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sidney crosby joins nhl’s 1,000-point club


pittsburgh (ap) — sidney crosby is the newest member of the nhl’s 1,000-point club.the pittsburgh penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on chris kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first period on thursday night against winnipeg.crosby’s helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals. crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.the sellout crowd at ppg paints arena erupted when kunitz pounded a feed from crosby into the wide open net to give pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. crosby saluted the crowd during the next stoppage in play. crosby is the third penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise, joining mario lemieux and jaromir jagr.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






crosby loses teeth, penguins clinch playoff berth vs sabres


buffalo, n.y. — after losing a pair of front teeth, sidney crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the pittsburgh penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth.crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending stanley cup champions' 3-1 win over the buffalo sabres on tuesday night.starting from inside his blue line, crosby picked up a head of steam through the neutral zone and weaved past all four sabres defenders before lifting a one-handed backhander into the top right corner to open the scoring with nine seconds left in the first period."the play that everyone screws around doing in practice, and he does it in games," nick bonino said."the sea parted for him there, only 15 second left, and he turned it on," b






graham nash continuing to live a life of harmony – the mercury news


few people on this planet have contributed to as many stirring harmonies as graham nash. but nash has certainly endured his share of disharmony, as well. the clashes within crosby, stills, nash, and sometimes young, have been epic. and the recent demise of nash’s long marriage sent the singer-songwriter in new directions.  now in a new relationship, reenergized, he’s touring behind a brilliant solo album, “this path tonight.” the graham nash trio performs at redwood city’s fox theatre on march 31. and, after declaring months ago that he would never work with david crosby again, nash now hints that a crosby, stills, nash and young reunion is not beyond the realm of possibility.  “we all get angry and say things that we don’t mean,” nash says of the supergroup. “i’m not talking to crosby. cr






crosby's hat trick leads penguins by panthers 4-0


pittsburgh — sidney crosby again picked up the slack with evgeni malkin out, getting his 10th career hat trick sunday and leading the pittsburgh penguins past the florida panthers 4-0.crosby's natural hat trick came in a span of 11 minutes between the second and the third period, pushing his goal total to an nhl-high 40 and moving him into a tie with edmonton's conner mcdavid for the league scoring lead with 80 points. linemates conor sheary and jake guentzel assisted on all three of crosby's goals.patric hornqvist added his 18th of the season for pittsburgh. marc-andre fleury stopped 21 shots for his 44th career shutout, and the penguins leapfrogged columbus for second place in the metropolitan division behind washington.florida's jaromir jagr joined gordie howe, mark messier and ron fran






sid and the kids: crosby thriving with sheary, guentzel


pittsburgh — jake guentzel still finds himself staring. and really, it's kind of hard to blame him.a year ago he was fresh out of nebraska-omaha trying to find his legs with the pittsburgh penguins' ahl affiliate, all speed and youth and talent anxious at what the future might hold.and here he is now, the youngest member of the nhl's hottest line, sharing the ice with his childhood idol thinking to himself, 'yes, that really is sidney crosby over there."gulp."it's crazy," guentzel said with a shrug.and at the moment kind of unstoppable for the defending stanley cup champions, who remain in the thick of the metropolitan division race with washington and columbus despite missing 66 percent of its starting blue line and center evgeni malkin, who is out with an upper body injury that will keep






crosby, fleury lead penguins to 4-1 win over blues


st. louis — sidney crosby had two goals and an ist, marc-andre fleury stopped 22 s s amd the pittsburgh penguins beat the st. louis blues 4-1 urday night.kris letang and justin schultz also scored for the penguins who are 20-2-2 when crosby scores a goal.patrik berglund scored for st. louis, which handed new coach mike yeo his first loss following a win in his debut on thursday after replacing the fired ken hitch .jake allen made 27 saves while falling to 18-14-3. he has not won back-to-back games since winning four straight from nov. 26 through dec. 6.fleury, making his first appearance since jan. 14, earned his first win since winning five straight from dec. 23 through jan. 8.crosby snapped a four-game goal-scoring drought with 4:10 left in the first period. the goal was his first-ever i






