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US hockey GM dies unexpectedly at 53

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, has died on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games. He was 53.

Johannson passed away in his sleep Sunday morning, according to USA Hockey. Executive director Pat Kelleher said the organization is "beyond shocked and profoundly saddened" by the loss of the Rochester, Minnesota native.

"As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet," Kelleher said in a release. "His impact on our sport and more importantly the people and players in our sport have been immeasurable. Our condolences go out to his entire family, but especially to his loving wife Abby and their young daughter Ellie."


Flyers beat Caps in OT for 7th win in 8

WASHINGTON (AP) Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Sunday.

Konecny found space in the middle of the offensive zone and his shot deflected off Washington's T.J. Oshie and past Braden Holtby for his eighth of the season.


Bruins top Habs again, point streak 16

MONTREAL (AP) Canadiens coach Claude Julien's first few run-ins with his old team haven't gone well.

David Pastrnak scored twice and set up another goal to help the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 on Saturday night, their third win in eight days against their former coach.


Avalanche beat Rangers, extend run to 9

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have gone from pushover to powerhouse in less than a season, and their recent streak is evoking memories of past glory.

Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist each, Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves and the streaking Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday for their ninth straight win.


Preds down Panthers for fifth win in row

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are starting to see why they signed Nick Bonino as a free agent.

Bonino had his first multi-point game since joining the team this season, and the Predators beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.


Jets win in SO, end Flames' 7-game run

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) A skillful display in the shootout and a critical coach's challenge by Paul Maurice helped Winnipeg pick up two important points on Saturday.

Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in the tiebreaker, and the Jets beat Calgary 2-1 to snap the Flames' seven-game winning streak.


Pulock's 5 points help Isles rout 'Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) The New York Islanders played like a desperate team looking to move up the standings in one of the NHL's most competitive divisions.

Facing a similar situation, the Chicago Blackhawks turned in one of their worst games of the season.


Red-hot Dell stops 31, Sharks edge Pens

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The way Aaron Dell has played this season means the San Jose Sharks have no drop-off at all when starting goalie Martin Jones is out.

Dell made 31 saves and earned his eighth win in his past nine starts when Tomas Hertl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period that lifted San Jose to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.


Parise scores 1st, Wild beat Lightning

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) All of a sudden, Tampa Bay is no longer playing like the best team in hockey.

Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the slumping Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.


Leafs score 3 in 3rd to rally past Sens

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Patrick Marleau simply opened his mouth, and that was enough to spark Toronto's comeback.

Connor Carrick snapped a tie midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs scored three times in the final frame to rally past the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday night.

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