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In the Habs’ Room: Pacioretty, Julien praise Lindgren’s effort in goal

Charlie Lindgren returned to the NHL after a three-month absence and learned that even a shutout isn’t enough when you’re tending goal for the offensively challenged Canadiens. Lindgren was credited with a shutout after making 33 saves through regulation time and a five-minute overtime, but his teammates couldn’t find a way to beat Philadelphia goaltender Petr Mrazek. As a result, …

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U.S. companies cut NRA ties as pressure mounts

NEW YORK—U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre. Petitions are circulating online targeting companies that offer discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA is trending on Twitter. Members of the NRA have access to special …

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Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media launches retirement savings fund to help support its programming

TORONTO—Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media has teamed up with a wealth management firm to launch a retirement saving fund geared toward Canadians who want to invest in the highly controversial and conservative online news site. The Wells Plus 6ix Rebel Freedom Fund is run by Alberta-based Wells Asset Management. The firm says the RRSP eligible income fund is directed at investors …

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Oft-injured Blue Jay Devon Travis optimistic he can stay healthy

DUNEDIN – Devon Travis is hoping the fourth time’s a charm. In his first three seasons in the major leagues, the Blue Jays’ second baseman was unable to play a full schedule because of shoulder and knee injuries. Travis was dynamite in May last season and looked as if he was finally going to get the chance to break out …

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Analyze This: High-danger shots become kryptonite for Carey Price

t hasn’t been a banner season for Canadiens netminder Carey Price by any measure. Of the 38 NHL goaltenders who have started 20 games or more, Price ranks 33rd in save percentage (.904), 31st in goals against average (2.98) and 28th in wins (15) through Feb. 20. For a team that counts on its goaltender to mask several roster deficiencies, …

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‘Nasty’: Jays’ Aaron Sanchez wows them in throwing session

DUNEDIN — When Aaron Sanchez was on the mound facing live hitting on Tuesday at the Bobby Mattick Training Center, pretty well every time he threw a pitch, there was an audible reaction. A player would whistle, catcher Russ Martin would yell something like “nasty,” or the coach shagging balls in centre field behind Sanchez would whoop it up. At …

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Maple Leafs’ Hyman a hit with, well, just about everybody

As much as Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman is a hit with his teammates, he’s just as popular with opponents. In a sense. Hyman’s motor runs continuously when he’s on the ice, his work ethic and diligence lauded often by Leafs coach Mike Babcock, for good reason. To no surprise, Hyman, who earns his salary in the corners and along …

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Rail crunch leaves oil, wheat stranded on Prairies

WINNIPEG—A shortage of rail cars in Canada is leaving grain and oil shipments stranded on the Prairies, sending crude prices plummeting and leaving farmers in a cash crunch. The nation’s biggest railways haven’t been able to deliver enough cars after harsh winter conditions and as a sudden boom in energy production sparked a swell of demand. Some farmers have been …

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Home Capital says mortgage business may be shifting to alternative lender

Home Capital Group Inc. believes early results from this year suggest that mortgage business may be migrating to the alternative lender after the federal banking regulator introduced tougher rules for uninsured mortgages at the beginning of the year — even though it too is required to abide by the requirements. Preliminary indicators also suggest the credit quality of Home Capital …

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