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blue jackets extend streak to 9 with 5-3 win over rangers


new york — artemi panarin had three goals and an assist, sergei bobrovsky made 29 saves and the columbus blue jackets extended their winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory over the new york rangers on tuesday night.markus nutivaara and alexander wennberg also scored for the blue jackets, who have surged into a playoff spot in the eastern conference. it is columbus' longest winning streak since its 16-game run last season from nov. 29, 2016, to jan. 3, 2017.chris kreider and mika zibanejad scored power-play goals and kevin hayes had a short-handed goal for the rangers.henrik lundqvist made 26 saves in his first start since march 10 against florida. lundqvist was briefly shaken up when matt calvert upended him and knocked his helmet off with five minutes remaining.with columbus lead






atkinson, wennberg lead blue jackets to 5-2 win over rangers


new york — the columbus blue jackets have come out of their bye week playing their best hockey in nearly two months.cam atkinson and alexander wennberg each scored twice to lead the blue jackets to a 5-2 victory over the new york rangers on sunday. while many teams have struggled after their mandatory time off, columbus rolled to its second win in two days and moved past the rangers into third place in the metropolitan division."we talked about it, that it's hard for teams coming from this break, and we wanted to come back hard, skate hard," wennberg said. "this break was good for us."sergei bobrovsky stopped 28 shots to tie his career high with his 32nd win. josh anderson also scored and oliver bjorkstrand had two assists to help the blue jackets win for the fourth time in five games.colu






vesey gets go-ahead goal in 3rd, rangers beat blue jackets


columbus, ohio — jimmy vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and antti raanta stopped 30 shots as the new york rangers beat the columbus blue jackets 3-2 on monday night.dan girardi and kevin hayes also scored for the rangers, who won their sixth straight game and moved into a three-way tie for second place with columbus and pittsburgh in the tough metropolitan division. raanta made two big saves in the final 23 seconds after the blue jackets pulled the goalie for a sixth skater and were swarming.brandon dubinsky and nick foloigno scored for columbus, and sergei bobrovsky finished with 20 saves.






werenski, anderson score as blue jackets beat panthers 2-1


columbus, ohio — zach werenski and josh anderson scored 3:26 apart in the second period to lead the columbus blue jackets to a 2-1 victory over the florida panthers on thursday night.sergei bobrovsky finished with 33 saves for his nhl-leading 38th win to help columbus pull two points behind washington in the presidents' trophy race for the league's best record. the blue jackets have won six of their last eight games.jonathan marchessault scored late in the first period for florida, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games.columbus tied it with 4:05 left in the second when werenski shot from the far left side of the ice caught panthers goalie james reimer looking for his 11th.anderson, who had an assist on werenski's goal, then put the blue jackets ahead with 39 seconds remaining in the se






bobrovsky terrific again as blue jackets beat flyers 1-0


columbus, ohio — sergei bobrovsky made 36 saves in his seventh shutout of the season, helping the columbus blue jackets beat the philadelphia flyers 1-0 on saturday.bobrovsky was terrific in his nhl-leading 40th win, and alexander wennberg tipped in the game's only goal in the second period. the gritty victory in front of a sellout crowd broke a two-game losing streak for the playoff-bound blue jackets and moved them into a tie with idle pittsburgh for second in the metropolitan division.






back from break, blue jackets sharp in routing islanders 7-0


columbus, ohio — josh anderson and nick foligno each scored twice, sending the columbus blue jackets to a 7-0 romp over the new york islanders on saturday.the high-energy blue jackets didn't show any rust in their first game back following their five-day break, unlike many teams that have struggled coming out of the bye week this season. columbus scored three times in the first period, chasing new york goalie thomas greiss.david savard had a goal and three assists, boone jenner and jack johnson also scored and backup goaltender joonas korpisalo stopped all 24 shots for the blue jackets, who ended new york's three-game winning streak. columbus has a comfortable hold on the top wild-card spot in the eastern conference, while the islanders are in a tight race for the final playoff berth.






