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Price, Canadiens even series with Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price made 29 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup semifinal series at a game apiece.

Price improved to 9-4 in the playoffs, his most victories in a postseason. He had eight in 2014.

Paul Byron, Joel Armia and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal, with Bryon making it 3-0 with 2:45 left in the second period.

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Spezza re-signs with Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) Jason Spezza re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, agreeing to the NHL-minimum $750,000 for next season.

The 38-year-old Spezza had 10 goals and 20 assists in 54 regular-season games for his hometown team and added three goals and two assists in seven playoff games.

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Lightning try to continue road success

The Tampa Bay Lightning have become accustomed to playing on the road during a historic 10-month run through two Stanley Cup playoffs, yet Thursday's game promises to be a unique situation.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper figures to tap into some local knowledge since he is aware firsthand of the hostile environment that awaits the Lightning when they hit the road again in Game 3 of an NHL semifinal series at Uniondale, N.Y.

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Rangers announce Gallant hired as coach

Gerard Gallant is the new coach of the New York Rangers and will be tasked with taking one of the NHL's youngest clubs to the next level.

The Rangers announced Gallant's hiring Wednesday after agreeing to a four-year contract with him this week.

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Flyers' Lindblom wins Masterton Trophy

Cancer survivor Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers was named Tuesday as the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Lindblom returned to play in the NHL after undergoing treatment for a rare form of bone cancer. Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in December 2019 and played two games for Philadelphia during the bubble playoffs in September 2020.

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Ducks hire Ward, Stothers as assistants

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have hired Geoff Ward and Mike Stothers to replace assistant coaches Mark Morrison and Marty Wilford.

The Ducks announced the overhaul of head coach Dallas Eakins' staff Tuesday. Morrison and Wilford both could end up in other jobs in the organization.

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Devils re-sign F Bastian for 2 years

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed right wing Nathan Bastian to a two-year deal worth $1.65 million.

General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signing on Tuesday, saying the restricted free agent would be paid $775,000 next season and $875,000 the following year.

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Lightning benefiting from cap loophole

Nikita Kucherov would have much rather gutted out the season with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates than sit out all 56 games while recovering from hip surgery.

"Missing a whole year, you ask any player, you don't want to be that guy," Kucherov said.

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Preds' Rinne wins humanitarian award

NEW YORK (AP) Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy that annually honors an NHL player for leading on the ice and off it with humanitarian work.

The league announced Monday night that the National Hockey League Foundation is giving Rinne $25,000 to donate to a charity or charities. New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and San Jose Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel were finalists and each will receive $5,000 to donate.

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Respect among coaches left in playoffs

When Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals knocked out Jon Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning on the way to the Stanley Cup in 2018, the two coaches talked that summer about how it all went down.

A similar conversation happened last fall after Cooper and the Lightning went through Trotz's New York Islanders to win the Cup.

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