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Lehigh routs Sacred Heart 91-77; mark for McCollum

Lehigh routs Sacred Heart 91-77; mark for McCollum

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) C.J. McCollum scored 26 points, becoming the Patriot League's all-time career scoring leader, as Lehigh defeated Sacred Heart 91-77 in a nonconference game Sunday.

McCollum scored 16 of his points in the first half, when the Mountain Hawks (4-2) took a 49-33 lead. His career total is now 2,228, surpassing the 2,224 by Rob Feaster of Holy Cross from 1991-95.

Lehigh never trailed, taking the lead for good less than a minute into the game on a 3-pointer by McCollum. He made 4 of 6 3-pointers in the first half, as the Mountain Hawks shot 57.6 percent (19 of 33) in the half, including 8 of 15 on 3-pointers.

Gabe Knutson scored 11 of his 18 points for Lehigh in the first half, and Holden Greiner finished with 17 points.

Shane Gibson scored 18 points and Louis Montes and Steve Glowiak added 13 each for the Pioneers (2-3).

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

The Caps looked to be in real trouble after blowing leads and losing in overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.

After two straight wins, however, Washington is in control against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the series returns to Washington, D.C. for Game 5. 

On the latest eipisode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about what changed for the Capitals between Game 2 and 3, as well as resetting their series predictions.

And as always, they answer several viewer questions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page

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Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs

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Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs

Andre Burakovsky will be sidelined for the remainder of Washington's first-round series vs. Columbus, but he isn’t necessarily out for the remainder of the playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday.

Burakovsky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Capitals' Game 2 overtime loss and has not been on the ice since.

Trotz said the 23-year-old top-six winger needs “minor” surgery.

That procedure, however, will not preclude Burakovsky from returning to the Caps’ lineup in subsequent rounds, should Washington advance.

“That's why I said minor surgery,” Trotz added, asked if Burky might return at a later date.

This latest surgery is the second for Burakovsky this season. In late October, he had a procedure to repair a broken left thumb and missed the next 20 games.

Since his departure in Game 2, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson have taken turns replacing Burakovsky on the second line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

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