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Easier said than done, of course. No one is going to hand the Caps a top-level player. Can they afford to sign one? Can they put together enough of a package to trade for one, even if it might cost them someone like Braden Holtby? If they can get one, they need to make sure they do it.
The Penguins should feel confident — and a bit fortunate — to escape the relentless Islanders. New York dominated for long stretches in the series, using its speed to fluster Pittsburgh's talented but sometimes plodding roster of veterans.
Three top NHL players are finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy.
It's game on for Sidney Crosby.
Budding New York Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their opening-round playoff series.
Crosby said Wednesday his broken jaw will keep him out of Pittsburgh's playoff opener against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. He said he has been given no timetable for his return. Game 2 is Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby.
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane are as good as hockey players get. Their teammates are pretty good, too.
The NHL's sprint of a season is over, ending a three-plus-month run that crammed 48 games into each team's schedule.
Sidney Crosby's smile betrays a jagged ridgeline of enamel along his bottom row of teeth, evidence of the extensive damage inflicted to Crosby's jaw by a wayward shot a month ago.
Adam Oates coaches the Capitals, which means he coaches Alex Ovechkin. So of course he's going to be "very biased" when discussing the Most Valuable Player candidacy of the man who has put the Caps on his back like a big ol' piano and carried the team to the cusp of the NHL playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby skated before the team's practice Monday.
Standing outside the visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden on the morning of March 24, Adam Oates recalled the Washington Capitals' loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins a few days earlier, and not because of the seemingly crushing result. Instead, the coach said it was his team's best game of the season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star addressed reporters Monday for the first time since taking a redirected slap shot off his face in a win over the New York Islanders on March 30. Crosby underwent dental surgery and spent two days in the hospital. He says he's not quite sure how many teeth were either lost or damaged.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out of the hospital after breaking his jaw Saturday.
Sidney Crosby added one and defenseman Kris Letang collected four assists.
"They're going to be desperate and we know this is going to be the toughest test yet," Sidney Crosby said. "We need to start well, but just a play a complete game and give ourselves a chance."