rangers trade rick nash to the bruins for package of players, picks


the rangers traded six-time all-star winger rick nash to the bruins on sunday morning, the team announced.the rangers will get a first-round pick in the 2018 nhl draft, defenseman ryan lindgren, forwards ryan spooner and matt beleskey, and a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft from the bruins.nash, 33, spent the first nine years of his career with the blue jackets. he was acquired by the rangers on july 23, 2012 with steven delisle and the blue jackets’ third-round pick in the 2013 draft. the rangers sent brandon dubinsky, artem anisimov, tim erixon and a first-round pick in the 2013 draft to columbus in the deal.nash played in 60 games this season, scoring 18 goals with 10 assists. in his six seasons with the rangers, nash played in 375 games with 145 goals and 107 assists.the rangers






jenner breaks late tie, blue jackets beat sabres 4-3


columbus, ohio — boone jenner broke a tie with 5:07 left and sergei bobrovsky made 29 saves in the columbus blue jackets' 4-3 victory over the buffalo sabres on friday night.nick foligno and sam gagner had power-play goals, and david savard also scored for the blue jackets. they have won three straight and seven of their last 10. bobrovsky had a three-game shutout streak broken, but still got his nhl-leading 36th victory.jenner corralled a loose puck and wrapped it around goalie robin lehner.josh gorges scored his first goal in more than a year, evan rodrigues and rasmus ristolainen also connected for buffalo, and lehner stopped 35 shots. the sabres have lost four straight.






blue jackets, wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs


columbus, ohio (ap) — the columbus blue jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of sunday’s game than in their first two playoff games combined. that still wasn’t enough to slow down the pittsburgh penguins, who dealt the blue jackets a third straight playoff loss and put them on the brink of elimination.now the blue jackets, whose best season in franchise history included a 16-game winning streak, will try to get a win at home on tuesday night to avoid being swept out of the first-round series by the defending stanley cup champions. an overtime goal by 22-year-old rookie jake guentzel — set up by some deft puck-handling behind the net by sidney crosby — was the latest dagger. guentzel had a hat trick in the 5-4 pittsburgh win sunday.columbus isn’t the only team in trouble. the






game recap: wild at columbus


game recapstar tribune’s three stars1. sergei bobrovsky, blue jackets: career-high 33rd win with a 38-save shutout.2. devan dubnyk, wild: made 39 saves and was particularly strong in the first period.3. david savard, blue jackets: got away with a ton, but the rugged defenseman made life difficult for the wild.by the numbers7-2 blue jackets’ record in past nine meetings with minnesota.7 all-time columbus shutouts vs. minnesota.michael russo






blackhawks fall to blue jackets 3-2 in preseason game


it wasn’t the prettiest of games, even by preseason standards, at the united center on saturday, and the blackhawks fell 3-2 to the blue jackets.the hawks trotted out most of their top players and dominated the game in terms of shots on goal 54-21, but couldn’t translate those opportunities into goals. joonas korpisalo had quite the night in net with 52 saves for the blue jackets.jean-francois berube got his chance to audition for the hawks’ backup job, but allowed a few goals he might like to have back. in the first period, ryan murray took control of a failed clear from alex debrincat and put the puck on berube. it squirted by berube for the blue jackets’ first goal of the night at 11 minutes, 51 seconds.the hawks got on the board at 16:50 when artem anisimov took a feed from patrick sha






back from break, blue jackets sharp in routing islanders 7-0


columbus, ohio — unlike some other nhl teams coming off their bye week, there wasn't a spot of rust on the sleek columbus blue jackets.in their first game following a five-day break, the high-energy blue jackets blew out the new york islanders 7-0 saturday as backup goalie joonas korpisalo earned his first career shutout.josh anderson and nick foligno each scored twice, and david savard had a goal and three assists. boone jenner and jack johnson also scored to help the blue jackets end new york's three-game winning streak.columbus has a comfortable hold on the top wild card in the eastern conference, while the islanders are in a tight race for the final playoff berth.anderson said the mandatory hiatus did the blue jackets good."i think we need the break, to be honest with you," he said. "i






