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Fans cheer during the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Silverman: NHL’s Winter Classic Is A Gimmick That Needs To Go Away

While everyone likes to say how wonderful it is, it’s time for a little truth. These outdoor games are ridiculous, and they diminish the sport.

01/02/2015

Fans cheer as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Capitals Top Blackhawks 3-2 In Winter Classic

The latest NHL outdoor game had a cliffhanger ending Thursday, with Troy Brouwer scoring with 12.9 seconds remaining to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the league’s annual showcase.

01/01/2015

Members of the Washington Capitals skate on the ice during practice for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on December 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Glorious Sunshine Could Wreak Havoc On Winter Classic

A Winter Classic with sunglasses? With a halftime in the first period? Or delayed for a couple of hours on account of, well, gorgeous weather?

01/01/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders moves in on Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 13, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Strike Late, Snap Blackhawks’ Winning Streak

Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday night to snap the Blackhawks’ NHL-best, eight-game winning streak.

12/13/2014

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 09: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores on Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils during a shootout at the Prudential Center on December 9, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Devils Fall To Chicago 3-2 In Shootout

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied late to earn their seventh straight victory with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

12/10/2014

Justin Williams of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Kings 3-2 double overtime victory against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SEASON PREVIEW: Scandal-Free NHL Flourishing As It Steams Full Speed Ahead

Hockey is a booming business right now. After an attention-grabbing Olympic trip and an exciting postseason for the scandal-free NHL, revenue and television ratings have risen to record levels across a largely healthy, happy league.

10/03/2014

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Cedrick Desjardins #40 of the New York Rangers stop a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during a preseason game at the United Center on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Rangers Skate To 4-1 Win Over Blackhawks

Rookies Oscar Lindberg and Anthony Duclair scored in the first period and J.T. Miller and Marek Hrivik connected 2:40 apart late in the third in the New York Rangers’ 4-1 exhibition victory over Chicago.

09/26/2014

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 01:  The Los Angeles Kings celebrate defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Martinez Nets Overtime Goal To Give Kings Edge Over Blackhawks In Game 7

Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

06/02/2014

Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings misses a chance against goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Beat Kings 4-3, Force Game 7

Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

05/30/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Silverman: Western Conference Foe Better Not Sleep On These Rangers

There will be ample opportunity to diagnose the finals between now and puck drop next Wednesday, but the one thing we know is that the Rangers will not be easily dismissed no matter who they face.

05/30/2014

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5 Reasons Why You Should Become A Hockey Fan NOW

Of the four major professional sports leagues in the US, the NHL gets the least amount of coverage in the media, with fans and on television. With the Eastern and Western Conference Finals both going to Game 6, now is a perfect time to start watching hockey and here are 5 reasons why.

05/29/2014

(L-R) Matt Irwin #52, Martin Havlat #9 and Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions

Any goalie can catch fire and carry a team to glory, one key injury can suddenly decimate the hopes of a legitimate Cup contender and an unheralded player can step forward and have the series of his life.

04/15/2014

Rangers goalie Cam Talbot watches as Chicago's Kris Versteeg  falls to the ice on Feb. 27, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Cam Talbot, Rangers Stop Blackhawks

Cam Talbot, subbing for resting Olympian Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as the Rangers returned from the Sochi break with a 2-1 victory over Chicago.

02/28/2014

Peter Regin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Trade Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard To Blackhawks For 4th-Round Pick

The 29-year-old Bouchard was a disappointment with four goals and five assists in 28 games for the Islanders. On Dec. 10, he was sent to Bridgeport of the AHL where he had six goals and 11 assists.

02/07/2014

The Devils’ Reid Boucher, left, shoots on Chicago goalie Antti Raanta at the Prudential Center on Jan. 3, 2014 in Newark. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Sharp’s Hat Trick Powers Blackhawks Over Brodeur, Devils

Patrick Sharp scored three goals and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided a rare second straight loss with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

01/03/2014

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