Blake Wheeler Trade Revisited

It has been more than six years since the Boston Bruins agreed to send Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. At the time many felt the trade was a win for Peter Chiarelli and company, as the veteran winger played a key role in helping the club… Read More »

Armia Not as Advertised for Jets, but That’s Alright

When the Winnipeg Jets acquired Joel Armia along with Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, and a 2015 first-round pick in exchange for Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian in their blockbuster deal with the Buffalo Sabres more than three years ago, Armia was considered a top prospect, touted mainly for his offensive ability. He was considered a player… Read More »

Races at the Downs showcase province’s best

It’s show time for Manitoba-breds. The first act took place last Saturday when two-year-old Champion Why So Blue made his three-year-old debut in the 31st running of the $25,000 Frank Arnason Sire Stakes. The curtain rises for the second and third acts this weekend when 2017 horse of the year and Manitoba-bred Escape Clause makes her local 2018… Read More »

Hip Check: Ovi and the Caps have finally done it

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Alex Ovechkin presented the Stanley Cup after Game 5 win

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‘This group was special’: Stanley Cup champ Caps fought their way to the top

​There were two minutes and 37 seconds remaining in the Stanley Cup finale.  Alex Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals had a one-goal lead, looking to end the remarkable run of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights once and for all.  Ovechkin dropped down and slid to block a shot with his right ankle from Golden Knights defenceman Colin Miller.  Ovechkin was in pain and… Read More »

Kuznetsov, Holtby invaluable in Capitals’ charge to franchise’s 1st Cup

Alex Ovechkin finally got to hoist the Stanley Cup. And then he raised the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Final. Fellow Russian linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby certainly did some heavy lifting of their own. In helping deliver a championship Washington had wanted for more than 40 years, Kuznetsov was arguably the Capitals’ most instrumental player. The 26-year-old, fifth-year pro finished with a playoff-leading 32 points,… Read More »

The Great 8: Alex Ovechkin crowned playoff MVP

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday after leading his team to their first championship.  Ovechkin set a Capitals record with a league-high 15 goals this post-season, including one in the series-clinching 4-3 win at the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington won the best-of-seven series… Read More »

At long last, Ovechkin and Capitals are Stanley Cup champs

After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night. Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch… Read More »

Stars pull even with Marlies in Calder Cup final

The Calder Cup final is down to a best-of-three. Curtis McKenzie scored twice as the Texas Stars downed the Toronto Marlies 3-2 on Thursday to even the American Hockey League championship at two wins apiece. The Stars host Game 5 on Saturday, with Games 6 and 7 of the best-of-seven set scheduled back at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum. Justin… Read More »