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  • Joe Thornton becomes 13th NHL player to reach 1,000 assists (Video)

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    Joe Thornton waited until the waning moments of San Jose’s 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets to reach a milestone.

    Playing in his 900th game with the Sharks, Thornton became the 13th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-assist mark. He did so with a secondary helper on Joe Pavelski’s empty-netter, which would stand as the game-winner.

    Here’s the list of who’s ahead of Jumbo right now:

    Wayne Gretzky – 1,963
    Ron Francis – 1,249
    Mark Messier – 1,193
    Ray Bourque – 1,169
    Jaromir Jagr – 1,142
    Paul Coffey – 1,135
    Adam Oates – 1,079
    Steve Yzerman – 1,063
    Gordie Howe – 1,049
    Marcel Dionne – 1,040
    Mario Lemieux – 1,033
    Joe Sakic – 1,016
    Joe Thornton – 1,000

    After the 37-year-old Thornton, the closest active NHL players are Henrik Sedin (774) and Jarome Iginla (672). In his 19-year career, Thornton has posted two 90-assist seasons and eight where he hit at least 60 helpers, including last season.

    It’s quite remarkable to go back to Thornton’s rookie year with the Boston Bruins when

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  • Reid Duke becomes first signing in Vegas Golden Knights history

    Five days after they earned official standing in the NHL by closing on their $500 million expansion fee, the Vegas Golden Knights have signed their first player.

    Remember the name Reid Duke, because he will win you many drinks at bar trivia in the future. The Golden Knights signed the 21-year-old forward on Monday to an entry-level deal making franchise history with their first transaction as the NHL’s 31st franchise.

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    Duke, who will now become a Knight, has spent the last three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL and scored 113 goals and recorded 250 points in 306 games. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in Round 6 of the 2014 NHL Draft.

    It didn’t take a crazy amount of scouting for the Golden Knights to take a liking to Duke. Vegas assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon owns the Wheat Kings and coached the forward, so he’s gotten to watch him play plenty during his time in junior

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    A Quebec senior league player’s vicious slash to the head of an opponent was captured on video over the weekend and it is brutal.

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    During the second period of Friday’s Beauce Bellechasse Frontenac senior league game between the Justiciers de Saint-Joseph and the Éperviers de Bellechasse, Justiciers player René-Dave Pelchat was skating through the defensive zone when Louis-Philippe Carrier connected with a two-handed swing.

    Carrier was penalized and given an automatic three-game suspension for the act, with the league issuing a statement saying that an investigation is under way and a heavier suspension could be announced.

    The wild thing here is that during the game Carrier was only penalized. He wasn’t kicked out and ended up forcing overtime with a late goal. Also, Pelchat came back to the game in the third period feeling nauseous with blurred vision and a suspected concussion because, as he told the

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  • NEWARK, NJ – OCTOBER 18: Antoine Vermette #50 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 18, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Antoine Vermette has decided against appealing his 10-game suspension to a neutral arbitrator, reports Pierre LeBrun.

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    Last Saturday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the automatic 10-game ban after Vermette showed his displeasure with a face-off by slashing the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso’s leg during a Feb. 14 game. The Anaheim Ducks forward had seven days to decide whether to appeal to the neutral arbitrator in order to reduce the suspension.

    The NHL Players’ Association was seeking a reduction to five games. In a statement, Vermette, who had never been suspended in his career, agreed that he deserved a suspension but felt 10 games was “excessive.”

    “At the earliest possible opportunity, I

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  • Philadelphia Flyers’ Mark Streit in action during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Two days after a trade deadline that saw him dealt twice, Mark Streit will suit up for the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a franchise he was a part of for about an hour.

    Streit’s brief tenure with the Lightning was quickly ended when he was flipped to the Penguins after earlier being dealt by the Philadelphia Flyers. By sheer comedy’s sake, his very first game with his new team is against the one where he had his shortest tenure.

