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Boston goalie Tuukka Rask carried the Bruins to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last year after starting 46 times in the regular season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

NHL goalies get more nights off as teams adopt ‘load management’ philosophy

- Associated Press

Consider it hockey’s version of “load management” that’s gained popularity in basketball. Don’t expect NHL teams to handpick games throughout the season to rest star players — except top goaltenders who are getting more nights off while their backups share the net with an eye toward playoff success.

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz, front, covers the puck after stopping a shot by Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rantanen scores twice, Avalanche beat Flyers 3-1

- Associated Press

Mikko Rantanen put his first shot right where Carter Hart could make a great save. He didn't give the Philadelphia goaltender a chance on his next two scoring opportunities.

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. This was Oshie's second goal of the night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

T.J. Oshie scores twice, Capitals beat Bruins _ again

- Associated Press

T.J. Oshie scored twice in under four minutes and John Carlson got the go-ahead goal to extend the Washington Capitals' longstanding domination of the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night in a showdown between the NHL's two best teams.

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. This was Oshie's second goal of the night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals beat Bruins in showdown between NHL's top two teams

- Associated Press

Tom Wilson and Zdeno Chara traded punches, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins exchanged scoring chances and goals and a showdown between the NHL's top two teams more than lived up to its billing.

FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer watches action from the bench during the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins series in Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks have fired coach Peter DeBoer, a person with direct knowledge of the move said, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

San Jose Sharks fire coach Peter DeBoer

- Associated Press

The slumping San Jose Sharks fired coach Peter DeBoer on Wednesday less than seven months after playing in the Western Conference final.

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- Associated Press

Dec. 8

Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman, left, and Anaheim Ducks' Derek Grant fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Ducks top Wild 3-2 in shootout

- Associated Press

During an awfully sluggish start by Minnesota, the Anaheim Ducks took full advantage.