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NHL players keep scoring puppies for children (so much for the good news)

NHL players keep scoring puppies for children (so much for the good news)

And in today’s sports headlines, 9-year-old Maddie Wright of Powell, Ohio, will get a puppy because her favorite player on the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a goal Monday.

Cam Atkinson actually scored three goals, but Maddie will get only one rescue puppy, per a deal she made with her dad. It was, in fact, a copycat puppy caper: A day earlier, Ottawa youngsters Cole and Reese Jansen held up a sign at the Senators’ game saying they’d been promised a dog if Bobby Ryan would score a goal, and Ryan kindly obliged.

Maddie’s news was the happiest sports-related story to emerge Tuesday, a day otherwise filled with bleak off-the-field tales.

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