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NHL hockey players Jordan Staal, captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, clockwise from top left, Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Marc Stall, alternate captain for the New York Rangers and Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, take part in an NHL video call with players representing the Metropolitan Division Thursday, March 26, 2020, in this photo made in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)

Ovechkin, Crosby favor NHL going directly into playoffs

Mar. 26, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby prefers the NHL skip the rest of the regular season and head directly to the playoffs if games resume during this pandemic-interrupted spring. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the same page, saying he’d even be willing to finish two goals short of...

Fans celebrate behind Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) and Justin Schultz (4) as they greet Patrick Marleau (12) who scored against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Chase: Established NHL vets trade comfort for Cup shot

Mar. 11, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The evidence of Patrick Marleau's near miss is everywhere. In the rafters at PPG Paints Arena. In the lobby on the way to the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room, where a replica of the Stanley Cup the franchise won in 2016 at the expense of Marleau and the San Jose Sharks sits. In the...

Buffalo Sabres forward Dominik Kahun (95) scores against Washington Capitals goalie Branden Holtby (70) during the shootout period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Kahun scores shootout goal in Sabres 3-2 win over Capitals

Mar. 9, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres coach Ralph Krueger liked the resolve he saw from a Buffalo team that could have easily quit. Rather than let down after squandering a 2-0 third-period lead and having a third goalie interference call in three games go against them, the Sabres rallied to snap a six-game skid by...

Philadelphia Flyers' Carter Hart (79) and Justin Braun (61) celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Giroux, Hart lead Flyers past Sabres 3-1 for 9th straight

Mar. 7, 2020 10:55 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers are still streaking. And they have Carter Hart to thank for that. Hart made 38 saves, including some brilliant stops during Philadelphia’s lackluster first period, and Claude Giroux scored twice to lead the Flyers to their ninth straight victory, 3-1 over the Buffalo...

Washington Capitals' Nic Dowd, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Capitals strike early, thrash Penguins 5-2

Mar. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The playoffs are still a month away. It just feels like they've already started for the Washington Capitals. Dominant at the start and disciplined at the finish, the Capitals pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins around 5-2 on Saturday to give them a little breathing room over their longtime...

Washington Capitals left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, skates with the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kovalchuk finds home with Capitals after whirlwind journey

Mar. 6, 2020 2:59 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk and Brenden Dillon broke bread in a Northern Virginia restaurant, leaving their temporary home away from home hotel and swapping stories. The Washington Capitals' two newcomers bonded over their shared experience of playing in the NHL and adjusting to a new life....

Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Streaking Flyers beat Carolina 4-1 for 8th straight win

Mar. 6, 2020 12:25 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The label has a nice ring to it around Philly: The first-place Flyers. It's a tie, for now, in the Metropolitan Division and it's still March, but for a franchise that 15 months ago was nestled at the bottom of the standings and fired their coach, their GM, and ran through goalies like...

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (72) is congratulated for his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Hornqvist scored 2 in Penguins' 4-2 win over slumping Sabres

Mar. 5, 2020 11:44 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting healthier, and it's showing up on the scoresheet and in the standings. Two nights after welcoming back defensemen Brian Dumoulin and John Marino from lengthy injuries in a 7-3 win over Ottawa, it was center Nick Bjugstad's turn to make an immediate...

New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin and center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrate after Zibanejad scored in overtime of the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in New York. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 6-5 in overtime; Zibanejad scored five goals. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zibanejad scores 5 goals to lead Rangers past Caps in OT

Mar. 5, 2020 11:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The puck kept finding Mika Zibanejad — and he kept burying them in the back of the net. Five times. And, the last put him in the New York Rangers' record books and delivered them a big-time victory. Zibanejad scored five goals to match the franchise record, capping the scoring spree...

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk (25) fights for control of the puck against St. Louis Blues forward Jacob De La Rose (61) of Sweden during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Dilip Vishwanat)

Flyers' James van Riemsdyk breaks right hand blocking shot

Mar. 4, 2020 10:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — James van Riemsdyk broke his right hand blocking a shot Wednesday night in the Philadelphia Flyers' seventh straight victory, and he's expected to miss some time. The winger took a shot to the hand from Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler during the first period of a game...