January 29, 2013 |
IT'S HAPPENED before and it will happen again, and if Mike Knuble had his druthers it will happen more often in the years to come. But it's still one of the more entertaining facets of hockey, watching two players side to side on a bench, one born somewhere around the time of the other's first foray into the professional game. So the other night, as the camera zeroed in on a conversation between Scott Laughton and Mike Knuble on the bench in Florida, it was natural to wonder: What on earth could they be talking about?
May 16, 2012 |
RANGERS ROOKIE Chris Kreider and defenseman Dan Girardi both had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for his fifth career playoff shutout, as weary New York opened the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the well-rested New Jersey Devils on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Playing just 2 days after eliminating Washington in a stirring, 2-1, Game 7 victory, the top-seeded Rangers hit their home ice again and won their third straight Game 1 of the playoffs.
May 1, 2012 |
ALEX OVECHKIN silenced the Madison Square Garden crowd that has been taunting him for two games. If he can fire up the fans back at home, too, the Washington Capitals could be in store for a deep playoff run. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining to snap a tie and gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series, 1-1, on Monday night. Just under 6 minutes after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a power-play goal, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good after they squandered a 2-0 lead.
April 30, 2012
Just like in the first round, the St. Louis Blues dropped the series opener at home. Unlike the first round, they have serious injury issues heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings. Top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was not at practice Sunday, the morning after getting checked face-first into the boards by Dwight King in St. Louis' 3-1 loss. Though coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule out Pietrangelo for Monday night, he's decided on Ian Cole as a potential replacement.
December 2, 2011
Chris Kunitz scored the tie-breaking goal with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third period, and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals , 2-1, to keep the Caps winless under new coach Dale Hunter. Craig Adams also scored for the Penguins, who improved to 4-1-1 since Captain Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup after an 11-month absence with a concussion. This marked the first meeting between Crosby and Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin since last season's Winter Classic on New Year's Day. Jason Chimera got his team-leading 10th goal for the Capitals, who were 11-0-2 against their bitter rivals in the regular season since March 8, 2009.
November 29, 2011
Both Washington and Carolina made coaching changes on Monday. The Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau and named former all-star Dale Hunter, who has never been a coach on any level; the Panthers fired Paul Maurice and named former all-star Kirk Muller. Hunter does have serious bona fides as a player, though, particularly in Washington, where he played from 1987-99 and was a captain. He is one of only four Capitals whose jersey number is retired, which is why a 15-by-25-foot banner of Hunter wearing his red No. 32 was hanging on a wall behind one end of the ice while he led his team through practice.
October 13, 2002 |
The story goes that when Craig Berube arrived with the Flyers during the 1986-87 season, the team's news release listed his origins as "Ala. " - the abbreviation for Alabama. This caused a stir among reporters, who wondered whether this 6-foot-1, tough-looking kid talked with a Southern accent. "That's Alberta, not Alabama," Berube chided the embarrassed Philly press corps. Sixteen years later, one of the toughest and most beloved of heavyweight enforcers played in his 1,000th NHL game last night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
July 30, 1999 |
Dominik Hasek, the five-time choice as the NHL's best goalie, announced yesterday he will retire after next season so he can raise his children in his homeland. "I have decided that the upcoming season will be my last," the Buffalo Sabres' star said at a news conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The 34-year-old native Czech won the NHL's most valuable player award in 1997 and 1998, helped the Sabres reach the Stanley Cup finals this year and led the Czech Republic to Olympic gold in 1998.
July 29, 1999 |
Dominik Hasek, who helped the Czech Republic win an Olympic gold medal and the Buffalo Sabres reach the NHL finals, will retire at the end of next season. The 34-year-old goaltender scheduled a news conference for today in Prague, and he was expected to say he would retire after next season rather than play out the remaining two years of his contract. WKBW-TV and WGR radio said Hasek had decided to play one more season. Hasek, the league's most valuable player in 1997 and 1998 and a five-time choice as its best goalie, struggled during much of last season with a groin injury.
May 7, 1995 |
They scored three goals in the opening minutes of two periods and even held a two-goal advantage. They got a gift goal on a dropped, high pop-up in the crease. And they chased Washington's starting goalie, Jim Carey, from the game. Still, the suddenly hapless Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't win last night as the Capitals stunned them, 5-4, in their Eastern Conference Stanley Cup quarterfinal opener at the Civic Arena. Washington now has the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series, which resumes tomorrow.