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D Girardi retires after 13 seasons

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons.

Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and one Stanley Cup Final over 11 seasons with the Rangers and two with the Lightning.

The 35-year-old defenseman entered the league with New York as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and appeared in 788 regular-season games with the Rangers, helping them reach the playoffs 10 times. He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2017 and had 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points the past two seasons.

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Zuccarello's 3 points lift Wild over Avs

Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals by Jason Zucker and Eric Staal in the second period. Matt Dumba also scored for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk had 30 saves.

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Sens' Chabot gets 8-year, $64M extension

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators believe their future looks a lot brighter after signing defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year, $64 million contract extension Thursday.

Chabot's decision to remain in Ottawa for the next nine years - he has one season left on his entry-level deal - is a statement that he believes in the Senators' rebuild process and is committed to helping turn the franchise around.

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Hughes has goal, assist as Devils win

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 preseason win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Hughes, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, centered a line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. It was Hall's first game since December after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

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Sabres D Montour out with hand injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour will miss the remainder of training camp because of a hand injury and it's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the start of the season in two weeks.

The Sabres released no details of Montour's injury on Thursday.

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Rangers' Panarin has mild groin strain

Brett Seney's goal 3:55 into the third period was the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils beat the Rangers 4-3 Wednesday night, spoiling the preseason debuts for New York newcomers Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko at Madison Square Garden.

Nico Hischier, Mikhail Maltsev and Nikita Gusev also scored for New Jersey, which started Cory Schneider in goal. Schneider made 27 saves in the first two periods before being replaced by Evan Cormier in the third. Cormier finished with 12 saves.

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Blues face tough West to defend title

St. Louis had better dig in for its repeat bid.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues will have their hands full in the Western Conference, which seems to have a slew of contenders. And, every team in the entire league is going to give the Blues its best shot each game.

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Cehlarik sparks Bruins past Flyers

Peter Cehlarik scored a tiebreaking goal 4:16 into the second period and sparked the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Danton Heinen and Connor Clifton also scored for Boston, which had Jaroslav Halak and Maxime Lagace share time in goal. Halak stopped 16 of 17 shots in the first two periods. Lagace turned away all seven shots he faced in the third.

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Lightning still the team to beat in East

Getting swept in the first round wasn't enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off the mountaintop.

After finishing 21 points ahead of everyone else during the 2018-19 regular season, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving Eastern Conference. With a stacked roster that includes goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, defenseman Victor Hedman and forwards Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point, the road to the final goes through Tampa Bay.

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Bruins, Carlo agree to 2-year extension

BOSTON (AP) It took until six days into training camp, but the Boston Bruins took care of their last bit of offseason business on Tuesday and can now focus on attempting to build off their run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last season.

The Bruins and restricted free agent Brandon Carlo agreed to terms on a two-year extension worth $2.85 million per season. Carlo had not been in camp since it opened last Thursday and was the Bruins' last remaining unsigned free agent after Charlie McAvoy agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $4.9 million on Sunday.

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