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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: Mon., June 4, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Capitals on verge of Cup after blowing out Golden Knights

With Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are one win away from capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Capitals’ suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights in Stanley Cup Final

Suddenly, the Washington Capitals are a suffocating defensive team that clogs the middle of the ice and makes even the fastest of opponents look slow.


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Capitals flying high up 2-1 on Vegas in Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, Braden Holtby made enough saves to compensate for his giveaway and the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to …


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: Wed., May 30, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs Ty Smith, Filip Kral invited to NHL’s draft combine

Spokane Chiefs defensemen Ty Smith and Filip Kral have been invited to the National Hockey League’s annual draft combine, set to take place this week in Buffalo, New York.


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

Golden Knights, Capitals try to keep their cool in Vegas at Stanley Cup Final

The Vegas Golden Knights still think Tom Wilson’s third-period hit on Jonathan Marchessault was very late and probably dirty. They also believe it sparked their comeback win in the Stanley …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Sharks finalize 7-year deal with high-scoring Evander Kane

The San Jose Sharks signed pending free agent forward Evander Kane to a seven-year contract Thursday that keeps the high-scoring winger off the open market and part of the Sharks …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

AP source: Sharks closing in on 7-year deal with Evander Kane

The San Jose Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Evander Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:20 p.m.

Cup-seeking Wild unveil new GM Paul Fenton: ‘No pressure, Paul’

After 20 years in NHL management, Paul Fenton has his first opportunity to run a team as the new general manager of the Minnesota Wild. They’re counting on him to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:29 p.m.

Lou Lamoriello hired to run hockey operations for Islanders

Longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello has joined the New York Islanders and will have full authority in all hockey matters. The team announced the hiring of the 75-year-old Lamoriello as …


Sweden retains world hockey title; U.S. takes third

Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.


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 …


Report: Chicago forward Marian Hossa retires due to health problems

Chicago Blackhawks veteran forward Marian Hossa says his health problems force him to retire. Hassa told a Slovak newspaper that he’s not playing hockey anymore. The 39-year-old sat out the …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

Swiss stun Canada, Sweden crushes U.S. in ice hockey semis

Switzerland has stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 to reach only its third final of the world ice hockey championship in Copenhagen. The Swiss will play the gold medal game on …


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 …


Patrick Kane leads U.S. into semis, Canada knocks out Russia

Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship while Canada …


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 …