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On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.

30 years ago, on June 9, 1984, Mario Lemieux or "Super Mario" was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux — which means "the best" in French — later snapped Wayne Gretzky’s seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy. A six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP, Rookie of the Year and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, number 66 made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin’s disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the team and saved it from bankruptcy in 1999. (Photo: Michael O’Neill/SI)

30 years ago, on June 9, 1984, Mario Lemieux or "Super Mario" was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux — which means "the best" in French — later snapped Wayne Gretzky’s seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy. A six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP, Rookie of the Year and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, number 66 made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin’s disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the team and saved it from bankruptcy in 1999. (Photo: Michael O’Neill/SI)

Arguably the most devastating body-checker in the history of the NHL, defenseman Scott Stevens threw his fabled shoulders into many a player.   Never once a negative in the +/- category in each of his 22 seasons, Stevens was more than adequate offensively (908 points) and he captained the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was an ideal fit on a gritty team that didn’t win pretty and didn’t apologize for failing to do so.  The 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy winner turned 50 today. (Lou Capozzola(2), David E. Klutho/SI)

Arguably the most devastating body-checker in the history of the NHL, defenseman Scott Stevens threw his fabled shoulders into many a player.   Never once a negative in the +/- category in each of his 22 seasons, Stevens was more than adequate offensively (908 points) and he captained the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was an ideal fit on a gritty team that didn’t win pretty and didn’t apologize for failing to do so.  The 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy winner turned 50 today. (Lou Capozzola(2), David E. Klutho/SI)

Gordie Howe is poised to score against Buffalo Sabres goalie Joe Daley in January 1971, during his 25th and final season with the Detroit Red Wings. “Mr. Hockey” turns 86 today. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe is poised to score against Buffalo Sabres goalie Joe Daley in January 1971, during his 25th and final season with the Detroit Red Wings. “Mr. Hockey” turns 86 today. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Gordie Howe

This iconic photo of Bobby Orr captures him in mid-flight moments after scoring the overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final that gave the Boston Bruins their first championship in 29 years. Orr was the first defenseman to ever be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP, scoring 20 points in 14 games.  He turns 66 today. (AP)

GALLERY:  Bobby Orr Through The Years

This iconic photo of Bobby Orr captures him in mid-flight moments after scoring the overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final that gave the Boston Bruins their first championship in 29 years. Orr was the first defenseman to ever be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP, scoring 20 points in 14 games.  He turns 66 today. (AP)
GALLERY:  Bobby Orr Through The Years

Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson picks up two of his teeth after Devils center Andrei Loktionov’s stick came up as he fell, sending the blade right into Alfredsson’s mouth on March 4, 2014 in Newark, NJ.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Daniel Alfredsson loses teeth, picks them up off ice

Red Wings winger Daniel Alfredsson picks up two of his teeth after Devils center Andrei Loktionov’s stick came up as he fell, sending the blade right into Alfredsson’s mouth on March 4, 2014 in Newark, NJ.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
VIDEO: Daniel Alfredsson loses teeth, picks them up off ice

Chicago Blackhawks and Team USA right wing Patrick Kane bears a striking resemblance to a young Leif Garrett. (Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images; Barry King/WireImage)

GALLERY: Separated at Birth: 2014 Olympic Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks and Team USA right wing Patrick Kane bears a striking resemblance to a young Leif Garrett. (Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images; Barry King/WireImage)
GALLERY: Separated at Birth: 2014 Olympic Hockey

Brendan Shanahan scores for the Detroit Red Wings as Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy is caught out of position during the first period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Denver on May 29, 2002.  Shanahan, who turns 45 today, is the only player in NHL history to score at least 600 goals and serve at least 2,000 penalty minutes.  (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Brendan Shanahan scores for the Detroit Red Wings as Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy is caught out of position during the first period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Denver on May 29, 2002.  Shanahan, who turns 45 today, is the only player in NHL history to score at least 600 goals and serve at least 2,000 penalty minutes.  (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Bobby Hull flashes a toothless smile in the dressing room after scoring his 50th goal of the 1962 NHL season in the final regular season game.  The Hall of Fame left wing and 12-time NHL All Star turned 75 on Jan. 3, 2014. (AP)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Bobby Hull

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Bobby Hull flashes a toothless smile in the dressing room after scoring his 50th goal of the 1962 NHL season in the final regular season game.  The Hall of Fame left wing and 12-time NHL All Star turned 75 on Jan. 3, 2014. (AP)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Bobby Hull

The Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg wins a face off against the Maple Leafs’ Peter Holland during the first period of the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Mich.  Toronto beat Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg wins a face off against the Maple Leafs’ Peter Holland during the first period of the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Mich.  Toronto beat Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

During the third period of Tuesday’s Red Wings-Panthers game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., Panthers center Nick Bjugstad shattered the glass behind the net with an errant shot. When the arena crew came to install a new pane of glass, the protective paper covering wouldn’t come off and they were forced to leave it up for the remainder of the game, obstructing the view of many fans.  (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

During the third period of Tuesday’s Red Wings-Panthers game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., Panthers center Nick Bjugstad shattered the glass behind the net with an errant shot. When the arena crew came to install a new pane of glass, the protective paper covering wouldn’t come off and they were forced to leave it up for the remainder of the game, obstructing the view of many fans.  (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos breaks the tibia in his right leg after crashing into the goal post with 7:11 to play in the second period of a game against the Bruins on Nov. 11, 2013 in Boston.  Stamkos got tied up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and crashed into the right post. He tried to get up twice before going down to the ice in pain, grabbing his leg just above the ankle. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos breaks the tibia in his right leg after crashing into the goal post with 7:11 to play in the second period of a game against the Bruins on Nov. 11, 2013 in Boston.  Stamkos got tied up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and crashed into the right post. He tried to get up twice before going down to the ice in pain, grabbing his leg just above the ankle. (Elise Amendola/AP)

A fan favorite in Toronto, New York and Winnipeg, the relatively diminutive Domi (5’ 10”, 213) battled all comers. Inspired by his childhood hero Tiger Williams, Tie racked up 1.020 PIM (third all-time) and ably rode shotgun for Maple Leaf stars Doug Gilmour and Mats Sundin. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

GALLERY: Notorious Enforcers and Goons

A fan favorite in Toronto, New York and Winnipeg, the relatively diminutive Domi (5’ 10”, 213) battled all comers. Inspired by his childhood hero Tiger Williams, Tie racked up 1.020 PIM (third all-time) and ably rode shotgun for Maple Leaf stars Doug Gilmour and Mats Sundin. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
GALLERY: Notorious Enforcers and Goons

A very young Martin Brodeur plays street hockey in this photo taken by his father, Denis Brodeur.  Denis, who enjoyed a lengthy career as one of Canada’s most successful sports photographers, died Thursday. He was 82.

GALLERY: Tribute to Photographer Denis Brodeur

A very young Martin Brodeur plays street hockey in this photo taken by his father, Denis Brodeur.  Denis, who enjoyed a lengthy career as one of Canada’s most successful sports photographers, died Thursday. He was 82.
GALLERY: Tribute to Photographer Denis Brodeur

John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida Panthers poses on the beach in Miami, Fla., on Nov. 3, 1996.  The All-Star Vezina winning goalie turned 50 on Sept. 4, 2013. (Bill Frakes/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Beezer

John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida Panthers poses on the beach in Miami, Fla., on Nov. 3, 1996.  The All-Star Vezina winning goalie turned 50 on Sept. 4, 2013. (Bill Frakes/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Beezer