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  •     Earlier this week on BlackhawkUp I posted an article discussing 3 reasons why Kris Versteeg’s return is good for the Blackhawks. The key point discussed was how his return would add a spark/puzzle piece to the lineup following Coach Q’s decision to move Kris Versteeg up to the 2nd line and Brandon Saad […] ... read more...
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  • EDMONTON — Capitals defenseman John Erskine underwent “a successful” surgery Wednesday to repair a disk in his neck, the team announced. Initially listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Erskine did not travel with Washington on its western Canada trip. The Capitals revealed earlier Wednesday that Erskine had been placed onto regular injured res... read more...
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  • Braden Holtby waited on the ice as his Capitals teammates stepped through the gate, past the bench and into the tunnel, another slow first period behind them. Stick raised, he offered a soft tap to each skater, one nudge into the locker room. In a tie game that Holtby had prevented from spiraling out of […]... read more...
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  • Six goals later, his first home and division victory as Capitals coach bagged with authority, Barry Trotz considered the moment’s magnitude and paused. “Division win?” Trotz wondered aloud. “I sometimes have to pinch myself I’m in this division.” Acclimating to the new home of the Metropolitan Division can come only with time for Trotz after […]... read more...
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  • EDMONTON, CANADA — The line snaked behind the locked doors inside this local rink, kids dressed in their red No. 8 sweaters, adults readying their cell phones for pictures, one girl clutching a sign written in Russian. The Washington Capitals would soon begin practice, a decent enough attraction for a Tuesday afternoon in late October […]... read more...
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  • His first start in Washington had advanced to the shootouts that always seemed fun, so Justin Peters wiped ice from the crease, stretched and readied for some one-on-one hockey. “I was just enjoying it,” Peters said later, after his shootout save boosted the Capitals to a 2-1 win over Florida, an exhalation after the tense Saturday […]... read more...
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  • Before training camp began, during those veteran-run, no-coaches-allowed morning skates, Karl Alzner noticed Nicklas Backstrom trying something new. It was a simple toe drag maneuver, nothing fancy, reflective of the muted way Backstrom carried himself on the ice. The Capitals center and alternate captain brought the move into several intrasquad scrimmages, to the point ... read more...
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  • Hockey provides an avenue for healing in the wake of tragic events At the time of this writing it's been less than 24 hours since the first shots were fired at the War Memorial and I don't really think the full scope of yesterday's events have sunk in comp... read more...
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  • The folks/computers in charge of creating the NHL schedule have done it again. Last season the Blues always seemed to have a ton of games in hand while the rest of the league played a busy schedule. It’s more of the same in 2014-15 as the Blues skate in just their third game of the year while others (like Boston) participate in their sixth. As you might imagine, t... read more...
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  • EDMONTON, CANADA – The reconciliation of their possession dominance and ultimate defeat began as the Washington Capitals migrated toward the team bus, bound for Edmonton International Airport and, as Wednesday turned into Thursday back home, the next stop on their road trip through western Canada. They had just suffered the first regulation loss of this […]... read more...
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  • NEW YORK — Todd McLellan decided that with three games in four nights — even if all are in the greater New York City area — his players were better off working out in their Manhattan hotel than getting on a bus to Newark where practice had been scheduled at the Prudential Center. Those of us who cover the team applaud that decision because, ... read more...
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  • EDMONTON, Canada – Nicklas Backstrom waited along the right half-wall, the spot where he had learned to be most patient, because who better to conduct the Washington Capitals’ explosive power play than the center who desired no spotlight? His blade bounced over the puck. Once, twice, three times, a calming influence for his teammates, torturous […]... read more...
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  • The revamped Washington Capitals defense, buttressed by four offseason signings – two players, two coaches – has offered immediate returns. Through five games, they have allowed 11 goals and the penalty kill has snuffed out 18 of 20 opposing power plays. Save three early scores over 10 minutes against San Jose, netminders Braden Holtby and […]... read more...
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  • Fresh off a loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres are right back in action tonight against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (ugh, just typing that makes me shudder). The Sabres hope to bounce back after a good effort last night, but will need to put more pucks to the back […] ... read more...
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