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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

John Carlson helps Capitals beat Avalanche

- Associated Press

John Carlson scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period, and the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Tuesday night for their eighth win in 10 games.

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, center, celebrates his goal with right wing Tom Wilson, left, and center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Niskanen helps Capitals to 4th consecutive win

- Associated Press

Matt Niskanen scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:22 remaining and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-2 Friday night to move into a tie for first place with Columbus in the stacked Metropolitan Division.

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

- Associated Press

South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.

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1920 - Jack Dempsey knocks out Bill Brennan in the 12th round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.

Russian ice hockey players with the words 'Russian is in my heart' on their sweatshirts attend an Russian Olympic committee meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Russia's Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the 2018 Winter Games despite a ban on the national team. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

KHL undecided on allowing players to go to the Olympics

- Associated Press

The president of the Kontinental Hockey League said Wednesday he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea.

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry (35) blocks a shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are relying on a youth movement in net in their pursuit of NHL history. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have the youngest goalie tandem in the league in 23-year-olds Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, who are at the forefront of a wave of young netminders making a difference.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Kids Are All Right: Penguins lead goalie youth movement

- Associated Press

Jim Rutherford knows what it's like to be a young goaltender trying to find his way in the NHL. Rutherford went through it with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 1970s, thrust into action at 21 years old with a franchise in the middle of a bumpy transition.

St. Louis Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin, right, of Russia, is unable to score past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Lightning blank Blues 3-0 in matchup of NHL's top 2 teams

- Associated Press

Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point scored, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, of Russia, splashes his face during a timeout in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Blues 3-0

- Associated Press

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy erased the memory of a bad outing in St. Louis with one solid performance.