after ot loss, rangers look to regroup at home


new york — sidney crosby and the defending champion penguins have looked impressive in jumping out to a 2-0 lead against the blue jackets.the same is true for the blues, who have earned a pair of 2-1 victories on the road for a two-game edge over minnesota with the series shifting to st. louis.and the rangers were 18 seconds away from joining them until tomas plekanec tied game 2 late in the third period before alexander radulov won it for the canadiens to tie that series at a game apiece going into game 3 at madison square garden on sunday night."every time you win you kind of change the momentum," plekanec said friday night. "you feel better about yourself and your game."but it's just one game. we have to get better because we haven't played a great game yet."while the canadiens have the






many nhl teams struggle with aftermath of winning streaks


bruce boudreau knows a thing or two about winning streaks.he coached washington’s 14-game run in 2010, anaheim’s 11-gamer last season and minnesota wild’s 12-gamer in december. a hockey savant behind the bench, boudreau sees a winning streak as a bell curve — and the end isn’t pretty.“at the end of a winning streak, you’re usually not playing very well, and it takes a while to get back to your game,” boudreau said. “once you lose and the hurriedness or of the fact that it’s a winning streak (ends), you still keep going down a little bit until you build it back up through practice and determination, really. that’s why losing streaks follow winning streaks in almost every sport.”the capitals, columbus blue jackets and philadelphia flyers can nod their heads knowingly. the teams with the long






sharks win first game without joe thornton, top blue jackets


columbus, ohio — the elusive first win without joe thornton is in the bank.the sharks (27-16-8) finally got rewarded for their strong play without their emotional leader friday, ending a season-high four-game losing streak by beating the columbus blue jackets (27-20-4) 3-1 at nationwide arena.the win allowed the sharks to break a tie with the anaheim ducks and move into sole possession of second place in the pacific division with 62 points.before friday’s win, the sharks had lost three-consecutive games since thornton suffered a right-knee injury on jan. 23. they lost in a seven-round shootout wednesday, spoiled a 42-shot performance against the pittsburgh penguins tuesday and came out on the wrong end of a 6-5 shootout with the new york rangers on jan. 23, their eighth game in 13 nights.l






many nhl teams struggle with aftermath of winning streaks


bruce boudreau knows a thing or two about winning streaks.he coached washington's 14-game run in 2010, anaheim's 11-gamer last season and minnesota wild's 12-gamer in december. a hockey savant behind the bench, boudreau sees a winning streak as a bell curve — and the end isn't pretty."at the end of a winning streak, you're usually not playing very well, and it takes a while to get back to your game," boudreau said. "once you lose and the hurriedness or of the fact that it's a winning streak (ends), you still keep going down a little bit until you build it back up through practice and determination, really. that's why losing streaks follow winning streaks in almost every sport."the capitals, columbus blue jackets and philadelphia flyers can nod their heads knowingly. the teams with the long






holtby helps capitals hold off blue jackets, 3-2


columbus, ohio — braden holtby turned away a furious third-period rally by the columbus blue jackets and helped the washington capitals hold on for a big win as they try to put some distance between ahead of their metropolitan division rivals in the last week of the regular season.holtby stopped 35 shots, andre burakovsky had a goal and an assist and the capitals got away with a 3-2 win over the blue jackets on sunday night. washington, with a league-best 112 points, leads pittsburgh by five points in the division. the blue jackets are another point back in third."i think in the second period, the last 10 minutes (holtby) made some key saves and made them look real easy," washington coach barry trotz said. "we hung on and got it done."t.j. oshie and matt niskanen also scored for the capita






rangers end regular season with 3-2 victory over penguins


new york — jimmy vesey scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and the new york rangers beat the pittsburgh penguins 3-2 in the regular-season finale for both teams sunday night.ryan mcdonagh had a goal and an assist, derek stepan had a goal and mika zibanejad added two assists for the rangers, who will match up against the atlantic division champion montreal canadiens in the postseason.nick bonino and carter rowney scored for the penguins, who will face the metropolitan division rival columbus blue jackets in the first round as they look to defend their stanley cup.with the game tied at 2, vesey scored his 16th of the season on a backhand at 7:23 of the third period to help the rangers end the regular season with a victory.






