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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • With the homestand hanging in the balance, the shootout monkey clinging to their backs Saturday night, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz turned to assistant Blaine Forsythe and delegated the responsibility of choosing a third skater. Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, two slick left-handers, had already poked pucks past Florida goaltender Al Montoya and, because Washington... 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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  • Justin Peters knew this night had to come sometime, when Washington’s backup goaltender finally saw the ice to receive some work. But for it to happen this soon, and in this fashion? “It was nice to get in,” Peters said. “At some point it was going to happen one way or another. It’s my job […]... read more...
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  • Where to begin unpacking the madness? Do we start with the 10-minute dumpster fire blazing through Verizon Center, three Sharks goals earning Braden Holtby an early exit, despite all the prior warnings about how San Jose loves to burst from the gates? Do we emphasize the comeback, three goals in the second period and two […]... read more...
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  • Happy Saturday from Verizon Center, where the Washington Capitals have won 11 of 12 meetings vs. their weekend opponent, the Florida Panthers. The only loss came in 2010, during the filming of HBO’s “24/7” before the Winter Classic. So, it’s been a while. “We need to finish this little homestand off the right way,” Coach […]... read more...
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  • Capitals forward Jay Beagle had targeted Thursday to return from an upper-body injury, but will have to wait several more days instead. “That was the goal in my mind,” Beagle said, “Just didn’t work out that way.” Beagle suffered the injury during his second shift in a preseason game at Montreal, but recently has been […]... 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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  • The conversation between goalie and coach contained little substance, more implicit than anything, an ephemeral checkup to ensure everything was fine. “If I decide to use you tomorrow, you ready to go?” Barry Trotz recalled asking. “Yeah,” Holtby replied. “Okay,” Trotz said, later telling reporters, “That’s about it today.” Trotz had pulled Holtby less than […]... 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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  • The Washington Capitals have reassigned forward Tom Wilson (ankle) to Hershey, allowing the 20-year-old to take the ice in a low-stress environment this weekend. Earlier Monday, the final practice before Washington’s three-game, seven-day road trip to western Canada, Coach Barry Trotz predicted “probably yes” that Wilson would appear on the road trip, something Wilson ec... 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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  • 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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  • EDMONTON, CANADA – Before the Washington Capitals left for their annual western Canada road trip, before Coach Barry Trotz could finalize a decision on forward Tom Wilson’s rehabilitation route, he told reporters Wilson would “probably” appear during the tail section of the sojourn through Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Shortly after came word that Wilson would […... read more...
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  • Some last-minute, quick-hitting notes before Washington hosts New Jersey, the second of a three-game homestand before its annual western Canada trip. Check back later for the discussion thread. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby left the ice Thursday morning before his backup Justin Peters, a decent indication the 25-year-old will start vs. unbeaten New Jersey, looking to... read more...
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  • The summer signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik came with intended secondary consequences for the Washington Capitals, trickling down to the rest of the defensive corps. The expected logjam at the depth chart’s bottom has somewhat been sorted already, with Nate Schmidt starting the past three games, John Erskine and Jack Hillen taking healthy […]... 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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