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Marlies give Sparks nod in goal for Game 7 of Calder Cup final

​The Toronto Marlies plan to stick with goaltender Garret Sparks for Thursday’s decisive Game 7 of the Calder Cup final (7 p.m. ET) against the Texas Stars. Sparks had a rare off-game in a 5-2 loss in Game 6 on Tuesday and was pulled early in the third period. ​Head coach Sheldon Keefe said the Marlies will lean on Sparks ...

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Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik says his finger 'kinda fell off' during Cup Final

It appears the Washington Capitals‘ relentless Stanley Cup bender is finally winding down a bit, or at least taking a break. Players spoke to the media on Wednesday, which means we got one of hockey’s most horrifying annual traditions: Finding out about all the injuries that the guys were dealing with during the playoff run. Defenseman Brooks Orpik had the ...

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Barry Trotz's Cup expected to runneth over into a new deal

Barry Trotz started dancing as soon as he walked into the locker room mid-celebration. Within seconds, players doused him with beer and champagne, jumped around him and hugged their beloved coach. Trotz couldn’t see but still had plenty of clarity in that moment. “I could feel the love,” he said. Veteran Brooks Orpik believes that moment showed the admiration and ...

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10 players from SJHL teams heading to Humboldt for upcoming season

Ten players from around the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League are heading to the Humboldt Broncos, after the league’s board of governors voted unanimously to provide players to the team.  The Humboldt Broncos lost 10 players in a tragic collision on April 6 as the team was traveling by bus near Nipawin, Sask. That collision also killed six others, including the team’s head coach, assistant coach, athletic ...

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Thousands fill D.C.'s National Mall to celebrate Stanley Cup champions

Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals’ unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final bus down the mile-long parade route, lifting the Cup to roaring cheers and waving to seas of red in the crowd. Five days after capturing the franchise’s ...

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Stars shine to force Calder Cup Game 7 against Marlies

Toronto Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks offered a two-word reply when asked about his confidence level for Game 7 of the Calder Cup final. “Extremely high,” he said. He’ll need to be much better than he was in Game 6 if the Marlies are going to win the American Hockey League championship. Sparks had a rare off-game Tuesday and the Texas ...

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