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Major announcement tomorrow in Pittsburgh

This just in from the NHL’s PR department. There’s going to be a “major announcement” tomorrow afternoon in Pittsburgh.

WHAT: NHL Special Event Press Conference and Media Availability

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 3:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WHO: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero

WHY: According to reports, the 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh.

The last time the city hosted the draft was in 1997, when Joe Thornton went first overall to the Bruins. Other notables that were called to the stage at the Igloo were Patrick Marleau, Olli Jokinen, Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa and Brenden Morrow.

The steal of the 1997 draft? With the 156th selection, the Sabres took defenseman Brian Campbell, after which absolutely nobody said, “I bet you someday he’ll sign a $56.8-million contract.”

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    Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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    For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

    Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

    Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

    They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

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    Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


    Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

    The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

    To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

    Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

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    McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: