what I did."

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Predators To Host '16 All-Star Game

The Predators will host the 2016 All-Star Game, multiple sources have told ESPN.com.

The formal announcement will be made Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

This year's All-Star Game festivities will Jan. 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch recently reported the game and attendant events will provide a $12 million bump to the local economy.

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Panthers Suffering Woeful Attendance

The Panthers haven't won any of their first three games and have not been successful at the gate yet this season. Their announced crowd of 7,311 on Monday night was not only a franchise all-time worst, smashing the previous low of 10,063, it was also the smallest attendance figure for an NHL game in almost three years.

"I don't pay attention to that stuff when I'm playing," Panthers veteran goalie Robert Luongo said. "I try to focus on my job. If we want to get some people in the stands, we're going to have to start winning some hockey games."

Through two home dates, the Panthers have drawn 18,730 fans total. Eight teams averaged more than that for home games last season, and entering Tuesday, the Panthers' two home games to date had drawn the two smallest crowds in the league this season.

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Simon Gagne Signs One-Year Deal With Bruins

The Bruins have signed veteran winger Simon Gagne to a one-year deal worth $600,000, the team said Tuesday.

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Nolan: Sabres Are Playing Like 'Peewee' Team

It took the Ducks just 18 seconds to draw the game's first penalty Monday night.

It may not have taken much longer for Sabres head coach Ted Nolan to have seen enough of his team. 

"That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team," Nolan told the Buffalo News after the Sabres' loss to Anaheim. "They dominated us from start to finish. ... They were two steps ahead."

The numbers back up Nolan's assessment. With Monday's beating, the Sabres (0-3-0) have been outscored 11-3 in their past two games and 9-1 over the past four periods.

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Wild Sign Jonas Brodin To New Deal

The Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a six-year contract extension, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

Brodin has started his third season with the Wild, who drafted him out of Karlstad, Sweden, with the 10th overall pick in 2011.

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Andrew Barroway To Become Coyotes Majority Owner

The Arizona Coyotes announced today an agreement to sell 51 percent of the Coyotes franchise to Andrew Barroway. The sale and ownership transfer is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors. Once the transaction has been approved and closing has occurred, Barroway will begin to serve as the Coyotes Chairman and Governor. 

"This is truly a dream come true for me and my family," said Barroway. "I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to working and solidifying a strong partnership with the Club's current ownership group.

"As a group we are committed to serving our fans with a new level of excellence and our collective goal is to put a competitive team on the ice every season and, one day, win the Stanley Cup."

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Bettman: Coyotes Ownership Change Remains Unsettled

New team name, new building name, same ownership drama for the Coyotes.

Before Thursday's game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the Coyotes franchise is doing well. Then he fielded questions from reporters about a potential new investor, Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway.

Bettman confirmed that current Coyotes owners George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc and their partners have received an unsolicited expression of interest in joining the IceArizona ownership group.

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