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D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) reacts in the second half of an MLS soccer game against Atlanta United, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Defender Birnbaum is D.C. United’s iron man

A member of D.C. United since 2014, Steve Birnbaum has been an iron man this season and most of his career in Major League Soccer. He is the only player to appear and start in every match (a career-high 31) this season for D.C. United and he has played in 126 MLS matches, with 124 starts, in his career.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his goal, near Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals keep celebration going by routing Bruins

- The Washington Times

The Washington Capitals had to pull off a quick transition from celebrating their Stanley Cup banner going up to playing a season opener. It was a good problem to have, but it turned out there was never anything to worry about.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a save against the Dallas Stars in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Devils still perfect and off to best start in 23 years

Associated Press

Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal in four games, Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots for his second shutout and the New Jersey Devils continued their perfect start, beating the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, right, dives for the puck as Arizona Coyotes' goalie Darcy Kuemper reaches for it in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Staal, Dubnyk lead Wild past Arizona 2-1

- Associated Press

Eric Staal had already seen his former teammate rob him of a goal once. When he got another chance, he made sure it didn't happen again.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Casey DeSmith, left, kicks at the puck as Vancouver Canucks' Tim Schaller awaits a rebound in front of the net during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Boeser's OT winner lifts Canucks by Penguins 3-2

- Associated Press

The arrival of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson has provided Vancouver with a much needed jolt. Yet the Canucks believe they're far more than their fresh-faced rookie.

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) celebrates his goal with teammates Patrick Marleau (12), Auston Matthews (34) and Morgan Rielly (44) as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) looks on during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Maple Leafs beat Kings 4-1 for 5th straight win

- Associated Press

Garret Sparks made 33 saves in a surprise start, Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Panthers D Matheson suspended 2 games by NHL

Associated Press

Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson was suspended two games without pay Monday for an incident early in the third period of a game against Vancouver during the weekend.