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  • DENVER – The uncertain timetable for his recovery from a left shoulder injury remained even as Capitals forward Brooks Laich began practicing again, but the lessons learned from rushing back too soon, he hoped, would create caution this time around. Less than three weeks after incurring the injury during a collision against Florida, Laich wanted […]... 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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  • DENVER – This was not how he expected the season would unfold, because who forecasts such unpredictability? “Definitely isn’t the way I drew the year up,” Eric Fehr said, “but that’s the way things go.” Which perhaps made Tuesday so welcome for the Capitals forward, who scored the winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory […]... read more...
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  • A slight smile crossed Barry Trotz’s face, some brief amusement found amid Friday night’s disappointment. Of course, the laugh seemed to say, his Washington Capitals would relish  flying to St. Louis almost immediately after a 1-0 loss to the New Jesery Devils. Of course, Trotz said, “you’d like to get a win right away.” Perhaps […]... read more...
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  • ST. LOUIS – The barbs traded between Barry Trotz and Ken Hitchcock, good friends and longtime NHL coaches, date back years. There was the time Hitchcock called Trotz, “Darth Vader,” and Trotz replied by calling Hitchcock, “Lex Luthor.” Three years ago, Hitchcock also referred to Trotz as “a villain, a villainous character,” all in good […]... read more...
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  • ST. LOUIS – Saturday morning here at Scottrade Center, a small group of injured Washington Capitals – and defenseman Jack Hillen – worked out under the watch of assistant coach Todd Reirden, a quick conditioning skate to keep everyone in shape. Forward Brooks Laich and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, both on injured reserve, stayed late, exhausting […]... read more...
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  • DENVER – Little had changed over his past five games, Braden Holtby insisted, and yet the statistics tell a different story. Since Nov. 7, when Holtby ended a miserable, confidence-threatening stretch for his first victory in almost two weeks, only one NHL goaltender had posted a higher save percentage than Holtby’s .946. The latest achievement came Thursday […]... read more...
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  • DENVER – Two games and 30 minutes removed from the quarter mark of their 2014-15 season, the Washington Capitals (8-7-3) conclude a six-day road trip high near the Rocky Mountains, looking to head home with two victories in their pocket. Blocking the way are the hosts, the Colorado Avalanche (6-8-5), winners of two straight and rested after zero games since Saturda... 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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  • GLENDALE, Ariz. – With the Washington Capitals moving toward full health among their forwards corps — Brooks Laich (shoulder) and Liam O’Brien (lower body) are the lone holdouts — Coach Barry Trotz flanked center Evgeny Kuznetsov with new linemates, a move he hoped would give the 22-year-old “a little more skill to play with.” As […]... read more...
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  • DENVER – Over their past three games, the Capitals, hamstrung against tight-checking teams and jammed neutral zones, have scored two regulation goals. All three total goals against Arizona, St. Louis and New Jersey, including Eric Fehr’s overtime winner Tuesday night in the desert, have come from forwards on Washington’s bottom two lines: Fehr, Joel Ward […]... 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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  • GLENDALE, Ariz. – Seventeen days ago, across the country at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals squandered a two-goal lead against the Arizona Coyotes and subsequently reached their nadir. They were criticized by their head coach for poor behavior. They called a closed-door meeting to hash out the issues. They committed nine penalties and twice allowed […]... read more...
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  • GLENDALE, Ariz. – The last time Braden Holtby met reporters, he wore an expressionless mask, somber and searching for an answer after one mistake cost the Washington Capitals a game. Here Tuesday night, cameras surrounded Holtby again, and he still donned a blank stare, the postgame stoicism he had always tried to show, except now […]... read more...
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  • In two weeks, the television cameras from Epix will begin trailing the Washington Capitals full-time, filming for the four-episode, all-access “Road to the NHL Winter Classic” show. The crews have already been around the practice facility, setting up promotional spots and conducting interviews, and Wednesday, the network announced its air dates for the series. The [̷... read more...
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  • DENVER – The lingering taste of their road trip had pivoted on a fortunate slashing penalty, a herculean goal by their captain and a stingy final six minutes, so the Washington Capitals could return home with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in their rearview mirror and a modest two-game win streak stuffed in […]... read more...
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  • ST. LOUIS — Fifteen seasons in the Western Conference had taught Barry Trotz plenty about the threat this town promised to visiting teams, so the bluntness arose from a failure to answer. The Washington Capitals lost Friday at home in gut-wrenching fashion, a single error from their goaltender tilting the scales. Then, they flew halfway […]... read more...
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  • DENVER – The Washington Capitals stood along the boards Thursday morning at Pepsi Center, their second day here in the mountains, and wondered how to handle an altitude known for shredding lungs. Should they shed all caution and skate hard? Should they coast for several line rushes and adjust? “I don’t think there’s any black […]... read more...
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  • GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Washington Capitals returned to the ice here late Monday morning, rejuvenated by an off-day spent golfing, watching football or relaxing with countrymen, still searching for the definitive end to the feelings of spinning wheels which have endured through 17 games. They have played well in some games and emerged with zero standings […]... 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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