Suspend him or not: Alex Ovechkin check to the head on Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jared Clinton
Alex Ovechkin (Getty Images)

For the second straight game, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin threw what can best be described as a questionable hit.

On Tuesday night, during the Capitals game against the Calgary Flames, Ovechkin caught Curtis Glencross with a high hit. A scrum ensued, everything was sorted out, and what came of it was a roughing call to Glencross.

Friday night, in the Capitals first game since the hit on Glencross, Ovechkin caught Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Niklas Hjlamarsson with another hit in the upper chest and head region. This time, it was whistled by the referees as an illegal check to the head: Read more

Blackhawks unveil sharp-looking Winter Classic jerseys

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The Chicago Blackhawks have revealed the jerseys they’ll wear at the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington, D.C. – and like just about everything associated with the Hawks’ iconic logo, it looks quite good.

Hawks left winger Brandon Saad modeled the Winter Classic jersey Wednesday night. It has a lace-up collar and secondary logos placed on each sleeve that overlap the top two stripes on the sleeve, instead of the standard placement of them on the shoulders: Read more

Celebrity overtime: Seven questions with Arrested Development’s Will Arnett

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Will Arnett (Trae Patton/CBS)

Stars like hockey too, and everyone once in a while they’re more interested in chatting up last night’s game than they are in pontificating about their latest TV or film projects. In our weekly “Celebrity Overtime” feature, we take five minutes with various celebrities to discuss their love of the good old-fashioned game.

Will Arnett is a renowned fan of the game. Since leaving Toronto to star in series like Arrested Development, Up All Night and most recently, CBS sitcom The Millers alongside Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale, he’s carried his Leafs love loud and proud. He even has a friendly behind-the-scenes rivalry with The Millers creator Greg Garcia, a hardcore Caps fan. Read more

Alex Ovechkin becomes Capitals’ all-time leading scorer

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Alex Ovechkin (Getty Images)

When the Capitals selected Alex Ovechkin first overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, they knew they were getting a blue-chip talent. But if you told them it would take Ovechkin less than nine full seasons to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, they might have told you such an accomplishment was on the outer boundaries of their wildest dreams. Yet that’s where history led the Russian winger, who achieved that goal – knocking Caps icon Peter Bondra out of top spot – with an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s first-period goal against Calgary Tuesday night: Read more

Gatineau’s Alexandre Carrier is making moves on The Hot List

Alexandre Carrier (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The big prospect news of the week came with Buffalo sending Sam Reinhart back to junior after a nine-game tryout and one assist. I’m totally on board with this move. Reinhart now gets a chance to do some serious damage at the world juniors for Canada and pull the Western League’s Kootenay Ice out of an early season funk. He’ll get his NHL shot again next year and perhaps one day, the players listed below will, too.

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Nashville’s Filip Forsberg is making us look good

Ryan Kennedy
Filip Forsberg (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is unpredictability in every draft, so when Filip Forsberg slipped to Washington at No. 11 in the 2012 edition, it was shocking, but understandable. After all, trends can lead to strange runs at the annual event and eight defensemen taken in the first 10 slots certainly qualifies. But as the leading scorer for the Nashville Predators this season, Forsberg is showing why we had the left winger ranked second overall in our Draft Preview edition that year…and No. 1 wouldn’t be the same if we re-ordered right now.

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Saturday night match-up: Ovechkin vs. Stamkos

Bryan Mcwilliam
Tampa Bay Lightning v Winnipeg Jets

As always, Saturday night hockey will be a busy one with 12 games scheduled for tonight. On Friday, the match-up of the night was the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry taking on the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin. The Ducks walked away with a 2-1 victory thanks to a goal and an assist from Perry, so the match-up win goes to him.

Tonight, two of the great goal scorers in hockey square off as Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Capitals, under new coach Barry Trotz, are off to a so-so start with a record of 4-3-2 and this could be due to adjusting to a new style of play with more of an onus on playing defence, which Trotz was known for in his days behind the Nashville bench. They’ve also seen a recent dip in production from their biggest offensive gun Ovechkin.

After earning six points – five of which were goals – in his first four games, Ovechkin has been ice cold in his last five games with zero points and the Caps have lost three of those five games, while one of their wins was in the shootout over a bad Florida Panthers squad. Defence is great, but you need to put the puck in the net to win hockey games, so ‘Ovi’ needs to figure things out fast.

On the other side of the ice is Steven Stamkos, arguably the best goal scorer in the NHL and he’s not struggling one bit. After missing 45 games last season with a broken leg, the Lightning centre returned to close out the season on a high note. That momentum has followed through into this season and Stamkos is making goaltender’s lives miserable once again. He has 12 points in 11 games, eight of which are goals and the Lightning have established themselves as an early Stanley Cup contender. No one in the NHL has shot the puck more than Stamkos and there’s a very good chance that won’t change during the season, so expect to see the puck on his stick a lot tonight when the Lightning enter the Capitals’ zone.

Two goal scorers, one is on fire, while the other is an ice cube, who takes this match-up?

Prediction: Fire melts ice and that’s exactly what Stamkos and the Lightning are going to do to the Capitals. Stamkos will score at least one goal; look for two, and the Lightning will walk away with a big home win over the Capitals, improving their home record to 5-1-1 and increasing their winning streak to three games. Ryan Callahan, who is making his return to the Lightning line-up, will give them an added spark and Braden Holtby will be shaking his head after being pelted with shot after shot.

From Dodgeball to Forrest Gump, the best costumes of hockey Halloween

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Halloween is a time when you get to take on a new persona and be that person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s the time to take some risks, dress as something bold or hilarious, and have a good time.

Or, if you’re Buffalo Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta, it is another day of the year that you can dress up as a hockey player.

Gionta, along with a number of other NHLers, took part in a video session with the league to discuss some of their favorite costumes as kids: Read more