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Stamkos is just as good as the best

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL,

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos is on a mission. That mission is to help the Tampa Bay Lightning get a playoff spot. If he happens to win the goal-scoring title along the way, great. Stamkos scored twice against Boston on Thursday night in a 5-3 Lightning win and tied himself with two of the greatest names in hockey, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, for first on the goal-scoring list. The three are competing for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, which is awarded to the top goal scorer in the NHL; an honor that Ovechkin has won for the last two seasons.

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Washington doesn’t need a Winter Classic yet

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, NHL,

Fenway Park Winter ClassicRumors are popping up all over the place that Washington wants a piece of the NHL Winter Classic. Whether it be in Nationals Park or RFK Stadium, who cares? Just get Alex Ovechkin out their in the snow and the wind and let him do what he does best, all settled under the stars and stripes of the nation’s capital. Some think that New Yankee Stadium might be the next location, but due to other scheduled events, New York doesn’t seem like a realistic option.

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The history of the NHL: The Modern Era

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL,

Patrick RoyThe Modern Era of the NHL, beginning in 1992, has been nothing short of hectic. Gretzky became the all-time leading scorer, passing Gordie Howe, and NHL players competed at the Olympics for the first time ever in 1998, and the league ballooned yet again, increasing to 30 teams, with the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets joining for the 2000-01 season. Since then, the league has enjoyed one of its longest periods without relocation since the Original Six era.

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Capitals extend franchise-record streak

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, NHL,

Alex OvechkinWhat’s worse than chasing a team who is in first place? Chasing them when they were in first before starting an 11-game winning streak. That’s the challenge facing everybody in the Eastern Conference not named the Washington Capitals. The Caps beat the Bruins on Tuesday 4-1, running their winning streak to a franchise-best 11 games, breaking a record set in 1984. They now have a 10-point lead over the second-place New Jersey Devils, and with the way things are going, you may as well hand them the Prince of Wales Trophy now.

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How to win a sports debate

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA, NFL, NHL,

Alex OvechkinThere are two kinds of sports debates, the rules of which are often determined by the setting. The first is the carefully thought out, statistically-backed argument that usually takes place between two or three people, set anywhere from a living room to a restaurant to the workplace. The second is the spontaneous rambling that can include as many as ten friends or as few as one confused sports fan. This kind takes place almost anywhere drinks and sports are available simultaneously. Which debate is better? Let’s find the answer by comparing Alex Ovechkin and Sydney Crosby.

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Kopitar’s Kings crushing the competition

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL,

Anze KopitarAnze Kopitar is killing it for the Los Angeles Kings. Almost a quarter of the way into the 2009-10 NHL season, Kopitar leads the league in goals (14) and points (28), and is fifth in assists (14). He is seventh in power play goals (4) and is fourteenth in plus-minus (plus eight). Being the first Slovene player in the NHL, it’s no surprise that this guy is as good as he is. He scored two goals in his first NHL game, and added three assists the following night. The reason why anybody was even looking in Slovenia was because they were trying to find him.

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NO-vechkin - Alex to miss two more games with injury

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL,

Alex OvechkinAlex Ovechkin will miss a pair of games against the Florida Panthers this weekend with an upper-body strain. The injury, which caused him to miss Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, has not yet healed enough for him to comfortably move around the ice, let alone throw his body around and weave in and out of defenders on his way to doing what he does best. So far, Ovechkin has 14 goals and nine assists in 14 games so far for the Capitals, and missing him for any length of time will only hurt the strong Washington offense.

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