sidney crosby joins nhl's 1,000-point club


pittsburgh — sidney crosby is the newest member of the nhl's 1,000-point club.the pittsburgh penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on chris kunitz's goal 6:28 into the first period on thursday night against winnipeg.crosby's helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals. crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.the sellout crowd at ppg paints arena erupted when crosby outworked winnipeg's blake wheeler to get to a loose puck in the left circle then slid it over to kunitz in the slot. kunitz powered it into the wide open net to give pittsburgh a 2-0 lead, and crosby saluted the crowd during the next stoppage in play. crosby is the third penguin to reach 1,000 points with the franchise






sid and the kids: crosby thriving with sheary, guentzel


pittsburgh (ap) — jake guentzel still finds himself staring. and really, it’s kind of hard to blame him.a year ago he was fresh out of nebraska-omaha trying to find his legs with the pittsburgh penguins’ ahl affiliate, all speed and youth and talent anxious at what the future might hold.and here he is now, the youngest member of the nhl’s hottest line, sharing the ice with his childhood idol thinking to himself, ‘yes, that really is sidney crosby over there.”gulp.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“it’s crazy,” guentzel said with a shrug.and at the moment kind of unstoppable for the defending stanley cup champions, who remain in the thick of the metropolitan division race with washington and columbus despite missing 66 percent of its starting blue line and center evg






northern minn. mayor charged with swindling lover's husband


when local businessman james hunter was elected mayor of crosby, minn., last fall, he made it clear that he had a low opinion of the police department in the city of 2,400 where the cuyuna range meets the brainerd lakes.hunter's swearing-in was delayed for two days after he told city council members that he didn't trust the crosby police to perform a required background check. he'd had "issues" with the department in the past, hunter said. in the end, the crosby police did perform the check, and hunter was sworn in.on monday, hunter's opinion of the police probably hit rock bottom after they charged him with four felonies in crow wing district court.hunter, 68, and his lover, 46-year-old candice mccartan, both were charged with theft by swindle in an alleged scheme to con mccartan's husban






crosby's hat trick leads penguins past panthers 4-0


pittsburgh — sidney crosby again picked up the slack with evgeni malkin out, getting his 10th career hat trick sunday and leading the pittsburgh penguins past the florida panthers 4-0.crosby's natural hat trick came in a span of 11 minutes between the second and the third period, pushing his goal total to an nhl-high 40 and moving him into a tie with edmonton's conner mcdavid for the league scoring lead with 80 points. linemates conor sheary and jake guentzel assisted on all three of crosby's goals.patric hornqvist added his 18th of the season for pittsburgh. marc-andre fleury stopped 21 shots for his 44th career shutout. the penguins remained one point behind columbus for second place in the metropolitan division behind washington.florida's jaromir jagr joined gordie howe, mark messier an






sidney crosby joins nhl's 1,000-point club


gene j. puskar, the associated presspittsburgh penguins’ sidney crosby holds the puck honoring the 1,000th point in his nhl career, in the locker room after scoring in overtime of the team’s nhl game against the winnipeg jets in pittsburgh, thursday, feb. 16, 2017. crosby had an assist on a goal by penguins’ chris kunitz in the first period to reach 1,000 points.pittsburgh — sidney crosby is the newest member of the nhl’s 1,000-point club.the pittsburgh penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on chris kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first period on thursday night against winnipeg.crosby’s helper gave him 632 assists to go with 368 goals. crosby reached the milestone in 757 games, making him the 12th fastest to the mark.the sellout cr






friday's nhl roundup


aleksander barkov scored a third-period goal and added the winner in the shootout as the florida panthers beat the new york rangers 4-3 on friday night in new york.the rangers, who play the wild on saturday, have lost six consecutive home games (0-5-1).jaromir jagr had two assists and passed gordie howe for the most points after turning 40 with 269.james reimer made 29 saves for the panthers, making his seventh consecutive start with roberto luongo out because of a lower-body injury.mats zuccarello scored two goals and j.t. miller also tallied for the rangers, who were unable to hold an early 2-0 lead.antti raanta made his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured henrik lundqvist and finished with 34 saves.pittsburgh 6, new jersey 4: sidney crosby scored twice to move into a tie fo






