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Giants’ Hunter Pence to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Broken Forearm

Giants’ Hunter Pence to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Broken Forearm

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will be out six to eight weeks after breaking his left forearm during a spring training game on Thursday.

Pence was hit in the arm by hard throwing Cubs prospect Corey Black in the sixth inning, and left the game after touching first base.

"Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse," Black tweeted following the news.

"Of course it's disappointing," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Thursday night. "Hunter's a vital part of the team. But knowing him, he'll move mountains to get back quickly."

Pence has played in 383 straight games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

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Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with third baseman Casey McGehee. The deal allows the Giants to avoid arbitration with him.McGehee joined the Giants in December, when he was traded by the Miami Marlins for two minor league pitchers. Last season, McGehee played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .355 on-base percentage. He helps fill the void created when Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.McGehee was the Giants' last player in arbitration.

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Giants Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Belt, Agree to One-Year Deal

Giants Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Belt, Agree to One-Year Deal

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.6 million on Monday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Belt was one of the keys for the Giants in their run to the World Series title, hitting .308 in the Fall Classic.

During the regular season, Belt batted .243 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs in 61 regular season games.  He missed the final 2½ months of the season with a concussion.

The Giants have to work out one more deal with third baseman Casey McGehee, who is also eligible to go into arbitration.

The Giants' position players are scheduled to report to spring training on Feb. 23.  Pitchers and catchers are on Feb. 18.

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Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After undergoing back surgery, San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro's career could be coming to an end.

The team announced that Scutaro underwent a fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of his spine.

It will be another four-to-six months before doctors can determine whether or not the 39-year-old can continue his baseball career.

"I don't want to speak for the doctor or the procedure but you'd have to how he responds to the surgery and that's months away," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said.

During his 13-year career, Scutaro is a .277 hitter who has played for the Mets, Athletics, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies, and Giants.

Back in December 2012, Scutaro signed a three-year contract with the Giants worth $20 million.

During the Giants World Series run in 2012, Scutaro batted .328 in 16 postseason games. He became the first player in major league history with six multi-hit games in an LCS.

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Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the Giants

Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the GiantsMike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have found their replacement for former third baseman Pablo Sandoval as the team has acquired Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins. In exahcange for McGehee, the Giants are sending t...

Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting pitcher Jake Peavy enjoyed his brief time with the San Francisco Giants so much, he agreed on a two-year deal with the club on Friday morning.

ESPN reports that Peavy's deal is worth $24 million to go along with a $4 million signing bonus.

The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins were reportedly among the teams who were also pursuing Peavy.

Peavy is a three-time All Star and former Cy Young winner who rebounded strongly after the Boston Red Sox dealt him to the Giants prior to the trade deadline.

In 20 starts with the Red Sox in 2014, Peavy went 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. In 12 starts with the Giants after getting traded, he went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA.

Peavy did fall apart in the postsesaon though despite the team winning the World Series. In four starts, Peavy went 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.

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ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent Michael Morse on a two-year, $8 million contract, according to ESPN.ESPN also reports Morse will be able to earn performance bonuses.The 32-year-old Morse played last season for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The right-handed hitter played in 131 regular season games as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, hitting .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.Morse has played 10 major league seasons with stints in Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, and San Francisco. He's a career .281 hitter with 99 home runs and 333 RBIs.Morse becomes the latest in a flurry of acquisitions made by the Marlins this offseason. Miami signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million contract, and also traded for second baseman Dee Gordon and pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren.

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Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Champion San Francisco Giants made the first step in retaining third baseman Pablo Sandoval, extending him a qualifying offer on Monday. The Giants issued a $15.3 million offer to Sandoval, one he has seven days to accept or decline.

The 28-year-old hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 2014 for San Francisco and also caught the final out of the World Series. In seven years with the Giants, Sandoval has helped the team to three World Series titles by belting 106 homers, driving in 462 runs and hitting at a .294 clip.

