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Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals, who had an eight-game winning streak stopped in Ottawa on Thursday but rebounded with their 13th win in 16 games.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby skated before the team's practice Monday.
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Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin want to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and it's likely that the parties involved will soon agree to let NHL players participate in the Games. Most around hockey think it's a good thing for the growth of the sport.
When the Tampa Bay Lightning earned the right to pick first overall in the 2008 draft, "Seen Stamkos?" billboards went up all around the area. It was no secret that Steven Stamkos was their guy, set to become the face of the franchise.
Hours before his big night, Adam Oates wasn't too nervous to crack a joke."I'm excited. That's why I was stuttering right there, yeah. I am very excited," Oates said Saturday afternoon. "I'm very excited to coach these guys. I think they're a great team and I'm excited to being a coach and just really looking forward to getting it going."
After holding their first post-lockout workout Sunday on home ice in Tampa, the Lightning will travel about 2 1/2 hours south for four days of practice and team activities starting Monday in Estero, Fla.
Alex Ovechkin knew right away how badly he was missed. When he landed at Dulles International Airport on Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals captain heard firsthand the sound of the end of the NHL lockout.
For one night, the soundtrack of the NHL lockout included goal horns, cheers and the unmistakable sound of hockey. More than two dozen players stepped onto the ice for the Operation Hat Trick charity game, as collective bargaining negotiations were pushed aside for a few hours.