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  • The game had long since been clinched, the rout over New Jersey already at its final 4-0 score, but with less than 90 seconds remaining Saturday night, Coach Barry Trotz called a timeout. The Capitals had just taken an icing, but Trotz didn’t sense his players were tired. Instead, he gathered them together and formulated […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — Once the most injured team in the National Hockey League, victimized by a calamitous situation that burst through the realm of sad-clown comedy and into the arena of just plain sad, the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-15-2, 28 points) have turned into the NHL’s hottest team, winners of seven straight this month behind […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Washington Capitals reassigned rookie forward Andre Burakovsky to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, one day after Coach Barry Trotz speculated the 19-year-old might move down if he continued to serve as a healthy scratch. The Capitals announced the move Friday morning, after Burakovsky sat for the fifth time in […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aiming to jolt a struggling line that has generated just three even-strength shot attempts over the past two games, Coach Barry Trotz promoted forward Michael Latta and slotted him between Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson at the Washington Capitals’ morning skate Thursday. Though Trotz later hedged against cementing this group to face […]... read more...
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  • Another year, another long off-season for the Carolina Hurricanes.  Ranked 29th in the NHL, the Hurricanes are almost guaranteed to miss the playoffs yet again, and hold a high draft pick when June roles around.  There is a lot that has gone wrong this year; injuries to key players have tested the team’s depth, inconsistency […] ... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – The visitors’ bench erupted en masse, because how could it not? Tom Wilson picked up Joel Ward and hugged him, both of their helmets flipped backward in rally-cap fashion. Alex Ovechkin raised both arms into the air and kept them there. Todd Reirden grinned a can-you-believe-it grin at fellow assistant Blaine Forsythe, […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Late in the debut episode of Epix’s “Road to the Winter Classic,” viewers visited the Arlington bachelor pad of Capitals forwards Tom Wilson and Michael Latta. They watched the two youngsters, a second-year NHLer and rookie respectively, play table tennis and hang out by the fireplace, which Wilson insisted as a requirement […]... read more...
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  • NEWARK, N.J. – The Washington Capitals had lately learned to succeed without their biggest stars shining,  but now, after a sloppy first period at Prudential Center, they ceded the stage, plopped into the front row and watched Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom go to work. “A lot of guys who weren’t real sharp,” Coach Barry […]... read more...
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  • Andy Andreoff and Jeff Schultz returned to Los Angeles from Manchester over the weekend and took part in this morning’s skate. For Andreoff, his return followed a two-week conditioning assignment in which he skated on a line with leading scorers Brian O’Neill (9-26=35) and Nick Shore (15-17=32), posting five goals and 10 points in seven games and helping contribute to O’Neill’... read more...
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  • Are these officials trolling us? Ryan Reaves and Eric Bolton dropped their mitts and were preparing to engage in what would have been a heavyweight battle. The two positioned themselves and as soon as the first punch was about to be thrown, the officials stepped in and broke things up. ... read more...
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  • Jake Allen’s day against the New York Islanders only lasted 20 minutes, but it also featured the best save of the contest. Allen stops the initial shot and blocks another effort off of his rebound with his stick. The puck floate... read more...
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  • NEWARK – Friday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin annexed half of the practice rink for himself, working on one-timers from his power-play spot inside the left faceoff circle. But something seemed off. He flubbed two passes from defenseman Mike Green, the puck deadening on his stick rather than zooming away at its […]... read more...
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  • NEWARK, N.J. – Two more road wins behind his Washington Capitals, a wildly successful December steamrolling toward its finish, Coach Barry Trotz gazed into the future and saw a pile of leaves masking a deep pit. They had secured points in eight straight games, including six victories. They had emerged unscathed through a period where […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Washington Capitals arrived here Wednesday and learned practice had been cancelled, gifted a day of recuperation following the NHL’s longest shootout. They still held media availability, and the mood was upbeat. Music thumped from inside the locker room at Nationwide Arena. Several players still fondly recalled the 20 rounds of madness, […]... read more...
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