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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • EDMONTON, CANADA – At his corner stall deep inside the Edmonton Oilers locker room, winger Matt Hendricks turned off the music and bounded from his chair. Old faces from Washington had approached, and Hendricks offered everyone an enthusiastic handshake, even the one he didn’t recognize. A favorite among Capitals fans for two seasons, known for […]... read more...
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  • EDMONTON — Capitals defenseman John Erskine underwent “a successful” surgery Wednesday to repair a disk in his neck, the team announced. Initially listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Erskine did not travel with Washington on its western Canada trip. The Capitals revealed earlier Wednesday that Erskine had been placed onto regular injured res... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Washington Capitals arrived at their facility Friday morning, riding high from a blowout win over New Jersey, to find an unexpected reprieve. Coach Barry Trotz had skated their legs raw during training camp, and two shootout losses in the first three games didn’t offer much room for relaxation. Now, with a homestand winding down […]... 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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  • 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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  • 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 — The line snaked behind the locked doors inside this local rink, kids dressed in their red No. 8 sweaters, adults readying their cell phones for pictures, one girl clutching a sign written in Russian. The Washington Capitals would soon begin practice, a decent enough attraction for a Tuesday afternoon in late October […]... 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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  • EDMONTON, Canada – Nicklas Backstrom waited along the right half-wall, the spot where he had learned to be most patient, because who better to conduct the Washington Capitals’ explosive power play than the center who desired no spotlight? His blade bounced over the puck. Once, twice, three times, a calming influence for his teammates, torturous […]... read more...
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  • EDMONTON — When the Washington Capitals took the Verizon Center ice for their season opener two weeks ago, introduced separately for individual recognition, Jay Beagle stood on the bench, dressed in a suit, wishing he could be wearing skates instead. The public address announcer had called Beagle’s name, just like for all the other hurt […]... 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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  • After dumping four players onto injured reserve before the regular season began, the Washington Capitals have enjoyed a relative healthy streak through their first four games. That has resulted in a stable lineup, but will complicate matters once the wounded return. The first batch – forwards Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson – are nearing full […]... read more...
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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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  • 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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