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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) and New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) battle for the puck against the boards in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Tavares OT goal gives Isles 3-2 win over Caps

- Associated Press

John Tavares scored a power-play goal late in overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Capitals defenseman Mike Green sustained what the team is referring to as an upper-body injury in the Capitals' loss to Buffalo on Sunday. He'll be replaced by Jack Hillen. (Associated Press)

Jack Hillen hopes Capitals defense doesn’t skip a beat

- The Washington Times

It’s been nearly seven weeks since Jack Hillen last took the ice for the Washington Capitals, missing game after game after game as a healthy scratch and relegated to watching his teammates from the press box or the dressing room.

The wining goal by Buffalo Sabres center Torrey Mitchell gets past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Sabres won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals keep firing but fall 2-1 to Buffalo

- Associated Press

Buffalo won despite being outshot 44-26, getting a goal after a perfect bounce off the back wall and surviving eight shots from Alex Ovechkin — including one that banged off the post.

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- Associated Press

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

NHL suspends Stars' Garbutt, Jets' Lowry

Associated Press

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games by the NHL while Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry received a one-game ban for separate incidents this week.

Ottawa Senators' Jared Cowen (2) keeps the puck away from a charging St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie (74) in the second period of a NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Thanksgiving offers snapshot of Stanley Cup teams

- Associated Press

Carve an extra piece of turkey to celebrate, David Backes and T.J. Oshie, because St. Louis is well on its way to the postseason. Treat yourself to another slice of pumpkin pie, Max Pacioretty, since Montreal's virtually in, too.

Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, top left, and assistant coach Phil Housley, top right, talk with players during a timeout against the Los Angeles Kings in overtime at an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Predators activate Fisher from injured reserve

Associated Press

The Nashville Predators are activating center Mike Fisher from injured reserve, and he is expected to be in the lineup Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sharks sign emergency backup goalie

Associated Press

The San Jose Sharks have signed Ryan Lowe to a goaltender professional tryout agreement to be an emergency backup.

Martin Hanzal (11), of the Czech Republic, skates past goalie Mike Smith (41) after Hanzal knocked the puck past his own goalie as Coyotes' David Schlemko, back left, skates in from behind during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Avalanche's Daniel Briere was credited with the game-winning goal and the Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Briere's OT goal lifts Avalanche over Coyotes

- Associated Press

The bounces and the breaks that went against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period went their way late in a comeback victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

NHL Capsules

- Associated Press

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.