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NHL Announces Cancellation of 2012-13 Regular Season Schedule Through 11/30

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30 because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

NHL Cancels '12-13 Schedule Through 11/1 – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 1. A total of 135 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.

NHL Cancels '12-13 Schedule Through 10/24 — The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.

NHL Cancels Remaining Preseason Schedule — The NHL announced today the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule.

Canada Earns Series Win Over Russia — Ryan Strome scored in sudden-death overtime to give Canada the win over Russia on Tuesday in their two-continent Challenge series.

Canada won Tuesday’s regulation game, 4-2, to split the four-game series and set the stage for the deciding overtime period.

Three-goal Second Leads Canada past Russia — Sean Monahan, Scott Harrington and Dougie Hamilton scored goals in the second period and the Canadian National Junior Team held on for a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in the opening game of the Canada-Russia Challenge on Thursday at Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl, Russia.

The host country will look to even the scheduled four-game series on Friday at Arena 2000 at 10 a.m. ET., before both team resume play in Halifax, N.S., on Monday and Tuesday.

Junior Challenge Commemorates Summit Anniversary — There’s no better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series than to have two familiar hockey powers collide in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, beginning Thursday in Yaroslavl, Russia.

The Canada-Russia Challenge will feature Canada and Russia’s national junior programs meeting two times in Russia (Thursday and Friday) and twice more in Halifax, N.S., on Aug. 13-14.

Lights shine on stars, celebs at 2012 NHL Awards

LAS VEGAS — The lights are shining and the red carpet is rolled out. It’s awards night in the National Hockey League and there is some serious hardware to be awarded. Stay tuned here all night for the winners. They will be posted as they are announced.

Game Preview: WSH vs. BOS

Big Story: The defending Stanley Cup-champion Bruins will try to win a Game 7 for the fourth time in five series, while the Capitals will try to win one on the road after having four at home in the previous four seasons.

Capitals: Washington missed a great chance to finish off Boston in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals have spent much of this series defending and trying to hold off the Bruins, but Washington carried the play for longer stretches in Game 6. Turnovers were a problem and led to the final two Boston goals, but the Capitals’ defense also had trouble handling the speed of Tyler Seguin and David Krejci.

Nicklas Backstrom made a great pass to Jason Chimera for a goal, but also didn’t hustle back on Boston’s third goal and his turnover led to the game-winner in overtime. Three of Washington’s defensemen were victimized by Seguin, though only one led to a goal.

Game 5 Preview: WSH vs. BOS

Big Story: The best-of-seven series is down to a best-of-three after each team split its first two home games in a series that has featured plenty of strong goaltending and no two-goal leads.

Capitals: Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby has garnered most of the attention with three fantastic games in four. His .953 save percentage is tops among goalies who have played in every game in the postseason. He stopped 44 of 45 shots in Washington’s 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday night.

The Capitals are also getting strong performances from their top players — something that has been a problem in previous postseasons. Alexander Semin has goals in back-to-back games, Alex Ovechkin has four points in four games and Nicklas Backstrom, while suspended for Game 4, had an overtime goal in Game 2 and a highlight-reel assist in Game 3.