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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) returns to the bench after getting his 999th career point in the NHL, on a goal by Jake Guentzel during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The Penguins won 4-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) **FILE**

Sidney Crosby joins NHL’s 1,000-point club

Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Penguins star became the 86th player in league history to reach 1,000 career points when he assisted on Chris Kunitz’s goal 6:28 into the first period on Thursday night against Winnipeg.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on next to defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals’ blowout wins keep coming

- The Washington Times

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen sat at his stall, smiling in complete satisfaction. A small group of reporters gathered around him, and no one was sure what exactly to say to the 30-year-old defenseman.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) of Russia is congratulated by teammate goalie Braden Holtby (70) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game agains the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Red-hot Capitals put up 5-spot again, shut out Hurricanes

- Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin got his 26th goal of the season, Braden Holtby gave the Capitals another steady performance in net and Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight victory.

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San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell, left, blocks a shot by Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Burns scores twice, Sharks beat Coyotes 4-1

- Associated Press

The San Jose Sharks were facing a team that had been playing well in an arena buzzing with energy following a pregame ceremony.

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) blocks a penalty shot by New York Islanders center John Tavares during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Devils edge Islanders 3-2 behind Schneider's 40 saves

- Associated Press

For a franchise with three Stanley Cup championships and a long list of postseason appearances, the modern-day New Jersey Devils find themselves having to learn the lessons their predecessors knew by rote.

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Associated Press

Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets spoiled Claude Julien's return to Montreal with a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday.

Members of the Anaheim Ducks and the Florida Panthers scuffle during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Panthers stay hot, down Ducks 4-1 behind goal from Jagr

- Associated Press

If the Florida Panthers thrive on chaos - as interim head coach Tom Rowe described their recent penchant for high-scoring games - they are starting to learn how to channel it in the right way.

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- Associated Press

Jaromir Jagr scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and James Reimer made 35 saves as the Florida Panthers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Friday night for their third consecutive win.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, right, carries the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime 2-1

- Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like.