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Capitals defeat Golden Knights to win first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history

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LAS VEGAS -- This time, the Washington Capitals didn't fold. They banished the memories of decades of playoff failures on Thursday by winning their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, rallying in the third period for a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Final in five games.

Former Duck Devante Smith-Pelly, who...Read more

Capitals are one win away from the Stanley Cup after running wild over Golden Knights, 6-2

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals are one victory from putting to rest the anguish and angst spawned by more than four decades of playoff failures.

Gaining strength with each shift, the Capitals overpowered the Vegas Golden Knights, 6-2, on Monday at Capital One Center to put themselves in position to win the Stanley Cup on Thursday at Las ...Read more

All Caps in Game 3 win over Knights

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WASHINGTON -- Evgeny Kuznetsov discarded his leg-raising, arm-flapping, bird-walk goal-scoring celebration last season after someone told him it had brought bad luck to the Washington Capitals, whose postseason misfortunes already were legendary. But because his young daughter Ecenia missed the routine, he revived it this season. On Saturday, ...Read more

Stats don't tell his story

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WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, eight months past his 37th birthday, doesn't move as fast as he once did. Not that he ever was a speedster. He's an old-school, physical defender who clears opponents from the front of his net and rarely jumps into the play or figures in his team's scoring exploits.

It was no surprise, ...Read more

Capitals crash Golden Knights' playoff party with 3-2 win in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final

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LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Capitals spoiled the Vegas Golden Knights' playoff party Wednesday, pulling out a split of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and handing Vegas only its second loss in nine home playoff games.

Washington winger Alexander Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the second period, defenseman Brooks Orpik scored ...Read more

Vegas keeps beating odds

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LAS VEGAS -- A year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights were merely a glimmer in the eye of Commissioner Gary Bettman and were labeled suckers for having shelled out $500 million to become the NHL's 31st franchise. On Monday they won the opener of the Stanley Cup Final, continuing a season full of unlikely feats that undeniably are their normal.

If ...Read more

For Gretzky, his greatest game is frozen in time

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LOS ANGELES--The details come back to Wayne Gretzky as if he just finished a shift at old Maple Leaf Gardens.

The passion is in his voice, the memories still glowing. To listen to him talk about his Game 7 performance in the 1993 Campbell Conference final is something akin to an artist reflecting on his masterpiece, brush stroke by brush stroke...Read more

0 for 50: Blues' championship drought is moving into elite company

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A Stanley Cup champion is about to be determined, and the winner will be the Vegas Golden Knights, who are the first team in major North American professional sports since the Blues to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season, or the Washington Capitals, a team whose level of frustration rivals only a few teams because it joined the ...Read more

Fifty years before Golden Knights, Glenn Hall and Scotty Bowman led expansion team to Stanley Cup Final

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Retirement appealed to Blackhawks legend Glenn Hall, "Mr. Goalie," who had no plans to return to the crease for the 1968 season when Blues general manager Lynn Patrick called.

"Lynn asked me if I still wanted to play because they took me in the expansion draft," Hall, 86, recalled on the phone from his farm in Alberta, Canada. "I told the Hawks...Read more

At 500-1 odds, how the Vegas Golden Knights became a success

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Eleven months after piecing together a hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights have become one of the most improbable underdog stories in pro sports history.

Never has an American expansion franchise excelled like the Knights, who blistered their way through their debut season to inexplicably reach the Stanley Cup Final.

No team in modern NHL, ...Read more

Paul Fenton's goal as Wild GM: 'To win a Stanley Cup'

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Paul Fenton takes over as general manager of a Wild team that has made the Stanley Cup playoffs for six consecutive seasons.

To team owner Craig Leipold, that wasn't good enough. Leipold joined Fenton and coach Bruce Boudreau, and team captains Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, at an introductory news conference Tuesday morning at Xcel ...Read more

Wild name Paul Fenton general manager

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The Wild made their first major acquisition of the offseason Monday, tabbing Paul Fenton as their next general manager exactly a month after cutting ties with Chuck Fletcher once the season ended.

"It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Paul Fenton as the General Manager of the Minnesota Wild," owner Craig Leipold said in a statement. "Paul is ...Read more

Golden Knights are bound for the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating Jets

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The first-year Vegas Golden Knights will play for the Stanley Cup, another remarkable achievement for a group that was thrown together last summer but bonded quickly and firmly and won the right to represent the NHL's Western Conference in the Cup Final.

Ryan Reaves' deflection of a shot by Luca Sbisa got past Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor ...Read more

Blackhawks' Marian Hossa reportedly retiring: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

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When Marian Hossa stunned Blackhawks fans and the hockey world in June by announcing he would sit out the 2017-18 season because of a skin disorder, there was little doubt he had played his last NHL game.

Hossa confirmed that Saturday, telling Slovakian news outlet Novy Cas he is retiring after 19 seasons.

"I'm done playing hockey," Hossa, 39,...Read more

Vegas' latest show-stopper

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LAS VEGAS -- The Golden Knights like to see themselves as a bunch of rejects who carry a chip on their collective shoulders because they were discarded and doomed to the cruel fate of playing for an expansion team.

On Friday this group of misfit toys moved within one victory of clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, withstanding another ...Read more

NHL takes cautious approach to Supreme Court ruling on legalized betting

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The NHL, the only major professional North American sports league that operates a team in the gambling mecca of Las Vegas, reacted cautiously Monday to the Supreme Court decision that struck down the federal law that prohibited individual states from allowing and managing bets on college and professional sports.

"The Supreme Court's decision ...Read more

Flyers GM Ron Hextall: Legalized sports gambling won't affect NHL players

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Legalized sports betting will not make a difference to NHL players, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.

"I can't imagine it's going to have any effect on our players," Hextall said Monday afternoon after the Supreme Court made sports betting legal in the United States. The decision was especially hailed in New Jersey, because the state has...Read more

Sharks' Joe Thornton had fully torn ACL, MCL in right knee

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks center Joe Thornton revealed Tuesday that the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee were fully torn when he was injured on Jan. 23 in game against the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center.

It's the exact same injury he dealt with last spring, only it was his left knee that was hurt at that point. ...Read more

Sharks' season ends with Game 6 loss to Vegas

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tomas Hertl's facial expression said it all.

Moments after he was denied on a breakaway attempt -- with a follow-up shot hitting the side of the Vegas Golden Knights' net -- Hertl wore a look of disbelief. After hitting the cross-bar on a first period breakaway, what else did he and his Sharks' teammates need to do in Game 6...Read more

Knights' win puts Sharks on the brink

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LAS VEGAS -- A stirring San Jose Sharks comeback in the third period Friday created a few tense moments for the frenzied, sold-out crowd inside T-Mobile Arena.

But the first half of Game 5, when the Sharks reverted back to some bad habits against the Vegas Golden Knights, was too much to overcome.

Now they've got less than 48 hours to get ...Read more