flyers, penguins hoping for a dash of winter at heinz field


pittsburgh (ap) — mother nature appears ready to make a kick save on spring ahead of the stadium series game between the philadelphia flyers and pittsburgh penguins on saturday night at heinz field.after a week of temperatures more suitable for early may than late february gave nhl vice president of facilities operations dan craig some anxious moments, a cold front expected to move in early saturday morning should have things feeling a bit more seasonal when the puck drops between the cross-state rivals.there’s even a chance of snow before game’s end, a startling contrast from pleasant mid-70s that greeted the penguins when they arrived for their skate friday.“i’m not watching (the weather) too much now,” pittsburgh captain sidney crosby said. “it can change. there’s a lot of different thi






connor mcdavid outshines sidney crosby but edmonton oilers end up on the short e


you know it’s an important time in the season when a head-to-head showdown between connor mcdavid and sidney crosby is a side note.but with the edmonton oilers having lost three of their previous five games and the anaheim ducks and calgary flames making things too close for comfort in the pacific division stretch drive, which superstar had more points took a distant back seat to which team got the win.in the end, mcdavid stole the show with another one of his next-level performances, but pittsburgh stole the only result that mattered – a 3-2 shootout victory in a thrilling and wildly entertaining battle between two of the league’s most exciting teams friday night at rogers place.“we’re disappointed we didn’t get the two points but i thought the game drew a little bit of desperation out of






flames tie franchise record with 10th straight victory


calgary, alberta — kris versteeg scored the shootout winner monday night and the calgary flames beat the pittsburgh penguins 4-3 to tie their franchise record with their 10th straight victory.calgary's first shooter, versteeg moved in slowly and made a nifty deke before zipping a shot high on marc-andre fleury. brian elliott stopped evgeni malkin, sidney crosby and phil kessel to clinch the win.the atlanta flames had won 10 games in a row oct. 14 to nov. 3, 1978.pittsburgh had a chance to win it in overtime when mark giordano was sent off for a slash of nick bonino, but the flames killed off the four-on-three.johnny gaudreau, deryk engelland and dennis wideman scored in regulation for calgary, which moved back into second place in the pacific division. the flames are even in points with an






flames edge penguins 3-2 in shootout; crosby gets point 998


pittsburgh — sidney crosby's pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against calgary's chad johnson.the pittsburgh penguins captain picked up point no. 998 with a third-period ist, but johnson and the flames recovered after blowing a two-goal lead for a 3-2 shootout victory on tuesday night.johnson stopped 31 s s, including three from crosby, and then turned away crosby and phil kessel in the shootout as the flames picked up two valuable points in the crowded chase for one of the final playoff spots in the wide-open western conference.kris versteeg scored the only goal in the shootout, a beautiful deke that left pittsburgh's matt murray sprawled badly out of position."sometimes you close your eyes and it goes in," versteeg said. "so, i was luck






seattle dad and 4-year old daughter sing ‘you’ve got a friend in me’ on ‘ellen’


they were invited on the show after their youtube video was viewed nearly 150 million times.seattle singing sen ions dave crosby, 29,  and his 4-year-old daughter, claire, continued to warm hearts and elicit coos with their rendition of the  song “you’ve got a friend in me” from the “toy story 2” soundtrack.the dynamic duo most recently appeared thursday on the ellen degeneres show and won a trip to disneyland,  a basket full of toys and a new round of fans with her adorable interview answers.claire claimed on “ellen” that she’d been singing for about “a week” prior to the onset of fame and that she loved singing because you can do it “so much.”the little cutie also said she’s a fan of ian taylor swift and the movies “frozen,” “the little mermaid” and “finding dory.”“i  like that there’s d






