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  • The Washington Capitals had already snatched a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils that Coach Barry Trotz felt they had no business winning, and now the out-of-town scoreboard at Verizon Center glowed with more gifts from across the continent. The Boston Bruins fell in overtime. So did the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and […]... read more...
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  • NEW YORK — Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals (40-25-10, 90 points) bused over to Madison Square Garden, unaware of the opportunity awaiting their hosts. With a victory against their Metropolitan Division rivals and a regulation loss by the Islanders, the juggernaut New York Rangers (47-20-7, 101 points) can become the first Eastern Conference team to clinch... read more...
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  • Asked Thursday afternoon about their former coach returning to his old rink, the Washington Capitals’ responses ranged from welcoming to politely diplomatic to downright disinterested. The New Jersey Devils have already visited Verizon Center twice this season, but not since former coach Pete DeBoer was replaced by the triumvirate of general manager Lou Lamoriello, assis... read more...
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  • For 75 minutes Tuesday morning, their longest practice of the regular season under Coach Barry Trotz, the Washington Capitals blitzed through drills and concepts, cramming teaching moments into the session. They competed five-on-five across the entire rink, at once working the forecheck and backcheck. They split onto two ice sheets for shadow special teams against [̷... read more...
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  • NEW YORK – He stammered at the question, trying to balance the personal moment with the team-wide failure. As a 12-game goal drought grew longer and longer, forward Troy Brouwer insisted harder and harder that the Washington Capitals’ success took precedent. And now, after two goals in Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators […]... read more...
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  • For the first time this season, a member of the Washington Capitals has been fined by the NHL under its new embellishment policy when forward Tom Wilson was docked $2,000 for his second offense this month. According to a release issued Friday afternoon, Wilson received a warning for an embellishment minor taken on March 1 […]... read more...
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  • NEW YORK – The “Happy Birthday” song came flooding through the hallways of Madison Square Garden outside the visitors’ dressing room, because only after victory could the Washington Capitals so publicly acknowledge their youngest player’s 21st. They had waxed the New York Rangers, 5-2, thanks to a furious forecheck during the second and third period, […]... read more...
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  • For the first time since the Washington Capitals (40-24-10, 90 points) drafted him 11th overall in 2012, Nashville Predators (46-21-8, 100 points) forward Filip Forsberg will play at Verizon Center in an NHL game. Of course, the deal that shipped the 20-year-old Swede still lingers raw in the minds of many Capitals fans, if only […]... read more...
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  • For most of the past several months, while they jockeyed for playoff seeding and yo-yoed in and out of Metropolitan Division contention, the Washington Capitals glanced at the NHL standings well aware of its deception. Most teams below or above them held games in hand, meaning the gaps still had room to lessen or widen […]... read more...
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  • NEW YORK – To explain the recent struggles plaguing his two biggest superstars, Coach Barry Trotz reached into his bag of metaphors and crossed over into the profession of those asking the questions. Center Nicklas Backstrom and winger Alex Ovechkin, both still among the NHL’s top five point-getters this season, have each gone three games […]... read more...
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  • When defenseman Brooks Orpik arrived at the Washington Capitals’ facility Tuesday morning, exhausted after just a half-hour’s sleep and a hospital bracelet still wrapped around his wrist, teammates greeted the new father with barbs about missing practice. He had spent most of the previous day in the hospital, waiting until his wife, Erin, had their […]... read more...
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  • Swirled into his disappointment with the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory over New Jersey, Coach Barry Trotz arrived for his postgame news conference Thursday night bearing a message of maintenance. One of his players had tried rimming the puck along the boards behind the Capitals’ net, a move repeated dozens of times each game to […]... read more...
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  • The pregame scouting report broke into defenseman Karl Alzner’s mind as, for the first time all season, he chose a target, aimed and fired. He always shot blocker-side during practice – just ask Braden Holtby, he’d say later – and it just so happened that goaltending coach Mitch Korn had singled out the same spot […]... read more...
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  • Friday morning, the Washington Capitals reassigned defenseman Dmitry Orlov to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, a formality that finally grants the injured 23-year-old clearance to play his first professional game in almost one year. Sidelined this entire season after undergoing surgery on a broken wrist suffered during the 2014 IIHF World Championships,... read more...
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  •   Past the two-week mark since suffering an apparent left shoulder injury, Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle continues to rehabilitate with strength coach Mark Nemish and defenseman John Erskine (neck), working for roughly an hour Thursday afternoon after his teammates finished their pregame skate. Since Beagle has not yet practiced, it seems unlikely he will [... read more...
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  • Goaltender Braden Holtby tried to regroup and refocus as he always does, by flicking water into the air and watching one droplet fall down, but with Verizon Center peppered by boos and his backup climbing over the boards, the starter’s Saturday afternoon had already come to an end. Less than 15 minutes passed before a third […]... read more...
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  • The emotions had dissipated and the moment had long since passed, so Friday afternoon became simply about welcoming old friends into a new home. Capitals Coach Barry Trotz had already gone through the reunion tour in Nashville during mid-January, with all the attention befitting the only coach in franchise history before his dismissal last summer, […]... read more...
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  • Once the Washington Capitals returned to their practice facility Thursday morning, an extended and somewhat unwelcome interruption to their schedule finally nearing its end, Coach Barry Trotz looked at the upcoming gantlet and somehow found pleasure amid the Eastern Conference’s toughest closing schedule. Six of his team’s final nine games will be against teams in [̷... read more...
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  • The travel bags were strewn across the carpet, still being packd for the flight to Newark and the bus ride into New York City, when the locker room doors at Verizon Center opened and the Washington Capitals began explaining themselves. Brunch-time hockey had again caused slow-start problems during a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, […]... read more...
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  • Goaltender Braden Holtby tried to regroup and refocus as he always does, by flicking water into the air and watching one droplet fall down, but with Verizon Center peppered by boos and his backup climbing over the boards, the starter’s Saturday afternoon had already come to an end. Less than 15 minutes passed before a third […]... read more...
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