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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yashin Return Fails To Boost Senators

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LOS ANGELES -- So much for Alexei Yashin's vow that he would never again play for the Ottawa Senators. "Never" lasted until Randy Sexton was fired as general manager and Yashin got a huge raise out of Pierre Gauthier, the new general manager.


Yashin, who caused an international flap when he played for the Moscow's CSKA team in violation of his National Hockey League contract, was in the third year of a five-year, $4.2 million deal. He will get a prorated portion of the $820,000 he was to earn this season under his old deal, and his new four-year, $12 million contract will begin next season.


The Senators caved in because they won't get anywhere without him and because they wanted to show Bryan Berard, the first pick overall in the 1995 draft, that they're serious about spending money to build a winner. Berard refused to sign with Ottawa and rejoined his junior team.


The Senators' first game with Yashin back in the lineup went like so many of those before his return -- a suspenseless victory for the opponent, in this case 3-0 in favor of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.


Goaltender Darren Puppa picked up his second shutout of the season with a routine 18-save effort, while Brian Bradley, Roman Hamrlik and Rob Zamuner provided the scoring.


Tampa improved to 16-15-6, the third time this season the club has climbed above .500. The 4-year-old franchise has never enjoyed such success this late in an NHL campaign.


Ottawa concluded 1995 with just two wins and one tie in its last 26 games as its record plummeted to 8-28-1.


Blackhawks 5, Bruins 2. In Boston, Massachusetts, Bob Probert, Chris Chelios and Bernie Nicholls scored in a 3:14 span early in the third period Tuesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.


Chicago extended its unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1) while sending the Bruins to their first loss in seven (5-1-1). Ed Belfour stopped 19 shots for the win.


Flames 10, Lightning 0. In Calgary, Alberta, Theoren Fleury had three goals and an assist as the Calgary Flames rolled past the Tampa Bay Lightning 10-0.


Fleury assisted on Phil Housley's 12th goal and scored one himself in the first period, then added goals in each of the second and third periods to complete the rout.


Fleury's 18th goal of the season capped a five-goal third period for the Flames. Calgary led 2-0 after one period and 5-0 after two.


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Goaltender Mike Richter will be lost to the New York Rangers for four weeks with an injury to his right groin, a team spokesman said.


Brooks Thomas, the Rangers' public relations director, said an MRI Tuesday revealed that Richter had suffered a groin strain during New York's 8-3 victory at Edmonton on Saturday night.


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American Bill Nyrop, a former NHL defenseman who walked away from the Montreal Canadiens at the height of his career, died Sunday of cancer in Minneapolis. He was 43.


Nyrop played on three consecutive Stanley Cup championship teams with Montreal from 1975-76 to 1977-78, when he left the team.


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Detroit's Scotty Bowman became the NHL's career leader in games coached Friday night when he coached his 1,607th game as the Red Wings lost to the Dallas Stars, 2-1.


Bowman, who also coached in St. Louis, Montreal, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, surpassed former St. Louis and New York Islanders coach Al Arbour.


Bowman, also the career leader in victories in his 24th season, brought a record of 938-428-240 into Friday's game, and his .659 regular-season winning percentage is the best among coaches with at least 600 NHL games.


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