crosby gets point no. 999, penguins top canucks 4-0


pittsburgh — evgeni malkin scored and picked up an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, sidney crosby got his 999th career point with an assist and the pittsburgh penguins rolled by the vancouver canucks 4-0 on tuesday night.phil kessel, jake guentzel and matt cullen also scored for the penguins. matt murray stopped 29 shots for his third shutout of the season and fourth of his career.pittsburgh broke it open with three third-period goals past goalie ryan miller. crosby fed a streaking guentzel down the slot 2:27 into the third to make it 2-0 and pull crosby within a point of becoming the 86th player in nhl history to reach 1,000 points.miller made 38 saves while under siege for most of the night as the penguins remained unbeaten in regulation since the all-star break (5-0-2).des






hornqvist, murray lead penguins to 4-1 win over avalanche


denver — patric hornqvist scored twice thursday night while sidney crosby was held in check, and matthew murray made 27 saves as the pittsburgh penguins beat the colorado avalanche 4-1.crosby remained stuck on 998 career points. the penguins captain needs two more to become the 86th player in nhl history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.phil kessel scored a goal and chris kunitz added an empty-netter for pittsburgh, which has won four of its last five road games.gabriel landeskog finally solved murray on a power play with 3:16 remaining. but it was too little, too late as colorado saw its modest — and season high-tying — two-game win streak snapped.the avalanche pulled goaltender calvin pickard twice in the final two minutes, but couldn't score. crosby had a good look at an open net, only






byrds founding member gene clark to be saluted saturday in south pasadena


gene clark — a founding member of the byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates roger mcguinn, david crosby, chris hillman, clarence white and latter-day member gram parsons — will get a salute of his own on saturday at the south pasadena library from several peers and collaborators.singer-songwriter carla olson, who recorded with clark, will be joined by moby grape member peter lewis, ex-byrd john york and clark’s son, kai clark, for “the songs of gene clark: a 50th anniversary celebration.”clark wrote the byrds’ hits “i’ll feel a whole lot better” (on which he also sang lead vocal), “she don’t care about time” and “eight miles high,” among others he wrote during his two-year stint with the group when it shot to stardom.see the most-read stories in






avalanche battle but fall to penguins, while keeping sidney crosby off the score


sidney crosby failed to reach 1,000 career points thursday and the avalanche failed to win its third consecutive game. still, an entertaining game unfolded with the visiting pittsburgh penguins at the pepsi center.the penguins’ 4-1 victory might suggest the defending stanley cup champions dominated the nhl’s weakest team. but in reality, colorado generally traded chance-for-chance with the pens, despite not scoring until the final minutes. and avs goalie calvin pickard had an off night. he was outplayed by matt murray, who led the penguins to the cup as a 21-year-old last spring.winger patric hornqvist scored twice for pittsburgh in the second period after phil kessel made it 1-0 in the first. pickard appeared out of position on kessel’s goal and hornqvist’s second.box score: penguins 4, a






streit scores in debut, penguins top lightning 5-2


pittsburgh — mark streit was dealt from philadelphia to tampa bay to pittsburgh in the span of a few hours at the trade deadline on wednesday.if his head was swimming, it hardly showed. the veteran defenseman wasted little time making an impression with the penguins, scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period as pittsburgh pulled away from the lightning 5-2 on friday night."pretty crazy," said streit, who also had an assist. "i never experienced it, the quick turnaround and the travel. the staff, the coaching staff and the players have all been tremendous, helped me out big-time. i felt comfortable right away."looked like it.streit darted from the point to the front of the tampa bay net early in the third period and was in perfect position to send sidney crosby's cross-ice feed by peter






gophers talk indiana, jordan murphy and the dunk


evgeni malkin scored and picked up an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, sidney crosby got his 999th career point with an assist and the pittsburgh penguins rolled by the vancouver canucks 4-0 on tuesday night.






