• Russian-led Capitals bringing Washington together in quest for elusive Stanley Cup
    Sports Illustrated

    Russian-led Capitals bringing Washington together in quest for elusive Stanley Cup

    WASHINGTON-If you walked around the corner in front of the Verizon Center, the squawling of a Jimi-Hendrix-wannabe power trio drowned out the brassy swing of a second-line band that was playing up the block. As chaotic and cacophonic as this tableau sounds, in this most peculiar time in history, the Verizon Center may be the only place in the nation’s capital around which everybody is happy and where everything makes sense. The Washington Capitals are saving sanity in a place that desperately needs its sanity saved.

  • As Canucks and Kings play to China, NHL ready for Chinese owners
    Puck Daddy

    As Canucks and Kings play to China, NHL ready for Chinese owners

    On March 30, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider will be in Beijing, announcing that the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will play two preseason games in China in September. First, because the NHL never puts its product in emerging non-hockey markets like this. Since Bettman became commissioner, the NHL has played games in London, Helsinki, Klagenfurt (Austria), Innsbruck (Austria), Stockholm, Salzburg (Austria), Berlin, Bern, Bratislava (Slovakia), Gothenburg (Sweden), Prague, Tampere (Finland), Zurich, Linköping (Sweden), Karlstad (Sweden), Mannheim (Germany), Belfast, Saint Petersburg, Liberec (Czech Republic), Malmö (Sweden), Riga, Zug (Switzerland) and Hamburg.

  • Halak and the Islanders defeat Penguins, move into wild card spot
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    Halak and the Islanders defeat Penguins, move into wild card spot

    Quite a hockey game between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. It offered plenty to enjoy — Phil Kessel‘s dominant but unfruitful shift in overtime, a combined 86 shots on goal between both teams, a showcase of skill from the likes of John Tavares and Sidney Crosby, and two strong goaltending performances from Jaroslav Halak and Marc-Andre Fleury. Josh Ho-Sang, who wears No. 66, which is just fine in the eyes of Mario Lemieux, set up Brock Nelson‘s goal in the second period. The Islanders and their fans probably aren’t hung up on style points at this juncture of the season. They just care about wins and points in the standings, and those are exactly what New York accomplished