In addition to being one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, Dale Earnhardt Sr. had one of the most distinguishable appearances the sport has ever seen. Some fans, however, have managed to master the look and garb of “The Intimidator.” One of those fans was in the District of Columbia on Tuesday to watch the Washington Capitals take on the Calgary Flames. Seated right behind the glass, the Earnhardt doppelganger quickly became a hit at the Verizon Center. Granted, Earnhardt wasn’t for known for his beer-drinking skills, but at least the doppelganger’s outfit was spot-on, with Goodwrench firesuit and trademark sunglasses. Unlike the real seven-time Winston Cup champion, though, the fan’s
William Nylander helped get Toronto started on Thursday, extending his point streak to 10 games — a new Maple Leafs franchise record for a rookie. Connor Brown finished it with his 17th goal of the season, securing a 4-2 win for the Maple Leafs over the New Jersey Devils. Toronto has won three in a row and moves three points clear of Boston for third in the Atlantic Division, with a game in hand, which further helps the Maple Leafs’ playoff chances with nine games remaining on their schedule. Just another big night for Toronto’s impressive crop of rookies. — Auston Matthews had a pair of assists. — Nylander had a goal and an assist. He set one and tied another franchise rookie record on Thursday.
The NHL may be nearing a deadline to decide whether to allow the world's best hockey players to participate in the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea. ''I hope we can find a compromise in the next two or three weeks,'' International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel told The Associated Press on Thursday in a telephone interview from Russia. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has made it clear league owners don't want to stop their season for three weeks again and put their stars at risk of injury without what they would consider a tangible return.