avalanche keep sidney crosby off score sheet, but fall to penguins at pepsi cent


sidney crosby failed to reach 1,000 career points thursday and the avalanche failed to win its third consecutive game. still, an entertaining game unfolded with the visiting pittsburgh penguins at the pepsi center.the penguins’ 4-1 victory might suggest the defending stanley cup champions dominated the nhl’s weakest team. but in reality, colorado had four s s carom off posts/crossbars and generally traded chance-for-chance with the pens, despite not scoring until the final minutes. and avs goalie calvin pickard wasn’t at his best. early on, he was outplayed by matt murray, who led the penguins to the cup as a 21-year-old last spring.“i thought we did a lot of good things tonight,” avs coach jared bednar said. “the confidence that we got from the last couple games, that’s a pretty good (2-1






northern minn. mayor charged with swindling lover's husband


the mayor of crosby, minn., a sleepy iron range town, was charged monday by his own police department with an array of criminal activities including theft by swindle, receiving stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon.james j. hunter, 68, was charged in crow wing district court. hunter owns several businesses in crosby, including the “buy, sell, trade” convenience store on main street and a used car lot. he was elected mayor in november, receiving 37 percent of the vote in a three-way race.according to the criminal complaint, the police investigation began last july, meaning that hunter was under investigation during his campaign and his first two months in office.hunter and his girlfriend, 46-year-old candice mccartan swindled her husband out of nearly $90,000, according to the compl






northern minn. mayor charged with swindling his lover's husband


the mayor of crosby, minn., a sleepy iron range town, was charged monday by his own police department with an array of criminal activities including theft by swindle, receiving stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon.james j. hunter, 68, was charged in crow wing district court. hunter owns several businesses in crosby, including the “buy, sell, trade” convenience store on main street and a used car lot. he was elected mayor in november, receiving 37 percent of the vote in a three-way race.according to the criminal complaint, the police investigation began last july, meaning that hunter was under investigation during his campaign and his first two months in office.hunter and his girlfriend, 46-year-old candice mccartan swindled her husband out of nearly $90,000, according to the compl






marchand has hat trick in 3rd; bruins roll past canucks 6-3


vancouver, british columbia — brad marchand relishes being the villain, especially in the city where he hoisted the stanley cup.the bruins forward scored a hat trick in the third period, including the winning goal with under eight minutes left, and boston beat the vancouver canucks 6-3 on monday night.after tying the game on the power play 58 seconds into the third, marchand stole the puck from vancouver captain henrik sedin along the boards, stepped past daniel sedin and then deked through the legs of alexander edler before beating canucks goalie ryan miller.loathed by vancouver fans since the 2011 stanley cup final that the bruins won in game 7 at rogers arena, marchand was booed every time he touched the puck — jeers that only added to his motivation."that's kind of when i get into it m






small-town minnesota mayor charged with swindling his lover's husband


the mayor of crosby, minn., a sleepy iron range town, was charged monday by his own police department with an array of criminal activities including theft by swindle, receiving stolen goods and assault with a deadly weapon.james j. hunter, 68, was charged in crow wing district court. hunter owns several businesses in crosby, including the "buy, sell, trade" convenience store on main street and a used car lot. he was elected mayor in november, receiving 37 percent of the vote in a three-way race.according to the criminal complaint, the police investigation began last july, meaning that hunter was under investigation during his campaign and his first two months in office.hunter and his girlfriend, 46-year-old candice mccartan swindled her husband out of nearly $90,000, according to the compl






sunday's nhl roundup


after a sluggish start, jonathan toews and the chicago blackhawks stormed back late with a rapid-fire rally to strengthen their grip on first place in the central division — and the western conference.toews scored twice and richard panik and artemi panarin each had a goal in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase colorado's two-goal lead and send the blackhawks past the avalanche 6-3 on sunday night in chicago for their fifth consecutive victory.patrick kane scored his team-leading 32nd goal and marcus kruger added an empty-netter for chicago, which won for the 17th time in its past 20 games to pull seven points ahead of slumping second-place minnesota in the central division.the victory, combined with los angeles' 5-2 loss at calgary on sunday night, clinched chicago's ninth straight






