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  • The two Stanley Cup logos are shimmering inside both freshly painted blue lines at Verizon Center, while outside the building, Chinatown has started to buzz. After bursting from the morass of last season and storming to the Metropolitan Division’s No. 2 seed, the Washington Capitals (45-26-11, 101 points) officially open their 2015 postseason Wednesday night, at [&... read more...
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  • When the final words to the national anthem had been sung, goaltender Philipp Grubauer turned around, leaned over and stared ahead. Behind him, the Washington Capitals readied themselves for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. All around him, Verizon Center roared, the first of many such moments Friday night. But Grubauer waited, motionless. Five […]... read more...
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  • Parked inside one of the private boxes at press level above Verizon Center, watching his teammates slog through Game 1 against the New York Islanders, forward Tom Wilson heard several fans shouting in his direction, wishing he was skating with the other Washington Capitals. It was tough sitting for the 4-1 defeat, Wilson said later, […]... read more...
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  • The first sign came when Coach Barry Trotz, addressing reporters two hours before the Washington Capitals hosted the New York Islanders in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, did not rule out goaltender Braden Holtby sitting Friday night an illness. “You’ll have to see at warmups,” he said coyly, though when asked if Holtby felt better since... read more...
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  • Only two Capitals appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, so the anticipation ramped up Wednesday morning, hours before Game 1 against the New York Islanders. The Caps buzzed through a crisp skate, starting two minutes earlier than scheduled and ending after less than half an hour. They ripped off their equipment and answered […]... read more...
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  • Keep it simple and don’t make mistakes, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner told himself before his first Stanley Cup playoff game. He wouldn’t give the same advice to rookie teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov on the eve of Game 1 of Washington’s first-round series against the Islanders. “He’s such a different type of player that I am,” Alzner said. […]... read more...
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  • TV: NBC / NBC Sports TIME: COVERAGE BEGINS AT 3:00 p.m. The overwhelming offensive pressure that carried the Tampa Bay Lightning through the regular season proved to be equally electric in a playoff atmosphere. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Petr Mrazek proved even better. After wasting a one-sided performance in Game 1, the Lightning will again try to better the rookie g... read more...
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  • The Buffalo Sabres have reached the climatic end to the last two season.  Today is the NHL Draft Lottery - the day when the NHL will decide the order in which teams will select in the draft later this summer. In all reality though, no one cares who will be selecting outside of the top […] ... read more...
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  • When the Capitals traded Jaroslav Halak to the Islanders last May, few could’ve predicted the success the marriage between a journeyman goaltender and a struggling franchise would bring. After a season of being shuffled from the Blues to the Sabres and then to Washington, Halak found a home with the Islanders, and he’s similarly offered […]... read more...
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  • Wednesday night in Chinatown, the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders will converge for Game 1 at Verizon Center, after a regular season spent chugging along parallel tracks. Both surpassed preseason expectations and finished with 101 points, enough to rise above Eastern Conference wild card. Both won 22 games on the road and closed the […]... read more...
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  • There is a double-paneled dry-erase board inside Coach Barry Trotz’s office, right behind his desk, which opens up like a television cabinet into another dry-erase board, because sometimes he needs more space to write things. Today, an afternoon in mid-April, not long before the Washington Capitals began the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are only quotes. […]... read more...
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  • The Capitals first noticed the change less than two months ago, after their season series with the New York Islanders ended and before they knew they would meet in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Whenever the Islanders deployed their penalty-kill unit, the skaters showed more aggression, pouncing harder on loose pucks and challenging puck-handlers with more […... read more...
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