Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1.
What would playoff hockey be without the Rangers playing the Capitals?
Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
The NHL has announced its schedule for the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs — and there’s no shortage of intrigue for our locals in the Eastern Conference.
Whether or not the Islanders’ John Tavares should win the Hart Trophy goes back to the age-old argument of “most valuable” versus “best” player. So, let’s ask the questions that should be asked.
Fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Islanders could ill afford to waste a two-goal lead to start a crucial four-game trip. Thanks to John Tavares, they didn’t.
Brian Boyle scored an important goal for the Rangers in his return to lineup as the Rangers defeated the Caps 4-1.
John Tavares led the way with two power play goals in the Isles 5-2 victory over the Caps.
Dropping to a knee as he let his shot fly, Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal with about 8 1/2 minutes left to complete New Jersey’s 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night over NHL-worst Washington.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game to start the lockout-shortened season, 3-2 over the winless Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and is on the roster for the KHL All-Star Game set to take place on Sunday in Chelyabinsk. And therein lies the confusion.
Instead of merely bean-counting, the NHL’s caretakers should be looking for ways to bring the game back from the muck it’s become.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.