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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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Canada’s Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win bronze in Olympic figure skating pairs

GANGNEUNG — Hometown Glory was the name and the aim of the program, and Canadian skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford delivered a superb rendition on the biggest, most glorious stage their sport offers. Duhamel is from Lively, Ont., Radford from Winnipeg. Their hometowns were surely ablaze with pride and revelling in glory on Thursday as the veteran skaters capped …

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Canada’s Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win bronze in Olympic figure skating pairs

GANGNEUNG — Hometown Glory was the name and the aim of the program, and Canadian skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford delivered a superb rendition on the biggest, most glorious stage their sport offers. Duhamel is from Lively, Ont., Radford from Winnipeg. Their hometowns were surely ablaze with pride and revelling in glory on Thursday as the veteran skaters capped …

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Habs Game Report: 4-1 win over Senators makes it a weekend sweep

The bottom line: With a weekend sweep, the Canadiens earned the right to sit back and have a couple of cold ones as they enjoyed the Super Bowl. After beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Saturday, the Canadiens used a solid defensive effort and the power play to beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Sunday at the Bell Centre. Carey Price made …

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Future remains uncertain for Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec

Tomas Plekanec doesn’t remember the first point he registered with the Canadiens, which is understandable because it happened so long ago. The date was Oct. 6, 2005 and Plekanec picked up an assist on a goal by Chris Higgins as the Canadiens beat the Rangers 4-3 in New York on an overtime goal by Michael Ryder. On Sunday afternoon, Plekanec …

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SIMMONS: Just who are Marner and Nylander? The Leafs need to know

Mike Babcock understands the template as well as anyone. When he won his only Stanley Cup a decade ago, his team was led by a Hall of Fame defenceman in Nicklas Lidstrom and two likely Hall of Fame forwards in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Also part of the Cup winning template: A high-end coach and a high-end goaltender. That’s …

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Blue Jays to extend protective netting at Rogers Centre

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays became the latest Major League Baseball team to announce plans to extend the protective netting at their home stadium Monday. New netting will be extended to the outfield end of each dugout at Rogers Centre. Existing netting behind home plate will be replaced and increased in height by about three metres, the team said …

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