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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. – When the 2013-14 regular season ended and Mikhail Grabovski looked into his future, he wondered if it would still include the Washington Capitals. He had spent a productive season in D.C., the team’s most efficient puck-possessing forward with 35 points in 58 games. He had good friends nearby, fellow Europeans in Alex Ovechkin, […]... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals reassigned forward Chris Brown to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, a space-clearing move coinciding with forward Liam O’Brien returning to practice from an upper-body injury and forward Brooks Laich nearing a comeback from his shoulder issue. Called up Nov. 14 to face the New Jersey Devils that night, Brown traveled […... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The cameras waited outside Jack Hillen’s locker, no fewer than five members of the local media stationed at the ready, and soon the chants began for the new center of attention. “Jack, Jack, Jack,” the Washington Capitals yelled. Hillen turned around, noticed the crowd and cracked that it must have been a mistake. […]... read more...
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  • Brooks Orpik paused and wondered if he should let slip the secret. The Capitals defenseman recalled the second intermission Saturday night, when his old and new teammate became clairvoyant. “Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it,” Orpik said, “but he said before the third period he was going to get one, and then he got one.” […]... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals must wait another day to learn the status of defenseman Mike Green, whose upper-body injury sidelined him from practice and, depending on its severity, could bring the first shakeup to the team’s blue line since the season opener. Following practice Tuesday, the Capitals will depart for New York to face the Islanders, […]... read more...
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  • Matt Niskanen had celebrated his first goal with the Washington Capitals and partook in an unrelenting fusillade onto the opposing net but now, as the defenseman scrunched his brow and scratched his cheek, he considered the prevailing emotion of another night slipped away. “It’s nice when everyone can touch the puck on the rush and […]... read more...
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  • HERSHEY, Pa. – Before the regular season began, their first together as head coaches within the Washington Capitals organization, Barry Trotz and Troy Mann decided upon a 48-hour rule of communication. No two days would pass, they agreed, without sharing notes on Trotz’s Capitals and Mann’s Hershey Bears. Then the schedule kicked into overdrive, meetings […]... read more...
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  • In the early hours of Nov. 1, around 2 a.m., Gonzaga College High School hockey player Dominik Pettey was with four others in a disabled vehicle on the side of the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County when a driver, who later showed signs of being impaired, crashed into the car. The other passengers were taken […]... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The distance between Nassau Coliseum and the nearby Marriott where NHL teams stay spans no more than 500 feet, a brisk walk across the parking lot and through the hotel’s back door. As Coach Barry Trotz trekked through the rain Wednesday afternoon, he thought about all the players to make this same short commute. Soon, though, […]... read more...
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  • Over the next 40 days, the final stretch of this calendar year, the Washington Capitals will play 17 games and only six at Verizon Center. A road-heavy December will keep them primarily along the eastern seaboard, with seven coming against Metropolitan Division and zero against Western Conference teams, but a poor home record has focused […]... read more...
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  • Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, one of the team’s most productive skaters as the quarter-way checkpoint of this regular season nears, exited during the third period of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres with an upper-body injury and did not return. The Capitals, who do not play again until Wednesday and have a scheduled off-day Sunday,... read more...
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  • NEW YORK — Ten days ago, just finished with the first leg of their most recent road trip, the Washington Capitals left St. Louis feeling they had skated into a buzzsaw. They lost, 4-1, to the NHL’s hottest team, a second regulation defeat in as many days, though this one felt different. The Capitals wanted […]... read more...
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  • DENVER – The Capitals hadn’t had a rookie dinner for several years, due to crammed schedules and the lockout season, so several players long past being officially classified as such by the NHL found themselves on the hook when the tradition was revived Sunday night in Arizona. “It’s kind of unique,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. […]... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin arrived fourth onto the ice here Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum, one day after leaving practice early with an upper-body injury. He participated fully in Washington’s morning skate, taking rushes with the usual top line, and is expected to play when the Capitals face the Islanders. “Right now he’s […]... read more...
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  • The morning’s practice hadn’t yet begun before forward Alex Ovechkin retreated into the locker room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a precautionary measure after incurring an “upper-body tweak,” as the team called it, putting into question his availability for Wednesday night’s matchup against the New York Islanders. The Capitals will fly into Long Island later Tuesday afte... read more...
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  • As the Washington Capitals finished practice Monday afternoon, Coach Barry Trotz skated over to forward Brooks Laich and asked how he was feeling. More than five weeks had passed since Laich hurt his left shoulder, but now he was dressed in a green sweater, absorbing contact for the first time since re-injuring himself in a […]... read more...
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  • Over the past five games, the Washington Capitals have scored seven goals, six at even strength and one on the power play. And until forward Marcus Johansson drew a third-period hooking penalty Saturday against Buffalo, and until defenseman Matt Niskanen blasted a shot from the point that bounced into the net off an opponent’s body, […]... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Earlier this season, Barry Trotz noticed a habit the Washington Capitals developed of complaining about calls. He saw the bench chirp at officials, rather than pay attention to the game, and he moved fast to address it. But now, in the aftermath of a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders that […]... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — When the Washington Capitals finished their morning workout Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum, forward Jay Beagle returned to the locker room, grabbed a plastic bottle and mixed a recovery drink. He took a few sips then noticed rookie Andre Burakovsky, seeming curious but content with his Gatorade inside a nearby stall. “You wanted […]... read more...
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The distance between Nassau Coliseum and the nearby Marriott where NHL teams stay spans no more than 500 feet, a brisk walk across the parking lot and through the hotel’s back door. As Coach Barry Trotz trekked through the rain Wednesday afternoon, he thought about all the players to make this same short commute. Soon, though, […]... read more...
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