They Won as N.H.L. Players. They’re Winning in Their Second Acts, Too.

Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina’s coach, and Joe Sakic, Colorado’s general manager, have guided their teams to the postseason. Others haven’t been so successful in their post-playing roles.

#brindamour-rod, #carolina-hurricanes, #colorado-avalanche, #content-type-personal-profile, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #sakic-joe

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A Playoff Homecoming, and Swan Song, for the Islanders

Fans have returned to Nassau Coliseum to cheer on the Islanders in the postseason, in the arena’s last year. The team can clinch its first series win in the venue since 1993 on Wednesday.

#bailey-josh, #hockey-ice, #nassau-county-ny, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #pittsburgh-penguins, #playoff-games

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Montreal and Toronto’s Rivalry Makes a Muted Return to the Playoffs

The Original Six teams and their fan bases clash annually, but the franchises will play their first postseason series since 1979 this week.

#bowman-scotty, #dryden-ken, #hockey-ice, #matthews-auston-1997, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #toronto-maple-leafs

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A Full Guide to the 2021 NHL Playoffs

The playoffs open on Saturday with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins, one of the eight first-round matchups. Things look a little different this year.

#boston-bruins, #colorado-avalanche, #edmonton-oilers, #florida-panthers, #hockey-ice, #montreal-canadiens, #nashville-predators, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #pittsburgh-penguins, #playoff-games, #st-louis-blues, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #winnipeg-jets

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Connor McDavid Hits 100 Points in 53 Games. He’s Not Done Yet.

The Oilers star had four points against the Canucks to reach one of the N.H.L.’s most meaningful milestones, but he is focused most on the playoffs.

#canada, #edmonton-alberta, #edmonton-oilers, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #lemieux-mario, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #records-and-achievements

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Fighting in the N.H.L. Reveals Few, if Any, Winners

When the Rangers and the Capitals dropped their gloves to settle a score, the old-school spectacle was greeted with disgust, nostalgia and excitement.

#bettman-gary, #boogaard-derek, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #sports-injuries, #washington-capitals, #wilson-tom-1994

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Rangers Fire President and General Manager

The president, John Davidson, was in only his second season in the role. The team was eliminated from playoff contention this week.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #davidson-john-1953, #gorton-jeff, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

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Connor McDavid Could Score 100 Points in 56 Games

With 93 points and five games left, the Edmonton Oilers star is piling up goals and assists at a pace not seen since the days of Gretzky and Lemieux.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league

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The Florida Panthers Are Winning, Both On and Off the Ice

A franchise that had faltered after showing early promise is in a tight playoff race, and has committed to growing youth hockey in an untraditional market for the sport

#cifu-douglas-anthony, #florida-panthers, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #viola-vincent, #zito-willliam-f-jr-1964

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N.H.L. and Turner Sports Reach 7-Year Media Rights Deal

Turner Sports will broadcast half of each year’s playoffs and three Stanley Cup finals, and plans to bring games to the HBO Max streaming service.

#espn, #hbo-max, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #tbs-network, #television, #turner-network-television, #walt-disney-company, #warner-media-llc, #zucker-jeff

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Vancouver Canucks Brought to a Standstill by the Pandemic

At least 16 players and a coach are on the N.H.L.’s Covid-19 protocol list, and the team has postponed four games because of the virus.

#boyd-travis-1993, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamonic-travis-1990, #hockey-ice, #hughes-quinn-1999, #national-hockey-league, #vancouver-canucks, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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N.H.L. Hopes to Extend Its Reach to Latino Audiences

The league’s recent agreement with ESPN grants the network media rights in Latin America, and some teams already regularly broadcast games on the radio in Spanish.

#arizona-coyotes, #chicago-blackhawks, #florida-panthers, #foley-william-p-ii, #hispanic-americans, #hockey-ice, #los-angeles-kings, #lozano-hector, #matthews-auston-1997, #national-hockey-league, #nijjar-michael, #rivera-francisco-x, #vegas-golden-knights

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A Love Story Heating Up: Justin Bieber + Maple Leafs

Even the top team in the N.H.L. can benefit from the unabashed adoration of a pop superstar, with the league having much to gain.

