Hockey

Holtby sharp as Capitals beat Flyers to end losing streak

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby made 35 saves to compensate for an inconsistent effort by his teammates, and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Sunday afternoon to snap a two-game skid. Holtby was in late-season form and helped Washington kill off three of four Philadelphia power plays. That allowed the Capitals to avoid what would have been their first three-game losing streak since January. Tom Wilson,
Hockey

Schedule helps Lightning keep focus after Presidents’ Trophy

[ad_1] While the bulk of contenders duke it out to secure playoff spots, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit comfortably atop the NHL with nothing left to play for. The Lightning clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with nine games left in the regular season. With no blueprint for how to play hockey games that don’t matter, they’re glad that eight of their final nine games come
Hockey

Carolina hosts conference rival Montreal

[ad_1] Montreal Canadiens (40-28-7, fourth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (41-26-7, fourth in the Metropolitan Division) Raleigh, North Carolina; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Carolina takes on Montreal in Eastern Conference action. The Hurricanes have gone 21-12-4 in home games. Carolina leads the Eastern Conference recording 34.7 shots per game while averaging 3.0 goals. The Canadiens are 18-16-3 on the road. Montreal has converted on 12.6 percent
Hockey

Arizona faces New York on 4-game losing streak

[ad_1] Arizona Coyotes (36-32-7, fourth in the Pacific Division) vs. New York Islanders (43-25-7, second in the Metropolitan Division) Uniondale, New York; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Arizona looks to stop its four-game skid with a victory over New York. The Islanders are 22-12-4 on their home ice. New York is last in the Eastern Conference recording 28.5 shots per game. The Coyotes are 18-17-3 in road games. Arizona
Hockey

Metropolitan Division-leading Washington faces Philadelphia

[ad_1] Philadelphia Flyers (36-31-8, sixth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Washington Capitals (43-24-8, first in the Metropolitan Division) Washington; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Flyers head to Capital One Arena to take on the top team in the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are 16-6-2 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Washington ranks fifth in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Alex
Hockey

Top scorers Kane and MacKinnon meet in Chicago-Colorado matchup

[ad_1] Colorado Avalanche (34-29-12, fifth in the Central Division) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (32-32-10, seventh in the Central Division) Chicago; Sunday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: A pair of the league’s best scorers, Patrick Kane and Nathan MacKinnon, meet when Chicago and Colorado face off at United Center. Kane currently ranks third in the NHL with 102 points and MacKinnon currently ranks eighth in the league with 91 points. The Blackhawks
Hockey

Columbus takes on Vancouver on 3-game slide

[ad_1] Columbus Blue Jackets (40-30-4, fifth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Vancouver Canucks (32-33-10, sixth in the Pacific Division) Vancouver, British Columbia; Sunday, 10 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Columbus aims to stop its three-game skid with a victory against Vancouver. The Canucks are 17-14-5 at home. Vancouver has given up 45 power-play goals, killing 80.8 percent of opponent chances. The Blue Jackets are 20-14-2 on the road. Columbus has converted
Hockey

Capitals accept differences of opinion on White House visit

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The news is constantly on television at the Washington Capitals‘ practice facility, and like any workplace, there’s no shortage of opinions. “We’re human beings, and people share different opinions and different political views,” veteran team leader Brooks Orpik said. “It’s no different than anybody else. People that are friends vote for different people.” Those differences were on public display the last week when two players said