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"After a couple drills, you start to feel the puck again and skating abilities (are) coming back," the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin said about his training camp debut. (Associated Press)

Alex Ovechkin comfortable back with Capitals after World Cup

- Associated Press

Ovechkin made his training camp debut Wednesday after playing at the World Cup of Hockey, joined by Russian teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. Russia lost to Canada in the semifinals Saturday, and Ovechkin, who got a couple of days off like other World Cup players, felt physically OK when getting back to work.

Team North America's Nathan MacKinnon, left, celebrates his game winning goal with teammate Shayne Gostisbehere against Sweden during overtime of a World Cup of Hockey game in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

North America beats Sweden in OT, needs help to advance

A 4-3 victory over Sweden on Wednesday wasn’t enough to get Team North America into the semifinals at the World Cup of Hockey. The most exciting show on ice has two victories and a one-goal loss but needs Finland to beat Russia on Thursday to advance.

FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says McPhee has been hired as general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because owner Bill Foley's announcement was set for Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2016. McPhee most recently served as special advisor to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow. Before that he spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FIle)

Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires former Capitals boss George McPhee as GM

- Associated Press

McPhee most recently served as special adviser to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and before that spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals. As the Capitals’ GM, McPhee oversaw a complete rebuild around star winger Alex Ovechkin that led to six consecutive playoff appearances before he was fired in 2014.

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If Joel Ward needed any reminder of how close the San Jose Sharks came to winning the Stanley Cup, it was right there in front of him one night this summer in his hometown of Toronto.

Kessel walks back tweet critical of Team USA

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Phil Kessel returned to work on Friday hoping to talk about his blessedly short summer after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup in June.

Buffalo Sabres left winger Evander Kane (9) pauses during pregame drills before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday Dec. 28, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y.  Kane briefly spoke to reporters earlier today and stated he's done nothing wrong and is looking forward to clearing his name after being the subject of a sex offense investigation. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Sabres' Kane blames legal woes on being targeted as athlete

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Saying his recent off-ice legal problems "come with the territory" of being a professional athlete, Sabres forward Evander Kane acknowledged Thursday that he needs to be more careful when putting himself in potentially troublesome situations.

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David Ortiz broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.