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Crawford, Blackhawks fend off Capitals' late surge

Goalie makes 28 saves, Chicago ends two-game losing streak

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks made sure their game at United Center on Sunday lived up to the hype as a possible sneak peek of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

The Blackhawks fended off a late push by the Capitals, winning 3-2 in a game that had end-to-end action, solid defense and big saves by Washington goalie Braden Holtby (20 saves) and Chicago's Corey Crawford (28 saves).

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Capitals' Beagle to play against Blackhawks

Forward has been sidelined since hand surgery Jan. 2

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Washington Capitals activated forward Jay Beagle from long-term injured reserve and he will play against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

Beagle, who's been out since undergoing hand surgery Jan. 2, skated at right wing on the fourth line in practice Saturday. He will start in that role, playing along with veterans Brooks Laich and Mike Richards. In order to make room under the NHL Salary Cap, the Capitals moved injured defenseman John Carlson (lower body) from injured reserve to LTIR.

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game preview

Ladd to play for Blackhawks against Capitals

Fleischmann, Ehrhoff also in Chicago lineup; Washington without Carlson

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CAPITALS (45-11-4) at BLACKHAWKS (38-20-5)

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN

Season series: The Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Verizon Center on Oct. 15. John Carlson and T.J. Oshie each had a goal and assist among four Capitals with multipoint games; Braden Holtby made 26 saves. Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling allowed four goals on 24 shots in his first game of the season.

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NHL Insider

Ovechkin has great respect for Kane

Says Blackhawks offensive force ultimate blend of smarts, skill

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin is a three-time NHL MVP and the first player in the NHL to reach 40 goals this season. Patrick Kane has won the Stanley Cup three times and leads the NHL with 84 points.

The two will go head-to-head when Ovechkin's Washington Capitals visit Kane's Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN), in what could be a Stanley Cup Final preview.

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Kane envious of Ovechkin's shot

Blackhawks star praises Capitals dynamo

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- There aren't many skills Patrick Kane doesn't already possess, but there is one the Chicago Blackhawks right wing wouldn't mind adding to his arsenal.

It's the hard shot that belongs to Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, which will be on display when the Capitals play the Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN).

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Kane over Ovechkin in close decision

Stevens, Boucher say Chicago star tougher to defend

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Between Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, who do you fear the most with the puck on his stick?

That question could create great debate fodder among friends. Or, maybe even more entertaining, put fans from Chicago and Washington in the same room, ask that question, and see how loud it gets.

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