PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 02:  Carl Hagelin #62 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second-period goal against Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Caps GM: Penguins’ speed ‘took over’ at times


The Pittsburgh Penguins made the Washington Capitals look slow. On that, most observers can agree.

For the Caps, the question now is whether that was due more to personnel or tactics.

“Overall, I don’t think we’re a slow team, but I think at times, we get exposed with the really fast teams,” said GM Brian MacLellan, per CSN Washington. “Dallas, Pittsburgh, we did struggle sometimes with the pace of the game. I don’t think all of the time. I think sometimes I see it more as we don’t enforce our style of play on the speed team. We sit back and let them do the speed game.”

Certainly, guys like Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel used their speed effectively against Washington. The Caps, meanwhile, tried to employ more of a heavy style. Maybe not quite as heavy as the Los Angeles Kings or St. Louis Blues, but in that neighborhood.

“The Pittsburgh series, I think at times their speed took over, and then at times, we took over with a physical, pressure style, physical strength style of play,” said MacLellan. “It went back and forth quite a bit. I think it’s on us, the style we want to play, upon the speed teams, so while speed is a factor, I think we need to enforce the way we want to play on teams, and more consistently.”

MacLellan is unlikely to make drastic changes to the lineup, so while there may be a few tweaks here and there, the Capitals’ ability to handle faster teams may depend largely on the adjustments that head coach Barry Trotz makes.

“That’s something that we’re really going to talk about,” Trotz said, per the Washington Post. “It’s been – not an issue – but it’s been brought up. … They throw pucks to space and use some of that speed to create some of that, so it makes you look a lot faster sometimes. We’re going to look at it from a style standpoint and some of the teams that have been doing that a little bit.”

‘Just worried about safety of friends and family’: NHL donates $100K to Fort McMurray fire relief effort

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With more than 80,000 residents forced to evacuate the Alberta city of Fort McMurray due to a raging wild fire, the National Hockey League is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief effort.

“The National Hockey League family stands with all who have been affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement on Thursday.

“We send thoughts of support and encouragement to our neighbors as they confront the physical and emotional impacts of this disaster.”

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are also each donating $100,000 to the relief effort, as per the Associated Press.

The evacuation is the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history, according to the Globe and Mail.

From the Globe and Mail:

Alberta Emergency Management Agency estimated that 80,000 people had fled Fort McMurray; the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said the figure could be closer to 90,000. Of those forced to evacuate, approximately 10,000 are north of the city, where they have been directed to shelter at work camps.


St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall is from Fort McMurray, which is north of Edmonton, and he recently spoke about the devastation of that community.

“I saw the freeway that I used to drive in from the airport. And both sides of the roads were kind of just 100-foot flames. I saw a couple restaurants that I used to go eat at and those were gone,” Upshall told Postmedia.

“Yeah, there was a lot of things going through my head yesterday. Most of my family was trying not to overplay it at all, but there was nothing to really overplay when something like that happens. Just worried about the safety of friends and family, more so at the time my nieces, who were still in Fort McMurray while my brother and his fiancé are here watching us play.”

Related: Blues aim to raise money for victims of Fort McMurray fires 



Video: Coyle snaps scoring drought with brilliant individual effort

Charlie Coyle ended his 21-game scoring drought with an absolutely beautiful, determined individual effort during the second period of Game 4 between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars.

Coyle forced a turnover from Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski at the Minnesota blue line, then made a dash to get open for a potential breakaway pass. Having to contend with Goligoski on the back check, Coyle managed to corral the bouncing puck as he entered the zone and quickly deked to his left, beating Antti Niemi.

That was quite a response for Minnesota, too. Coyle’s goal came just 1:03 after the Stars got on the board, tying the game at 1-1 courtesy a rocket of a shot from Ales Hemsky.

No signs of Parise progress for Wild; Seguin not guaranteed for Game 3

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise (11) tries to take a shot on goal against Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 1, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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With Game 3 approaching, the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild are monitoring familiar situations with big-name players.

Unfortunately for the struggling Wild, it doesn’t sound like Zach Parise‘s in for Game 3, at least as far as Sunday is concerned. (The game itself is tomorrow.)

Just look at how the question of Parise’s status seemed to get answered with a thud:


It’s not the only interesting variable for the Wild. They might get some help if they play Mike Reilly after calling him up from the AHL.

Again, the Stars also have key situations to keep an eye on. Namely, it doesn’t sound like Tyler Seguin is a lock to play on Monday even after returning in Game 2:

Mattias Janmark‘s expected return doesn’t necessarily exclude Seguin from the lineup, yet it’s a possible sign of that much:

Seguin logged 15:40 in ice time in Game 2, down from his average of 19:27. Lindy Ruff & Co. may deem it sensible to ease Seguin into the action rather than throwing him in the deep end, and perhaps that will translate to resting him for a game or two.

We’ll likely have a better idea of each lineup on game day tomorrow.

Police: Man fatally stabbed over Devils hat at Philadelphia park

YEADON, PA - JANUARY 8:  Police tape is placed in front of the home of police officer shooting suspect Edward Archer, 30, who allegedly shot 13 times at Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, on January 8, 2016 in Yeadon, Pennsylvania.  Surveillance footage reveals the suspect was dressed in Muslim clothing and wearing a mask.  Following his arrest, suspect Edward Archer stated, "I follow Allah and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and that is the reason I did what I did." (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA — A man wearing a New Jersey Devils cap stabbed another man to death in a posh section of Philadelphia after an argument about the hat turned physical, police said Monday.

The stabbing happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the city’s tony Rittenhouse Square, authorities said. Emergency responders found 24-year-old Colin McGovern, of Churchville, lying on the sidewalk with stab wounds to the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“This was over a hockey cap,” Homicide Capt. James Clark said, calling the crime “very senseless.”

Clark said McGovern and three companions had been out for a night on the town and were just getting out of a cab with the intention of finding a hotel. Clark said McGovern made a comment about 40-year-old Steven Simminger’s Devils cap, and an argument escalated into a physical altercation.

The two men wound up on the ground, with McGovern on top of Simminger when he was stabbed, Clark said.

Simminger then went to a Veterans Affairs hospital for treatment of a cut on his hand as well as a mental evaluation, telling people there he had been involved in an altercation, authorities said. Police were tipped off that he was there, and they arrested and charged him with murder and related offenses.

Clark couldn’t say which branch of the military Simminger had been in.

Simminger lives in New Jersey with his sister, Clark said, and was in the neighborhood after visiting friends.

No attorney information was listed for Simminger in online court documents.