January 6, 2013
In this image from video, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, talks to the media as Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, stands next to him, in New York, early Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. A tentative deal to end the 113-day NHL lockout was reached early Sunday morning following a marathon 16-hour negotiating session. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Johnston)
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They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season. After 16 hours of tense talks, the NHL and its players finally achieved their elusive deal early Sunday morning, finding a way to restart a sport desperate to regain momentum and boost its prominence.