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  • Now into his 15th NHL season, Jason Chimera long ago learned the frustration of getting benched, though that didn’t make the latest event easier to swallow. “I think it’s embarrassing as a player when you get sat out,” he said. “I think as a player that’s played a long time, it’s embarrassing. But you have […]... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. — After a brief two-game home stand, the Washington Capitals (14-10-5, 33 points) hit the road for six of seven to close the calendar year, beginning Tuesday night here at BB&T Center, by far the least-attended building in the National Hockey League. Still, the Florida Panthers (12-8-8, 32 points) have defied expectations with a solid start [̷... read more...
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  • After four NHL teams have seen the mumps infiltrate their locker rooms, Coach Barry Trotz said Saturday that the Capitals have taken precautionary measures to avoid a similar outbreak here. “I know we’ve had a couple guys tested, just to make sure,” Trotz said. “I know I’ve seen these strange little machines in the dressing […]... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. – As their morning skate ended at BB&T Center, the Florida Panthers gathered near center ice and practiced their shootouts. It was an unusual sight, at least for a pregame workout, but fitting for a team accustomed to these nail-biting conclusions, when one or two standings points hang in the air. Twenty-eight games […]... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. – In the hallways of BB&T Center, a 10-minute drive from his home, Tomas Vokoun, newly retired goaltender, saw two friends approaching and smiled. Mitch Korn, his old position coach with the Nashville Predators, had brought Braden Holtby over to say hello, and Vokoun immediately pointed at Holtby’s bushy beard. “What is that?” […]... read more...
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  • Tom Wilson came to work Friday morning feeling soreness on the left side of his face, with a general idea of how this occurred, but with some important details still missing. The forward had been battling the prior night, deep inside the Columbus Blue Jackets’ zone, jockeying for position near the crease, definitely. He had […]... 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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  • The question asked was whether the Washington Capitals had turned a corner, veering back on course after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning twice in five days, so Coach Barry Trotz replied with a metaphor about driving through western Canada. Imagine, he said, you were journeying through its landlocked cities, and the desolate landscape made the […]... 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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  • Last season, forward Alex Ovechkin logged 60 percent of his power play ice time with defenseman John Carlson and 38.7 percent with defenseman Mike Green, according to Behind The Net, with little room for anyone else. Not that another defenseman was needed to occupy the point; the Capitals led the league in power play percentage […]... read more...
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  • Saturday afternoon, the benching of forward Jason Chimera and accompanying return of forward Andre Burakovsky came with an unstated implication: By putting Burakovsky at left wing, thereby temporarily bucking the Washington Capitals’ insistence that the 19-year-old rookie learn to play center, Coach Barry Trotz had demonstrated confidence in Michael Latta. “Since he went... read more...
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  • Rookie forward Andre Burakovsky will remain with the Washington Capitals during the World Junior Championships later this month, ending any lingering speculation that the 19-year-old might join Team Sweden. All signs from the organization pointed toward Burakovsky staying in the NHL rather than playing in the under-20 tournament, held from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Toronto [&... read more...
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  • Like the casino employee at a craps table, Braden Holtby flung his stick toward the puck and corralled it back, inches before the shot crossed the goal line, inches before the Tampa Bay Lightning found their breakthrough moment Saturday night. The Washington Capitals had stumbled backward, hamstrung by two minor penalties called during the same […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six days ago, the Washington Capitals felt content chalking up their first loss in four games to the Eastern Conference’s hottest goaltender and an untimely penalty in overtime. They had fallen, 3-2, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for two major reasons: First, forward Jason Chimera committed an interference that gave Columbus a […]... read more...
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  • Over the latter half of December, before Nationals Park opens its gates New Years’ Day, the Washington Capitals will play seven games overall, six on the road. They have lost just once in regulation this month, swept a three-game road trip and outscored the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning by four goals in two nights. […]... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. — Late Tuesday night, as the Washington Capitals head to the airport, bound for Columbus, the first episode of Epix’s “Road to the Winter Classic” will air. The behind-the-scenes show starts at 10 p.m., broadcast both on television and online for those with subscriptions. Coach Barry Trotz already received a sneak peek. “I think […]... read more...
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  • With their three-game winning streak snapped Thursday night against Columbus, thanks an overtime penalty and their inability to crack a hot goaltender, the Washington Capitals (13-10-5, 31 points) remain at Verizon Center to host the last team they beat, the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning (19-8-3, 41 points). Earlier this week, goaltender Braden Holtby outdueled Ben Bishop... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. – By the end, when the dust had settled on NHL’s longest shootout ever and the visitors had begun reconciling a loss with the thrill of making history, the box score looked like the love note of an overzealous middle-schooler. For the Washington Capitals: XXXOXXOXXOOXXXXXOXXX For the Florida Panthers: XXXOXXOXXOOXXXXXOXXO That last circle […]... read more...
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  • SUNRISE, Fla. – If the morning rushes here at BB&T Center are to be followed, Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky will become a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games Tuesday night against Florida, while forward Jason Chimera will return to the lineup after sitting one out. Coach Barry Trotz confirmed that Chimera would […]... read more...
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