During the postseason, "Kung Fu Panda" has been even better, hitting .344 with six homers and 20 RBI in 39 playoff games.

Sandoval had previously rejected a three-year, $40 million contract extension in March and earned $8.25 million this past season. 

Sandoval was one of 12 different Major Leaguers that had qualifying offers issued on Monday. All will have until Nov. 10 to decide, but none of the 22 offers extended in the last two years have been accepted.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT

Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1)

Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1)

Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1)

Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts) 

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Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals made sure early on their season wouldn't end Tuesday night.The Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning, chasing San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy out of the game, in route to a 10-0 smashing of the Giants to force a Game 7 in the World Series.The Royals' bats, which were mainly held at bay the last three games in San Francisco, came to life in Game 6.All nine Kansas City starters had at least one hit, and seven of them had at least one RBI in the win.

"Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out four.Peavy only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, ballooning his career World Series ERA to 9.58 in three starts.The do-or-die Game 7 is Wednesday night in Kansas City.Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 101 (1-0) – Orlando Magic 84 (0-1)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (1-0) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (0-1)

NHL: Minnesota Wild 4 (5-3-0; 10pts) – Boston Bruins 3 (5-6-0; 10pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (5-2-1; 11pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-5-0; 8pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 8 (5-2-1; 11pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (4-3-2; 10pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (4-5-0; 8pts) – New York Islanders 3 (6-3-0; 12pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-3-2; 10pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (6-1-2; 14pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (6-3-1; 13pts) – Arizona Coyotes 3 (3-4-1; 7pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1; 9pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (2-8-0; 4pts)

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Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBI's as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

"He was on early in the game and didn't have any stressful innings," said manager Bruce Bochy. "This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it's fun to watch."

Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City's James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs.

San Francisco can clinch their third championship in five years when the series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night.

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Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series

Giants Rally, Rout Royals to Even Series

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After facing an early 4-1 deficit, the San Francisco Giants scored 10 unanswered runs to pick up an 11-4 win over Kansas City in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night. The victory evens the Fall Classic at 2-2 with Game 5 to be played in San Francisco on Sunday.

The Giants did get on the board first on a fielder's choice, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kansas City responded in the third with a four-run inning. Eric Hosmer singled home a run to tie the game before Omar Infante drove in a pair with a base hit of his own, making it a 3-1 Royals lead. Catcher Salvador Perez then added another run with a single into centerfield, chasing San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong.

San Francisco's bullpen was able to get out of the inning without further damage, and began the comeback almost immediately. Buster Posey cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, helping to build a rally. That effort was aided by the impressive relief pitching of Yusmeiro Petit, who entered to begin the fourth.

Petit tossed three scoreless innings for the Giants while the offense continued to attack. Following a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, Jason Frasor was brought on to replace Royals starter Jason Vargas. Two batters later, Hunter Pence singled home Joe Panik to make it a 4-3 Kansas City lead. After another pitching change, San Francisco tied the game with a sacrifice fly from Jose Perez.

The game turned in favor of the home Giants in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded Pablo Sandoval singled off reliever Brandon Finnegan, driving in two runs and giving San Francisco a 6-4 advantage. Brandon Belt then added another run on the very next pitch for a three-run lead. The Giants would add four more runs in the seventh, including a two-run double from Panik, to put the game out of reach.