#bieber-justin, #hockey-ice, #maple-leaf-sports-and-entertainment, #marner-mitch-1997, #matthews-auston-1997, #national-hockey-league, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-maple-leafs

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N.H.L. Returns to ESPN in a 7-Year Deal With an Emphasis on Streaming

The agreement assures hockey a higher profile on SportsCenter and gives ESPN the perfect sport for its streaming ambitions

#abc-inc, #bettman-gary, #disney-plus, #espn, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #nbcuniversal, #sportscenter-tv-program, #television, #walt-disney-company

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The Long, Sad Decline of Mark Pavelich, a ‘Miracle on Ice’ Star

The last time an Olympic teammate saw the often-troubled former hockey star, Pavelich seemed optimistic. Four days later he was dead. Now his sister wants to know if C.T.E. contributed to his difficulties and his death.

#chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #eruzione-mike, #hockey-ice, #mark-pavelich, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-hockey-league, #olympic-games-1980

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Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky Shared His Father With a Nation

Walter Gretzky coached a young Wayne, who ended up setting N.H.L. scoring records that will never be matched, and became a role model for hockey parents.

#canada, #deaths-obituaries, #edmonton-oilers, #gretzky-wayne, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #parkinsons-disease, #walter-gretzky

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Stars Aligned: McDavid and Matthews Set, and Keep, the Pace

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid leads the N.H.L. in points, and Toronto’s Auston Matthews has the most goals. The two will play three consecutive games against each other starting Saturday.

#edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #matthews-auston-1997, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #toronto-maple-leafs

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Rangers Star Takes Leave After Accusations He Assaulted a Woman in a Bar

Artemi Panarin denies the allegations made by a former K.H.L. coach. The team says their top scorer has been targeted for criticizing Vladimir Putin.

#assaults, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #panarin-artemi-1991, #putin-vladimir-v

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Lake Tahoe’s Sunshine Made for a Great Scene, but Bad Ice

After several players and officials stumbled on soft ice in the first period, an N.H.L. game that started on Saturday afternoon was delayed, ending after midnight Eastern time.

#boston-bruins, #colorado-avalanche, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #philadelphia-flyers, #vegas-golden-knights

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An Outdoor NHL Game That for Once Is in the Great Outdoors

The pandemic pushed the N.H.L. toward a scenic site instead of a football or baseball field for its outdoor game. It’s so pretty in Tahoe they’ll play two.

#boston-bruins, #california, #colorado-avalanche, #hockey-ice, #lake-tahoe-nev, #national-hockey-league, #nevada, #philadelphia-flyers, #vegas-golden-knights

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The N.H.L. Schedule Is Shaky, but McDavid and Draisaitl Are Steady

The league’s stars got off to strong starts in January, but the coronavirus has caused postponements throughout the season, sidelining three teams this week.

#dallas-stars, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #hockey-ice, #kaprizov-kirill, #lafreniere-alexis-2001, #laine-patrik-1998, #marleau-patrick-1979, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #miller-kandre-2000, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #new-jersey-devils, #new-york-rangers, #ovechkin-alex-1985, #smith-ty-2000, #toronto-maple-leafs

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Could Tampa Bay Be the New Titletown?

The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

#baseball, #brady-tom, #football, #hockey-ice, #major-league-baseball, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #tampa-bay-lightning, #tampa-bay-rays, #toronto-raptors, #tropicana-field-st-petersburg-fla

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After Much Different Bubble Stays, Rangers and Islanders Start New Year

The Rangers lost in the play-in round, while the Islanders reached their first conference finals since the early 1990s. Both teams have reason for excitement as they open the 2021 against each other.

#barzal-mathew-1997, #hockey-ice, #kreider-chris, #lafreniere-alexis-2001, #lee-anders-1990, #miller-kandre-2000, #national-hockey-league, #nelson-brock-1991, #new-york-islanders, #new-york-rangers, #quinn-david-1966, #shesterkin-igor-1995, #sorokin-ilya-1995, #trotz-barry, #varlamov-semyon

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N.H.L. Enters Another Abbreviated Season

Tampa Bay will try to defend its title without one of its stars, and the Seattle expansion draft after the season will affect teams’ personnel decisions.

