Few in the history of the game could claim such a synergy, on and off the ice.

Pick your stat: The Capitals have now lost seven of 10 Game 7s in the Ovechkin era — twice at the hands of the rival Penguins. Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 all time in Game 7s on the road. Washington hasn’t been to the conference finals since 1998. The Capitals had the Penguins on the ropes …

Kovalchuk indeed will remain in Russian to play out the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg

Two teams in the 2017 postseason — the Oilers in the first round and Ducks in the second round — have lost by six or more goals. Both came back to win their next game. Three stars 3. Carter Rowney, Penguins — At this time of year, Penguins tend to come out of the woodwork. …

Stanley Cup Final 2017: How Nashville came together to will its Predators back into series

The NHL is here, in full force, and has been for some time. Of course, all of this has been written in the present tense when we might be talking about a career that is now in the past. There was no language in Chicago’s release Wednesday morning that gave much in the way of …

Rajon Rondo will ‘absolutely’ ask for a trade from Bulls if benching continues

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg played every one his players Saturday in a 20-point loss to the Bucks — everyone except Rajon Rondo, who was a healthy scratch. Rondo, who was benched for the entire second half Friday in a loss to the Pacers, is understandably upset with Hoiberg’s decisions, although the second-year coach said the …

Mike Budenholzer is trying to bring Gregg Popovich flavor to the Hawks

How about a little drama to kick off the new year? The Hawks rallied late at home against the Spurs and held on for a 114-112 overtime win Sunday. Kawhi Leonard missed an open lay-up as time expired in overtime, giving Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer his first win over his former boss, Gregg Popovich. Prior …

2017 NBA All-Star Voting: SN’s Sean Deveney’s official media ballot

For the first time, an email arrived in the old inbox here in mid-January. The NBA had invited 75 of us media folks to vote for what will amount to 25 percent of the input in the league’s All-Star starting five. The fan vote will still count for 50 percent of the tally, and players …

Now the Wizards are 29-20 after the slow start — and Wall isn’t happy yet.

“Every night I have to prove myself,” Wall said. “It’s just like when I was named the number one player in high school. Everybody wanted to see if I was real, I’m here to show the world I am.” When Wall is on the court, the Wizards’ plus/minus goes from -2.1 to 4.3. The team’s …

Amar’e Stoudemire’s apology for comments about gays falls flat

Amar’e Stoudemire says he is sorry for his recent distasteful remarks about homosexuals, insisting he was joking. “I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said, per TMZ Sports. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and Buy Cheap Jerseys all …

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses everything on NBA mascot clue, and that’s just fine

OK, let’s get this out of the way before we go anywhere else. Making fun of a “Jeopardy!” contestant for whiffing on a clue you find obvious is stupid. This happens a great deal with sports clues because often sports fans can’t believe you don’t know something about or don’t have an interest in watching …

76ers: Ben Simmons will not play this season

Ben Simmons’ debut with the 76ers will have to wait for next season. Team president Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is still recovering from a broken bone in his right foot, and will not play this season. “Want to be a GM, want to own …