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The Devils had the game within their grasp, but two third-period goals by the Panthers pushed the game beyond reach Thursday night. Florida won 3-2 in Cory Schneider’s return to the Devils lineup after a 16-game absence. [The Record] [NJ.com]
NHL.com polled 19 staff members for their thoughts on leaders in the Hart Trophy race. Curiously, TAYLOR HALL WAS NOT AMONG THEIR CONSENSUS TOP THREE. Huh. [NHL]
There is a bit of an appetite for hockey in Seattle: Fans blazed past the goal of 10,000 season-ticket deposits within 12 minutes of the opening of Thursday’s sale. About 25,000 down payments were collected in the first hour. [TSN]
This season, the Senators have been, well, to put it kindly, a dumpster fire. It’s been bad. The team has gone from a near Stanley Cup Final appearance to nearly trading away its star. Owner Eugene Melnyk addressed fans directly in a letter, pledging to keep the team in Ottawa: [Sportsnet]
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