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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, left, and running back LeGarrette Blount hold a Super Bowl trophy during a rally in Boston to celebrate their win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. McCourty and Blount are among a half-dozen players that have turned down an expected invitation to the White House. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) **FILE**

White House visit snubs nothing new by pro athletes

- Associated Press

While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump. Rest assured, they won’t be the last to mix sports and politics.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, center, reacts after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Rangers slip past Capitals for narrow win

- Associated Press

Mats Zuccarello scored a third-period goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the New York Rangers’ 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

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.

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NHL Capsules

- Associated Press

Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno each scored twice, sending the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick guards his net during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jonathan Quick returns to spark Kings to 4-1 win over Ducks

- Associated Press

The Los Angeles Kings were desperate for a spark, staring down their second shutout loss to the rival Anaheim Ducks in less than a week and third of the season, just 20 minutes away from ceding more ground in their desperate chase for a wild card in the Western Conference.

Stabenow, Peters pressured over Trump's Supreme Court pick

- Associated Press

Michigan's two Democratic senators who have opposed many of the top nominees of President Donald Trump are facing extra heat before the Senate considers perhaps his most important pick of all - Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Dallas Stars' Devin Shore (17) celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)

Benn's goal breaks tie in 3rd, Stars beat Coyotes 5-2

Associated Press

Jamie Benn was hardly willing to concede that Dallas is out of playoff contention, even after the Stars made a trade earlier in the day that seemed to indicate they were looking to the future.

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack (31) blocks while Ottawa Senators' Chris Kelly (22) crashes into the goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Carolina won 3-0. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Lack gets 9th career shutout, Hurricanes beat Senators 3-0

- Associated Press

Eddie Lack spent a lot of time this season watching his Carolina Hurricanes teammates play while he dealt with concussion issues. He made the most of a rare chance to play against the Ottawa Senators.

Canucks' Troy Stecher diagnosed with mumps

Associated Press

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher has been diagnosed with mumps and several other players have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus.