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NBA could provide clues to NHL resolution


NBA could provide clues to NHL resolution

A week after canceling a total of 82 regular season games through Oct. 24, representatives from the NHL and its players association are scheduled to meet again in New York beginning Wednesday or Thursday.

The two sides met privately on Friday in Toronto and there is a good chance new proposals from both sides are in the works.

This weeks talks will be aimed at settling the key economic issues that led to NHL owners locking out the players on Sept. 16. The owners last proposal has the players taking a 10 percent cut in revenue sharing, from 57 percent to 47 percent. The players most recent proposal has their share dropping no lower than 52 percent.

The gap between the two sides led to the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season, which was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday. It is unlikely any of those games could be salvaged if an agreement is reached within the next two weeks.

Its tough to see that the NHL doesnt have enough faith that theyre going to be able to make a deal in the next couple of weeks, Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told CSNChicago.

As players you never want to lose games. That means youre losing that competition. Youre losing that full season where you can get into the playoffs or not. Were still trying to make a deal as quickly as possible. But sometimes its tough when both sides have different views of what the issues are.

If talks between the two sides yield significant movement the NHL lockout could follow a similar path to the NBA lockout of a year ago.

In that agreement, players accepted a reduction of revenue sharing from 57 percent to 51.2 percent, with allowances for revenue growth. Because of the NBAs drop in salary cap, teams were permitted a one-time amnesty exemption, which allowed each team to remove one player from its salary cap roster.

The NBA came to a tentative agreement with its players on Nov. 26, allowed players about 10 days to return from their contractual commitments overseas, scheduled two preseason games, and opened an abbreviated 66-game regular season on Christmas Day.

This weeks negotiations between the NHL and its players could determine if the league is heading down a very similar path.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line


Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to schedule and time constraints, this podcast was recorded by phone and the audio quality is not up to our usual standards.

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

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Caps push Lightning around in Game 6 with physical game plan

Caps push Lightning around in Game 6 with physical game plan

As the NHL continues to focus more on speed and skill, the Capitals took a very old-school approach to Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. From the moment the puck dropped until the clock hit zero, it was clear Washington came into Monday with a very physical game plan.

"It made a big difference," T.J. Oshie said. "I think in these games, everyone’s bringing energy and you kind of want to control that and direct it towards some positive play, some momentum building for your team, and tonight I think we handled that and did that pretty well."

"We just wanted to throw everything we had at them," Stephenson said. "It was a do or die game and we don't want our season to end."

It worked.

The scoresheet officially credited the Caps with 39 hits for the game. The Lightning had only 19. The physical play seemed to wear down Tampa Bay as the game went on.

After an even first period, Washington took a 1-0 lead in the second. Then, very fittingly, a physical fourth line extended that lead to 2-0 in the third to finish the Lightning off.

"All of a sudden now we turn a puck over, you’re back in your end, they’re feeling it, they’re being physical, crowd’s behind them and we’re spending way too much time in our D zone," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "That’s what hurt us."

What made it so effective was the fact that the entire team bought into it. Alex Ovechkin was certainly the most noticeable player as he threw himself around like a wrecking ball against everyone wearing a white jersey. But it was not just his line. Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik each led the team with six hits, Devante Smith-Pelly recorded five of his own while Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both had four.

The Lightning faced a constant barrage from the Caps from every line and defensive pair. There was no respite.

The hits also gave the fans plenty to cheer for.

The Caps were playing an elimination game at home and Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was standing on his head. Even with the score locked at 0-0 through the first period, the crowd was still very much into the game. There was no apprehension, there was no quiet tension. There was just a loud crowd cheering on its team.

"[The fans] were loud right from the start, which I think we fed off of and wanted to give them something back," Brooks Orpik said. "We didn't get a goal early. I think some of the physical play kind of helped carry that. They were great for us."

Now in the third round of the playoffs after six intense games between the Caps and Lightning, the hope is that Game 6's physical play will continue to take its toll on Tampa Bay heading into Game 7.

"We need to do that every game," Nicklas Backstrom said. "That's our forecheck. Hopefully, we can keep it going here in Game 7."