Men's hockey

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his 700th career goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
February 23, 2020 - 2:52 am
Alex Ovechkin is making the seemingly impossible appear to be not so far-fetched after all. Wayne Gretzky's 894 career goals has, for decades, loomed as one of hockey's most untouchable records. The “Great One” set the bar so high it appeared out of reach for even the NHL's best scorers. Ovechkin,...
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Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Pierre Engvall (47) scores his team's third goal of the game against Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres (90) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 23, 2020 - 1:24 am
TORONTO (AP) — David Ayres was sitting in the stands with his wife at Scotiabank Arena when Carolina Hurricanes goalie James Reimer went down with an injury. The on-call emergency netminder in Toronto, Ayers left his seat and got half dressed into his gear on the off chance something might happen...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his 700th career goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
February 22, 2020 - 5:47 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With power and a prodigious shot, Alex Ovechkin now stands where few in hockey have been. He became the eighth NHL player to score 700 career goals, reaching the milestone in the third period of the Washington' Capitals' 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. “It’s a...
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Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase (25), of the Czech Republic, and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Haydn Fleury (4) chase the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Anaheim won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 21, 2020 - 6:45 pm
David Backes no longer has to worry whether he’ll get another shot at playing in the NHL. The 35-year-old forward was freed from what Backes referred to as “purgatory” on Friday, when the Boston Bruins traded him to the Anaheim Ducks. In freeing up most of Backes’ significant salary-cap hit, Boston...
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*ATTENTION AP SPORTS PHOTO DESK, EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01AM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020* In this Feb. 22, 1980, photo, Team USA goaltender Jim Craig got a hug from goalie coach Warren Strelow in the moments after defeating the Soviet Union during the medal-round of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Tourism is a $1.2 billion industry in the Lake Placid region, much of it still fueled by the memory of the U.S. hockey team beating the Soviet Union as the “Miracle on Ice" highlight of the 1980 Olympic Games. (Tom Sweeney/Star Tribune via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 6:38 pm
When the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo in July, viewers will be able to watch every event either live or on demand. That wasn't the case in 1980 when the United States stunned the Soviet Union during the Lake Placid Games. The Americans' stunning 4-3 victory in the Miracle on Ice game — which was...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. The photo was part of a series of images by photographer David J. Phillip which won the Thomas V. diLustro best portfolio award for 2019 given out by the Associated Press Sports Editors during their annual winter meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
February 21, 2020 - 12:02 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Associated Press national writer Eddie Pells won two awards, including story of the year, in the annual sports journalism contest judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Pells’ story on the investigation leading to track coach Alberto Salazar’s four-year ban...
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Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone, right, celebrates with left wing Max Pacioretty after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
February 21, 2020 - 12:53 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his Vegas debut, and the Golden Knights stopped Tampa Bay's 11-game win streak with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning on Thursday night. Martinez, who was acquired in a trade with Los Angeles on Wednesday, tied the game late in the first...
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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, center, looks to redirect the puck, between Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz, left, and defenseman Samuel Girard during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The Kings won 3-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubows
February 19, 2020 - 3:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. The Kings announced the deal Wednesday moving the 32-year-old Martinez, their long-serving defenseman who scored the overtime goal that...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) passes to Jason Zucker (16) who put a shot behind Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
February 18, 2020 - 10:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker, Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello also scored as Pittsburgh moved past Washington into first place...
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Fans sign a banner sending well wishes to St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester prior to the start of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in St. Louis. Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode while on the bench during a game Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
February 18, 2020 - 9:14 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week and said in a statement Tuesday that he is “on the road to recovery.” Bouwmeester, 36, collapsed during the first period of a game Feb. 11 after going into cardiac...
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