avalanche keep sidney crosby off score sheet, but fall to penguins at pepsi cent


sidney crosby failed to reach 1,000 career points thursday and the avalanche failed to win its third consecutive game. still, an entertaining game unfolded with the visiting pittsburgh penguins at the pepsi center.the penguins’ 4-1 victory might suggest the defending stanley cup champions dominated the nhl’s weakest team. but in reality, colorado generally traded chance-for-chance with the pens, despite not scoring until the final minutes. and avs goalie calvin pickard wasn’t at his best. early on, he was outplayed by matt murray, who led the penguins to the cup as a 21-year-old last spring.“i thought we did a lot of good things tonight,” avs coach jared bednar said. “the confidence that we got from the last couple games, that’s a pretty good (2-1) homestand. (but) you don’t want to trade






sidney crosby hits denver in search of 1,000th career point


the first time the avalanche and the penguins met this season, on oct. 17 at pittsburgh, sidney crosby was out with a concussion. the avalanche won 4-3 in overtime, when gabe landeskog deflected in a nathan mackinnon s , and at 2-0, colorado still hadn’t lost under first-year coach jared bednar.crosby returned to the lineup a week later. against the avalanche in denver thursday, he will be seeking to become the 86th nhl player to reach 1,000 career points. barring an unfathomable cold spell, only 11 players will have gotten to the benchmark in fewer games than crosby. he is at 998 points after getting an ist against calgary tuesday, and the game in denver will be the 754th regular-season game of his career.“i know he’s two away, so that’s pretty cool,” mackinnon said wednesday.mackinnon, o






it’s been ‘overwhelming’ for seattle dad, 4-year-old singing sensation


videos of daughter and dad singing disney songs have gone viral.seattle dad dave crosby can’t say exactly why videos of his 4-year-old daughter, claire, singing disney classics have gone viral.the often elaborately costumed and produced videos he makes for the family’s youtube channel, claire and the crosbys, sometimes feature him, his wife and their 2-year-old son but, for the most part, they spotlight claire.the little girl began speaking in complete sentences and singing whole songs in tune by the time she was 18 months old, her father said. he realized her talents were special when she started singing while he was getting an oil change and strangers started recording.“that’s when i realized, ‘i think she has a little gift,’ ” he said in a recent interview with the seattle times.most re






crosby's power-play goal lifts penguins past canes 3-1


raleigh, n.c. — sidney crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the pittsburgh penguins beat the carolina hurricanes 3-1 on tuesday night.evgeni malkin and scott wilson also scored to help the reigning stanley cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the all-star break. pittsburgh moved three points behind east-leading washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.jeff skinner scored for the last-place hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. they have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.matt murray made 29 saves for the penguins while cam ward stopped 19 shots for carolina.the penguins took advantage of 64 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second with sebastian aho and viktor stalberg in the b






getting started: twins pitchers and catchers work out


aaron lavinsky – star tribunegallery: jen and andy henderson, of hanover, and their sons, crosby, 6, front, and nolan, 7, watched as players practiced their hitting in the batting cages thursday.






crosby gets point no. 999, penguins top canucks 4-0


pittsburgh — the quality mike sullivan appreciates the most in evgeni malkin is the one that separates the pittsburgh penguins star from just about everyone else who happens to do what malkin does for a living."he's such a threat when he's on the ice," sullivan said. "he's one of the elite players in the league that has the ability to change the outcome."and do it with style. malkin celebrated his return from a lower-body injury with his 23rd goal of the season then added a beautiful feed that set up phil kessel's third-period goal, helping the penguins roll by the vancouver canucks 4-0 on tuesday night.sidney crosby earned the 999th point of his career with an assist on jake guentzel's goal and matt cullen added his ninth of the season for pittsburgh. matt murray stopped 29 shots for his






