NHL

Stanley Cup run could make up for Capitals’ playoff failures

WASHINGTON (AP) As checkered playoff histories go, the Washington Capitals haven’t been around nearly as long as some NHL teams. The track is still long and sad. There was Pat Lafontaine of the Islanders beating them in the four-overtime “Easter Epic” back in 1987. Esa Tikkanen missing a wide-open net in the Stanley Cup Final loss to Detroit in 1998. ...

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Golden Knights’ inaugural season more than Cup for some fans

LAS VEGAS (AP) Aaron and Rhonda Hawley never truly embraced how much the Vegas Golden Knights meant to them until late in the season. On March 29, their 17-year-old daughter Brooke and two classmates were killed in a traffic accident in Huntington Beach, California. Since then, the Golden Knights have helped the Hawleys during their grieving process. And even with ...

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Golden Knights’ inaugural season more than Cup for some fans

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Aaron and Rhonda Hawley never truly embraced how much the Vegas Golden Knights meant to them until late in the season. On March 29, their 17-year-old daughter Brooke and two classmates were killed in a traffic accident in Huntington Beach, California. Since then, the Golden Knights have helped the Hawleys during their grieving process. And even ...

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Blues name OHL coach Bannister head coach of AHL’s Rampage

Drew Bannister, who led Sault Ste. Marie to the best regular-season record in the Ontario Hockey League last season, has been named head coach of the St. Louis Blues‘ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. “I’m incredibly appreciative of the opportunity that the Blues and Rampage have afforded me,” Bannister said. “… I look forward to instilling a winning culture ...

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

Gerard Gallant didn’t consider pulling Marc-Andre Fleury as another game and perhaps the Vegas Golden Knights‘ Stanley Cup hopes slipped away. The struggles and another pile of Washington Capitals goals are on the entire team. Gallant couldn’t pull all his players at once. ”There was nothing that he could have done,” Gallant said. Article continues below … As the face ...

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

WASHINGTON (AP) A salary-cap squeeze threatened to slam the Washington Capitals‘ Stanley Cup window shut. Instead, it busted it wide open. When the dollars didn’t add up to be able to keep a handful of key contributors to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy-winning teams, the Capitals went bargain hunting to sign bought-out winger Devante Smith-Pelly, who general manager Brian MacLellan termed a ...

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Islanders fire GM Snow, coach Weight, Lamoriello is new GM

Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight and naming himself the team’s new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations. Lamoriello made the moves Tuesday that begin to reshape the organization in his image, two weeks to the day ownership said ...

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Golden Knights put Tatar in Game 4 lineup of Cup Final

WASHINGTON (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup. With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the verge of capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 ...

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The Latest: Fall Out Boy jams before Game 4 of Cup Final

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights (all times local): 11 p.m. The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise. Article continues below … T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in ...

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