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Left Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo Nuccio DiNuzzo)

Toews gets hat trick as Blackhawks beat slumping Caps 8-5

- Associated Press

Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, Patrick Kane added two goals and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks handed the Washington Capitals their season-high fifth consecutive loss with an 8-5 victory on Sunday.

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is checked into the Washington Capitals bench by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Backstrom helps Capitals win 14th straight over Bruins

- Associated Press

Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third period after missing a game, helping the Washington Capitals win their 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden gestures from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in Washington. Reirden and Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters will coach the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 26 after leading their respective divisions at the halfway mark. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) **FILE**

NHL offseason coaching changes paying off in standings

- Associated Press

The six teams that hired a new coach over the summer are all doing well — certainly when compared to the five that have dumped coaches already the season. Those clubs are a combined 47-60-11 since making those moves.

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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) sending both to the ice during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kessel scores in overtime, Penguins beat Coyotes 3-2

- Associated Press

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan did not like his team's effort in a loss to San Jose earlier this week. A parade to the penalty box in the first period did not lift his mood.

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) stops the puck next to Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

Islanders beat Capitals 2-0 in Trotz's return to Washington

- Associated Press

Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals, Thomas Greiss made 19 saves and the New York Islanders beat the Capitals 2-0 on Friday night in Barry Trotz's return to Washington to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar, right, of Slovakia, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of teammate forward Artturi Lehkonen, of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The Canadiens won 4-1. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Tatar, Armia each score a pair, Canadiens beat Blue Jackets

- Associated Press

Carey Price was terrific for the Montreal Canadiens on a night his team was outplayed for much of the game and outshot by the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's how it happens sometimes when things are going right.

Berglund feels at peace a month after quitting Sabres

Associated Press

Patrik Berglund tells Sweden's Hockeypuls.se he feels at peace and has no regrets after abruptly ending his hockey career by walking away from the Buffalo Sabres a little over two months into the season.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, left, stops a shot as Hampus Lindholm, right, of Sweden, keeps Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal away from the rebound in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. The Ducks won 3-0. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Re-tooled Ducks snap 12-game skid, top Wild 3-0

- Associated Press

Burdened with a franchise-record losing streak, the Anaheim Ducks got a spark after a roster makeover. The Minnesota Wild were left reeling after the trade of a popular teammate.