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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 – 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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WASHINGTON – The pixie dust that has enveloped the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural season is just about gone, and the Washington Capitals are on the verge of finally capturing their long-elusive Stanley Cup. Born in 1974, the Capitals are one win away from their first Cup after Monday's 6-2 win over Vegas before a downright bonkers gathering in Capital One Arena. Evgeny…

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WASHINGTON -- It's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night in Capital One Arena. Faceoff is shortly after 8 p.m. on NBC and the Washington Capitals can take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series if they post their third-straight win. But the Vegas Golden Knights are 6-3 on the road this postseason, with the Caps only 5-5 at home. Washington won here Saturday, 3-1. …

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Of course, the most popular program in Western New York Wednesday was Washington's exciting 3-2 victory over Las Vegas in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It had an 8.3 local rating on cable's NBCSN, down slightly from the 8.9 rating for Game 1 Monday night carried by broadcast network NBC. Wednesday's series finale of FX's "The Americans" had only a 0.2 live local rati…

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LAS VEGAS -- Brayden Holtby made a miraculous save to preserve the lead. Not outrageous to think that could happen. Brooks Orpik scored the game-winning goal. Hard to fathom that could happen in the Stanley Cup final. The Washington Capitals held on for a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights here Wednesday night, the second straight breathtaking affair in a series that…

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LAS VEGAS — As a questioner aptly deadpanned to Washington coach Barry Trotz prior to Game 2 Wednesday, "It turns out there's a lot to do in this town on the off nights." So how are the Capitals keeping their eyes on the prize during the Stanley Cup final and not getting led into temptation in Sin City? Trotz created a new verb to offer the explanation when he pointed o…

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LAS VEGAS -- The Stanley Cup final marches on with Game 2 Wednesday night in T-Mobile Arena, as the Vegas Golden Knights look to take a stranglehold on the series. Can this game match up to the supercharged atmosphere and wild mood swings of the opener? Game 1 was simply crazy. Washington overcame a 1-0 deficit to go ahead, 2-1. The Caps then fell behind, 3-2, rallied f…