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Penguins say they'll visit White House

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Sidney Crosby is backing the Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to accept a White House invitation from President Donald Trump.

The reigning two-time Stanley Cup champions announced their decision Sunday morning.

"I support it," Crosby said after the Penguins' 4-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues during the annual Hockeyville USA exhibition game Sunday night. "It's a great honor for us to be invited there."

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NHL taking stronger stand on slashing

When slash after slash broke one of Johnny Gaudreau's fingers, he called it part of the game.

The Calgary Flames winger known as "Johnny Hockey" is one of the NHL's most marketable players, so broken bones should be a problem.

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Fiala scores 2, Predators top Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kevin Fiala scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 preseason victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Filip Forsberg, Miikka Salomaki, Pontus Aberg also scored for the Predators. Anders Lindback stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced over the first half of the game, and Juuse Saros gave up two goals on 16 shots the rest of the way.

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Assist added to Richard's 1945-46 total

MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens great Maurice "Rocket" Richard is getting an assist added to his career totals.

Six years of poring over scoresheets and summaries of games between 1917 and 1987 by an NHL statistics team has found and fixed more than 6,000 bits of information that were overlooked or miscounted in the league's early eras.

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Kings sweep Canucks in China

BEIJING (AP) The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to win both of the NHL's first preseason games in China.

Saturday's game in Beijing caps a push by the National Hockey League to popularize the sport in China ahead of the country's hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Caps' Wilson banned for 2 in preseason

NEW YORK (AP) Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended by the NHL for two preseason games for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas.

In the third period on Friday, Wilson hit Thomas, a Blues first-round draft pick who scored two goals, into the boards. Dmitrij Jaskin took exception and fought Wilson.

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Red Wings make debut in new arena

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard crouched in net and gazed up at the largest videoboard in the NHL.

"I caught myself a couple of times, especially in the first and halfway through the third, watching on the big screen," Howard said. "I got to remind myself that there's actually a game going on in front of me."

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Frk, Nielsen lift Red Wings over Bruins

DETROIT (AP) Martin Frk and Frans Nielsen scored two goals each to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins in an NHL preseason game Saturday night.

Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who got a 19-save performance from Jimmy Howard.

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Devils hold tryouts for emergency goalie

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Steven Porzio's father was a New York Rangers fan, but he always rooted for the New Jersey Devils. A goaltender himself, Porzio was struck by Martin Brodeur, and he dreamed of replacing the NHL's career wins leader when his days at the Prudential Center were done.

Porzio is now 27 years old and working in information technology, and he's given up hope of replacing Brodeur.

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Olympic team rules out having prospects

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) General manager Jim Johannson ruled out the possibility of the U.S. men's hockey team having NHL draft-eligible prospects competing at the Winter Olympics in February.

Johannson told The Associated Press on Thursday he doesn't view anyone from the 18-and-younger pool of prospects capable of cracking the projected lineup of non-NHL players, many of whom are opening this season on teams in Europe.

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