sidney crosby hits denver in search of 1,000th career point


the first time the avalanche and the penguins met this season, on oct. 17 at pittsburgh, sidney crosby was out with a concussion. the avalanche won 4-3 in overtime, when gabe landeskog deflected in a nathan mackinnon s , and at 2-0, colorado still hadn’t lost under first-year coach jared bednar.crosby returned to the lineup a week later. against the avalanche in denver thursday, he will be seeking to become the 86th nhl player to reach 1,000 career points. barring an unfathomable cold spell, only 11 players will have gotten to the benchmark in fewer games than crosby. he is at 998 points after getting an ist against calgary tuesday, and the regular-season game in denver will be the 754th of his career.“i know he’s two away, so that’s pretty cool,” mackinnon said wednesday.mackinnon, of cou






avalanche keep sidney crosby off score sheet, but fall to penguins at pepsi cent


sidney crosby failed to reach 1,000 career points thursday and the avalanche failed to win its third consecutive game. still, an entertaining game unfolded with the visiting pittsburgh penguins at the pepsi center.the penguins’ 4-1 victory might suggest the defending stanley cup champions dominated the nhl’s weakest team. but in reality, colorado generally traded chance-for-chance with the pens, despite not scoring until the final minutes. and avs goalie calvin pickard wasn’t at his best. early on, he was outplayed by matt murray, who led the penguins to the cup as a 21-year-old last spring.“i thought we did a lot of good things tonight,” avs coach jared bednar said. “the confidence that we got from the last couple games, that’s a pretty good (2-1) homestand. (but) you don’t want to trade






big goalie, little kid dominate all-star skills competition


los angeles — 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 urday night, and the 6-year-old son of anaheim ducks center ryan kesler scored on montreal goalie carey price during the shootout.the atlantic division won the overall competition and chose to face the metropolitan division on sunday in the second semifinal period of the all-star game, which was changed last year to a 3-on-3 tournament among teams from each of the nhl's four divisions.nhl scoring leader connor mcdavid won the fastest skater competition, and montreal defenseman shea weber had the hardest s in the all-star field for the third consecutive season, albeit with his lowest speed yet. pittsbu






metropolitan division wins nhl all-star game


by greg beacham, the ociated press los angeles — wayne simmonds scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:58 to play, and fill-in coach wayne gretzky led the metropolitan division to a 4-3 victory over the pacific division on sunday in the final match of the revamped nhl all-star game.columbus’ atkinson scored the tying goal for the metropolitans in the four-team, 3-on-3 divisional tournament format introduced to the midseason cl ic last season. washington goalie braden holtby then made several big saves to secure the win for his 11-man team, which will split a $1 million prize.simmonds, the flyers’ first-time all-star, was named the game’s mvp after he put the metropolitans ahead. the goal completed a hat trick for the former kings forward, who is still well-liked in los angeles after he was tra






trump says he would like to speed up nafta talks


u.s. president donald trump reiterated his concerns about the north american free trade agreement (nafta) deal on thursday and said he would like to speed up talks to either renegotiate or replace the deal.“i would like to speed it up if possible. you’re the folks who can do it,” trump said in the oval office where he met with bipartisan lawmakers from the senate and house of representatives.trump said wilbur ross, his pick for commerce secretary, would lead the negotiations.“we are working very, very hard and will be very soon, as soon as we get the go-ahead – we have the 90-day period that we have to think about,” trump said. under u.s. law, congress has 90 days to review trade deals before they are signed.(reporting by jeff mason and roberta rampton; editing by alan crosby)






family of teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues edina dentist


the “negligent and dangerous” actions of an edina oral surgeon during a routine wisdom teeth extraction led to the death of an eden prairie teen, the ’s family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in hennepin county district court.the medical malpractice and wrongful death suit against dr. paul tompach, who continues to see patients under state licensing board restrictions, alleges that several missteps caused the death of sydney galleger in june 2015. the lawsuit’s allegations about what tompach did wrong early in the procedure mirror much of what the state board of dentistry investigation determined before it put him under indefinite restrictions starting in march 2016.those missteps range from incorrectly administering general anesthesia to failing to provide proper monitoring durin