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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is congratulated by center Nicklas Backstrom (19) from Sweden, defenseman John Carlson (74), and defenseman Radko Gudas (33), from Czech Republic, after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
January 16, 2020 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn't be good for the New Jersey Devils. A fired-up Ovechkin came back from the bloody mouth to record his 25th career hat trick and lead the Capitals past the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, United States' Kendall Coyne Schofield skates during the Skills Competition, part of the NHL All-Star weekend, in San Jose, Calif. The NHL couldn't help but take notice of the buzz Coyne Schofield infused into its midseason showcase of top talent. Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer, who oversees the all-star game's production, chuckled in saying he was already dreaming up ideas to add women players to the event before Coyne Schofield completed her lap. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
January 15, 2020 - 5:43 pm
The magnitude of the moment wasn't lost on Kendall Coyne Schofield — wearing her No. 26 Team USA jersey — as she dug her skates into the ice waiting for the starter's whistle to blow. It took 14.346 seconds, to be exact, for Coyne Schofield to complete her lap in the NHL All-Star fastest skater...
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Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant questions a call during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
January 15, 2020 - 11:21 am
Gerard Gallant was abruptly fired by the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday less than two years after leading them to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season of existence and winning NHL coach of the year honors along the way. Peter DeBoer, fired last month by the San Jose Sharks, takes over...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) gets off a pass with Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise (11) and Mikko Koivu (9) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Crosby hadn't played since undergoing abdominal surgery on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
January 14, 2020 - 6:55 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby watched the Pittsburgh Penguins thrive in his absence. The longtime captain pledged he would simply focus on doing his part to keep the Penguins rolling in his return from a two-month layoff. Crosby held up his end of the bargain, collecting a goal and three assists...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, of Sweden, reacts during an NHL hockey news conference about the Capitals re-signing him to a five-year contract, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
January 14, 2020 - 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom isn't leaving the team he lifted the Stanley Cup with and is getting paid handsomely to stick around for the long haul. The Washington Capitals on Tuesday signed Backstrom to a $46 million, five-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2024-25 season...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby prepares to take a face-off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers in Pittsburgh. The Penguins captain will be in the lineup on Tuesday night, Jan. 14, 2020, when Pittsburgh faces Minnesota. Crosby hasn't played since undergoing abdominal surgery on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
January 14, 2020 - 9:11 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby is back. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain will be in the lineup on Tuesday night when Pittsburgh faces Minnesota. Crosby hasn't played since undergoing abdominal surgery on Nov. 14. The Penguins have thrived in spite of the extended absence of the three-time Stanley...
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Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand skates by the puck on a shootout attempt in an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 6-5. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
January 13, 2020 - 7:21 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bruins star Brad Marchand overskated the puck at center ice on a shootout attempt, clinching the Philadelphia Flyers’ 6-5 victory over Boston on Monday night. Travis Konecny scored in the fifth round of the shootout for Philadelphia, and Marchand lined up for his turn needing to...
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New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris, left, announces interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald, right, to replace Ray Shero prior to an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
January 12, 2020 - 4:34 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ray Shero has been fired as the New Jersey Devils' general manager after a four-plus year tenure that saw the three-time Stanley Cup champions make the playoffs only once. Owner Josh Harris announced the change less than 90 minutes before the struggling Devils were to face the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Sanheim during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 11, 2020 - 6:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The Lightning haven’t lost since Dec. 21 at Washington, and have outscored...
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New Nashville Predators NHL hockey team head coach John Hynes, second from right, walks to a news conference with Predators general manager David Poile, right, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators hired Hynes, the former New Jersey Devils coach, as the third coach in franchise history after firing Peter Laviolette. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 07, 2020 - 12:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's David Poile did something he has rarely done in nearly 40 years as a general manager: He made a mid-season coaching change after being fed up with the Predators underachieving. Poile hired former New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes as the third coach in franchise...
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