a kinder, gentler torts? maybe a little bit for blue jackets


columbus, ohio (ap) — last summer, john tortorella sent columbus blue jackets players a terse personal letter letting them know that uncomfortable times were ahead.but if they worked hard, he wrote, it would all be worth it.the tortorella training camp was notoriously demanding and set the tone for a season in which the blue jackets would put together a 16-game winning streak on the way to making the playoffs for just the third time in franchise history. the camp was part of the no-nonsense tortorella’s rebooting of a culture he said he found when he was hired in columbus after the team started 0-7 last season.the talent was there, but the attitude needed adjustment. enter torts.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.“i just felt that it was a lousy room with guys think






canadiens pound rangers 4-1, extend winning streak to 5


new york — carey price made 26 saves and the montreal canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the new york rangers on saturday night.shea weber, artturi lehkonen, andrew shaw and jordie benn scored for the canadiens, who are in first place in the atlantic division.max pacioretty and alex galchenyuk each had two assists for montreal, which has won six of seven. that streak started with a shootout win over the rangers on feb. 21 at madison square garden.chris kreider scored and henrik lundqvist made 31 saves for the rangers, who have lost three of their past four.with the rangers trailing 3-0, lundqvist made two strong saves on pacioretty early in the third period before the rangers got on the board.kreider took a pass from derek stepan and scored on his






atkinson returns, scores winner for blue jackets in arizona


glendale, ariz. — cam atkinson scored with 3:03 left to give the columbus blue jackets a 2-1 victory over the arizona coyotes on thursday night.returning from a broken foot that sidelined him for 11 games, atkinson tipped in alexander wennberg's shot. wennberg also scored to help the blue jackets win for the second time in five games.columbus won its sixth consecutive game against arizona, and snapped the coyotes' season-high five-game points streak.sergei bobrovsky had 38 saves, outdueling antti raanta, who stopped 25 shots for arizona in the game that was scores after two periods. the game was the last one for both teams before the nhl all-star break.the scoring didn't come until the third period, first with the blue jackets on a power play. wennberg deflected teammate seth jones' shot i






wild 3, columbus 2 (so)


jay laprete – associated pressgallery: minnesota wild's jason zucker, left, chased columbus blue jackets' josh anderson during the overtime period of an nhl hockey game tuesday, jan. 30, 2018, in columbus, ohio. the wild beat the blue jackets 3-2 in a shootout.






blue jackets score twice in shootout to top hurricanes 3-2


columbus, ohio — joonas korpisalo doesn't get many starts as the backup to the league's top goalie, sergei bobrovsky. on the ice for the blue jackets for the first time in three weeks, he made it count.korpisalo made 29 saves in regulation and overtime, and cam atkinson and artemi panarin scored in the shootout to give columbus a 3-2 win over the carolina hurricanes on tuesday night.korpisalo maintained solid positioning as carolina misfired on its two shootout attempts."i thought it was going to be fun. i like shootouts," said korpisalo, who made his fifth start. "the boys scored both goals and the easy part was left for me."bobrovsky, a two-time vezina trophy winner, leads the league this season in save percentage and goals-against average. korpisalo has twice been sent to columbus' ahl






with first round wrapped up, rangers await winner of bruins-senators


when the rangers clinched the first wild-card playoff berth in the east, they found themselves poised on what appeared to be an easier path to a possible eastern conference final by initially escaping the minefield of the metropolitan division and crossing over into the atlantic.after all, going toe-to-toe in the first round with sidney crosby and the penguins or john tortorella’s blue jackets, who finished with 111 and 108 points, among the best in the nhl, and following that with a possible series against the presidents’ trophy-winning washington capitals, was not exactly the stuff of stanley cup dreams.latest rangers storiesinstead, their first-round opponent was the montreal canadiens, a formidable foe — finally dispatched in game 6 last night — which emerged as atlantic champs under n






blackhawks defeat blue jackets 5-1; nick schmaltz injured


the blackhawks spoiled artemi panarin's return to chicago with a 5-1 victory over the blue jackets.  the blackhawks didn’t waste any time getting on the board again saturday night with patrick kane scoring on his line’s first shift of the game. kane fired home a wrist shot from the right circle that beat blue jackets backup goaltender joonas korpisalo for a 1-0 lead just 1 minute, 33 seconds into the game. but the good start came with a cost as center nick schmaltz was injured for the second time in as many games. schmaltz was on the receiving end of a big hit from blue jackets defenseman jack johnson and laid on the ice as kane scored. he needed help off the ice and into the locker room. schmaltz re-emerged from the room and attempted to play another shift , but exited quickly after hitti






