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When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017, it was Sidney Crosby besting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the second round all three years. The Capitals finally got over the Pittsburgh hex last season, winning their second-round series in six games on an Evgeny Kuznetsov overtime goal. No coincidence it was the year Ovechkin &…

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Rasmus Dahlin returns to Capital One Arena for Saturday night's game between the Sabres and Washington Capitals. It will be a tad quieter than the last time he was there. It was just over six months ago that Dahlin, then the top prospect for the NHL Draft, saw the first NHL game of his life in the building as the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights played Game …

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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane insists he still feels like the same kid who dangled all the way from South Buffalo to become the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick by the time he was 18. But the time has sure flown by. Come Monday, Kane hits The Big 3-0. He'll join a group of NHL superstars now on the other side of 30, a list that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Alexan…

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Five Things to Know about new Sabres left winger Conor Sheary: 1. He played on Sidney Crosby's line and will undoubtedly become Jack Eichel's left wing The Sabres just made a big dent in their biggest hole, adding a speedy winger on the left side. Sheary is just 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds but can motor. And that's exactly what this team needs a lot more of. Playing with…

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Big news today out of the nation's capital that doesn't include any revelry: Coach Barry Trotz has resigned from his post with the Washington Capitals less than two weeks after directing the team to its first Stanley Cup in his 43-year history. While it was believed Trotz was working on an expiring contract, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet said he learned today that Trot…

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On the same weekend he hopes will mark a big change for the fortunes of a franchise he's worked for since Day One of its existence, longtime Buffalo Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick will be honored for all the years he's already put in with the Blue and Gold. Simonick is this year's Hall of Fame honoree of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society/Society o…

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The Stanley Cup final may be over but there was no shortage of topics to discuss Monday morning as I chatted with Gord Stellick on Sirius XM's "Hockey This Morning" on NHL Network Radio. Talking points included the Caps finally getting over the Pittsburgh curse – and just skating by Game 3 in Columbus when it all could have fallen apart in the first round – as well as t…

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LAS VEGAS — For all the talk at the Stanley Cup final you heard about the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Marc-Andre Fleury, there was a player with a building buzz as the calendar crept into June and he had not played in an NHL game in more than two months. The name? Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres center's locker cleanout day chat with reporters that resonated ar…

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LAS VEGAS -- They say what happens in Vegas stays here but the Washington Capitals will gladly dispute that point. (Minus the clubbing with the Stanley Cup they did into the wee hours of Friday morning at the MGM Grand.) The Capitals took the Cup home to DC on Friday after lifting it for the first time in their 43-year history with Thursday night's 4-3 win over the Vega…

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LAS VEGAS – As we're leaving the place where sports books are king, it's more than appropriate to review early odds for the 2019 Stanley Cup. The quick message is one that's been the norm in the NHL for the last 20 years: It's going to take an awful lot for the Washington Capitals to repeat as champions. Only the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins have repeated since we entere…

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LAS VEGAS – There are stories behind the story for every Stanley Cup champion and the tales around the ice as the Washington Capitals celebrated here Thursday night were eye-opening. But there's no way to describe something 43 years in the making without starting with Alex Ovechkin. In his 13th season, the Great Eight finally got to hoist the Cup following Washington's …

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LAS VEGAS – Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is a man without a contract for next season but does he have any worries? Not a chance. "I'm having a blast," Trotz said in advance of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Thursday in T-Mobile Arena. "I’ve gone deep in Calder Cups and what have you. I don’t think you know how hard the season is. Going deep in the playoffs, it…

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LAS VEGAS – With a 5 p.m. Pacific time start, there was no morning skate for the Washington Capitals on Thursday in advance of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. A few Caps met the media in the T-Mobile Arena interview room less than three hours before puck drop and really the only topic of conversation was the Stanley Cup. Washington leads the series over Vegas, three ga…

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LAS VEGAS – The Washington Capitals have played exactly 3,700 games since they were born in 1974, counting regular season and playoffs. They never have played any as significant as the one that will be staged Thursday night in T-Mobile Arena. The Capitals lead the Stanley Cup final, three games to one, and can finally grab the Cup for the first time in their history wit…

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LAS VEGAS --  When they won Game 1 of this series, the Vegas Golden Knights were 13-3 in the playoffs and looked like they were on a roll for the ages. Three losses later, they're on the verge of elimination. The Washington Capitals can win the first Stanley Cup in their history at Vegas' expense in Game 5 of the final Thursday in T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights h…