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NHL talks hit a brick wall


NHL talks hit a brick wall

Looks like the NHL and its players have hit yet another wall in their negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Representatives from the league and the union met for a sixth straight day on Sunday, but the negotiating sessions lasted just over an hour before both sides threw their hands in the air in frustration.

“I just don’t, right now, given our opposition to addressing some of these issues, know where we go,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters on Sunday afternoon

Because of Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies, in which Capitals coach Adam Oates will be inducted, NHLPA executive director Don Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Toronto and both have agreed to continue their dialogue, although no formal talks are scheduled.

Fehr has made it clear that the next round of talks would take place in Toronto, home of the NHLPA offices.

Various reports indicated the NHL is willing to negotiate the finer points of its Oct. 18 proposal, but Fehr said that has not been the case in meetings that began on Tuesday.

“The owners made it clear that there is no give with respect to any of their proposals,” Fehr said. “That unless players are prepared to take -- and this is my phrase, not theirs -- down to the comma, that there’s nothing to do.

“We’re past the point of give and take. That’s what I was told Gary (Bettman) said when I was out of the meeting.”

The fact that such language is being exchanged behind closed doors speaks to the communication issues that exist between Bettman and Fehr. Since the start of negotiations, Daly and Steve Fehr have managed to make progress on key issues.

In fact, it was Daly and Steve Fehr who had an informal lunch on Saturday.

If the owners are unwilling to negotiate that Oct. 16 proposal, this stalemate could go on for weeks. Asked if it is true the league is unwilling to bend on its most recent proposal, Daly appeared to skirt the issue.

“We have proposals on the table,” he said. “What we heard from the players’ association is that they’re not interested in our proposals, and that leaves us apart.”


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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars


3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history


Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Alex Ovechkin further cemented his place in NHL history, John Carlson stayed hot and Braden Holtby was good when called upon as the Caps down the Stars, 4-3, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The victory was Washington’s fifth in the past six games. It also marked the Caps’ first win over Dallas in D.C. since 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

Ovi scored his 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career in the second period to give the Caps a short-lived 3-2 edge in the second period. The goal put Ovi back atop the league as he seeks a seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. It also pushed him past Jari Karri and into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin has now victimized Kari Lehtonen 22 times, which is tied for the most goals he’s scored against a single netminder. (Henrik Lundqvist has also given up 22 goals to No. 8). Ovi also had a couple of secondary helpers.

2-John Carlson, Capitals

Carlson scored the game-winner 4:59 with left to play, blasting a one-timer past Lehtonen to put the Caps ahead 4-3. Carlson also notched an assist, which allowed him to stay even with Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg also had a goal and an assist. Both players ended the game with 61 points—tied for the most among all NHL defensemen.    

3-Alexander Radulov, Stars

From his first shift, it was apparent that Radulov was determined to leave his mark on the game. And he did just that, recording a goal, an assist and boarding minor that bloodied Caps defenseman Michal Kempny. Radulov’s goal—a redirection of a John Klingberg shot—was his 26th and it evened the score, 2-2, in the second period.

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