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Jonas Hiller was more spectator than participant and was only concerned that Calgary had taken too many penalties in the third period. Juri Hudler scored the winning goal in the shootout, leading the Flames past the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday night, though it was Hiller who stole the spotlight. Calgary's Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 34 shots before being helped off the ice with an apparent lower leg injury.

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Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: Flames 6, Sharks 5 (SO) Center Joe Colborne and left winger Jiri Hudler scored shootout goals to lift the Calgary Flames to victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The Flames led 4-1 after the first period but allowed two goals in the second and two in the third to fall behind 5-4. Calgary defenseman Kris Russell's power-play goal at 8:08 of the final period evened the score.

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Todd McLellan can't help but sit back sometimes and watch Connor McDavid work. McDavid had two goals and three assists, Jordan Eberle scored three times and added an assist, and McLellan's Edmonton Oilers powered past the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak. ''His performance did all the speaking,'' McLellan said of 19-year-old rookie McDavid.

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The Colorado Avalanche solidified their standing on the playoff bubble. The Ottawa Senators fell even further behind in a crowded pack. Jarome Iginla had two goals on the power play and an assist, Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist and the Avalanche beat the Senators 4-3 on Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak.

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue on their march towards last place in the standings when they faceoff against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Connor was kind enough to indulge the Toronto media on how much of a Maple Leaf fan he was growing up. What Toronto moments resonated with McDavid growing up? Connor smiles, "There were

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The Columbus Blue Jackets reached an agreement with defenseman Ryan Murray on a two-year, $5.65 million contract extension Thursday. The 22-year-old Murray was the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Murray's career high is 66 games as a rookie two years ago.

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I t's a Thursday edition of  Marek vs. Wyshynski  podcast, in which we discussed:   - Marek and Wysh talk about whether the NHL Draft should exist, if Toronto should be butt-hurt about getting shut out of events for its centennial and throat-slash fines. - Down Goes Brown joins us to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dion Phaneuf and various other NHL things.  - GAME SHOW THURSDAY! Listen to the glory that is our weekly trivia challenge.  - News and notes from around the NHL. The   Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by  Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports , breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded:  LISTEN HERE!   [ And if that doesn't work, try here. ]

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While there would be a no more appropriate way to honor the Toronto Maple Leafs at their centennial than with a box of broken hearts and crushed expectations, it appears the NHL’s refusal to give the Centre of the Hockey Universe all the events in 2017 has fans upset.  As in, we haven't seen this kind of entitled whining since our last episide of "Caillou."  ("BUT MOMMY, ROSIE GOT THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!") This hubris tracks back to 2012, when then-GM Brian Burke revealed the team was pushing for all three of the NHL’s annual signature events. Well, the 2017 NHL All-Star Game is in Los Angeles. The 2017 NHL Draft is in Chicago, as announced on Thursday. The Winter Classic was allegedly headed to BMO Field , but now it appears that St. Louis might get the Classic and Toronto would be left with the Heritage Classic. The crummy Heritage Classic! What are we, Calgary?! From Pension Plan Puppets: Yes, it's the NHL's 100th anniversary as well, and they want to spread the attention all around the continent, into as many large media markets as possible. Yes, I understand all of your arguments and the reasons all make a lot of sense. It still doesn't change the fact that  IT'S NOT FAIR MONTREAL GOT ALL THIS STUFF! Please recall that the 2009 All-Star Game and the 2009 NHL Draft were both held in Montreal in honor of the Habs’ centennial. They did not receive an outdoor game, because Canada wasn’t allowed to have them again until the Winter Classic proved viable. I guess the first thing to say here is that the Canadiens are not, for a great many reasons, the Leafs. I was reminded today that the Leafs have, in fact, the second-most Stanley Cups in NHL history (13) behind the Canadiens (23), which is like comparing the Yankees and the Cardinals for Major League Baseball prestige. There’s also no comparison when it comes to how self-obsessed one franchise is over the other, as we’re reminded that the Canadiens’ centennial celebration actually lasted three flippin’ years.  C'mon, Toronto, you don't want to be them. They're [expletives]. But if you’re in Toronto, and you’re still asking “why not us?”, here is why not you: 1. Blame the NHL for wanting to spread the wealth. It’s Los Angeles’s 50th anniversary and the League wanted to exploit that. Plus, it’s so much easier to draft ‘famous for hockey’ celebrities in LA for intermission concerts. As for the NHL Draft, this is undoubtedly kick-back to the Chicago Blackhawks for playing in roughly 75 outdoor games in the last five years. Or so it seems. 2. Blame the World Cup of Hockey. As the Toronto Sun reported last January: The Leafs aren’t going to get the triple crown of the draft, all-star game and outdoor classic all in that same year. With the 2016 World Cup of Hockey already slated for Toronto, league officials confirm the events need to be spread out to other markets, especially with, as Bettman pointed out, the NHL turning 100 years old and Canada celebrating its 150th birthday all in 2016-17. In other words, the last thing the NHL wanted was for Toronto fans to be saving their dough for All-Star weekend or a Winter Classic instead of shelling out that $7,000 for World Cup ticket strips. But hey, maybe it all works out. From Kevin McGran:  I've been told that once everything is announced, it will all make sense. Maybe there's something up someone's sleeve. Certainly, there's a good relationship between commissioner Gary Bettman and team president Brendan Shanahan. Certainly the league will want it TV rights holders -- who own the Leafs -- to have something big to broadcast.Right now, the Maple Leafs are looking more and more like the Rodney Dangerfield's of the NHL. Don't get no respect. Listen Toronto, all is not lost. You’ll have the World Cup. You have the Hall of Fame. You’ll have a lovely outdoor game. You have a spiffy new logo with a butt on it. You’ll probably have Steven Stamkos, which is nice.   You don’t have to have everything. Even if it is your birthday.  -- Greg Wyshynski  is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com  or  find him on Twitter.  His book,  TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is  available on Amazon  and wherever books are sold.  

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has fined Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri $5,000 for making a throat-slashing gesture at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano earlier in the week.


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