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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 4:49 pm
Alex Ovechkin and other players aren't so sure the NHL's decision to skip the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year is final. The Washington Capitals superstar on Tuesday reiterated his intention to represent Russia next February, calling the league's decision a "bluff." Montreal Canadiens...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 3:24 pm
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — Like Russia's star Alex Ovechkin, the International Ice Hockey Federation thinks NHL players need not miss the 2018 Winter Olympics — though team owners likely now need a "game-changer" offer on the table. "We are continuing to try to find solutions," the governing body's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 3:14 pm
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — The International Ice Hockey Federation thinks NHL players need not miss the 2018 Winter Olympics — though team owners likely now need a "game-changer" offer on the table. Horst Lichtner, the federation's general secretary says in an interview with The Associated Press on...
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Florida Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
April 04, 2017 - 10:52 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Another coaching change awaits the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have decided interim coach Tom Rowe's stint will end when their season does Sunday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Rowe may still stay with the organization, said the person...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18), of Czech Republic, is congratulated on his goal by teammates, including Tyler Johnson (9) and Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russia, as Dallas Stars' Gemel Smith reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 6-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
April 04, 2017 - 4:10 am
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, refusing for the first time in 20 years to halt its season for three weeks so its stars can chase gold for their home countries. From Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews to Connor McDavid and Henrik...
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People watch the IHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A game between Croatia and Estonia at Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 04, 2017 - 1:08 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A divided Senate Judiciary Committee backed Gorsuch, Monday, April 3, 2017. GOP likely to change Senate rules to confirm him. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 03, 2017 - 9:59 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. WHERE A PARTISAN SHOWDOWN LOOMS The full Senate awaits a showdown over a Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Senate Democrats have enough votes to block him, while Republicans will override...
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April 03, 2017 - 9:58 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. A spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18), of Czech Republic, is congratulated on his goal by teammates, including Tyler Johnson (9) and Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russia, as Dallas Stars' Gemel Smith reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 6-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
April 03, 2017 - 7:41 pm
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, refusing for the first time in 20 years to halt its season for three weeks so its stars can chase gold for their home countries. From Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews to Connor McDavid and Henrik...
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FILE - This March 17, 2017 file photo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaking with the media following a news conference in Ottawa. The NHL announced Monday, April 3, 2017 that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting its season for three weeks next February despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, file)
April 03, 2017 - 5:43 pm
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting its season for three weeks next February despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy...
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