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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 31

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 31

Blake Wheeler finally making plans to head over to Europe as it appears a second wave exodus of players leave North America this week.

Yahoo! Sports columnist Nick Cotsonika tracks down Pavel Datsyuk in Europe with his whimsy and wizardry on full display.

Greg Wyshynski AKA the Puck Daddy asks the one question that nobody else dares or cares -- to ask: can Columbus please have their NHL All-Star Game.

Good piece by Damien Cox outlining how the NHL should continue to shine things on with the Winter Classic, and absorb any costs to keep talks alive for a few more weeks.

Another Halloween means another hockey player in black face. Beyond the question of whether its right or wrong, dont hockey players learn from the mistakes of other players in the past?

Taylor Hall gets the green light to play for the AHLs Oklahoma City Barons, and makes a loaded minor league hockey team that much better.

Per the Pro Hockey Talk boys, Justin Faulk says what were all thinking while plying his trade in the AHL: I need a season here. Yes, Justin, we all need a season here.

Former Boston College superstar and Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves is still suffering from headaches and the after-effects of a severe concussion suffered after he took a puck to the jaw last season.

For something completely different: an Op-Ed about zombies in the New York Times. Okay then.

ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

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ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

NEW YORK - Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.

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Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.

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It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.

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