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Habs F Domi suspended rest of preseason

Montreal Canadiens' Max Domi is pulled away by linesman Ryan Daisy after a brief fight with Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi.

The punch came at the start of the third period of Wednesday's preseason game. Domi began tugging on Ekblad's shirt, asking him to fight. With the Panthers star showing no interest to drop the gloves, Domi punched him in the face twice, but still Ekblad didn't respond.

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Sabres sign Reinhart for 2 years, $7.3M

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) If Sam Reinhart's objective was to carry over his point-a-game pace from the second half of last season, the Buffalo Sabres forward understood that it wasn't doing him much good sitting at home waiting for contract talks to be resolved.

"I don't know if worried's the right word," he said after practicing for the first time Thursday, a day after flying in from Vancouver, British Columbia, and signing a two-year, $7.3 million contract. "I think the best thing for the team and myself was to be here as soon as possible."

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Karlsson gets started with Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Erik Karlsson was handed a teal San Jose Sharks sweater and immediately proclaimed: "It fits."

Karlsson's first day with the Sharks went off without a hitch Wednesday. He paired up with Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense in practice, took part in 3-on-3 drills with fellow Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns and began a new chapter in his career after nine seasons as the face of the Ottawa Senators.

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DeBrusk leads Bruins by Flames in China

Jake DeBrusk scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Beijing, China.

Boston swept the O.R.G. NHL China Games. The Bruins won the exhibition season opener 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

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Sabres' Sheary may miss start of season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury.

Coach Phil Housley didn't go into much detail Tuesday, saying Sheary was injured while being checked during the first day of training camp on Friday. Sheary is listed week to week.

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Referee McCauley goes by his own book

Wes McCauley keeps his good calls close and his bad calls closer.

Any time the veteran NHL referee is feeling too good or gets down on himself, he breaks out a binder full of his missed calls and looks through it.

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Oilers sign D Nurse to 2-year contract

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have signed Darnell Nurse to a two-year contract, ending a lengthy stalemate with one of their top defensemen.

The team did not disclose financial terms.

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Lundqvist excited for Rangers' rebuild

Henrik Lundqvist is entering his 14th season in the NHL, having spent his entire career with the New York Rangers. And although the team is in a rebuilding mode for a future run at their first Stanley Cup title since 1994, the 36-year-old goalie wants to stick around and be a part of that process.

"People talk about rebuild and nobody knows how long of a project that is," Lundqvist said at the Rangers' practice facility in Greenburgh, New York. "There's no other place I want to be. I feel great, excited to be back here and just see how far we can take this forward this year."

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Barkov takes over as captain of Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aleksander Barkov is the best player in the Florida Panthers' dressing room. And so, it's been no secret that his being designated as that room's official leader was inevitable.

His time has arrived.

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NHL 1 year away from key labor deadline

Connor McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL - in 2015.

As he became one of hockey's best players and signed the richest annual contract in the league, McDavid says he remains optimistic there will not be another work stoppages like those in 2004-05 and 2012-13 - but he protected himself anyway with contract language guaranteeing some early payment, just in case.

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