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Washington Capitals fans cheer after Game 7 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Islanders, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1, to advance. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

'New era' for DC's NHL, NBA teams? Caps coach Trotz says so

- Associated Press

There they were, right in the front row, wearing red hockey jerseys, pounding on the glass just like any fan might, and urging other spectators to cheer loudly for the NHL's Capitals in Game 7: Paul Pierce and a trio of other players from the NBA's Wizards.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and the New York Mets snapped the Miami Marlins' five-game winning streak with a 3-1 comeback victory Monday night.

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, works the puck with New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) defending, during the first period of Game 7 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kuznetsov's goal leads Capitals past Isles 2-1 in Game 7

- Associated Press

Unburdened by the catastrophes of past Game 7s littering the Washington Capitals' playoff history, rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov delivered a breathtaking, series-clinching goal that got Alex Ovechkin's seal of approval.

NHL Playoff Capsules

- Associated Press

The precocious Russian forward drafted in the first round by the Washington Capitals finally delivered a breathtaking, winning goal in a Game 7. No, not Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, center, and his team react after a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Predators see youthful roster as reason for hope, motivation

- Associated Press

Nothing takes away the joy of a great regular season quicker than losing early in the playoffs. The Nashville Predators will try and use the disappointment of being ousted in the first-round to drive them during this offseason.

Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost dies at age 84

Associated Press

Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, who spent 15 years with the Detroit Red Wings before capping his playing career with a five-year run in Toronto, has died. He was 84.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, blocks a shot by Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Crawford to start for Blackhawks against Wild

- Associated Press

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Monday goalie Corey Crawford will start Game 1 of the team's second-round series against the Minnesota Wild.

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. The NFL has reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas. The league announced its decision on Thursday, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Peterson absent but still wanted back by Vikings

- Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings have reconvened from their winter break, with most of the roster assembled at team headquarters for daily strength and conditioning workouts.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) tries to control the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) during the third period in Game 6 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. The best-of-seven games series is tied 3-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories

- Associated Press

There's only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it has stood the test of time - lots and lots and lots of time - as one of the great games in postseason annals.