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Washington Capitals players watch the Stanley Cup championship banner during a banner-raising ceremony before the team's NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 03, 2018 - 9:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Stanley Cup championship banner rose to the rafters at the home of the Washington Capitals for the first time, and everyone in attendance Wednesday night got to relive the sheer excitement of it all. Alex Ovechkin and the other players, who craned their necks to see the video...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) is escorted by an official off the ice after he checked St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, on ice at back center, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, in Washington. Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game. Wilson's punishment was announced Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise their banner and open their title defense by hosting the Boston Bruins to begin the regular season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
October 03, 2018 - 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during the preseason. Wilson's punishment was announced just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise a banner and open...
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Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) keeps his eyes on the puck as Coyotes defensemen Alex Goligoski (33) clears the puck from Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53) during the first period of an NHL hockey preseason game Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Kelowna, British Columbia. (Jeff Bassett/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 03, 2018 - 2:09 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A day after Vancouver forward Bo Horvat said the Canucks have instituted a Fortnite ban for the upcoming season, there was talk in NHL arenas about whether it is fair to blame the popular online game for performance on the ice. Winnipeg star Patrik Laine, who...
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Seattle Hockey Partners David Bonderman, left, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan talk to the media as they leave a meeting at National Hockey League headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. Members of Seattle's potential ownership group and Mayor Durkan presented their case to the Board of Governors' executive committee at the league office. If the executive committee moves the process forward, the board could vote as soon as December to award the NHL's 32nd franchise to Seattle. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 02, 2018 - 9:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday the Board of Governors' executive committee recommended proceeding with Seattle's expansion application, with an eye on voting to approve the league's 32nd franchise in December. The...
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October 02, 2018 - 4:01 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was very much the diplomat after goalies Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard were claimed off waivers. "Good for Mac. Good for Pick," Babcock said Tuesday. "Too bad for our depth." McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, whose projected starter...
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September 30, 2018 - 4:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With the city reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland delivered an emotional 58-second speech last October that continues to echo through Las Vegas today. Engelland's address came days after the Oct. 1 massacre...
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FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson shoots against the Calgary Flames during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif. San Jose added two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Karlsson. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
September 30, 2018 - 12:10 pm
T.J. Oshie stepped to the microphone and apologized for his voice. It was hoarse from days and nights of celebrating the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup triumph and fans now had gathered on the National Mall after the championship parade. Oshie had enough left to start a chant among the tens of...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera (15) plays against the Detroit Red Wings duriing the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The NHL is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he’s being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland. Lehtera’s lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said Thursday, Sept.27, 2018, that he expects Finnish police to release a statement clarifying some misunderstandings that came out of the report.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya,File)
September 27, 2018 - 11:54 am
The NHL said Thursday it is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he is being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is investigating the situation. Lehtera's lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said he...
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The Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty, takes to the ice during the first intermission of the Flyers' preseason NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Monday, Sept, 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
September 24, 2018 - 11:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ...
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attends a press conference before an NHL China Games hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Color China Photo via AP)
September 15, 2018 - 5:30 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames in the NHL exhibition season-opener on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. Down to their last shooter, Boston tied the shootout on Marchand's goal. After Calgary's...
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