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Day long celebration to welcome the Kraken to Seattle

Oct. 23, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The day started with Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato on top of the iconic Space Needle raising a deep blue flag with the tentacle shaped ‘S’ flying over the city. And from there, Seattle only became more awash in everything Kraken on Saturday in...

Avs' MacKinnon clears protocol, makes season debut at Caps

Oct. 19, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon made his season debut against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night after being cleared from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. MacKinnon missed Colorado's first two games after testing positive for the...

To jab or not to jab? Vaccinations still hot topic in sports

Oct. 19, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let out a faint cough and assured those seated at least 6 feet away that it was allergies, not COVID-19. He had tested negative for the coronavirus three times in the previous week. It allowed the fully vaccinated 69-year-old the opportunity...

NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for COVID violations

Oct. 18, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New...

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in opener

Oct. 13, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin moved a couple of steps closer to Wayne Gretzky's goals record, Hendrix Lapierre scored the first of his NHL career and the Washington Capitals made their season opener a great one for scoring instead of fighting. The fisticuffs never...

Jarry has 26 saves, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2 in opener

Oct. 12, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tristan Jarry had 26 saves, Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle scored early second-period goals, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in the regular-season opener on Tuesday night. Dominik Simon,...

NHL commissioner Bettman says just 4 players unvaccinated

Oct. 12, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season. Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the...

Back-to-back salary cap champion Lightning are envy of NHL

Oct. 10, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

Long before the Tampa Bay Lightning showed they were the best hockey team by winning the Stanley Cup back to back, they proved to be the class of the NHL in something far more mundane to the average fan: managing the salary cap. With a little luck along the way, general...

All eyes on Eichel and ongoing stalemate with Sabres

Oct. 08, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel has switched agents, been stripped of his captaincy and likely played his final game for the Buffalo Sabres. Eichel's future, however, remains in limbo due to a stalemate over how to treat a herniated disk that has sidelined him since...

Garber: Calling off MLS games after 9/11 was right move

Sep. 10, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has a framed photo on the wall of his office showing two pillars of blue light piercing the night sky from the spot where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. For Garber, a native New Yorker, Sept. 11 was not...