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Hockey Fights Cancer

Ovechkin, Capitals to make cancer survivor's wish come true

Forward will meet inspirational 13-year-old after game at Maple Leafs on Saturday

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Luey had been through a lot more than most 13-year-olds and handled it with a maturity well beyond his age.

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Jagr not interested in farewell tour with Flames

Forward, likely playing final NHL season, focused on next game instead of last one

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- If it was Jaromir Jagr's final game at Capital One Arena on Monday, neither he nor the Washington Capitals fans seemed to care.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Joe Hockey

Australia ambassador to U.S. discusses learning about sport, how Capitals forward Walker has represented country

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs each Tuesday throughout the 2017-18 regular season. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the most recent news.

The latest edition features Joe Hockey, Australia's ambassador to the United States.

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NHL Insider

Top talent showcased at Sled Classic in Minnesota

More than 300 players competed in eighth annual event, with Blackhawks A team winning Tier I title

by Tom Gulitti / NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Pauls had to take a photo of the sign listing the rules for open skating at Plymouth Ice Center.

He found one particularly amusing.

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NHL Stadium Series

Stadium Series game hits home for Niskanen, Carlson

Opportunity to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will 'mean a lot' to Capitals defensemen

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulitti / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Washington Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Matt Niskanen were at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday to watch the U.S. Naval Academy play against Southern Methodist University in its final home game of the football season and help unveil the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series logo.

The Capitals will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV), the first time a U.S. service academy will host an NHL outdoor game.

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Capitals goalie Holtby honored to be mentioned with Dryden

Second fastest to reach 200 NHL wins, behind Hall of Famer

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Braden Holtby initially tried to downplay the significance of the milestone, but couldn't deny that having his name in the company of a goaltender as prestigious as Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden meant something.

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Hall of Fame

Strader 'a great leader' in broadcast booth

Colleagues share stories of late play-by-play man, winner of Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

During his battle with bile duct cancer, Dave Strader liked to have events or days to look forward to. The Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Toronto on Monday, was definitely one of them. Strader was to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Strader died on Oct. 1 at age 62, but the ceremony will go on, giving those close to him another chance to remember what made him special as a person and a play-by-play announcer. Fox Sports Arizona reporter Todd Walsh, who worked with Strader on Arizona Coyotes telecasts, will speak on his behalf.

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Backstrom of Capitals mired in worst scoring slump of NHL career

Center will try to end seven-game point drought against Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Nicklas Backstrom doesn't hide from the numbers.

The Washington Capitals center called them "reality," and the harsh reality is that he's gone seven consecutive games without a point, which is the longest drought of his 11-season NHL career.

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Tocchet won't receive welcome mat from Penguins

Coyotes coach vows 'to keep pounding away' with Arizona after helping Pittsburgh win Stanley Cup twice

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Rick Tocchet doesn't expect the Pittsburgh Penguins to take it easy on him when he returns to PPG Paints Arena for the first time as coach of the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET: ATTSN-PT, FS-A, NHL.TV).

As an assistant under coach Mike Sullivan, Tocchet played a key role in helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup the past two seasons and forged strong relationships with many of their star players, including centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and forward Phil Kessel. Tocchet will receive his 2017 Stanley Cup ring before the game, but knows it will be all business after that.

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Capitals' Hockey Fights Cancer skate creates enduring memories

Youngsters get to meet players, ride ice resurfacer, get autographs

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Dariush Namin had to cut short his wish by one day, but thanks to Make-A-Wish's Mid-Atlantic chapter and the Washington Capitals, it still was a memorable week for the 11-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland.

Namin, diagnosed with leukemia in January 2016, planned to finish his Make-A-Wish experience by participating in the Capitals' Hockey Fights Cancer skate Friday. He needed to rest, however, after getting home late following the Capitals' 4-3 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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