Ovechkin hits 30 goals, Winnik scores as Caps beat Coyotes

March 26, 2017

A milestone goal by Alex Ovechkin and a timely score by Daniel Winnik helped the Washington Capitals survive a scare against one of the NHL’s worst teams. Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season and Winnik had the game-winner and an empty-netter as the Capitals overcame listless stretches to beat the lowly but pesky Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Ovechkin became the third player…

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Nikita Kucherov is playing like an MVP: Is he the MVP?

March 24, 2017

         DETROIT — NHL analyst Nick Kypreos went on a Canadian Sportsnet radio show recently and dropped a bombshell that likely stoked fans in Pittsburgh and Edmonton. Kypreos wondered if Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov is the best player in the world? That wasn’t a slight against Penguins’ Sidney Crosby or the Oilers’ Connor McDavid, widely considered the league’s top two stars. It’s a reflection on what Kucherov…

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Ristolainen suspended three games for hit that concussed Guentzel

March 23, 2017

Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been suspended three games for interfering with Pens forward Jake Guentzel, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Thursday. Ristolainen was given a five-minute interference major and game misconduct for the hit in Tuesday night’s tilt, which left Guentzel bloodied and, as we later learned, with a concussion. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the diagnosis in his postgame presser. Ristolainen, 22, didn’t have…

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NHL casts wary eye on NBA’s star-resting trend

March 23, 2017

Imagine the Penguins resting this guy when he’s healthy. Imagine the Chicago Blackhawks resting Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith all at once on the same night. Or the Pittsburgh Penguins doing the same with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. If the NBA’s recent troubling phenomenon of resting stars reaches the NHL, it might just happen. “Never. Never,” said Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri when asked…

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20 Craziest Fights in NHL History

March 22, 2017

As long as the sport has been around, fighting has been a big part of hockey. While the NHL has somewhat gone away form encouraging the big, all-out brawls of the olden days and teams have found greater success in the win column by sticking with more heavily skilled, finesse players, you still will occasionally see a great hockey fight now and again. Throughout the history of the league, there…

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5 reasons why the NHL’s Olympic spirit may live on, despite Bettman’s posturing

March 22, 2017

Commissioner at the forefront of debate over participation in 2018 Games Gary Bettman continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth. In his interview with Reuters at the Sports Business Summit in New York on Tuesday, the NHL commissioner was asked whether NHL players will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “As things stand now people should assume we are not going,” was Bettman’s answer. He also…

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Senators owner says he’d ‘maybe’ let Erik Karlsson go to Olympics if he was Canadian

March 20, 2017

Eugene Melnyk is afraid of Karlsson getting hurt or beating Team Canada. The back-and-forth between NHL players and owners about 2018 Olympics participation is just getting heated up, and now the Ottawa Senators’ owner has entered the fray with comments sure to rile some people up. Eugene Melnyk talked with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman for a segment earlier this week, and the two spoke about the owner’s unwillingness to let players…

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McDavid, Marchand reclaim scoring lead as Oilers trounce Bruins

March 17, 2017

EDMONTON, Alberta – Patrick Maroon scored twice, Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists, and Connor McDavid added three assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat up on the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Thursday night. Benoit Pouliot, Anton Slepyshev, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Milan Lucic also scored for the Oilers, who moved one point ahead of Calgary for third place in the Pacific Division. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Dominic Moore, and…

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Playoff Percentages: Everything falls into place for the Leafs

March 17, 2017

Through the remainder of the regular season, we’ll take a look at how the night’s action impacts the playoff race, highlighting which teams’ postseason odds went up or down significantly. Another dramatic swing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two days after relative catastrophe – with every result from Tuesday night’s schedule hurting their playoff chances – the Maple Leafs bounced back to smash the Lightning in their latest most important…

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Two Coyotes teammates were involved in a violent collision before game

March 14, 2017

It hasn’t been a great year for the Coyotes. They’re struggling in the standings, in attendance, and in the fight to remain in Arizona. It seems that they can’t do much right these days — even pregame warmups. On Monday night in Glendale, two Coyotes teammates were involved in a violent pregame collision that left both of them shaken up. Shane Doan, the team’s 40-year-old captain, got distracted while taking a lap around the ice…

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