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Ovechkin, Backstrom expected by owner to finish careers with Capitals

Ovechkin, Backstrom expected by owner to finish careers with Capitals

WASHINGTON — The owner of the Washington Capitals said he expects Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to play their entire NHL careers with the team.Ted Leonsis said Thursday he’s not worried about Ovechkin or Backstrom re-signing when their contract expires.”Alex is a very, very loyal person and so is Nick Backstrom and we want to…

Sharks get ‘fresh voice’ in Boughner as coach

Sharks get ‘fresh voice’ in Boughner as coach

SAN JOSE — Bob Boughner can be the spark that turns around the season for the San Jose Sharks, players and management said Thursday.Boughner, who took over after Peter DeBoer was fired as Sharks coach on Wednesday, was an assistant with San Jose from 2015-17 and returned to the staff this season after he was…

Canucks hope to re-sign Markstrom, acquire top-six forward: report

Canucks hope to re-sign Markstrom, acquire top-six forward: report

The Vancouver Canucks are hoping to re-sign goalie Jacob Markstrom and add a top-six forward prior to the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 24.”That’s our goal,” general manager Jim Benning told Sportsnet on Thursday. “Jacob is an important guy in our locker room. He was a player we thought we could develop into a…

Lafreniere says he’ll be ready to play World Juniors for Canada

Lafreniere says he’ll be ready to play World Juniors for Canada

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Alexis Lafreniere confirmed he has been dealing with an ankle injury, but the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft said he is not concerned the injury will affect his participation for Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.”It feels pretty good, it got better…

Peca out estimated six weeks for Canadiens with knee injury

Peca out estimated six weeks for Canadiens with knee injury

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Vrana can sustain scoring pace at even strength for Capitals

Vrana can sustain scoring pace at even strength for Capitals

NHL.com goes behind the numbers to examine wing Jakub Vrana’s hot start to the season and what makes the Washington Capitals forward unique compared to other top goal scorers in the League.Jakub Vrana has 15 goals this season for the Washington Capitals with each coming at even-strength. That has him tied for the NHL lead…

Super 16: Flames rise in power rankings

Super 16: Flames rise in power rankings

The Calgary Flames are hot, and it’s being noticed.The Flames, who have won six straight games when coached by Geoff Ward and are 7-0-1 since Nov. 23, made it into the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for the first time since Nov. 7. They are No. 13 this week.The Colorado Avalanche (No. 3) and Carolina…

Thornton reached numerous milestones on way to 1,600th NHL game

Thornton reached numerous milestones on way to 1,600th NHL game

Joe Thornton will become the 12th player to play 1,600 NHL games when he takes the ice for the San Jose Sharks against the New York Rangers on Thursday.The 40-year-old forward is the leader among active NHL players in assists (1,075) and points (1,488). One category he’s not even No. 1 on his own team…

Lamar Jackson breaks single-season QB rushing record

Lamar Jackson breaks single-season QB rushing record

With two weeks still to go in the regular season, Lamar Jackson has run into the record books. Jackson’s fleet feet have carried him past Michael Vick as the new single-season standard bearer for rushing yards by a quarterback. With a five-yard carry on Thursday night against the Jets, Jackson ran past Vick’s mark of…

ATN Podcast: 2019 Week 15 preview

ATN Podcast: 2019 Week 15 preview

NFL.com Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 05:46 p.m. A room filled with heroes — Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal — preview each of the upcoming Week 15 games including the Texans at Titans (6:40), the Bears at Packers (23:14), and the Patriots at Bengals (46:50). Marc Sessler talks about his upcoming…