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Matthews ready to return to Maple Leafs lineup after missing a month

NASHVILLE — The hurtin’ tune that Auston Matthews has been singing for the past four weeks finally can be put in the remainder bin in Music City. The Maple Leafs’ top centre on Wednesday declared himself set to return to the lineup after recovering from a right shoulder injury. Wonderful timing, of course, considering the Leafs will take on the …

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Raptors drop old-fashioned shootout to LeBron, Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Perhaps the Cavs and Raptors will meet yet again in the playoffs when the stakes will be higher than Wednesday’s meeting at the Q. Perhaps the Raptors will find some way to slow down LeBron James and perhaps the entertainment value will be as good, perhaps even better. What’s obvious is the Raptors have plenty of work to …

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Carabins’ Régis Cibasu and Félix Ménard-Brière work to impress scouts

It’s never a good sign when the media outnumber the scouts at a player’s pro day — even in Montreal, when the Canadiens are out of town and people are scrambling for a story. Having said that, receiver Régis Cibasu and kicker Félix Ménard-Brière, along with the agent who represents the two Université de Montréal players, weren’t about to complain …

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Game Report: Canadiens limp home after yet another road loss in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The good news for the Canadiens is they get to go back home. The bad news is that Montreal is expecting a snowstorm on Tuesday — which sort of sums up this season for the Canadiens. The Canadiens ended a 12-day, six-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night at Nationwide …

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Raptors stage fourth-quarter comeback, top Hawks 102-90

For most of Tuesday night’s contest, the Toronto Raptors looked like they were headed for an embarrassing loss to one of the basement dwellers of the Eastern Conference. After trailing for the majority of three quarters, the Raptors ambushed the Atlanta Hawks 30-13 in the final quarter and escaped with a 106-90 victory. Behind 25 points from DeMar DeRozan, 15 …

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One-man show: Patrik Laine’s hat trick leads Jets past Rangers

Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace. Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting the Winnipeg Jets over the New York Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night. The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat …

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Former Impact boss Biello named national team assistant coach and youth director

MONTREAL — Former Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello was named assistant coach of Canada’s national soccer team and under-23 program director Monday. Biello, a former national team player, will oversee the development of young players and assist head coach John Herdman with the Canadian squad. “Having represented Canada on a number of different levels and having both played and coached …

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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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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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