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Rangers roll past Preds as Yandle debuts

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NEW YORK (AP) Mats Zuccarello has enjoyed plenty of winning nights at Madison Square Garden. Now he can rest easy that he'll be sticking around for a while.

Keith Yandle also had a night to remember as his New York Rangers debut went about as well as he could have hoped.

Zuccarello had two assists shortly after his four-year contract extension was announced, and Yandle skated off a winner in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Monday.


Jet-lagged Smith leads Sharks past Habs

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Ben Smith's day started with a morning skate in Chicago and ended with a goal in San Jose.

In between was a trade, a flight halfway across the country and a police escort that got him to the rink less than an hour before his first game with the Sharks.


Leopold's daughter's trade wish granted

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jordan Leopold has learned he's coming home, to the Minnesota Wild.

Nobody could have been more delighted by the deal than Leopold's daughter.


Toews scores 2, 'Hawks beat Carolina 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) After practice the previous day, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said his teammates were capable of stepping up and "filling the void" created by the loss of injured leading scorer Patrick Kane.

Then he went out and led by example Monday night.


Habs acquire Petry from Oilers for picks

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have made the first major move on the morning of the NHL's trade deadline day by acquiring Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers for draft picks.

The defenseman was considered one of the most likely players to be dealt before Monday's 3 p.m. EST deadline. Petry can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.


Rangers extend Zuccarello 4 years, $18M

NEW YORK (AP) One day Keith Yandle was at a kid's birthday party in Arizona, and way out of the Stanley Cup playoff chase.

The next, he stared down the bright lights of Broadway and stepped into the thick of the fight. The All-Star defenseman couldn't be happier.


Busy Jackets ink Atkinson to 3-year deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets traded away one of their most productive defensemen. But general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says younger replacements are already on the roster.

The club dealt power-play specialist James Wisniewski and a third-round pick in 2015 to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for left wing Rene Bourque, center William Karlsson and a second-round pick this summer.


Blues acquire D Michalek from Coyotes

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues bolstered a defense that's been without All-Star Kevin Shattenkirk for a month, acquiring veteran Zbynek Michalek and a conditional third-round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes for prospect Maxim Letunov.

The 32-year-old Michalek also is out, however, missing two weeks with a concussion. In 53 games, he has two goals and six assists and is among the top shot blockers with 130.


Isles get Neuvirth from Sabres in G swap

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have acquired goalie Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres for goaltender Chad Johnson and a 2016 third-round pick.

The Sabres have now traded two goalies this season after sending Jhonas Enroth to Dallas last month. Buffalo also traded forward Matt Flynn to Montreal for a 2016 fifth-round pick Monday as they continue to rebuild through youth.


Habs get Fs Mitchell, Flynn from Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres continued their rebuilding effort Monday with a flurry of deadline day deals, moving four veterans set to become free agents when the season ends.

The last-place Sabres traded forwards Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, and goalie Michal Neuvirth and received mostly draft picks as compensation.

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