With the win, the Series is guaranteed to return to Kansas City. However, a pivotal Game 5 will take place on Sunday night in San Francisco before the trip back to the midwest. The Giants will turn to Madison Bumgarner, who won Game One, while the Royals send James Shields to the hill for the starts.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants 11 - Kansas City Royals 4 (Series tied, 2-2)

NCAAF Top-25: (1) Mississippi State 45 (7-0) - Kentucky 31 (5-3)

(24) LSU 10 (7-2) - (3) Ole Miss 7 (7-1)

(4) Alabama 34 (7-1) - Tennessee 20 (3-5)

(5) Auburn 42 (6-1) - South Carolina 35 (4-4)

 (8) Michigan State 35 (7-1) - Michigan 3 (3-5)

(10) TCU 82 (6-1) - Texas Tech 27 (3-5)

(11) Kansas State 23 (6-1) - Texas 0 (3-5)

(13) Ohio State 31 (6-1) - Penn State 24 (4-3) Double Overtime

(15) Arizona 59 (6-1) - Washington State 37 (2-6)

(16) Nebraska 42 (7-1) - Rutgers 24 (5-3)

(21) Clemson 16 (6-2) - Syracuse 6 (3-5)

(22) West Virginia 20 (6-2) Oklahoma State 10 (5-3)

(23) Marshall 35 (8-0) - Florida Atlantic 16 (3-5)

(25) UCLA 40 (6-2) - Colorado 37 (2-6) - Double Overtime

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-7-0) - San Jose Sharks 1 (4-4-1)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (7-1-0) - New York Rangers 1 (4-4-0)

Boston Bruins 4 (5-5-0) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (3-4-1)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (3-3-2) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (4-2-2)

New Jersey Devils 3 (4-2-2) - Ottawa Senators 2 (4-1-1) - Overtime

New York Islanders 7 (6-2-0) - Dallas Stars 5 (4-2-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (4-2-1) - Nashville Predators 0 (5-1-2)

Minnesota Wild 7 (4-2-0) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (5-3-1)

St. Louis Blues 3 (3-3-1) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-2-1)

Arizona Coyotes 2 (3-3-1) - Florida Panthers 1 (2-2-3) - Overtime

Washington Capitals 3 (4-1-2, 10 points) - Clagary Flames 1 (5-4-1, 11 points)

NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

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Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Once again the Kansas City Royals' bullpen proved its worth.

Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night. 

The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said. "I'm getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. "But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that."

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win.

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss.

Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He'll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a two-run home run by Omar Infante, en route to a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday.The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.It was a tight game until the sixth. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run off Yordano Ventura to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Royals answered right back at the bottom half off the inning when Billy Butler laced a single to left, scoring Lorenzo Cain to even the score. The Royals took the lead in the second when Alcides Escobar smacked a double, driving in Infante, but the Giants answered back in the fourth when Brandon Belt hit an RBI double. The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth, when the Royals went on their scoring binge.Ventura pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits, two runs, zero walks, while striking out two. Jake Peavy takes the loss. He pitched five innings allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out one.Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.The series now shifts to San Francisco. Game 3 is Friday night. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, he will be opposed by Tim Hudson.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 5 (2-3-2; 6pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-0; 6pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3-1; 7pts)  at Ottawa Senators (4-1-0; 8pts) Postponed

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason excellence Tuesday night.Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City.Bumgarner allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out five to earn his third win of the 2014 playoffs.Royals starter James Shields didn't fair quite as well as Bumgarner. Shields lasted only three innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and one walk, and striking out one.Shields' bad day started right away. He opened up the top of the first by allowing singles to Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, before allowing an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval and a two-run home run to Hunter Pence.Shields pitched perfect second and third innings before coming out in the fourth and letting three straight batters on base, which led to his early exit.Already up 5-0 in the seventh, the Giants scored two more times, once on a Joe Panik triple and the other on a Sandoval single.Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday in Kansas City. The Giants send Jake Peavy to the mound. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (4-4-0; 8pts) – San Jose Sharks 3 (4-2-1; 9pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (3-3-1; 7pts) – New York Islanders 2 (4-2-0; 8pts)

New York Rangers 4 (4-3-0; 8pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (3-2-1; 7pts) OT

Montreal Canadiens 2 (5-1-0; 10pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (3-1-1; 7pts) OT

Winnipeg Jets 3 (2-4-0; 4pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (0-3-2; 2pts) 

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