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    Ovechkin on facing Crosby, Penguins: ‘You don’t have to be afraid’

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin‘s way again. Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals’ best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a summer of change, it’s only fitting that perhaps their best chance to win it all means going through defending champion Pittsburgh in the second round.

  • Comcast SportsNet New England

    Bruins make it official, name Cassidy coach

    Cassidy was hired in early February and spurred the Bruins into an 18-8-1 finish to the regular season before falling in six games in the first round of the playoffs to the Ottawa Senators, and showed an ability to spur Bostons offense while also working well in developing the Bruins young players at the NHL level. Since Cassidy assumed head coaching responsibilities on Feb. 9, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37), first in the NHL in fewest shots allowed (741), tied for second in the NHL in wins (18), tied for second in the NHL in power-play percentage (27.8), tied for third in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.30), tied for fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (53.6%) and tied for sixth in the NHL in takeaways (229).

  • Wild's Staal has concussion from head-first boards crash
    The Associated Press

    Wild's Staal has concussion from head-first boards crash

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards. Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife