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Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal tries to clear the puck away from Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal tries to clear the puck away from Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

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