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  • CALGARY – Andre Burakovsky strode confidently down the hallways of Rexall Place, past the reporters clustered around Coach Barry Trotz, and opened the door to what he assumed would be the visiting lockers. Instead, it was an administrator’s room, and Burakovsky had no time to apologize to General Manager Brian MacLellan before scurrying away, quite […]... read more...
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  • CALGARY – Here came the requisite Alex Ovechkin question, slithered around a night when the Washington Capitals enjoyed their demoted right-winger scoring two goals, their frustrated goalie issuing some payback and their western Canada trip evening at one win and one loss. “Barry, your captain, no points in three games,” Coach Barry Trotz heard, and forgive […... read more...
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  • CALGARY – Chaos lumbered into the Saddledome late Saturday night, riding atop the puffed chests and closed fists of the frustrated hosts. Calgary agitated, Washington refused, and deep inside the crease, Braden Holtby followed the routine which kept him focused: He squeezed his water bottle to watch the droplets fall down. During a third period when […]... read more...
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  • The goaltenders had barely arrived for their pre-practice workout when Alex Ovechkin stepped onto the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. He gathered two piles of pucks somewhere around the blue line. He stretched and waited for defenseman John Carlson. Then he set about laying waste to the empty net. Carlson slid passes from the point […]... read more...
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  • As the Washington Capitals ready themselves for six home games over the next eight, with one-off road trips to Tampa Bay and Chicago mixed in, here are some quick-hitting injury notes, rounding up the wounded, the healthy and the soon-to-return. ● Even if Tom Wilson (ankle) indeed debuts Wednesday against Detroit, which Coach Barry Trotz said has “a good chanceR... read more...
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  • A simple flailing stick had plunged the Washington Capitals toward a second straight defeat, so Joel Ward offered the simplest justification one could manage amid the lingering displeasure. “That’s just sports,” the forward said. “It’s hard to pinpoint any differences, except there were a couple turnovers they happened to score. That’s just sports.” Inside the […]... read more...
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  • The rapid ascension of Andre Burakovsky continued Tuesday, when the rookie learned he would center the Washington Capitals’ top line beside Alex Ovechkin. They had only skated together for less than nine minutes over eight games this regular season. Now, the teenager who began learning a new position in July will pass pucks to one […]... read more...
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  • VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks (4-3-0) limped home looking for answers, two blowout defeats in Dallas and Colorado detonating whatever positives they pulled from the middle game of their road trip, Thursday’s victory over the Blues. Coach Willie Desjardins promised no changes on defense despite 13 goals allowed vs. the Stars and Avalanche, but Sunday […]... read more...
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  • VANCOUVER – Sunday night turned into a pinball match without repose, the quarters fed over and over into the Vancouver machine, the Capitals hesitant pugilists in a fight not meant for them. “They forced us to have to play a certain way and we didn’t want to do it,” Coach Barry Trotz said, “and we […]... read more...
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  • Mike Green and Brooks Orpik stared across the Washington Capitals locker room at their battered teammate, face bruised with nostrils crooked to one side, and cringed at the sight of Jason Chimera’s broken nose. (Graphic images here.) Green had been sitting on the Verizon Center bench when Chimera returned there Wednesday night, having collided into […]... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Tom Wilson from Hershey, paving the way for his season debut after undergoing summer surgery on a fractured fibula. In the corresponding move, the Capitals demoted forward Chris Brown, who had been a healthy scratch the entire western Canada trip and skated just three of eight games this season. They exchanged a right […... read more...
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  • As the Washington Capitals crowded around the dry-erase board for some last-minute preparation Wednesday morning, Alex Ovechkin stood near center-ice with his new linemate, 19-year-old rookie Andre Burakovsky. He pointed toward the boards and discussed different situations, hoping the pair could quickly get onto the same page. “Understand what we expect from each other,”... read more...
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  • VANCOUVER – In the hockey circles of Halifax, hard by the Canadian coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, the discussion always returns to Liam O’Brien. “Everyone’s talking about it,” said Capitals goaltender Justin Peters, whose brother attends school where the unlikeliest NHL story was raised. “Everyone’s really cheering him on.” From injured rookie camp invitee to […]... read more...
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  • Still battling a left shoulder injury, forward Brooks Laich will not travel with the Washington Capitals on their one-game trip to Tampa Bay this weekend and is not expected to return without missing at least seven games, Coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re probably looking at some time next week, because he didn’t skate today,” Trotz […]... read more...
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  • Capitals forward Tom Wilson spent Wednesday’s morning skate rotating with Eric Fehr as the fourth line right winger, and both exited the practice rink within moments of each other, still unsure exactly who would skate later that night against Detroit. Would it be Wilson, the 20-year-old rehabilitated from summer ankle surgery, hoping to make his […]... read more...
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  • Jason Chimera keeled over, forehead pressed into the ice, and clutched his newly misshapen nose. The Capitals forward had barreled into Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith, searching for a hit, but instead absorbed a helmet straight into his face. Smith readjusted his headgear and returned to the Red Wings bench. Chimera staggered to Washington’s side, where […]... read more...
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  • Almost six months ago, forward Aaron Volpatti underwent a neck-fusion procedure, which at once fixed a lingering issue and foretold a recovery timetable now nearing its end. The 29-year-old left winger has spent weeks sporting non-contact jerseys, practicing and traveling with Washington and, recently, absorbing some contact. The Capitals can remove Volpatti from long-te... read more...
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  • Wednesday night, Washington Capitals (4-2-2) return home for a primetime NBC matchup with Detroit (4-2-2), one of six at Verizon Center over their next eight, following a topsy-turvy western Canadian road trip that saw arguably their most complete victory of the season in Calgary and then a dud in Vancouver. Once again, Coach Barry Trotz […]... read more...
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  • CALGARY — Before the Washington Capitals began their western Canadian road trip in Edmonton, Coach Barry Trotz poured all those seasons in Nashville into scouting the Oilers. He had learned their tendencies and gave respect to the less-heralded skaters, “not the biggest names, but they might be key names for the success of hockey teams.” In […]... read more...
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  • VANCOUVER – As the Capitals’ backup goaltender, Justin Peters will be thrown into this type of situation a lot: starting inside the crease on the second of back-to-back nights, a fatigued group of teammates in front of him. On Sunday night here, the rousing Canadian national anthem had barely ended when the salvo began. “He […]... read more...
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