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December 18, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Yes, it's negative news almost everywhere with the NHL's lockout, a deepening malaise during this holiday season: Preemptive legal strikes by the league, possible dissolution of the players association, and an eye-opening read in Tuesday's Globe and Mail by Roy MacGregor, detailing the "quite alarming" damage done to the league's brand. An executive from a branding company told MacGregor that the results were the worst it had seen since polling done regarding BP during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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April 8, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The regular season will end Sunday, and so will the voting period for the NHL's individual trophies. Colorado Coach Patrick Roy is too brash to win any popularity contests, but he deserves to win the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, an honor voted on by NHL broadcasters. And although Sidney Crosby still has detractors, the Pittsburgh Penguins center is the front-runner for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, as chosen by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn.
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March 31, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Sidney Crosby, who was hit in the face with a puck on a deflected shot, will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw, the team announced on its website Sunday. Crosby was struck in the face in the second minute of a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. He left the game under his own power but lost several teeth and required oral surgery, the team reported. The NHL's leading scorer, who missed all but 22 games last season and 41 games the season before with concussion problems, will require more surgery later in the week.
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March 6, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
  When Corey Perry extended his hand to Stephane Robidas on Thursday, for once it wasn't in anger. The combative players have gotten under each other's skin frequently over the years, but they put their hostilities aside when the Ducks acquired Robidas from Dallas this week. "He came and shook my hand and it's all good," Robidas said after his first practice with his new team. "He's a competitor. He's a great player. And playing against him, you've always got to watch him. It's not easy to play against him. I'm just happy that I don't have to watch him anymore.
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March 15, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Sidney Crosby 's planned 15 minutes on the ice against the New York Rangers Thursday night mark his first hockey game more than three months after being once again sidelined by concussion-like symptoms. The Pittsburgh Penguins star has experienced dizziness and headaches since the beginning of 2011, when he suffered a concussion in January after playing the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning . He returned briefly in November, to much fanfare, but was quickly taken out of the rink after his symptoms returned.
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March 6, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, free of concussion symptoms for the first time in three months, was cautiously optimistic Tuesday that he will soon be able to rejoin the lineup. Crosby, whose attempted comeback in November was cut short when he experienced headaches and discomfort while in motion, was cleared for contact and practiced with his teammates Tuesday at the Consol Energy Center. He said the soonest he could return if all goes well is Sunday, a welcome jolt for the Penguins as they jostle for prime playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
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April 2, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Playing without young star Sidney Crosby for the first time this season, the Penguins' winning streak came to an end Tuesday when Pittsburgh lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1. The Penguins (28-9-0), who had won 15 consecutive games heading in to Tuesday night's matchup with the Sabres (14-17-6), were two games shy of tying the NHL record of 17 straight wins set by the 1992-93 Penguins. Veteran right wing Jarome Iginla, whom Pittsburgh recently acquired from the Calgary Flames for a pair of college prospects and a first-round draft pick, scored his first goal for the Penguins -- the team's only goal of the night.
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October 16, 2010
? Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1, on Saturday night. In 17 regular-season games in Philadelphia, Crosby has 13 goals and 28 points. Overall against the Flyers, the Penguins captain has posted 26 goals and 59 points in 33 games. Mark Letestu, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke also had goals for Pittsburgh, which won its second straight to improve to 3-3 this season. The Penguins beat the New York Islanders in overtime Friday night for their first victory in their new arena.
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March 31, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins' high-scoring captain, was hit in the face by the puck Saturday when a teammate's shot was deflected. Crosby lost several teeth and needed oral surgery. Crosby, who was a few feet to the right of the goal, couldn't react fast enough when Brooks Oprik's hard slap shot from above the slot was redirected by an Islander in the first period of a 2-0 victory over visiting New York. Crosby, who has struggled with concussion problems the last two seasons, is leading the NHL with 56 points, 10 more than Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
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November 29, 2009
Sidney Crosby had his fourth career hat trick and added two assists for his second five-point game and the Pittsburgh Penguins won, 8-3, over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Crosby fell a point short of his career high, when he had six Dec. 13, 2006, in an 8-4 win at Philadelphia. Crosby scored once in the first and twice in the third period and added two-first period assists to help the Penguins rout the Rangers, winless in regulation at Mellon Arena in their last 13 tries.
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March 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Jaromir Jagr on Saturday became the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals. The New Jersey Devils' enduring right wing joins Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) in the 700-goal club. + The Winnipeg Jets are 11-3-1 under Coach Paul Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. Their revival was well-timed - fans had become impatient with a team that seemed bound for another non-playoff finish, ending the love affair that began when the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
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February 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada's journey to its second straight Olympic hockey title began six months ago not with intense strategizing, but with a game of ball hockey. Seeking a way to get players to bond when insurance costs prevented them from skating at an Olympic orientation camp, Coach Mike Babcock told them to wear sneakers and improvise a game on land. It seemed silly at the time but it was the memory Ryan Getzlaf invoked Sunday as Canada prepared for the third period of its gold-medal game against Sweden at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
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February 23, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Sidney Crosby again proved that he's a big-time, big-game scorer. Crosby, held without a goal in Canada's first five games at the Sochi Olympics hockey tournament, scored on a breakaway in the second period of Sunday's gold medal game against Sweden to cement Canada's 3-0 victory at the Bolshoy Ice dome and clinch its second consecutive Olympic title. Crosby scored the “golden goal” at Vancouver in 2010, scoring in overtime against the U.S. This time, Canada didn't need to go to sudden-death play to become the first repeat men's Olympic champion since the old Soviet Union teams won in 1984 and 1988.
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February 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Rugged defenseman Niklas Kronwall, captain of undefeated gold-medal finalist Sweden, plays in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock, who has guided undefeated Canada to Sunday's hockey finale. So Kronwall knows how effective a leader Babcock can be. "Whenever you're in a meeting," Kronwall said, "he always seems to find the right things to say and gets the guys extremely motivated. " Babcock has done a fine job in motivating his superstars to buy into a demanding defensive style.
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February 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - With four goals to his credit in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has single-handedly outscored Team Slovakia (2), Team Norway (3) and Team Switzerland (2). As he did at Vancouver in 2010, Doughty has again showed how much he enjoys playing on the big stage. He scored both of Canada's goals Sunday in a 2-1 overtime victory over Finland at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, which gave Canada the No. 3 seed and a few days off before Wednesday's quarterfinals.
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February 8, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - He was the NHL's golden boy, "Sid the Kid," long before he scored the golden goal at Vancouver in 2010 that restored Canada's supremacy at the game it claims as its own. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was 22 when he added an Olympic gold medal to the Stanley Cup title he had won eight months earlier and his future appeared to be limitless. The Crosby who will lead defending champion Canada against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday, isn't a kid anymore.
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February 9, 2011 | Helene Elliott
The gleaming, glass-fronted Consol Energy Center is the house that Mario Lemieux built, a testament to his indomitable will during his Hall of Fame career and, later, in saving the Penguins from ruin and relocation by becoming their owner. Lemieux made the arena happen but it was constructed as a palace for Sidney Crosby, the next savior of hockey in Pittsburgh and the NHL's favorite face. Where Lemieux was regal and distant Crosby is built on a human scale, not quite six feet tall, polite and approachable.
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