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Caps blank Lightning to force Game 7

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WASHINGTON (AP) Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.

The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante Smith-Pelly decked Dan Girardi and took teammate Jay Beagle down with him.

"I apologized to him," Smith-Pelly said. "I said sorry. He didn't seem to care."

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Islanders hire ex-Devils GM Lamoriello

NEW YORK (AP) Lou Lamoriello is back in charge of an NHL team and will have full control with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders hired Lamoriello president of hockey operations Tuesday, saying the 75-year-old longtime executive will have "full authority over all hockey matters with the organization."

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Wild hire Fenton as new general manager

Paul Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild on Monday, after 20 seasons in the front office with the division rival Nashville Predators.

The 58-year-old Fenton spent the last 12 seasons as assistant GM for the Predators. He helped David Poile, the winningest general manager in NHL history, shape the roster that reached the Stanley Cup Final last year and won the Presidents' Trophy with the best regular-season record for 2017-18. Wild owner Craig Leipold, who once owned the Predators, filled the vacancy created last month when he declined to renew Chuck Fletcher's contract.

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Devils sign KHL veteran D Yakovlev

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed Russian defenseman Egor Yakovlev to a one-year, entry-level contract.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move Monday.

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'Misfit' Knights again defy doubters

LAS VEGAS (AP) Welcome to Impossible.

Those words have been projected onto the ice in big, bold letters at T-Mobile Arena before each game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Well, the Vegas Golden Knights are turning impossible into possible.

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Enterprise buys name to Blues' arena

ST. LOUIS (AP) The home of the St. Louis Blues is getting a new name: Enterprise Center.

The NHL team on Monday announced a 15-year arena naming rights agreement with suburban St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental. Terms were not disclosed.

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Expansion Knights advance to Cup Final

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final - with a chip on their shoulder.

"Everybody on this team has something to prove," Ryan Reaves said. "We call ourselves `The Golden Misfits' for a reason. We're doing a good job of proving everybody wrong."

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Swedes edge Swiss to defend worlds gold

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.

Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.

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US downs Canada for bronze at worlds

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) The United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday.

Chris Kreider led the U.S. with two goals.

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Vasilevskiy key to East final turnaround

Jon Cooper didn't blame Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Tampa Bay Lightning digging a deep hole early in the Eastern Conference final.

Two games and two losses brought plenty of criticism of the young Russian goaltender. Cooper wasn't thrilled about that.

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