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Pacific beats Atlantic in All-Star Game

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Young Laila Anderson delivered one of the most poignant moments of the weekend when she introduced the Blues' four All-Stars. The players who stood out on the ice later weren't all that much older.

Hockey's youth was on grand display in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday night, which was won by the Pacific Division. Whether it was Boston's 23-year-old David Pastrnak earning MVP honors with six points or Vancouver's 21-year-old Elias Pettersson scoring twice and trying a lacrosse goal, the fifth incarnation of 3 on 3 making up the All-Star Game was a showcase of the game's present and future.

"It's a young man's game now in the NHL, and these guys, they're superstars," Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin said.

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Players like international All-Star idea

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nathan MacKinnon enjoyed when the NHL All-Star Game featured North America against the World in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Something similar could be coming back next year, but with a twist.

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NHL: Puck, player tracking in playoffs

Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL in the playoffs.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that puck and player tracking will be up and running in all playoff arenas this spring and is expected to be fully operational leaguewide next season.

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New events highlight All-Star skills

ST. LOUIS (AP) Shooting pucks from the stands and some of the best women's hockey players in the world going back and forth in a 3-on-3 game stole the show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

The two new events spiced up the skills competition by showcasing the kind of offensive skill that has become the norm in the sport.

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Tkachuks share first All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brady Tkachuk didn't mind cutting his vacation to the Bahamas short.

Tkachuk, a 20-year-old forward for the Ottawa Senators, was planning on a couple of days of fun in the sun before going to St. Louis to watch his older brother, Matthew, represent the Calgary Flames at NHL All-Star Weekend.

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Paralyzed player hired by Kings

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) A former Minnesota high school hockey player paralyzed during a game in 2011 says he has achieved a dream of working in the NHL.

Jack Jablonski tweeted Thursday that he has a job as a content coordinator with the Los Angeles Kings working in podcasting, radio and TV.

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Sharks owner gives support to GM Wilson

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner gave general manager Doug Wilson a vote of confidence Thursday with his team mired in 13th place in the Western Conference.

Plattner said the entire organization is disappointed in the performance so far but he believes Wilson can lead the team back to contention.

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Women hope All-Star Weekend helps cause

ST. LOUIS (AP) Annie Pankowski got an email from the NHL asking if she'd like to be a part of its All-Star Weekend and jumped at the opportunity.

Then she found out she wouldn't be alone.

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Jackets beat Jets for 6th straight win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets roll into their long winter break after six weeks of solid play and a season-high six-game win streak.

Columbus went back and forth with the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night before Oliver Bjorkstrand's second goal of the game with 5:38 left gave the Blue Jackets the lead and young goalie Elvis Merzlikins held on the rest of the way to seal the 4-3 win.

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Staal, Zuccarello lead Wild past Wings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) With their chances of a playoff appearance slipping by the day, the Minnesota Wild returned home for a stretch of games before the All-Star break knowing there was little room for error.

They have taken advantage of the homestand and head into the break believing they are ready to make a push to the postseason.

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