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Based on his track record, it wasn't a matter of "if" Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan would acquire a veteran defenseman before the trade deadline, but "when." He previously added Tom Gilbert (Feb. 2017), Mike Weber (Feb. 2016) and Tim Gleason (Feb. 2016), and has now added Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny, 27, for either Washington's or Toronto's third-round pick this year – whichever ends up higher. "He gives us a little more depth. He's a real good skater. He goes into the mix, and he'll help our defense," said coach Barry Trotz of Kempny, who has seven points in 31 games this season. He was third among Blackhawks defensemen in 5v5 Corsi percentage (53.68). Most importantly for the cap-strapped Capitals, he makes $900,000 and is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Boedker nets two in Sharks' win.

Mikkel Boedker scores two goals in a four-goal first period for the Sharks and a lead that San Jose would not relinquish in a 5-2 win over the Stars.

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Connor lights the lamp twice.

Kyle Connor scores twice, both assisted by Blake Wheeler, to help the Jets to a dominant 7-2 win over the Panthers.

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Matthews nets go-ahead goal late.

William Nylander finds Auston Matthews, who scores a goal that gives the Maple Leafs a one-goal lead over the Red Wings with 30 seconds remaining in the third period.

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Sheahan scores twice as Pittsburgh tops Columbus.

Riley Sheahan tallies a pair of goals in the first period and the Penguins go on to beat the Blue Jackets 5-2.

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Devils edge Hurricanes on Hall's OT goal.

New Jersey beats Carolina 3-2 in overtime as Taylor Hall gets his own rebound and scores with 25 seconds remaining.

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Smith-Pelly 'sad' to hear racial taunts in 2018.

The Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly responds after fans were ejected from the arena for directing racist comments towards the Capitals forward Saturday. Smith-Pelly is disappointed that there hasn't been a "change in progression" in our society.

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McDavid powers Oilers to victory with hat trick.

Connor McDavid lights the lamp three times to record his third hat trick, tying Alex Ovechkin as the only players with three hat tricks this season. McDavid also becomes the first Oiler since Petr Klima in the 1990-91 season to mark three.

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