#colorado-avalanche, #cozens-dylan-2001, #crawford-corey, #dallas-stars, #hockey-ice, #kucherov-nikita-1993, #lafreniere-alexis-2001, #lundqvist-henrik, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #seattle-kraken, #shesterkin-igor-1995, #stuetzle-tim-2002, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vegas-golden-knights, #washington-capitals, #zegras-trevor-2001

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One N.H.L. Division, Seven Canadian Teams and a Lot of Travel

The N.H.L.’s new North Division will feature the Original Six rivalry between Toronto and Montreal and the Battle of Alberta. But it’ll also require cross-country trips.

#canada, #hockey-ice, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #ottawa-senators, #toronto-maple-leafs, #vancouver-canucks

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On Video Calls, a Community Walks Through Hockey History

A weekly chat based in Toronto has provided a respite from isolation, connecting viewers with guests like Scotty Bowman.

#bowman-scotty, #canada, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers

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Upcoming N.H.L. Season Will Have Flashes of Other Difficult Eras

All of the Canadian teams will be in the same division, as they were in the late 1920s and most of the 1930s. And as during World War II, external circumstances will affect roster sizes.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews Is Out Indefinitely Because of Illness

Toews, 32, the team captain, did not say what his condition was but said that it had left him “drained and lethargic.”

#chicago-blackhawks, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #toews-jonathan

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Fred Sasakamoose, One of the First Indigenous N.H.L. Players, Dies at 86

He played only 11 games in hockey’s top league, but he inspired generations of athletes from Canada’s First Nations. He died after suffering complications of the coronavirus.

#canada, #chicago-blackhawks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hockey-ice, #indigenous-people, #national-hockey-league, #sasakamoose-fred

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N.F.L. Weighs Expanded Playoffs and N.B.A. Approves Shorter Schedule

As coronavirus cases surge, the N.B.A. approves a shortened schedule, the N.H.L. considers realignment and the N.F.L. prepares for the possibility of an expanded postseason.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #hockey-ice, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league

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Arizona Coyotes Let Go of Draftee Convicted in Bullying Case

The Arizona Coyotes knew that the player, Mitchell Miller, had been convicted of violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act after he and another teenager abused a Black schoolmate with a developmental disability.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #arizona-coyotes, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #hockey-ice, #miller-mitchell-2001, #national-hockey-league, #race-and-ethnicity

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Sports Came Back in 2020. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-mavericks, #major-league-soccer, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Stanley Cup Tradition May Be Derailed by Pandemic Safety Concerns

The Lightning have held a parade and a stadium celebration, albeit with limited capacity. But each player getting a day with the trophy, a rite since 1995, is uncertain.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #parades, #stanley-cup, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-lightning

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Hockey Needs Viewers. It Should Not Glorify Pain and Violence to Get Them.

A promotional video posted by the N.H.L. that glorified pain showed a disturbing embrace of violence by the league. The post has since been deleted.

#dallas-stars, #hockey-ice, #kesler-ryan-1984, #los-angeles-chargers, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #sports-injuries, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #taylor-tyrod

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Stars Beat Lightning in Double Overtime to Force Game 6

Corey Perry’s goal gave Dallas a 3-2 victory and stopped Tampa Bay from clinching its second Stanley Cup.

#canada, #dallas-stars, #edmonton-alberta, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning

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Lightning Have Championship in Sights After Winning Third Straight Game

Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the power play in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win and a lead of three games to one over Dallas.

#dallas-stars, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #shattenkirk-kevin, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning

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For the N.H.L. Bubble to Succeed, Everyone Had to Be Flexible

Broadcasters did interviews from high above the ice instead of rinkside. A popular cafe in Edmonton tailored its menu to athletes. And most players have gone weeks without seeing their families.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #edmonton-alberta, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #stanley-cup, #toronto-ontario

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The Lightning Gain Stamkos, and the Lead

The Tampa Bay captain played less than three minutes, but scored in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.

