Canadiens acquire Folin, Weise in trade with Flyers
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for David Schlemko and Byron Froese.
The Canadiens also announced they had waived defenseman Karl Alzner.
Weise, a former Canadien, has played 42 games in 2018-19 with five goals and six assists. The 30-year-old had 59 points in 152 games with Montreal from 2013-2016.
Niemi stops 35 shots in Canadiens’ 3-0 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Upon handing the puck to Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi in honor of his 35-save performance, defenseman Karl Alzner had a hard time believing how long it has been since his teammate's last shutout.
MONTREAL (AP) — A high-intensity hockey game between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens took a dangerous turn in the third period, when Andrew Shaw left with an injury.
Montreal defeated Dallas 4-2 on Tuesday night but the game went sour when Shaw hobbled off the ice after a helmet-to-helmet collision with former teammate Greg Pateryn.
Point leads Lightning over Canadiens, 4-3 in shootout
MONTREAL (AP) — Brayden Point scored in regulation and added the shootout winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning regained the top spot in the NHL with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored in regulation to help the Lightning (42-17-3) win their third straight and move a point ahead of idle Vegas for the overall NHL lead.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves for his league-leading 36th victory of the season.
Stamkos leads surging Lightning past Canadiens 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning got to Carey Price in time to pick up another victory.
Steven Stamkos scored twice, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Thursday night for their 10th win in 11 games.
Brayden Point got the tiebreaking goal in the third and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves as Tampa Bay earned its eighth consecutive victory at home.
"We stuck with it," said Stamkos, who had seven shots. "I thought we got better as the game went on."
Ovechkin’s production takes center stage for Capitals
LAST SEASON: 55-19-8, 118 points. Won Metropolitan Division. Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in second round.
COACH: Barry Trotz (fifth season, 16th NHL season).
ADDED: F Tyler Graovac, RW Devante Smith-Pelly
LOST: RW Justin Williams, F Marcus Johansson, F Daniel Winnik, D Karl Alzner, D Nate Schmidt, D Kevin Shattenkirk
NHL ’17: Penguins, Capitals losses make East wide open
A handful of Pittsburgh Penguins players whose names are on the Stanley Cup, some of them twice or even three times, are gone.
The same goes for core players from the back-to-back Presidents' Trophy winning Washington Capitals.
Ovechkin turns attention to Capitals staying a Cup contender
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin doesn't think the Washington Capitals suddenly stink.
Even though Alexander Radulov took 48 hours into NHL free agency to find a home, it was very much worth the wait.
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20 million-plus contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era.
Though plenty of players switched teams once the signing period opened Saturday, missing were the high-priced, long-term contracts that were once the norm.
Months removed from sports hernia and hip surgeries, Claude Giroux still didn't feel like himself.
The Philadelphia Flyers' captain finally got back to normal by the end of the season, roughly nine months after going under the knife.
"I thought it'd be quicker, to be honest," Giroux said. "It's harder than I thought it would've been."
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in the playoffs.
Ovechkin said he felt something in his hamstring late in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the pain the rest of the way. A hit by Toronto's Nazem Kadri in Game 5 of the first round caused the left knee injury that Ovechkin downplayed.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The aftermath of the Washington Capitals' all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time.
Armed with playoff experience and facing a first-round opponent lacking it, the NHL-best Washington Capitals are again favored to come out of the East.
Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues
WASHINGTON (AP) — With their championship window in danger of closing, the Washington Capitals made a strong move Monday to try to win the Stanley Cup this spring by acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.
Shattenkirk is a pending unrestricted free agent, but was considered the top rental player available ahead of the NHL's Wednesday trade deadline.
Defenseman Taylor Chorney scores, Capitals beat Senators 2-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of high-powered forwards Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson, two defensemen who rarely score came with big goals in the Washington Capitals' 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
Taylor Chorney broke a tie early in the third period with his first goal of the season, beating goalie Mike Condon through a screen. Chorney has three goals in 130 NHL games in parts of seven seasons.
Pens’ Murray says he’s fine after passing concussion test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stanley Cup-winning Matt Murray insists he's OK after taking an accidental hit to the head from Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin in a 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Murray left the game late in the first period when Malkin went to shove Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and hit Murray, whose mask came off. Murray went down to the ice in pain, talked to an athletic trainer and skated off.
Johansson scores 2, Capitals hand Canucks 5th straight loss
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Washington Capitals have avoided long losing streaks the last 1 1/2 seasons, and did it again Saturday night.
Marcus Johansson scored twice and the Capitals beat Vancouver 5-2 to avoid their first three-game skid since February 2015.
"We've got good leadership, it shows all the time and I think they recognized what the message was and I thought we played really well," coach Barry Trotz said.
Uncertainty looms as Caps take another shot at Stanley Cup
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Barring a complete collapse, nothing the Washington Capitals do from the time the puck drops on the 2016-17 season until April will mean much of anything in the long run.
NHL training camps open without many star players, coaches
Training camps are opening around the NHL with a little more elbow room than usual.