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Five Capitals now playing in other leagues


Five Capitals now playing in other leagues

The number of Capitals playing professionally in other leagues reached five over the weekend when forward Wojtek Wolski signed to play with Ciarko PBS Bank KH Sanok of the Polish League.

I am extremely excited that I'll be able to play in this country, Wolski told the teams Polish website. I decided not to play for the money. It's about maintaining the form and get a new experience.

Wolski, 26, was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1986 but left there with his family at the age of 3 and grew up in Toronto. He played for the Panthers, Rangers, Coyotes and Avalanche before signing a one-year, 600,000 contract with the Capitals over the summer.

I am very excited to performances in Poland, Wolski told the teams website. I'm worried only about their language. I also know very little about Sanok, I have to catch up. I also have to get used to skating rinks. Canada has the best in the world; I hope that Poland will be as well.

Other Capitals who have made the jump to professional leagues are Alex Ovechkin KHL, Michal Neuvirth Czech League, Brooks Laich Swiss League and Joey Crabb ECHL.

Ovechkin has six points in his first six games for Dynamo and Caps fans desperate to see him in action can do on Tuesday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and its online product ESPN3. The game between Dynamo and Lev will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. and re-broadcast at 8 p.m. Steve Levy and Barry Melrose are slated to call the game, in English of course.

Players are somewhat mixed on their feelings about their union members playing overseas. Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan told the Camden N.J. Courier-Post that he would not sign a contract to play elsewhere during the lockout.

I think it's important to stay here in the United States and be part of the solution, Ryan said, and not just run from it.

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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.