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For the third straight year Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford makes a shrewd add of defensive depth at trade deadline time this time acquiring veteran Ron Hainsey from Carolina for a second round pick and a prospect. Last spring Ian Cole, added in '15 and Justin Schultz added at the '16 deadline, proved to be key contributors to the Penguins' Stanley Cup run. Hainsey, 35, was having a strong season with the Hurricanes and has the potential to play a similarly important role with the Penguins this spring.

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Kris Russell's wrister the difference in Oilers' win.

Oilers center Leon Draisaitl passes the puck to defenseman Kris Russell, who wrists in the game-winning goal in the third period as Edmonton beats Florida 4-3.

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Backstrom, Kuznetsov dazzle in Capitals' win.

Caps center Nicklas Backstrom scores a beautiful wrister that goes between the legs of a defender during the first period. Later on, center Evgeny Kuznetsov finds the net with a wrister of his own as Washington goes on to win 4-1 over Philadelphia.

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Rickard Rakell shines in Ducks win.

Ducks center Rickard Rakell scores two goals against the Bruins, including the go-ahead one late in the third period, as Anaheim goes on to beat Boston 5-3.

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Julien hopes win will give Canadiens confidence boost.

Canadiens coach Claude Julien praises Carey Price's performance against the Rangers and says he is looking to tighten up the team's defense going forward.

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Albom remembers Mike Ilitch's legacy.

Mitch Albom pays tribute to Detroit's own Mike Ilitch, remembering his impact as an owner on the city and on both the Tigers and Red Wings.

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Is Nyquist's six-game suspension too lenient?

The Around the Horn panel all agree that Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist should have received a heftier suspension than six games.

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The greatest mullets in sports history.

As hockey great Jaromir Jagr turns 45, take a look back at his signature hairstyle and a few other sports figures brave enough to wear the mullet.

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