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Ex-Islander assistant Fleming dies at 62

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is hit

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is hit by Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during the second period. (March 26, 2013) Credit: AP

WASHINGTON -- Wayne Fleming, a longtime NHL assistant coach who spent two seasons behind the Islanders bench, died on Monday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 62.

Fleming was a longtime coach in the Hockey Canada program as well as serving behind the bench of five NHL teams, including the Islanders from 1997-99. He was also an assistant with the Coyotes, Flyers, Flames and Lightning, coaching under Guy Boucher in Tampa in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, even after his diagnosis.


Busy hockey day in DC

Members of the Kings front office took in Tuesday's game, having come from the White House, where the defending Stanley Cup champions were honored by President Obama.

With the shortened season after the lockout, the Kings could only fit in their visit between stops in Chicago and St. Louis.

The Kings players did not speak with the media after their brief ceremony -- they were joined by the L.A. Galaxy, MLS' champions -- but Kings forward Dustin Penner tweeted out a joke aimed at the controversy surrounding the Bruins' visit last season, when Tim Thomas refused to go on political grounds.

"After careful consideration I've decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons LOL JK I'm not an idiot! Free trip? I'm in!" Penner posted on his Twitter account.


Same lineup for Isles

Jack Capuano didn't change a thing from the Islanders' shutout win over the Panthers on Sunday. Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek and Joe Finley were healthy scratches.

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