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  • The Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 Tuesday night in their first pre-season game of the year at the Bell Centre and the Habs will be back in action Thursday night when Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche come to town (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Gazette’s new hockey writer, Christopher Curtis, was at Tuesday night’s game and started a... read more...
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  • The most versatile forward on the Washington Capitals once played defense in youth hockey, until Eric Fehr’s coaches decided he rushed the puck too much, so they moved him up. Over the past two seasons, under then-coach Adam Oates, Fehr became a human pinball for the Capitals, shuttling between all four lines and all three […]... read more...
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  • Defenseman Mike Green and forward Jay Beagle, recent additions to the list of preseason injuries afflicting the Capitals, missed practice Tuesday and remain day-to-day as the regular season draws near, Coach Barry Trotz said. Officially listed with upper-body injuries, Green and Beagle both watched practice from the balcony above the practice rink and are expected [̷... read more...
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  • Capitals defensemen Cam Schilling and Tomas Kundratek cleared the NHL’s 24-hour waiver window Monday afternoon, allowing them to report to Hershey Bears training camp. Schilling, who played in one NHL game each of the past two seasons, and Kundratek, who logged 25 games with the Capitals in 2012-13, were long shots to make the NHL […]... read more...
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  • BOSTON — As the Capitals’ second-line center competition chugs along, no clear victor in sight, glaring faceoff struggles have emerged through three preseason games, rankling the bench boss who once oversaw the NHL’s best unit. “The draws are going to be a concern,” Barry Trotz said Wednesday night after the Capitals were again out-drawn by […]... read more...
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  • In the early days of the preseason, when the new Washington Capitals regime was still fresh in town and the old Capitals players had their legs skated into mush, Coach Barry Trotz crammed as much he could into three hours of practice and the short video sessions that followed. He had a system to install, […]... read more...
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  • He took the curtain call like everyone else, stick in the air, one quick circle near the home bench, acting like he belonged, even though excitement told him differently. “Kind of overwhelming right now,” Liam O’Brien said later, after he was named the first star in Washington’s 5-4 overtime win Friday night over Boston. “I […]... read more...
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  • Defenseman Mike Green and forward Jay Beagle, recent additions to the list of preseason injuries afflicting the Capitals, missed practice Tuesday and remain day-to-day as the regular season draws near, Coach Barry Trotz said. Officially listed with upper-body injuries, Green and Beagle both watched practice from the balcony above the practice rink and are expected [̷... read more...
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  • BUFFALO, N.Y. – Barry Trotz leaned against the Capitals backdrop outside his locker room here at First Niagara Center, thinking about how a 6-1 loss had somehow made his job easier. He had jammed Washington’s travel roster with skaters still fighting for spots, seeking resolution in the preseason road finale. Perhaps some of them would impress […]... read more...
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  • The Edmonton Oilers won another preseason contest, this time taking out the newly rechristened Arizona Coyotes. Former Oiler Devan Dubnyk was between the pipes for the Coyotes, but a little revenge on his old team wasn’t in the cards, with the Oilers winning the contest 3-2. The story of the game was supposed to be […] ... read more...
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  • MONTREAL – On the plane ride here, Brooks Laich learned he had been thrust into Washington’s second-line center battle, and as the veteran later recalled, the conversation with Coach Barry Trotz went something like this: “You’re going to play center,” Trotz said. “Okay,” Laich replied, and that was that. At some point before Wednesday’s visit […]... read more...
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