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Bruins get Nash for 2 picks, 3 players

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As well as the Boston Bruins have been playing, general manager Don Sweeney wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to make them better. And bigger.

Sweeney continued solidifying a playoff push Sunday by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves New York retooling for the long-term future. The Rangers acquired the Bruins' first-round pick in this year's draft as well as forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft in a deal reached a day before the NHL's trade deadline.

"Our players have made a push and I wanted to inch that along if we could, and reward it in a way," Sweeney said.

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Gionta signs with Bruins after Olympics

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Brian Gionta is returning for a 16th NHL season after the Boston Bruins signed the United States Olympic team captain to a one-year $700,000 contract.

The Bruins announced the signing on Sunday, a few hours after they acquired veteran forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the New York Rangers.

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Maple Leafs acquire Canadiens' Plekanec

TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs acquired forwards Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a 2018 second-round draft pick Sunday.

Plekanec, 35, had six goals and 18 assists in 60 games with Montreal this season. The native of Kladno, Czech Republic, has played in 981 NHL regular-season games, with 232 goals and 373 assists.

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Rinne blanks Blues, Preds' run hits 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Pekka Rinne showed no signs of a letdown following his milestone 300th victory.

Rinne made 27 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and the Nashville Predators earned a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

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Bruins lose to Sabres in Nash's debut

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo scored on consecutive shots in the first period and the Buffalo Sabres beat retooled Boston 4-1 in forward Rick Nash's Bruins debut Sunday.

Evan Rodrigues and Marco Scandella also scored, and Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots. The Sabres snapped an 0-5-2 home skid against the Bruins. Buffalo had not defeated Boston at home since a 5-4 overtime win Feb. 26, 2014.

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Daughter of Hurricanes' Staal dies

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes say the infant daughter of team co-captain Jordan Staal has died.

Team spokesman Mike Sundheim said Sunday that Staal told him his daughter Hannah died Saturday.

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Wild's Stewart, Sens' Oduya on waivers

A person with direct knowledge of the move says the Minnesota Wild have placed forward Chris Stewart on waivers.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the transaction had not been announced. The 30-year-old Stewart has nine goals and four assists this season and 318 points in his career.

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Rangers retire Ratelle's No. 19

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers honored Hall of Fame center Jean Ratelle by retiring his No. 19.

A banner with his name and number was raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night in a ceremony before the Rangers hosted the Detroit Red Wings

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Devils owners finally see team contend

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) For the first time since spending $340 million to buy the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2013, Josh Harris and David Blitzer are getting a chance to see the team play some meaningful games in the final months of the NHL season.

Following Saturday's 2-1 comeback win over the New York Islanders, the Devils hold a five-point lead over Columbus in the race for the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, and a seven-point edge over the Islanders for the second wild-card spot with 20 games left in the regular season.

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Lightning regain NHL lead with SO win

MONTREAL (AP) Brayden Point scored in regulation and added the shootout winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning regained the top spot in the NHL with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored in regulation to help the Lightning (42-17-3) win their third straight and move a point ahead of idle Vegas for the overall NHL lead.

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