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NHL will no longer test asymptomatic players and staff for COVID-19 after All-Star break

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Now that a league wide COVID-19 outbreak is behind them, the NHL has decided to make major changes to their testing policies.

The NHL has officially announced that they will no longer test fully vaccinated asymptomatic players, coaches and others staff members for COVID-19 following the All-Star Game weekend on February 4-6.

Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Rob Brind’Amour was particularly pleased with the policy changes moving forward.

“The players have done all they can, done all their vaccinations — all that stuff that they can do,” said Brind’Amour.

“I don’t know why they would be testing them, to be honest with you, if they’re asymptomatic, so I agree with this decision. I think it’s a good one.”

The league announced will also keep the isolation period for COVID-19 positive players at five days.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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Flames and Oilers combine for most goals in a playoff game since 1993

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers turned back the clock last night!

In case you missed it, defence and goaltending was not a priority in Game 1 of Calgary and Edmonton’s second round playoff series.

In the first time these two Alberta based teams have faced each other in the postseason since 1991, the Flames came out on top with a wild 9-6 win over the Oilers to take a 1-0 series lead.

The 15 combined goals between the two teams made it the highest scoring playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Flames in the NHL Smythe Division Semi-Finals by a final score of 9-6 back on April 29, 1993. It’s also tied for the third most goals scored in a playoff game in league history.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday we’ve got to score seven-to-10 goals today because they’d probably score five-to-eight to win, so that’s what we did” said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter with a slight grin on his face following the game.

Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow night at 1030pm/ET.

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