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Devante Smith-Pelly, Michal Kempny are perfect pieces of Caps’ Cup puzzle

Free agent signing Devante Smith-Pelly and trade-deadline acquisition Michal Kempny aren’t big names but turned out to be perfect pieces of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup puzzle. Adding impact players like …


‘Flower’ wilts: Golden Knights must play better for Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights have crashed back down to earth in the Stanley Cup Final after a charmed run through the playoffs. They must be dramatically better …


Caps’ Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov inspire Russian players, fans

Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are inspiring young Russian players like top prospect Andrei Svechnikov and fans back home. Svechnikov got to meet Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Washington defenseman …


Missed chances push Vegas to brink of elimination in Final

James Neal had the puck on his stick and was staring at an open net. In a can’t-miss situation, that’s exactly what he did. Neal hit the post with his …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Braden Holtby’s playoff dominance goes beyond ‘the save’

Braden Holtby’s playoff dominance for the Capitals goes beyond “the save” he made in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Holtby’s stop allowed Washington to even the series with …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Caps ready to roll in Stanley Cup Final if Evgeny Kuznetsov is out

The Capitals are built to handle life without Evgeny Kuznetsov if the injured center is out for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Golden Knights. Coach Barry …


Alex Ovechkin, Capitals headed to Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied. The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the …


Alex Ovechkin, Capitals prepare for ‘biggest game of life’

Alex Ovechkin is closer than ever to playing for the Stanley Cup, and he’s determined to make the most of the opportunity. The star forward leads the Washington Capitals into …


George McPhee’s strategic moves help Vegas reach Cup Final

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee constructed the team last summer. His tactical moves at the trade deadline in February have proven to be just as important in helping …


Andrei Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2

Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 5 of the …


Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice wants Jets to stay loose ahead of elimination game

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice wants the Jets to focus on fun, not the magnitude of Sunday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The expansion Golden Knights are up 3-1 in …


Vegas looks to continue fairy tale with conference title

Just saying the Vegas Golden Knights are one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final has a magical ring to it. But what’s even more mystical is thinking …


Tim Dahlberg: Viva Las Vegas! Knights a win from Stanley Cup Final

Marc-Andre Fleury sat shirtless in front of his locker, staring blankly, his exhausted gaze fixed nowhere. Pads still strapped to his legs after another spectacular night’s work, the Vegas Golden …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Reilly Smith’s third-period goal lifts Vegas to 3-2 win over Jets

Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Caps 4-2 to even East final 2-all

Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaker with about 8 minutes left, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning weathered the equivalent of more than a period without a …


Jonathan Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights top Jets 4-2

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals – including an empty-netter in the closing seconds – to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game …


Capitals have home-ice disadvantage for Game 4 vs. Lightning

The good news for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals is they still lead their Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The bad news for the Capitals, counterintuitive …


Capitals’ Tom Wilson thinks hit from Tampa Bay’s Anton Stralman had ‘don’ts’

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson thinks Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman could be in trouble for a hit that drew a boarding penalty in Game 3 of their teams’ …


Powering the Flower: Vegas’ Dave Prior teaches Marc-Andre Fleury new tricks

The Vegas Golden Knights figured they might get something special by crossing a respected goaltending coach with an accomplished goaltender. Dave Prior and Marc-Andre Fleury are making quite the pair …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Victor Hedman, Lightning beat Caps to cut East final deficit to 2-1

Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 …


Gerard Gallant, Paul Maurice took long road to lead Golden Knights, Jets

Gerard Gallant and Paul Maurice don’t know each other well despite having their NHL coaching careers overlap. The men behind the benches for the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets …


Jonathan Marchessault makes Golden Knights glad Panthers gave him up

Jonathan Marchessault was left unprotected in the expansion draft by the Florida Panthers, who seemed to determine his breakout season was a fluke. They likely regret the head-scratching decision. The …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Jets jump on Golden Knights early, open series with 4-2 win

Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Alex Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Braden Holtby …


Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in Western final

A year ago at this time, the Winnipeg Jets weren’t even in the playoffs and the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t even have players. Now they’re getting ready to pit their …


Preds look for answers, season ends short of Stanley Cup

Winning the Stanley Cup seemed the perfect next step for the Nashville Predators after fighting all season for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Now they know that winning the Presidents’ …


NHL makes history with new blood in conference finals

The NHL’s final four teams left have combined for one Stanley Cup victory for the first time in history. One of the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights will be …


‘Saucer-eyed’: Caps, others count on rookies in NHL playoffs

The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay …


Jets face quick turnaround to host Vegas in Western finals

The Winnipeg Jets only got a few hours to celebrate the biggest victory in franchise history. The Jets finished off the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of …