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Business as usual? Not really in this year’s NCAA Tournament

The coaches, players and TV announcers waited breathlessly for the reveal, then broke down the snubs, seedings and matchups with the same glee as kids unwrapping gifts under the Christmas tree. In all, the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket felt pretty much like business as usual.

That’s really not the case this season.

Flames snap losing skid

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Calgary Flames' rookie goalie David Rittich cared little about missing out on his first career shutout bid with 18 seconds left.

The first 25 shots he stopped mattered more—and Calgary snapping a four-game skid to gain ground in a tightly-contested Western Conference playoff race with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night.

Laine sparks Jets to road win

RALEIGH, N.C.—Two more goals for Patrik Laine. Two more points in the standings for the Winnipeg Jets.

Laine scored twice for the second-straight game, and extended his points streak to eight, in the Jets' 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last night.

Laine had his third multi-goal game in the last four and has seven multi-point nights during his streak.