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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom named NHL first star of the week

Backstrom posted a 1.62 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage last week as the Wild moved within two points of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard and Tampa Bay Lightning centre Brad Richards were named the second and third stars.

Savard and Richards each recorded two goals and seven assists in four games to lead the league in scoring last week.

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World Junior Championships 3 Stars: Bruveris, Lysell, and Andrae Star On Day 4

It was a shorter day of action at the World Junior Championship with just two games. Tony Ferrari looked at three standout performances from Friday.

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Have the Panthers Done Enough to Stay at the Top of the NHL?

The Florida Panthers made some significant moves this off-season to re-shape their roster. But can they be as good as last year?

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World Junior Roundup: Sweden Crushes Austria, Slovakia Scores Important Win

Sweden had no issue handling Austria, while Slovakia got the extra point in a big contest against Latvia on a quieter day at the World Junior Championship.