penguins eliminate blue jackets with 5-2 win in game 5


pittsburgh — sidney crosby and scott wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the pittsburgh penguins eliminate the columbus blue jackets with a 5-2 win in game 5 of their first-round series on thursday night.bryan rust scored twice for pittsburgh, phil kessel added his second of the playoffs and marc-andre fleury finished with 49 saves. the defending stanley cup champions will face the winner of the toronto-washington series in the conference semifinals starting next week.william karlsson and boone jenner scored for the blue jackets, but sergei bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to finish a forgettable series.






johnson, blue jackets beat red wings 2-1 in shootout


detroit — the last thing columbus blue jackets defenseman jack johnson expected as their shootout with the detroit red wings dragged on was that he'd hear his name called.when he did get the call, he got the job done.johnson scored in the ninth round of the shootout to give the blue jackets a 2-1 victory over the red wings on saturday night."i hadn't done a shootout in a long time," johnson said. "you're half watching for entertainment and half watching for just in case it goes a long way."columbus stopped a four-game losing streak and halted detroit's run of 12 straight shootout victories.on his winner, johnson pulled the puck to his forehand and beat jimmy howard with a stick-side deke move."howie was feeling it, he was really challenging, so i knew i was going to go down and deke," john






flyers double up reeling blue jackets 4-2


philadelphia — steve mason made 20 saves and the flyers got goals from four players in a 4-2 victory over the reeling columbus blue jackets on saturday.forwards pierre-edouard bellemare and jakub voracek and defensemen michael del zotto and ivan provorov scored goals for the flyers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.the flyers have won five of their past seven games (5-1-1), but will close out the regular season sunday night against the carolina hurricanes having missed the playoffs for the third time in five years.the blue jackets lost for the sixth straight game (0-5-1) and got goals from defenseman seth jones and forward boone jenner. they have been outscored 21-11 during the losing streak.columbus has also gone 2-6-2 since clinching a playoff berth on march 19. they close the regula






galchenyuk scores in ot again, canadiens beat jackets 1-0


montreal — alex galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night, carey price made 26 saves and the montreal canadiens beat the columbus blue jackets 1-0 on tuesday night to extend their winning streak to three games.price got his third shutout this season. he started after al montoya backed the canadiens in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory at new jersey on monday.sergei bobrovsky stopped 29 shots for the blue jackets, who had won two straight.montreal's max pacioretty thought he had scored 1:11 into overtime after a beautiful pass by andrei markov. the puck crossed the line on pacioretty's rebound, but the play was whistled dead first, and a lengthy video review did not overturn the call.with columbus' seth jones in the box for holding, galchenyuk scored with a slap shot from the






blue jackets score 2 on penalty shots, clinch playoff spot


newark, n.j. — making the playoffs for the third time in franchise history is just the first step for the columbus blue jackets.there's much more serious work ahead for coach john tortorella and his team in the next few weeks: making a run at the stanley cup.lukas sedlak and brandon dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the blue jackets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 4-1 victory over the new jersey devils on sunday.there was some laughter heard outside the blue jackets' locker room before it opened and tortorella said he wanted his players to enjoy the night. then it's back to work."it gives us an opportunity to talk about it," tortorella said of clinching. "we are in. to me, it's the start of a road. you work that hard throughout the year, the amount of games






brandon saad enjoying successful second season with blue jackets


former blackhawk brandon saad didn’t conceal his frustration last season when his current team, the blue jackets, were struggling.saad admitted it was tough to deal with going from the stanley cup winners in 2015 to missing the playoffs by a wide margin a season ago.but a year made a big difference for saad and the blue jackets, who are primed for just their third playoff appearance in franchise history.“a lot of things (have gone well),” saad said. “you can’t put it on one thing but i think playing well as a team, the depth of our team, we have some new forwards and defensemen that help our depth and obviously our goaltending has been tremendous.”the goaltender, sergei bobrovsky, is one of the contenders for the vezina trophy and has been stellar all season. meanwhile, saad said he has se






