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Daniel Winnik hopes Caps don't make any trades as deadline looms

Daniel Winnik hopes Caps don't make any trades as deadline looms

When it comes to the trade deadline, there is perhaps no better authority than Daniel Winnik. The veteran forward has been traded four times in his career, three times at the trade deadline including in February 2016 when he was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Washington Capitals.

As the trade deadline approaches, the Caps are left with the question of whether to add any pieces to bolster their roster, or stand pat.

There are areas of need for Washington, specifically a right-handed defenseman, but for players coming into a new team at the deadline, it can be difficult for them to adjust.

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If any knows about the challenges of joining a new team midseason, it’s Winnik.

“It's tough to see who you mesh with, personalities off the ice and who you play well with on the ice,” Winnik said. “You've got to get used to guys' tendencies pretty quickly and a lot of that happens in games because now at that time of the year you don't really practice at all.”

“I think you're seeing it more where guys are having that hard time adjusting to teams,” Winnik continued. “When I got traded to Pittsburgh that year, a lot of the guys that got traded at the deadline didn't perform very well and I think it's just because of how you're just jammed into the situation.”

Given how well the Caps are playing right now, messing with the team chemistry has to be a concern as well.

“Not too many teams are scoring at the rate that we're scoring at and defending the way we're defending,” Winnik said. “A lot of that's a tribute to chemistry.”

As the March 1 trade deadline moves steadily closer, the debate over whether the Caps should make a move or not is getting more heated. While the decision ultimately sits with team management, Winnik isn’t shy about which way he’s leaning.

“Hopefully we don’t make any trades and someone gets shipped away.”

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.