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Panthers founder Huizenga dies at 80

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MIAMI (AP) H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.

Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, said Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant. The cause was cancer, said Bob Henninger, executive vice president of Huizenga Holdings.

Starting with a single garbage truck in 1968, Huzienga built Waste Management Inc. into a Fortune 500 company. He purchased independent sanitation engineering companies, and by the time he took the company public in 1972, he had completed the acquisition of 133 small-time haulers. By 1983, Waste Management was the largest waste disposal company in the United States.


Jets win to set franchise points record

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor scored 3:16 into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night to set a single-season franchise record for points.

Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets (45-19-10), who won their fourth straight to reach the 100-point plateau for the first time. Winnipeg had 99 points in the 2014-15 season before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Ducks.


Berglund scores 2, Blues' win streak 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Patrik Berglund scored twice and the surging St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 19 saves in his eighth straight start as the Blues won for the sixth time in seven games.


Hall lifts Devils over Penguins in OT

PITTSBURGH (AP) The New Jersey Devils and their roster stuffed with speed and youth haven't made the playoffs in six years. The drought for Taylor Hall is even longer. Eight years after being taken with the top pick in the draft, the Devils forward is still waiting for his first taste of the NHL postseason.

It may almost be over.


Canadiens blank Sabres to end road skid

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Upon handing the puck to Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi in honor of his 35-save performance, defenseman Karl Alzner had a hard time believing how long it has been since his teammate's last shutout.

It's been more than two years.


Zito named GM of US men's team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Bill Zito has been selected as the general manager for the United States men's national hockey team.

Zito is assistant general manager for the Columbus Blue Jackets. USA Hockey announced the appointment Friday, a little over a month before the world hockey championships


AHL Hall of Famer Gamble dies at 89

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Stanley Cup champion and American Hockey League Hall of Famer Dick Gamble has died. He was 89.

The AHL's Rochester Americans announced his death Friday after learning from his family he died Thursday. Gamble had been living in Pittsford, New York.


Jackets blank Panthers, run now at 10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Short winning streaks are nothing to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They like getting victories in bunches.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets shut out the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Thursday night for their 10th straight win.


Matthews, Leafs end Preds' 14-0-1 surge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Auston Matthews didn't look rusty in his return from a monthlong layoff.

Matthews had a goal in his first game back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 10 games and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Thursday night.


Kopitar scores 4 as Kings rout Avalanche

DENVER (AP) Anze Kopitar was asked over and over about scoring four goals. All he wanted to do was talk about earning two points. That's the No. 1 figure on his mind.

"I'm playing for the guys in here. Our goal is to make the playoffs," Kopitar said . "That's all it comes down to."

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