blue jackets beat penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep


columbus, ohio — columbus coach john tortorella hates the kind of music his players often blare in the dressing room. still, he really wanted them to be able to hear it again.after the first three games of the playoff series with pittsburgh, the blue jackets players shed their gear in a room that was nearly silent. that’s the way it happens after a loss.before tuesday’s 5-4 win over the penguins, tortorella said he wanted the young team to experience a playoff victory, lousy music and all.“i wanted them — some guys with limited playoff experience, some of them with none — just to try to enjoy a win,” tortorella said. “now we’ll figure out how to go about our business and try to manage the series here.”markus nutivaara, william karlsson and boone jenner each had a goal and an assist, and th






kings make themselves at home by rallying for 5-2 win over blue jackets


there's been no place like home for the kings this season.that's not necessarily a good thing, though, because of the 11 teams still in the running in the tight western conference playoff race, only the calgary flames have a worse home record than the kings.advertisementyet it's also a trend that may be ending for the kings, who rallied thursday night for a 5-2 win over the columbus blue jackets to extend their modest winning streak to three games — with jeff carter scoring a goal in all three.it was the kings' fourth victory in their last six games at staples center, where they will play 11 of their final 17 games, and marked a positive start to a five-game homestand that equals their longest of the season."we really have to make sure we take care of business at home," kings coach john st






kings make themselves at home by rallying for 5-2 win over blue jackets


there's been no place like home for the kings this season.that's not necessarily a good thing though. because of the 11 teams still in the running in the tight western conference playoff race, only calgary has a worse record at home. yet it's also a trend that may be ending for the kings, who rallied thursday for a 5-2 win over the columbus blue jackets to extend their modest winning streak to three games — with jeff carter getting a goal in each of those wins.advertisementit win was also the kings' fourth win in their last six tries at the staples center, where they will play 11 of their final 17 games, and marked a positive start to a five-game homestand that equals their longest of the season."we really have to make sure we take care of business at home," kings coach john stevens said.






blue jackets set franchise records with 5-3 win over flyers


philadelphia — a change in mindset during the preseason has turned the columbus blue jackets from a perennial loser into one of the nhl's best teams.cam atkinson scored twice and brandon dubinsky had the go-ahead goal in the third period to help the blue jackets set franchise records for wins and points in a season with a 5-3 victory over the philadelphia flyers on monday night.zach werenski and sam gagner also scored for the blue jackets, who have 44 wins and 94 points.columbus entered the season with just three winning campaigns in its 15-year existence. the blue jackets have made the playoffs twice, but never won a postseason series.they knew something needed to change."from training camp, just a mindset expecting to win every single night and not hoping to win," said atkinson, who has






atkinson, bobrovsky lift blue jackets over red wings 2-1


columbus, ohio — cam atkinson scored a go-ahead goal in the second period, sergei bobrovsky stopped 35 shots and the columbus blue jackets beat the detroit red wings 2-1 on saturday night.boone jenner also scored and brandon dubinsky had two assists for columbus. atkinson got his team-leading 27th goal of the season.thomas vanek scored for the red wings, but detroit dropped its third straight game and lost to the blue jackets for the second time in four days. that despite the efforts of peter mrazek, who had 37 saves.columbus got on the board halfway through the first period when dubinsky launched a shot from just inside the blue line that jenner tapped past mrazek.this was detroit's first game since owner mike ilitch died friday. he was 87.






rangers win mlb-best 9th game in a row, 8-4 over phillies


arlington, texas — ryan rua hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning and the texas rangers stretched their mlb-best winning streak to nine games with an 8-4 victory over the philadelphia phillies on thursday.the rangers swept through an eight-game homestand against three teams, only their second time in franchise history to do that. their overall winning streak, which started with an 11-0 win at san diego on may 9, is the longest in the majors this season.philadelphia led 2-0 before robinson chirinos and rougned odor had consecutive two-out rbi singles off reliever joely rodriguez (1-2) in the fifth. rua followed with his third homer, lining a shot that just cleared the 8-foot wall in right field.martin perez (2-5), finally getting some run support, struck out eight with no wa






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.