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Sharks moving on after missing out on Tavares

Extend Couture, still in position to sign free agents, add players in trade

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Doug Wilson led with the highlight. He started with Logan Couture.

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Bruins turn focus to strengthening depth on defense

Vaakanainen, first-round pick in 2017 Draft, could bolster unit that struggled in playoffs

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The matter would seem to be settled. Behind Zdeno Chara on the left side of the Boston Bruins defense are Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk. Krug has scored at least 50 points in each of the past two seasons (51 and 59), and Grzelcyk is a player in the same mold, who solidified a spot this season with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 61 games.

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Hall of Fame

O'Ree's 'second calling' gets him elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

First black NHL player has worked tirelessly into his 80s to promote inclusion in sport

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

When friends and acquaintances would suggest that perhaps Willie O'Ree deserved a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, O'Ree would demur. He had played 45 games, with four goals and 10 assists, and that wasn't enough for inclusion, even with his historic status as the first black player in the NHL.

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NHL Awards

Sedins' contributions with Canucks result in King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Charity work by retired forwards symbolizes Declaration of Principles

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

There are no moments that stand out, no particular instances of leadership or commitment to service or humanitarian contributions, examples of humility or perseverance. It's not because there weren't those moments or those instances or those examples in the careers of Vancouver Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin. It's because that was the everyday for the Sedin twins.

It's who they are. It's who they've always been. It wasn't about a moment or two. It was about each day, each week, each season, each dollar given, each hospital visit, each pick-me-up for a teammate, each time facing the difficult questions.

That's why it's fitting that, after announcing their retirement at the end of the 2017-2018 season, the Sedins were awarded the 2018 King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Wednesday, for the things they did for 17 seasons in the NHL, and the same things they expect to continue to do beyond their time in professional hockey.

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NHL Insider

Bruins hope to jump into first round at NHL Draft

GM Sweeney won't rule out anything but says Krug trade 'unlikely'

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018, following a regular season that saw them put up 112 points, the second-most in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising showing for a team that was expected to be a bubble playoff team, but which outperformed expectations before a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

Still, general manager Don Sweeney entered the offseason with the same disappointment 29 of the 30 other general managers in the NHL faced -- all but Brian MacLellan of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

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Kovalchuk will talk with Bruins, GM says

35-year-old free agent forward played past five seasons in Russia

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins plan to speak to the agents for Ilya Kovalchuk, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday.

"We're going to just talk to his camp," said Sweeney, who said Kovalchuk was likely to be at the meeting but didn't say when it would take place. "He's got things that he's looking for and we'll see where it goes."

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Ovechkin cements legacy by winning Stanley Cup for Capitals

Captain 'evolved' to deliver first championship to Washington

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS - It started simply. George McPhee, then the general manager of the Washington Capitals, now the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, stepped to the podium at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and uttered one sentence that would forever change the story of both team and player: "With the first selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals are pleased to select Alexander Ovechkin."

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NHL Insider

Oshie emotional after winning Stanley Cup with Capitals

Forward shares moment on ice with family, takes lap with dad

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- T.J. Oshie had to pause. The tears would not stop coming. They filled his eyes and threatened to drip down a face that was covered in a mix of dried sweat and salt water, remnants of previous interviews and previous tears. He plucked a corner of the Stanley Cup champion towel he wore around his neck and dabbed his eyes. He apologized. 

His voice was strained, from the emotion, from the cheering, from the weight of everything that had happened and was still happening. 

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Stanley Cup Final

Kuznetsov's comfort level helps put Capitals on cusp of Stanley Cup

Forward's emergence as scorer, locker room jokester proves winning combination for Washington, one win from first title

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes it gets, how to put this, a wee bit irritating. 

There are center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, on the Washington Capitals bus or on the plane, sitting next to each other and howling with laughter. Or maybe, as it sometimes goes, it's just Orlov howling, Kuznetsov the cause. 

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Stanley Cup Final

Oshie delivers for Capitals in Game 4 win against Golden Knights

Forward has goal, two assists for Washington, which is on verge of first Stanley Cup championship

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- T.J. Oshie owes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. And yet, after the result of the game Monday, it's probably a safe bet that his debt will be forgiven. If not, there are likely thousands of Washington Capitals fans willing to lend him a full Metro card with no questions asked.

For the second consecutive game, the Capitals forward and defenseman Matt Niskanen took the Metro to Capital One Arena. For the second consecutive game, the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights; they lead the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final 3-1 after a 6-2 win in Game 4, and can clinch their first championship in Game 5 at Vegas on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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