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  • EDMONTON, CANADA – At his corner stall deep inside the Edmonton Oilers locker room, winger Matt Hendricks turned off the music and bounded from his chair. Old faces from Washington had approached, and Hendricks offered everyone an enthusiastic handshake, even the one he didn’t recognize. A favorite among Capitals fans for two seasons, known for […]... 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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  • When the Kings passed through Buffalo a season ago, the Sabres were in the process of cutting ties with coach Ron Rolston and hiring Ted Nolan, Jordan Nolan’s father. There was actually quite a bit of activity on the ground floor of the First Niagara Center last November 13, with Darryl Sutter answering questions about Jonathan Quick (who had suffered a groin injury the night ... read more...
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  • Capitals forward Brooks Laich suffered what appeared to be a right shoulder injury late during Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout win over Florida, colliding with winger Shawn Thornton in front of Washington’s bench, leaving the ice and disappearing into the locker room. Coach Barry Trotz did not see the injury to the winger, and initially thought it was […]... read more...
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  • Jason Chimera tore from the penalty box, hard across the ice, bent on redeeming a slashing penalty he later called “bad.” Stick flailing, he poked the puck from the Florida Panthers in his defensive zone, then took off. Eleven seconds after his discharge, Chimera drew a tripping penalty on Dmitry Kulikov, ushering the only full-length […]... 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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  • Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who suffered an apparent left shoulder injury Saturday night vs. Florida, will be placed onto short-term injured reserve and will miss this week’s three-game road trip to western Canada, Coach Barry Trotz said. “Not too serious but serious enough where I don’t think he will be quite effective enough in the three […]... read more...
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  • EDMONTON, Canada — Greetings from Edmonton, or more specifically Edmonton International Airport, where the Washington Capitals will soon arrive, bus to practice — 2 p.m. local time — in nearby LeDuc and officially begin their annual western Canada road trip. Forward Tom Wilson has been turfed to Hershey for a rehabilitation stint, forward Jay Beagle [&#... read more...
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  • Crawford to Miss Wednesday Road Game vs Preds Blackhawks #1 Goalie Corey Crawford has been sidelined with an upper-body injury that he sustained sometime early this week. Although it was not announced until shortly before last night’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers, backup goalie Antti Raanta stood in for the injured Crawford and dominated […] ... read more...
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  • The overwhelming accessibility of Capitals Coach Barry Trotz, from radio interviews to television segments to chatting up fans outside the practice rink, has made him a town crier of sorts, able to offer opinions at every turn, rarely unsolicited but always honest. Arriving in Washington, he made no bones about imposing a culture change. This […]... 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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