Professional hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reaches back to block a shot by Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) in the NHL hockey All Star final game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
January 26, 2020 - 2:45 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon enjoyed when the NHL All-Star Game featured North America against the World in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Something similar could be coming back next year, but with a twist. The league is in talks with players to bring what Commissioner Gary Bettman called a "...
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Canada goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (35) stops a United States' Annie Pankowski (27) shot during the first period in the women's 3-on-3 game, part of the NHL hockey All-Star weekend, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
January 24, 2020 - 11:06 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shooting pucks from the stands and some of the best women's hockey players in the world going back and forth in a 3-on-3 game stole the show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. The two new events spiced up the skills competition by showcasing the kind of offensive skill that...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Calgary Flames right wing Akim Aliu loses control of the puck as the blade of his stick breaks off, while Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Former NHL forward Aliu expects "big change" in hockey after a meeting with top league executives Tuesday. Aliu met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in Toronto to discuss his allegation that former Flames coach Bill Peters used a racial slur several times during the 2009-10 season while the two were with the Chicago Blackhawks' top minor league affiliate in Rockford, Ill. The Flames investigated Aliu’s claim, and Peters resigned last Friday. Peters apologized to the Flames and general manager Brad Treliving for using "offensive language" in Rockford. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
January 21, 2020 - 5:08 pm
Akim Aliu, the player who helped promot a new discussion about racism and coaching behavior in hockey, is heading back to the ice. Aliu signed Tuesday in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season. He joins HC Litvínov with 14 games left in the season, giving him a chance to display his...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Calgary Flames right wing Akim Aliu loses control of the puck as the blade of his stick breaks off, while Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Former NHL forward Aliu expects "big change" in hockey after a meeting with top league executives Tuesday. Aliu met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in Toronto to discuss his allegation that former Flames coach Bill Peters used a racial slur several times during the 2009-10 season while the two were with the Chicago Blackhawks' top minor league affiliate in Rockford, Ill. The Flames investigated Aliu’s claim, and Peters resigned last Friday. Peters apologized to the Flames and general manager Brad Treliving for using "offensive language" in Rockford. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
January 21, 2020 - 3:37 pm
Former NHL forward Akim Aliu has signed in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season, a person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Aliu joins the Czech league team with 14 games left in the season and playing for HC Litvínov gives him a chance to...
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his 1,0000th point on an assist against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
January 20, 2020 - 1:52 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane's 1,000th career point created one big party for the Chicago Blackhawks. Everyone was invited. Kane reached 1,000 when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth...
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Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) keeps the puck out of the net as Pittsburgh Penguins' Teddy Blueger (53) and Brandon Tanev (13) look for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 19, 2020 - 5:12 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback. Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period goals as...
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game as New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) watches Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y. Ovechkin scored three goals as the Capitals won 6-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 18, 2020 - 5:33 pm
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has made a career out of scoring big goals in big moments. His latest milestone was no different. Ovechkin had a hat trick for the second consecutive game to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with...
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game as New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) watches Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y. Ovechkin scored three goals as the Capitals won 6-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 18, 2020 - 5:22 pm
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left after...
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January 18, 2020 - 4:17 pm
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is congratulated by center Nicklas Backstrom (19) from Sweden, defenseman John Carlson (74), and defenseman Radko Gudas (33), from Czech Republic, after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
January 16, 2020 - 10:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn't be good for the New Jersey Devils. A fired-up Ovechkin came back from the bloody mouth to record his 25th career hat trick and lead the Capitals past the...
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