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    “It’s funny, isn’t it?” Streit said via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “A coincidence I guess. It was a crazy afternoon. I never really went through it in my career, so it was a new experience.”

    While we have some time, let’s take a look back at Streit’s memorable career with

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    A season to forget for the Dallas Stars continued Thursday night with a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders and an injury to Antoine Roussel.

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    Late in the first period, Roussel blocked a Johnny Boychuk blast with his hand and left the game.

    Stars head coach Lindy Ruff noted the injury was likely season-ending and on Friday GM Jim Nill confirmed that the forward would be lost for 6-8 weeks.

    It’s a shame this is how Roussel’s season ends. He was on pace to have the best offensive year of his career. Through 60 games he had 12 goals and 27 points and likely would have surpassed his highs of 14 goals and 29 points. He also made strides in the possession game with a career best 54.4 percent Corsi while getting the most ice time of his career per game (15:31).

    Dallas sits eight points out of a playoff spot with 18 games to go. They’ve now lost Roussel, Lauri Korpikoski and Patrick Eaves in the last week, and

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    Noah Young, the dancing 8-year-old goalie from Brampton, Ontario, went viral this week.

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    The mini netminder is all the rage of late after video of his on-ice performance to the Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall song “Juju On That Beat” blew up. Dressed in full goalie gear, Young took advantage of a stoppage in play during his team’s final playoff game of the season. His skills were even noticed by Adam Henrique and Keith Kinkaid of the New Jersey Devils.

    The notoriety led to Young being invited to Brampton Beast practice this week. In his new role as the team’s ‘movement coach’ he showed off his moves to goaltenders Andrew D’Agostini and Zach Fucale.

    “You see in Noah’s dancing that he’s fast, smooth and efficient with his movements. I’d be crazy not to have him share

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  • Jakub Voracek to donate 396 hats after Simmonds' missed hat trick

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – FEBRUARY 28: A crew cleans up hats after the crowd believed Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Wayne Simmonds (17) had scored a hat trick in the first period during the game between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers on February 28, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Wayne Simmonds’ hat trick that wasn’t Tuesday night has turned into another fine charitable venture from Jakub Voracek.

    There were a large number of Philadelphia Flyers fans who went home after the win over Colorado Avalanche without their hats. For a few moments, everyone inside Wells Fargo Center thought that Simmonds had completed a natural hat trick after putting home a Voracek pass, but upon further review the puck did not hit off Simmonds for the goal.

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    Hats littered the ice in celebration, but soon after the goal was announced as Voracek’s and fans

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  • NHL Three Stars: Darling, Kane lead Blackhawks; Hedman the OT hero

    CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 01: Goalie Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates on the ice after Patrick Kane #88 scored a hat-trick in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on March 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks

    Darling was outstanding as the Blackhawks dispatched the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. The netminder made 36 saves, including 29 over the final two periods to earn his sixth win in his last seven starts. Chicago is now three points behind Minnesota for the Central Division lead.

    No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    Kane stayed red-hot in tallying his second hat trick in three games during Chicago’s win over the Penguins. The Blackhawks have now won five in a row and 10 out of their last 11. Kane’s three points moved him ahead of Sidney Crosby for second in the NHL with 68. He has 10 points in his last five games.

    No. 3 Star: Victor Hedman,

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  • Radim Vrbata happy to remain with Arizona Coyotes

    TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 15: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in an overtime shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

    It’s been a nerve-wracking couple of days for Radim Vrbata, but he can be at ease now that he’ll be remaining with the Arizona Coyotes after Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline passed without the 35-year-old forward moving on in a deal.

    “I’m happy about that. I was saying all along that there was a reason why I signed here,” he told reporters. “I wanted to finish this season here, so I’m glad nothing happened.”

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    Set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Vrbata was on the radar on a few NHL teams but no offers came general manager John Chayka’s way that were good enough to part with the team’s leading

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