#bowness-rick, #cooper-jon, #dallas-stars, #hedman-victor-1990, #hockey-ice, #khudobin-anton-1986, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #stamkos-steven, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vasilevskiy-andrei-1994

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Dallas Has Rallied and Tampa Bay Has Cruised. Now They’ll Collide.

The Stars have made a habit of coming from behind, while the Lightning have played only one six-game series.

#dallas-stars, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning

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A Black Fan Club Sought to Diversify N.H.L. Stands. Now They’re Aiming at Its C-Suites.

Black Girl Hockey Club started as a group formed to help Black women feel more comfortable attending games, but has gotten the ear of executives who want to make the sport more inclusive.

#black-girl-hockey-club, #black-people, #carolina-hurricanes, #davis-kimberly-sports-executive, #discrimination, #hess-renee, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #women-and-girls

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The Last Islanders Team to Advance This Far Sees a Little of Itself

As happened in 1993, the timely help of role players lifted the franchise to the conference finals. But behind in the series, 2-0, to Tampa Bay, these Islanders risk suffering the same fate.

#hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #playoff-games, #tampa-bay-lightning

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Once Up 3-1, the Islanders Now Face a Game 7

The top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers won their third game of the series after regulation, this time in double overtime, to fend off elimination.

#hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-islanders, #philadelphia-flyers, #playoff-games

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The N.H.L.’s Fights and Handshakes? Not Exactly Socially Distant

Home-ice advantage is gone and fans are locked out, but the games in Toronto and Edmonton still feel like playoff hockey.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #edmonton-alberta, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #toronto-ontario

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If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?

Fans have long been prized by leagues for their big spending on tickets and overpriced beer. Now, amid the pandemic, spectators deserve appreciation for making sports entertaining.

#major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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Recreating Home Ice, Far From Home

N.H.L. teams’ raucous home arena traditions have persisted, with tweaks, in the postseason hub cities.

#chicago-blackhawks, #hockey-ice, #nashville-predators, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #st-louis-blues, #t-mobile-arena-las-vegas-nev, #vegas-golden-knights

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In a Pair of ‘Hubs,’ the N.H.L. Postseason Has Been Anything but Neutral

Fighting has made a comeback, rest is more important than ever and players are hiding injuries from opponents staying in the same hotel. “It’s been nasty from the beginning,” said one TV analyst.

#carolina-hurricanes, #columbus-blue-jackets, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hockey-ice, #minnesota-wild, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #tampa-bay-lightning

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Hockey, Rocked by Racist Acts, Embraces Black Lives Matter Campaigns

To a degree not seen before, players are kneeling for the United States national anthem and speaking out publicly on fighting racism, with backing from the National Hockey League.

#american-hockey-league, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hockey-diversity-alliance, #hockey-ice, #institute-for-diversity-and-ethics-in-sport, #national-anthems, #national-hockey-league, #race-and-ethnicity

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The First Round of the N.H.L. Playoffs Is Set. There Have Already Been Upsets.

The top seeds in the Western and Eastern play-in tournaments were eliminated, and the No. 1 teams in the round robin slid to fourth as the first round is set to begin Tuesday.

#boston-bruins, #carolina-hurricanes, #chicago-blackhawks, #colorado-avalanche, #columbus-blue-jackets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-diversity-alliance, #hockey-ice, #kadri-nazem, #matt-dumba, #montreal-canadiens, #national-hockey-league, #philadelphia-flyers, #pittsburgh-penguins, #playoff-games, #st-louis-blues, #toronto-maple-leafs, #vegas-golden-knights

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Edmonton, ‘City of Champions,’ Readies for a Hockey Marathon

The N.H.L. chose the small-market, hockey-mad city as one of two “hub cities” — along with Toronto — to host its playoffs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #lowe-kevin, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games

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An Onslaught of Sports Set for August

The N.H.L., Champions League, U.S. Open Tennis and Tour de France are all slated to return this month … virus pending.

#cycling-road, #golf, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #tennis, #tour-de-france-bicycle-race, #track-and-field, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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